Niva and Yotam Kay - Pakaraka Farm
1 hr 19 min
Excited to be joined by Niva and Yotam Kay of Pakaraka Farm in New Zealand to talk about their work growing no-till and off grid on small acreage.  site:  Instagram:  Sponsors and Follow us at Support us at or Venmo: @notillgrowers Major supporters: Jean-Martin Fortier and Scott Snodgrass
The Abundant Edge
The Abundant Edge
Abundant Edge
Working with nature to build soil health, with Robert Pavlis
After last week’s session with Matt Powers, I want to add a second perspective on soil and the new science behind how we can restore it to health in our own gardens. For that perspective I got back in touch with Robert Pavlis who was first on this show a few seasons ago to talk about building natural ponds. Robert has been an avid gardener for over four decades. He is the owner and developer of Aspen Grove Gardens, a 6-acre botanical garden that features over 3,000 varieties of plants. As a specialist in soil science, he has been an instructor for Landscape Ontario and is a garden blogger, writer, and chemist. He teaches gardening fundamentals at the University of Guelph and garden design for the City of Guelph, Ontario, where he lives. One of the things I most appreciate about Robert’s work is that he’s not afraid to challenge any entrenched gardening belief or myth. He is always looking to get to the bottom of what helps plants to grow and what’s just marketing scams.  In this episode we really dive in deep on the fundamentals of soil composition and understanding the nutrients that plants need to thrive. We talk about looking at soil as an ecosystem unto itself rather than a living material, and why striving for ideal soil is not as important as making sure that you have the components necessary for the life inside it.  Robert also helps me to understand what happens in the ground after tillage, mulching, and other amendments. We go over simple tests you can do to diagnose your soil without special equipment or needing to pay for laboratory testing, and by the end, how to use the results of those tests to develop your own personalized soil plan.  This episode alone is like a short but thorough course on soil health, so you might want to keep a notebook handy.  For those of you who want to really expand your knowledge on soil science, I’ve teamed up with New Society Publishers to give away a free copy of this book. If you want to win a copy of Soil Science for Gardeners, just message me through our dedicated facebook group called Abundant Edge weekly regenerative skills and write a post about why you want to amend the soil on your site. I’ll select a winner one week after this episode comes out and send a hard copy of the book to you if you live in the US or Canada or a digital copy if you live anywhere else in the world. It’s that simple, plus you’ll be joining an incredible group of listeners like you who are sharing their regenerative living journey and learning experiences with the community.  Resources:
1 hr 17 min
The Thriving Farmer Podcast
The Thriving Farmer Podcast
Michael Kilpatrick
102. What I've Learned From 30 Different Speakers All About Mushrooms!
Have you ever considered the thought that mushrooms may have a bit more to offer than just unsightly, unsettling, unwanted growths on your farm? On this special episode, we’re discussing our upcoming Mushroom Summit. While you might think mushrooms are just weird fungus that have no place on your farm, well, I would passionately disagree! The mycological kingdom holds an integral place in our health, on our tables, and so much more. We have some amazing experts to share with the world, who will surely convince you to consider adding mushrooms to your farming operation. This 3-day Summit is 100% free to attend. You have nothing to lose and ever so much to gain, so if you can make it, you owe it to yourself to do just that! You’ll hear: What mushrooms do for humanity 2:37 About the Mushroom Summit is and its structure 3:40 Who’ll be speaking on day 1 at the Mushroom Summit, what they do, and what you can learn from them 6:03 Who’ll be speaking on day 2 at the Mushroom Summit, what they do, and what you can learn from them 12:06 Who’ll be speaking on day 3 at the Mushroom Summit, what they do, and what you can learn from them 25:02 Why you should attend the Growing Farmers Mushroom Summit! 34:52 About Growing Farmers and the Mushroom Summit: Growing Farmers is led by Michael Kilpatrick, a farmer, educator, and inventor who lives in Ohio. He is the host of the top rated Thriving Farmer Podcast and Thriving Farmer Summit series which has been viewed by over 50,000 farmers. He has managed large farms and businesses, consulted for industry experts around the world, and spoken at dozens of conferences. Michael believes that anyone can farm by following the simple business and management skills that he teaches in the Small Farm University, our community for thriving farmers. Join the largest virtual Mushroom Conference in the world. You will discover how fungi impact virtually every aspect of our lives, learn how to grow mushrooms of all types, and explore how to start a fungi focused business! In this FREE Online Conference you'll discover: How fungi impact virtually every aspect of our lives, and are needed now more than ever How you can grow your own nutrient-rich mushrooms on your countertop in just a few days How to start your very own mushroom business in a spare room, garage, or even your basement! Resources: Sign up for our FREE Mushroom Summit: See my daughter, Charlotte, talk about growing mushroom when she was 4 years old HERE!
