The Future of Food ~ Native Bees

The Future of Food – Native Bees by Guest Blogger: Dave Hunter of Crown Bees: We know there are huge differences in how pollen is carried by the European honey bee and our native bees. Relatively unknown, people are surprised to learn that hole-nesting native bees like our mason and leafcutter bees are actually much better pollinators than honey bees.
Research shows that mason bees can significantly increase the yield of…

457: Dave Hunter on Native Bees

Developing a relationship between primary pollinators and growers. — In This Podcast: Realizing that his apple trees were barely producing compared to his neighbors, Dave Hunter found the answer was mason bees.  His hobby increased his harvest, and eventually his new passion developed into…

456: Raven Venturelli on Permaculture for the Small Farm

Bringing a whole system approach of design and nature to the farm. — In This Podcast:Taking a permaculture course as a young adult gave Raven Venturelli the confidence and inspiration to start her own farm. However, finding land in California to develop her nature-based farming concepts was difficult…

454: Matt Smith on Family Life with a Garden

Finding joy and adventure in the backyard with kids and nature. — In This Podcast: We welcome back Matt Smith from Smith House Design to hear more about improving family life with a garden. Matt and his wife have created a learning environment in their backyard full of fruit trees, plants, and…

453: Edmund Williams on Aquaponics with Soil.

Merging multiple gardening systems into one. — In This Podcast: What do you get when a civil engineer loves to garden but doesn’t want to spend two hours a day in the backyard? You get a LEHR garden! Meet Ed Williams, the creator of this regenerative, functioning ecosystem that utilizes…

452: Kanin Routson on Apple Cider

Making more than just fruit juice from a popular fruit. — In This Podcast: Our apple expert Kanin Routson joins us again to help us understand the process of making delicious apple cider using white wine making techniques. He explains the difference between juice, cider, and hard cider, and how the new…

451: Brittney Schiff on Growing Food and Raising Animals

Having good clean fun on an urban farm. — In This Podcast: Awakening to the desire to grow their own fruits, vegetables, and meat, Brittney Schiff and her husband Stephen started with a few garden beds and chickens. Gradually this increased and they moved to a property that allowed them to…

448: Luke Allen on True Breeding Seeds

Stewarding future crops through considerate cultivation and harvesting of seeds. — In This Podcast: In the pursuit of resetting his health, Luke Allen took a four-day fasting journey and ended up taking his life in a new direction.  Eventually he resettled, started growing food, and seeds! With his experience as…