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234: Ruth and Grace Pepler on Agritourism

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Release Date: 05/13/2017

642: Jeffrey Smith on the Impact of GMO's On Our Environment and Health show art 642: Jeffrey Smith on the Impact of GMO's On Our Environment and Health

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Jeffrey Smith sounds the alarm about the devastating harm that can be caused by genetic engineering. He explains how GMO’s have the potential to destroy entire microbiomes, and he describes the serious negative effects on people, pets and the environment. Discover the first step Jeffrey recommends we all take to start healing our bodies of dozens of diseases, then learn how easy it is to take that a step further. Take action and become an advocate for all of nature! www.urbanfarm.org/protectnaturenow

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The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Christy Wilhelmi returns to the Urban Farm, this time to talk about keeping life healthy below the ground as well as above it. Healthy soil is all about healthy microbes, and Christy shares her special recipes for feeding them. Hear why worm castings are a gardener’s secret weapon against certain pests and learn how to make a compost tea your soil will love. You’ll also discover how to use a broadfork and find out why you might want to trade in your tiller. www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-by-episode-title

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Focusing On Leveraging Micro Landscapes Into Ecosystem Changes. – Zach Loeks encourages each of us to transform our human habitat by focusing on one small section of landscape at a time. He believes that changes are most successful when they are manageable, and he reminds us that positive change will naturally grow and spread. Zach paints a beautiful picture of “edible biodiversity” and then shares some manageable, specific changes that will move us toward that goal. www.urbanfarm.org/ecosystemu

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The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Nicole Gennetta, a Master Beekeeper, sets us on the path to successful beekeeping by sharing the 5 steps she recommends beginners take before getting any bees. She tells how to determine if bees are legal on your property, and she recommends beginners learn all they can about beekeeping before making any purchases. Nicole gives tips on finding the information you need, purchasing equipment, and acquiring the bees for your new hive. www.UrbanFarm.org/blog/podcast

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638: Permaculture in the Garden show art 638: Permaculture in the Garden

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Great gardeners seem to know all the rules - but the very best gardener is the one who wrote the rules. She is Mother Nature and has no equal. Her systems and regenerative cycles CAN be replicated in gardens and food forests to help them be amazingly resilient. Permaculture is the best way to start and it can make your gardening much easier! Author Kari Spencer is going to help us find the best ways to adopt permaculture practices for increased resilience in our gardens. www.urbanfarm.org/garden21aug

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The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Christy Wilhelmi helps us appreciate the potential of berries in our gardens and urban farms. She breaks down the different varieties of berries and why to choose different types for your own climate and harvest goals.  We learn a bit about why some berries are better in containers, and some are fabulous in the ground, and why climate and chill hours can make or break your harvest.  And she shares some highlights on blueberries and acidic soil as well as some fertilizing tips. UrbanFarm.org/blog/podcast

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636: How to let your garden go to seed show art 636: How to let your garden go to seed

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This is the August 2021 Seed Saving Class discussing brassicas.  Take the best seeds from this year’s garden and save them for the next. When you adapt and save seeds from plants that were hardy, and exhibited characteristics you like (disease and insect resistance for example) those seeds will work better in your garden the following year because after all, that is where they learned their new tricks. Join us and we’ll show you how to select the best seed for your best garden.

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Vicki Hird reminds us that it is possible to have bugs without having a bug problem. In fact, when it comes to bugs, the more you have in your garden the better! Vicki provides information about the beneficial roles that bugs play and she tells how to nurture and protect them. Learn what to do to encourage (and live with!) a healthy bug population in your own garden as well as how to advocate for them in your community. www.UrbanFarm.org/blog/podcast

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634: Erik Diedrichsen on Developing a New Poultry Feeder show art 634: Erik Diedrichsen on Developing a New Poultry Feeder

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Anyone who has ever had chickens knows that feeding poultry is a messy business. Erik Diedrichsen found a better way, and in the process, he found his way into a new business venture. Erik shares his experience of growing a product from idea to market and explains what he believes it takes to be a successful inventor. Hear about the challenges he faced and the lessons he learned, and of course get the scoop on what Erik and Greg call the “best chicken feeder on the market”. www.urbanfarm.org/poultry

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Though the words are often used interchangeably, soil and dirt are not the same thing. Mike Biltonen explains that we must know the distinction before we can truly appreciate the treasure that is our soil. Once we realize its true worth, we will want to nurture and protect this most valuable resource, to preserve both the life in it and the life that comes from it. Mike gives details about specific ways we can do just that. www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-by-episode-titles

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234: Ruth & Grace Pepler on Agritourism

Experiencing life on the farm as a vacation destination 

IN THIS PODCAST: We meet two very special ladies in the mother-daughter team with Ruth and Grace Pepler who are helping us understand the concepts of Agritourism and Guest Farms. Ruth is inspiring with her story of transforming their small homestead into a very active community building resource and agriculture education resource in the guise of something akin to a bed and breakfast vacation spot.  Her daughter Grace is a delight as she shares her knowledge and passion of teaching kids of all backgrounds the joys of farm life

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Ruth has been a registered nurse, private chef, and caterer, and has taught cooking classes, managed a farm, and homeschooled her daughter. She and her husband Thomas started their homestead near the Buffalo National River in Arkansas ten years ago.  Shortly after moving there, they bought the adjoining property and opened Dogwood Hills Bed & Breakfast; Which they call a “guest farm” offering their guests a chance to experience life on the farm in a relaxing atmosphere.

At sixteen, and having grown up on the homestead, her daughter Grace has taken a lead role in the daily functioning, guest relations, and marketing of Dogwood Hills Guest Farm.  She is a wonderful agri-tourism ambassador speaking about Dogwood Hills and how it functions, with everyone from the local & county 4H, county chambers, multiple tourism conferences and she even did a personal tour for the Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture.

Since opening they’ve added many more cows, goats and chickens, a fodder room of hydroponically grown barley, a “high tunnel” hoop house, a visitor friendly milking room, and they are currently adding a new certified kitchen. With a complete farm to table operation, Dogwood Hills Guest Farm helps people from all over the world experience life on a family-owned dairy farm.

Go to www.urbanfarm.org/DogwoodHills for more information, photos and links on this podcast and to find our other great guests.