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313: Jeff Tomberlin on Black Soldier Flies

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Release Date: 12/09/2017

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The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Leon Kolankiewicz defines the problem of urban sprawl, and he describes the alarming rate at which it is permanently destroying farmland and our future food security. What is driving this sprawl, and what can we do about it? Leon is optimistic that farmland can be saved if long term trends are addressed. Hear the solutions he recommends, based on his decades of research, and the changes he believes can be made at both the individual and government levels. www.urbanfarm.org/leonk

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The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Greg welcomes back Laura Allen, from Greywater Action, this time to teach us some specifics about using greywater. While the concept of greywater is fairly straightforward, there are some basic rules. Laura tells us how to easily recognize and avoid things that should not be in the water, what happens if one of them should make it into the water, and what types of plants are suitable for greywater. She also shares some very handy resources. www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-by-episode-titles

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620: Water In and For Our Landscape. show art 620: Water In and For Our Landscape.

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Greg, co-host Janis Norton, and Don Titmus discuss how to apply permaculture concepts to address water issues in our landscapes. They dive deep to reveal the natural systems that protect plants from climate extremes, and they explore ways we can replicate these systems in our landscapes. Whether your local climate is wet or dry, hot or cold, you will appreciate the many practical tips for identifying, observing, and managing the water available on your property. www.urbanfarm.org/garden21jun

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Greg tells the story of Margaret, who simply walked around her neighborhood and began her transition from food consumer to observer, and finally to gardener. She thought she was looking for a place to grow food. What she found was a renewed relationship with nature and stronger bonds within her community. Learn what Margaret did on her walks that allowed her to discover an abundant source of fresh, healthy food... and so much more! www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-by-episode-titles

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The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman.  This is the June 2021 class discussing wildflowers.  Bill draws on his 28 years of careful observation as he shares expert tips for successful wildcrafting and planting of wildflower seeds, including mistakes to avoid.  He also clears up some common misconceptions about wildflowers and discusses problems in the wildflower industry. www.urbanfarm.org/seeds21jun

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Farmer Greg’s sustainable, regenerative water harvesting system has him singing in the rain, even in the desert. Greg explains where the water comes from and where it goes, and he gives details about how he collects and distributes it. He also gives a formula for calculating the amount of water available for harvesting on your own site, along with other helpful tips and resources for getting started safely and legally. www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-by-episode-titles

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616: Tara Nolan on Revamping Raised Bed Designs show art 616: Tara Nolan on Revamping Raised Bed Designs

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Tara Nolan encourages us to grow edibles in whatever space we have and shows us how to think outside the 4 foot by 8 foot box when designing raised beds. Those who don’t have (or want) a full vegetable garden will appreciate her ideas for adding vegetables to the existing landscape. Tara also takes us along on her gardening journey and shares how she combined that passion with her passion for writing, resulting in a website and two books full of creative gardening ideas. www.UrbanFarm.org/tara

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Greg talks with Laura Allen from Greywater Action about a great way to get more life out of our water - by sending water we have already used in our home out to our gardens instead of down the drain.  Laura reveals the easiest place in the house to get started and the best plants to water using greywater.  She also explains how greywater systems work and how the installation compares to the very familiar traditional drip systems. www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-by-episode-titles

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614: Jenn Frymark on Growing Fresh and Closer to Home show art 614: Jenn Frymark on Growing Fresh and Closer to Home

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Jenn Frymark has grown fresh produce in some very unexpected places, so she is a firm believer that everyone can grow fresh and close to home, wherever home might be. She explains how she took this belief a step further and started Gotham Greens, using her hard-earned expertise to find out if food could be grown and distributed locally as a business, rather than a grant-funded educational or community project. Jenn talks about the early challenges and many successes. www.urbanfarm.org/gothamgreens

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The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Greg is excited to speak with Kristina Hunter about the many benefits of connecting with nature, some of them unexpected!  Kristina points out that we intuitively know that nature is good for us, and she recommends we include nature as a sacred part of our daily routine.  She teaches that connecting with nature provides direct and immediate benefits to our bodies and our minds.  Kristina and Greg both share simple ways they connect with nature each day.

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Seeking natural solutions for food waste recycling.

In This Podcast: It was his grandmother’s principles about not wasting food or resources in rural Georgia that influenced Dr. Jeff Tomberlin’s philosophies on his life. He found his calling in college and has dedicated much of his energies to teaching others about nature’s extremely effective recycling tool – the Black Soldier Fly. Growing and harvesting this insect is actually quite easy once you know the steps, and he wants everyone to do it at home.  He tells why this insect could prove to be a solution to not just dealing with food waste, but providing a source of food for both chickens and fish, closing a loop in the food-waste cycle.

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Dr. Tomberlin has been working with the black soldier flies for almost 20 years. His PhD research with Dr. Craig Sheppard resulted in methods for mass-producing the black soldier fly for use in recycling food or animal waste and the subsequent use of the larvae as feed for livestock, poultry, aquaculture, and reptiles. Companies around the world use these methods to protect the environment, create jobs, and increase protein availability.

Dr. Tomberlin is currently the Director of EVO Conversion Systems, which has a primary mission of building food and waste management facilities that utilize the black soldier fly.

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