Interviews with the bright minds of mycology, soil science, and natural farming. Exploring the technology and techniques involved in the movement back to ecologically sound practices and businesses that start in our backyards!
Today we meet Jordan Mara of Mind and Soil. He will discuss his company mission, how gardening can be one of the best activities for our mental health, some of the research into specific soil microbes that help our brains and so much more.
This is a very exciting and inspiring episode, and Jordan shares about following his bliss to start Mind and Soil, details on how to be involved with his free online workshops, and at the end we dive into the four components of attention restoration theory, which I found very interesting!
This is the second part of the interview with Judy Fitzpatrick of Microbiometer.
Today we deep dive into microbiology and the workings of the microbial marketplace.
We discuss the current state of research, the balance between competition and cooperation of soil microbes, and the environmental influences on these microbes.
Then we discuss what some of the cannabis growers are doing to foster microbial balance and why they love growing in soil.
Judy shares how the stress response affects flavor and texture of plants and finally what’s going on with carbon and the soil.
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Today we meet Judy Fitzpatrick, cofounder of Microbiometer.
The first few minutes of this episode, Judy shares her back story, her history in medical diagnostics and then about cofounding soil microbial biomass measurement company, Microbiometer.
Judy shares about the distinctions of different available types of soil testing on the market, which is very enlightening.
She explains the process by which scientists breed and study bacteria in the lab setting to create strains with a specific purpose for the garden, or for medicine.
Then we dive more into microbiology, how bacteria breed, how their DNA gets shared around as they adapt to their environment, and so much more.
We learn how to understand the ratio of different fungi and bacteria, how to use this information to gain an ideal soil structure, and how it all works at the microbial level.
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Today we meet Leo Horrigan, a documentary filmmaker with the Center for a Livable Future at John’s Hopkins University. He is helping us understand the food system from farming to food access, and creating educational programs around their research.
We learn the five most important components to look at as we repair our food system.
Leo shares about a lot more including how farming and carbon will always be linked and about how we are studying the prairies and soil to make sure we can restore and unlock the potential of soil.
Today we meet Hunter Buffington, Executive Director of the Hemp Feed Coalition. We talk hemp as an animal feed, why it isn’t legal for animal feed yet, some of the roadblocks in the US and Canada, and how the Hemp Feed Coalition is working to change this.
Then Hunter shares details about cannabis plant byproducts, many of these potentially being animal feed. We learn a few specific ways that the listeners can be involved with progressing the agenda of the Hemp Feed Coalition Directly.
Then we hear details about clinical feed trials that need to take place, and some of the current research about bioaccumulation in the cannabis plant. Hemp is sure to change the nutritional makeup of the food we eat and offers promise for carbon sequestration and regenerative farming.
At the end of the interview, Hunter mentions some of the amazing technology being created now using hemp byproducts, and then finally where she thinks the hemp market is headed in the next 10 to 20 years.
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This is the second half of the interview with Nina Folch of Compost Santo. She shares about why she likes composting in the winter, how she looks at microbes in the microscope, and some of the realities of running a Soil Food Web Lab as a career.
Today we meet Nina Folch of Compost Santo located in Northern New Mexico. She is a student of the work of Dr. Elaine Ingham and others, and I’m so grateful to her for sharing so openly about the composting business she manages, the things she most loves about this work, and some of the challenges they have faced while the business has grown over three years.
IF you are interested in composting as a business and are are interested in the details of running such an operation, this is an episode for you!
I learned a lot from Nina and will feature the rest of our interview ASAP once it’s completed.
This episode is published on the first Monday of the year, happy new year, and I hope you have all have had a chance to look to the future and do some planning. Now is actually a great time to start composting. in preparation for spring.
I’ve been wanting to have an show for a while about the benefits of getting children back into nature. I recently read, Last Child In the Woods, now a classic book from 15 years ago about nature-deficit in children.
If you have younger kids in your life, today’s interview is with Jenny Bailey co-creator and author of a new book series for younger children, including a soundtrack which is featured at the intro to this episode.
