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Bonus 8: Scottie Jones on City Life to Farm Life

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Release Date: 10/24/2017

654: Alyssa Brodsky on Composting for Profit show art 654: Alyssa Brodsky on Composting for Profit

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Do good and earn a profit? Sign us up! Alyssa Brodsky explains Food2Soil, a program in San Diego that creates soil farmers, people who get paid for turning food scraps from homes and restaurants into rich compost. She passionately describes how the program works, how she got involved, and the many ways the program has positively impacted both the environment and the participants. Alyssa also provides some tips for anyone considering a similar program in their own community. www.urbanfarm.org/food2soil

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653: Starting Fresh in 2022 show art 653: Starting Fresh in 2022

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Greg takes a few minutes at the beginning of this new year to acknowledge the challenges of the last couple of years and to highlight the importance of growing our own food. He expresses gratitude for you, the Urban Farm community, and talks about ways we can support each other. Then he walks us through the comforting rhythms of his year-round garden, describing in detail the tasks of each season and the bountiful harvests he enjoys as a result of his efforts. www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-by-episode-titles

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652: Shannon Owen on Educational Gaps in Nutrition Density show art 652: Shannon Owen on Educational Gaps in Nutrition Density

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Shannon Owen shares the joys and struggles of starting a new farm business with her husband, Chris. They saw a need in their community and decided to help by growing microgreens in their basement. Shannon reveals the magic that happens when they take their greens out into the community, and she describes the encouraging conversations that educate and bring people together, as well as the love of community that inspires them to grow and sell healthy, nutritious food. www.urbanfarm.org/shannonowen

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651: Thinking Outside the Garden Box show art 651: Thinking Outside the Garden Box

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Farmer Greg talks with Raymond Jess and Janis Norton, from the Urban Farm, about a multitude of variations on the traditional garden box. They share their own experiences and discuss the unique advantages of each type of bed, covering topics such as how they work, how to set them up, and how to care for them. Raymond gives us a peek inside his garden, telling us what he is currently growing and how he is growing it, and Janis tells how to nourish your plants so they thrive. www.urbanfarm.org/garden21oct

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650: Jennifer Foltz-Sweat on Urban Bee Communities show art 650: Jennifer Foltz-Sweat on Urban Bee Communities

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Jennifer Foltz-Sweat opens our eyes to the wide world of bees. By now many of us have heard that bees are a crucial element of the environment, but what should we do with that knowledge? Jennifer explains easy things we can do to attract bees to our garden and warns us what not to do. She gives uplifting examples of how important education is to conservation, tells us about the move toward citizen science, and encourages all of us to get involved. www.urbanfarm.org/urbanbees

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649: Jennier McGuinness on Micro Food Gardening show art 649: Jennier McGuinness on Micro Food Gardening

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Jennifer McGuinness’ contagious enthusiasm for gardening will have you pining to grow something. No space? No problem! Jen has found creative ways to grow food in small spaces. She gives us a taste of the small space gardening projects we’ll find in her new book and she shares the joy she found in writing and taking the photos for it. Jen tells about her website, describes all the things she loves about gardening, and revels in her current role in the gardening community. www.urbanfarm.org/frauzinn

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648: Tony Horn on Living in Harmony show art 648: Tony Horn on Living in Harmony

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Listen as Tony Horn shows us where to look and what to do to rediscover peace in our lives. Tony shares his key definition of peace and his vision of a beautiful world where humans are once again living as nature intended. He explains that the biggest human struggles we face today have surfaced recently and are of our own making, but he believes we do have the power to eliminate these problems. First, though, we must wake up, gather together, and be willing to change. www.urbanfarm.org/areturntopeace

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647: Seth Siegel on Water Scarcity in Agricultural Areas show art 647: Seth Siegel on Water Scarcity in Agricultural Areas

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Seth Siegel is passionate about tackling the world’s water problems before they get to crisis level. He explains the practical steps necessary to put into practice the solutions he has gathered from around the world. Agriculture is one of the largest consumers of water, but most crops are watered using wasteful methods that are centuries old. Seth presents a new technological solution that is both effective and cost effective, making it more appealing to commercial farms. www.urbanfarm.org/sethmsiege

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646: Loving Those Legumes show art 646: Loving Those Legumes

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Beans and peas are great to eat and also great for your soil. Incorporating them into your garden rotation is smart and delicious. Pollinators also love legumes so it's a win-win all around. Plant them along a wall or fence for a beautiful display of cascading leaves and fruit for easy picking. There is so much to love about legumes! Includes questions asked during the LIVE class. www.urbanfarm.org/lovinglegumes

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645: Composting for Your Neighbors show art 645: Composting for Your Neighbors

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Have you tried composting food scraps, only to give up because you did not generate enough waste to be successful? Alyssa Brodsky shares details about a composting program that solves this problem. Residential participants learn how to collect local neighborhood waste and turn it into plenty of rich compost that they can share with their neighbors. Some participants even earn an income, making this a great way to enrich soil and enrich lives at the same time! www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-by-episode-titles

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A chat with a farmer about her transition from the city girl. 

In This Bonus Podcast: Returning guest Scottie Jones is back to talk about her new book and making a transition back to the simple life.  She shares a bit about how the inspiration came to write the story of this adventure to start farming.  She also tells why she opened her farm up to vacationers looking for a taste of the country life, and how that has helped her farm.  And, we get an excerpt reading from her new book!

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Scottie lived in Arizona for a while where she worked at Arizona State University for over a decade.  Then she and her husband gave up the busy urban life by moving to Oregon, starting Leaping Lamb Farm and becoming sheep farmers. She loved this lifestyle very much and has opened her home to visiting families through her other passion of Farm Stays.  This journey and the transition to a farming lifestyle became the basis for her new book Country Grit, A Farmoir of Finding Purpose and Love through Skyhorse Publishing. It describes their first years on the farm: the mistakes, the drama, the community, and what it’s like to adopt the farming lifestyle if that’s not where you’re from.

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