The Urban Farm Podcast’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Episodes
The Urban Farm Podcast recently hit a milestone – we’ve reached 50 episodes (and counting)! In honor of this achievement, we’ve decided to create a list of The Urban Farm Podcast’s Top 10 Most Inspiring episodes to date. I have to say – this list was NOT easy to create. Every one of our interviewees has had something interesting and exciting to share, so narrowing this list down to just 10 was nearly impossible. After much deliberation, may I present to you The Urban Farm Podcast’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Episodes:
1. Joel Karsten on Straw Bale Gardening – Listen Now
Straw bale gardening. If you haven’t heard of it before, you’re in for a treat with this genius concept. Joel has inspired tens of thousands of first-time gardeners and a legion of “seasoned” growers who have found a new and better way to pursue their passion. His methods have even enabled “retired” gardeners to begin gardening again since his method eliminates the physical challenges found in traditional soil gardening.
2. David Burns and Austin Young from Fallen Fruit – Listen Now
David and Austin are changing the LA landscape one art project at a time. Fallen Fruit is a collaborative art project that began in Los Angeles in 2004 with mapping public fruit–fruit that grows on or over public property. Their projects include diverse site-specific artworks that embrace public participation. Fallen Fruit’s artworks encourage the public to experience their city as a fruitful, generous place, inviting people to engage in sharing and collectively explore the meaning of community and collaboration through public participation and exhibition projects.
3. Stephen Ritz of the Green Bronx Machine – Listen Now
Affectionately known as “America’s Favorite Teacher,” Stephen Ritz is a changemaker altering the lives of his students in the Bronx by teaching them how to grow food, not only for health but for economic opportunity as well. His students and community have together grown over 25,000 pounds of vegtables, and their efforts with Green Bronx Machine have helped increase students’ participation in school and opportunities for their futures. It’s no wonder he’s been such an inspiration to his students and to people around that world- his energetic personality incites passion in all that hear him and his go-getter attitude teaches his students that they are all “Amer-I-cans” that can do anything they set their minds and hearts to.
4. Lisa Steele with Fresh Eggs Daily – Listen Now
Lisa Steele is inspiring people every day by spreading her knowledge of keeping chickens with the world. She has a website with a blog, a Facebook page, and even two books on raising chickens and ducks for eggs! If you’ve ever considered keeping chickens, or if you already do and want to expand on your knowledge, you owe it to yourself to give this episode a listen!
5. Peter Burke on Indoor Salad Gardening – Listen Now
Did you know you can inexpensively grow greens indoors, in the winter time, without any special equipment or grow lights? Peter Burke has discovered an extraordinary method anyone, even first-time growers, can use to have fresh greens all year round. When I first listened to this episode, I was so inspired that I went out and bought his book! Now that I’m nearly finished reading it, I’m looking forward to starting my own soil sprout garden on a shelf in my kitchen within the next few weeks.This is a not-to-miss episode for new and seasoned food growers alike.
6. Scott Murray on Avocado Farming – Listen Now
Scott Murray is a part-time farmer, part-time organic agriculture consultant with 42 years of organic agricultural production experience in the United States and Mexico. He has a multitude of experience with conservation, food production, and environmental leadership—including serving as an elected California Conservation official for the last 22 years. Scott also specializes in farmland preservation projects utilizing Smart Growth Principles. He is practically an encyclopedia of agriculture, and our interview with him is rich with juicy information about farming. By the way, Scott is certain that ANYONE can become an urban farmer in just 4-5 days. How? I guess you’ll just have to listen to find out…
7. Wardee Harmon on Traditional Cooking – Listen Now
Wardee is the go-to gal for all things related to health and traditional cooking methods. The way you prepare your food, according to Wardee, is a key factor in how healthy it is for you. She inspires others by sharing her wealth of knowledge on nutrition and food preparation, from sourdough bread, cultured dairy, and fermentation to dehydrating, homemade broths and so much more. In this episode, you’ll learn about some of these techniques plus gain access to some outstanding free resources, including a traditional cooking video series, a fermenting formulas cheat sheet, and even a free sourdough starter!
8. Carol Deppe on the Eat-All Greens Growing Method – Listen Now
Carol Deppe is a rockstar in the urban farming world, and it was an absolute treat to have her on the show. Holding a PhD in genetics from Harvard University, Carol is an incredibly intelligent woman. She specializes in developing Open Source varieties of crops for organic growing conditions, sustainable agriculture, and human survival for the next thousand years, and has written three books: The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, The Resilient Gardener, and Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties. In our interview, she shares with us the innovative “Eat-All Greens” method of growing food.
9. Jennifer Hashley on the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project – Listen Now
Jennifer Hashley has dedicated her life to changing the food world. A previous Peace Corps volunteer with a Master’s in Agricultural Policy, Jennifer serves on boards of the Urban Farming Institute of Boston and The Carrot Project, a small farm financing organization. She is a farm business planning instructor for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and has organized farm labs and field trips for graduate students in the Tufts’ University Agriculture, Food and Environment program. She is also the director of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a beginning farmer training program that assists limited-resource individuals to begin small-scale commercial agriculture in Massachusetts as a way to preserve farmland and to expand consumer access to locally-grown foods. Her passion, dedication, and expertise are wildly contagious… If you listen to this and suddenly want to change the course of your life to serving others through agriculture, don’t say I didn’t warn you!
10. Bill McDorman on Playful Plant Breeding – Listen Now
“Every time you buy new seeds, you are starting over.” Bill McDorman has been accused of being a “maniacal advocate for everybody in America to save their own garden seeds,” but if you could see what he’s seen and understand his seed secrets, you might just become one, too. Bill teaches Seed School, a nationally recognized weeklong training, as well as Urban Farm U’s Seed School Online. Without fail, his students adopt his immense passion for seed saving and leave class with a whole new set of knowledge and skills, plus a renewed perspective on what it means to grow food. I guarantee this episode will inspire you to get out there and start saving seeds.
Honorable Mention: Ginger Duncan from Mystic Mountain – Listen Now
I couldn’t create this list and not mention Ginger. From the moment I read her first email in my inbox about her off-grid eco-village and subsistence lifestyle in Alaska, I knew I could learn a lot from Ginger.
Whether she’s tending to her garden (even in the Alaskan winter), raising animals, catching fish, foraging for wild edibles and medicinals, upcycling old materials, or making the open-ocean commute between town and her homestead, Ginger knows how to handle the elements and create simple abundance at her homestead in the Alaskan wilderness. Listen and be transported to one of the last wild places on Earth.