The series is called, Tales from Mother Earth, and Jenny will be talking today about their first book which is about bees, then she will share about their educational initiatives in the UK and their mission to empower younger people to become passionate and responsible stewards of the earth.
But before our interview, I will review another new book, a graphic adaptation, and it is a graphic novel adaptation of the best-selling memoir by Edward O Wilson. For those of you who haven’t read his books including his most recent Tales from the Ant World, he is an amazing and fascinating adventurer, a researcher, biologist and entomologist who has been a staple at Harvard University since the 1950s.
This is Episode 75 with John Craig the master composter who runs grassroots nonprofit, We Compost, located inside the Farm and Food Lab in the Great Park at Irvine, California.
John tells us how to get started in composting, some basic methods to try, and some of the experiments they are doing with worms and composting at the Farm and Food Lab.
Then he shares the components of good composting and about his composting symbol that he has created for people to use while promoting and normalizing composting and compostable products.
Later, we discuss the basics of how to deal with specific composting issues and two book recommendations for vermicomposting and understanding the soil food web.
Finally, John shares how to find the right local worms that will thrive in your soil, wherever you are located.
Today we learn from Tom Marrero of Wakefield BioChar. He shares the background and history of biochar, plus the research and background that led him to start his family business. For those of you excited for a composting specific episode again, I promise that will come soon.
So what exactly is biochar, what can it do and what can it not do? Tom tells us all of this and why it is used for soil health and remediation.
The last portion is about the different types of biochar and the process of making it, and understanding the overall sustainability of biochar.
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Today Jennifer Lauruol will tell us about the ecologically-minded area of Lancaster England where she lives and some of the community and research programs they have there around sustainability and food security.
She talks about how she markets herself as an edible landscape designer, helping to restore spaces with native plants using permaculture concepts and getting people interested in healthier garden spaces.
She goes into how she is able to get suburbanites to come around to the idea of native plants in their yards, and about ways she incorporates these plants to make a statement in the landscape, as well as some of the terminology she prefers to use when communicating with people unfamiliar with permaculture principles.
Jennifer shares some great book recommendation and mentions very interesting landscape designers who have inspired her or paved the way to where we are now in the movement. Listen to the whole episode, because Jennifer gives some great recommendations sprinkled throughout the interview.
In the last section, we talk about animal life, keystone species of plants and animals, and understanding each piece of the ecosystem by observation to uncover what nature is telling us in our specific ecosystem.
Jennifer discusses going beyond permaculture with an indigenous approach to communication with plants and fungi which places humans directly into the natural environment with so much reverence and connection.
You can reach out to Jennifer after the interview, her cantact info is available at the end.
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Woniya was runner up on the survivalist show Alone, Season 6, where she survived two and a half months in the far northern region of Canada.
Today she shares her ideas for how to foster the right mindset and have a high chance to surviving in any environmental conditions, some simple practices we can all use to open our senses to our environments and how to connect with our landscape wherever we are located.
Then Woniya talks about her experiences teaching people about ancestral skills and all the awesome programs she has created through her business, Buckskin Revolution.
You can follow her work and learn more about her by searching Buckskin Revolution on social media and online.
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Next up we will have more natural farming stories and learning from Elton Ray James and Kyle Perry.
Today we meet my new friend Kyle Perry, second generation horticulturist and regenerative farmer based in Tennessee. We discuss his two new businesses, Beer Kashi and Native Soil Company and learn about the double fermented kashi he is created from spent brewery grain.
Then we talk about his fungal dominant soil product he has created and the awesome bioreactor he is using.
We also talk about alternative uses of kashi grains, no-till farming and vermicompost.
You can find Kyle and his companies online nativesoilco.com and @beerkashi on instagram.
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Later this week, the amazing and talented Woniya Thibault, primitive skills expert, subsistenance farmer and survivalist, competitor and runner up on Season 6 of the History Channel show called, Alone, which is also available on Netflix, will join us to discuss how we can all become closer to the earth and gain primitive skills.