42 min
Regenerative Agriculture Podcast
Regenerative Agriculture Podcast
John Kempf
Reversing Soil Degradation with Dwayne Beck
Dr. Dwayne Beck is well known for being one of the pioneers of no-till agriculture in central South Dakota and across the High Plains. For more than three decades, Dr. Beck has been creating comprehensive systems for both irrigated and dryland crop production throughout the region, educating growers on the power of crop rotation, diversity, and other regenerative practices. He currently serves as the Research Manager at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, a non-profit made up of farmers committed to sustainable land practices. On today’s episode, John and Dwayne discuss: * Dwayne’s background and his earlier work assisting local growers with their irrigation systems * The continuing decline of the Ogallala Aquifer and how water infiltration can be improved by implementing no-till agricultural practices. * Addressing the often-overlooked aspects of irrigation, such as percolation and water delivery, and how it affects soil health. * Dwayne’s observations on lake bottom soils, the power of macropores, and the prevalence of summer fallowing in the High Plains. * Utilizing de-percolation strategies to maintain proper nutrient levels in your soil. * Using competition, sanitation, and rotation to control weeds, diseases and insects. * Dwayne’s historical research on nutrient cycling and fertilizer placement. * Dwayne offers up a broader historical perspective on how agriculture, human nature, and mother nature work together. * A discussion on why moving to no-till options for all crops including potatoes, carrots and sugar beets are engineering and genetics problems. * The shared vision, but much different methods, between regenerative agriculture vs. organic agriculture.
1 hr 16 min
The Beginner's Garden with Jill McSheehy
The Beginner's Garden with Jill McSheehy
Jill McSheehy
164-Homemade Gifts From the Garden
Looking for Christmas gift ideas? On today's podcast I'm sharing some of my favorite homemade gifts from the garden. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Plant Therapy Essential Oils * High-quality essential oils * natural body care products * CBD Giving you the tools and know-how so that you can safely use essential oils and understand the ingredients they use in our products. For Free Shipping use this link: Plant Therapy MADEON * Allergy & Scent free * 100% Natural * No Preservatives * Face, Hair, Lips * Skin care * Muscle relief Free Shipping use the Promo Code: JOURNEYWITHJILL Ball Book of Home Canning Red Pepper Jelly Blackberry jalapeno jam Sweet potato Nachos Cold Care Teas Lip Balm cayenne rub Rosemary Gladstar's book Medicinal Herbs: eczema salve Healing Herbal Infusions by Colleen Codekas: itchy bite and sting balm Healing Herbal Infusions by Colleen Codekas: Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: Connect with Jill: Sign up for Friday Emails: Instagram: Beginner's Garden Shortcut FB Group: Link to Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes:
45 min
Beekeeping Today Podcast
Beekeeping Today Podcast
Jeff Ott, Kim Flottum
Interviews with Beekeepers, Author Steve Donohoe (S3, E27)
Starting several years ago, Steve Donohoe wanted to find out more about beekeepers and how they kept bees. His travels took him to California, where he talked to Randy Oliver and Ray Olivarez, to Vermont to talk to Mike Palmer, then back the UK to talk to Murry McGregor in Scotland and Peter Little, who used to work with Brother Adam, then on to a New Zealand honey packer and finally to France to visit that country’s largest queen breeder. These people were sort of his heroes, successful at their occupation and fairly well known in the beekeeping world. What he wanted to know was, what does it take to get to their respective positions, what do they have in common, and what don’t they have in common. He explored the biggest challenges they faced as a group, and as individuals. It took several years to analyze the data collected, recount the interviews and gather the collective wisdom these beekeepers shared with him. He gathered this all and his book is now available so you don’t have to travel the globe to gather the information yourself. Steve spent some time with us recently unwinding the tangle of his travels and finding the best in what he has learned. You will be glad you read this book and even better, glad you sat back and listened to this episode: Interviews with Beekeepers. Links and websites mentioned in this podcast: * The Walrus and the Honey Bee - * Business With Bees - ______________ Thanks to Strong Microbials for their support of Beekeeping Today Podcast. Find out more about heir line of probiotics in our Season 3, Episode 12 episode and from their website: This episode is brought to you by Global Patties! Global Patties is a family business that manufactures protein supplement patties for honey bees. Feeding your hives protein supplement patties will help ensure that they produce strong and health colonies by increasing brood production and overall honey flow. Global offers a variety of standard patties, as well as custom patties to meet your specific needs. Visit them today at and let them know you appreciate them sponsoring this episode! We want to also thank 2 Million Blossoms as a sponsor of the podcast. 2 Million Blossoms is a quarterly magazine destined for your coffee table. Each page of the magazine is dedicated to the stories and photos of all pollinators and written by leading researchers, photographers and our very own, Kim Flottum. _______________ We hope you enjoy this podcast and welcome your questions and comments: Thanks to Bee Culture, the Magazine of American Beekeeping, for their support of The Beekeeping Today Podcast. Available in print and digital at Thank you for listening! Podcast music: Young Presidents, "Be Strong", Musicalman, "Epilogue"
43 min
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