Top 10 Podcast Episodes for Growing Your Own Groceries

Want to grow your own groceries but don’t know where to begin? Need a little inspiration to get out of a rut in your food-growing endeavors? Look no further than this list! We’ve compiled The Urban Farm Podcast’s Top 10 episodes that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and inspiration you need to start growing your own food.

Learn from experts such as singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, seed saving superhero Bill McDorman, herb magician Amanda Midkiff, backyard orchardist Stella Otto, square-foot gardener Kim Roman, and more. The Urban Farm Podcast’s 10 best episodes for learning how to grow your own groceries will become your go-to source for home garden inspiration!

Brandi DeCarli from Farm From a Box

Brandi is the Founding Partner of Farm from a Box, an off-grid, modularly designed farm system that provides communities with the tools they need to grow their own food locally and earn an income. Listen in to learn more about what that means and why it is so revolutionary. You can also access the podcast on the Urban Farm Page. 

Vynnie McDaniels on Water Wise Gardening

Vynnie McDaniels has been gardening in the Phoenix area for over 15 years, teaching organic gardening and holistic living.  His handy work has graced the pages of Phoenix Home & Garden, Popular Mechanics, and Dwell magazines.  He’s been on various local television programs (Your Life AtoZ & Sonoran Living Live), and was featured on Sundance Channel’s “Big Ideas for a Small Planet.”  Listen and learn about applying permaculture concepts and xeriscape principles, the joys of urban agriculture and self-reliance, and tips for growing your own food for improved nutrition and optimal wellness. You can also access the podcast on the Urban Farm Page. 

Kari Spencer on Composting Made Easy

Kari operates The Micro Farm Project, a research and teaching farm that implements urban farming techniques. She enjoys a busy schedule leading gardening, permaculture, urban farming, and homesteading classes. In this episode, you’ll learn how to compost, when to compost, and how to overcome some of the challenges. As Kari says, “It’s all the dirt on composting.” You can also access the podcast on the Urban Farm Page. 

Bill McDorman on Playful Plant Breeding

“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 week-long 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. You’ll also find 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.  You can also access the podcast on the Urban Farm Page. 

Amanda Midkiff on Growing Medicinal Herbs

Amanda’s stunning wealth of knowledge about herbs really shines in this interview. You’ll take a lot of notes as she shares all about growing medicinal herbs plus the culinary and medicinal uses for many herbs. You’ll even discover why herbs are uniquely suited to do well in urban environments. You might have heard of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) before, but what about a CSW? This is Amanda’s own amazingly innovative concept she developed to share her farm’s bounty: A Community Supported Wellness Program. You can also access the podcast on the Urban Farm Page. 

Candy Lesher on Her Pool-to-Garden Transformation

Candy is a self-taught chef, instructor, writer and speaker, who has been inducted into Arizona’s Culinary Hall of Fame and hosted and produced Food & Life Television for 3 years. She is now focusing on helping others as a Culinary Wellness Coach; assisting those who have been diagnosed with health issues to transition into a healthier culinary lifestyle. Her goal is to make those changes both enjoyable and sustainable. She believes that growing (and cooking) your own food can be a big part of every “healthier lifestyle” success!  Listen in for her experience transforming a swimming pool into a thriving urban garden! You can also access the podcast on the Urban Farm Page. 

Jason Mraz on his Urban Farming Adventures

Jason Mraz is a well-known, two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter. But what many don’t know about Jason is that he’s also an urban farming enthusiast with a passion for gardening. Jason has been backyard homesteading for the past 5 years and currently owns and operates a 10-acre subtropical fruit orchard where he grows avocado, coffee and 25 other fruit varieties. He believes a connection to farmers and/or the origin of food itself can empower a person to live a happier, healthier, eco-friendlier and more economical life. Did you know his first attempt at composting consisted of throwing pizza scraps into the garden? There’s a lot to learn as you hear his journey to becoming an urban farmer.  You can also access the podcast on the Urban Farm Page. 

Stella Otto on Backyard Fruit Trees

After receiving a B.S. in horticulture from Michigan State University, Stella worked at one of largest fruit tree nurseries in the U.S, a major tart cherry orchard near Traverse City, Michigan, as well as running her own diversified fruit farm in northern Michigan. She authored the book The Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden. One of the keys to success according to Stella: Spend a year to really prepare your soil, then your tree will really thrive! And Greg and Stella agreed: Know where you’re getting your trees from, and be wary of purchasing from big box stores.  You can also access the podcast on the Urban Farm Page. 

Kim Roman on High-Value Veggies

Kim began gardening using the original Square Foot Gardening method in the late 1980s. She learned the All New Square food gardening method and became a square foot gardening Certified Instructor, taught by Mel Bartholomew, in 2010. In this episode, learn why you’re wasting money if you’re buying herbs from the store, what a “Dollars and Sense” calculation is and how it can help you get the most of your garden, the Top 10 and Bottom 10 crops to grow (or not to grow) based on return on investment, and more secrets from the Square Foot Gardening method and Mel Bartholomew’s new book, High Value Veggies. You can also access the podcast on the Urban Farm Page. 

Peter Burke on Indoor Salad Gardening

Peter Burke has a revolutionary approach to eating fresh salad every day, even in the winter. Peter works 50-60 hours per week but around 2005, he decided to start growing greens inside during the winter months so he could have fresh salads. He started with sprouts, hydroponics, and lettuce.  After much experimenting, he started using loaf pans and tried pea shoots. By growing a small amount on a daily or every other day basis, he can keep a fresh salad going. Get tips for this technique that doesn’t require much space or extra lights, even if you add radishes and buckwheat. Listen and learn his simple method for growing fresh greens indoors in just 7-10 days!  You can also access the podcast on the Urban Farm Page.