Then next week, we have second half of my interviews with Elton James and Kyle Perry.
Today we meet Elton Ray James, cannabis grower and lifelong mushroom activist, co-creator with his wife of the largest mushroom growing group on Facebook.
He shares how he ended up developing a cannabis business with a California micro business license and what that can mean for growers getting into the industry.
Then Elton discusses how mushrooms can open the mind to a lifelong thirst for knowledge, and some of the very awesome visions he has for developing his farm into an entheobotanical tourist destination.
I ask him about where we are culturally with magic mushrooms and other psychedelics. Then Elton talks about how his life working with fungi affects his farming methods.
Later in the month I will publish the rest or Elton’s vision for creating his destination farm he calls an amazement park!
At the end of this week, we will meet a soil entrepreneur from Tennessee discussing his novel soil business and his beer kashi product made from spend brewing grains.
Then next week, the amazing and talented Woniya Thibault, primitive skills expert, sustenance farmer and survivalist, competitor and runner up on Season 6 of the History Channel show called, Alone, which is also available on Netflix, will join us to discuss how we can all become closer to the earth and gain primitive skills. She will also tell us about her educational company called Buckskin Revolution.
This is Part 2 of my chat with natural farmer and community activist Marco Thomas in Petersburg, Virginia. We talk more about the IMO solutions, Korean Natural Farming principles and building up the farmers market culture in his city. His mission is to share with his community and teach them that it is possible to feed a family low-cost, nutritious food off a small piece of urban land.
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Today we learn more about Korean Natural Farming and making indigineous microorganism solution from Marco Thomas an urban gardener and natural farmer based in Virginia. His mission is to share with his community and teach them that it is possible to feed a family low-cost, nutritious food off a small piece of urban land.
This interview will be published in two parts, so subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen from, and hear the second half later in the week.
Today, Marco discusses the first steps to getting starting in natural farming and enriching the land with locally harvested microbes.
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We are back with William Padilla-Brown discussing how to grow mushrooms in a hugelkultur mound, how a myco-focused permaculture lifestyle has benefitted his young son, and then he shares some of the most interesting things he is working on right now such as mushroom breeding for traits and understanding their DNA.
William is a great example of a super-learner who is working towards a healthier world. He always has many interesting current and upcoming projects which he will share at the end of the podcast.
This is the third segment with Casey Ernst and Keisha Wheeler of Catalyst BioAmendments, a composting and soil company they run with business partners, Zach Ellis and Gregory Munn in Northern California. You can follow their adventure on instagram @catalyst_microbe_adventure, and you can follow mine @getinmygarden. If you want to hear more from them, you can tune in to some of the earlier episodes this past several weeks.
In this episode we learn the backstory of how two soil food web geeks took their passion for microbes and their education with Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web School and made it into a business. Then we discuss the popularity of soil food web with the cannabis industry and the special considerations for this crop. Lastly, Casey quickly talks about caring for the compost and soil food web during the winter months.
This is Episode #65 of the Get In My Garden Podcast, and today we are back with Steve Abbott of Abbott’s Family Farm discussing considerations when getting started as a market gardener and how to bootstrap your way to profits.
Steve shares what he has learned about the importance of building relationships at the farmers market and building your loyal customer base.
Then he talks crop considerations and rotation strategy. If you are considering market gardening, you can also listen to more content from Steve Abbott in Episode #62 which was published a couple weeks ago.
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This is Episode #64, and today we’re back with William Padilla-Brown who was on the podcast last year sharing about edible algae, and today he shares about how he has set up his new hugelkultur mounds for gardening and what he is planning for a new spiralina pond. He shares some more details about how he is successfully growing, testing and harvesting this algae and how he eats it. Spirulina is basically one of the most nutrient rich and protein dense foods available used throughout history as a food source.
And for those of you who haven’t heard of Hugelkultur, it is a very old and intelligent gardening method using wood, compost and other layers that feed the Soil Food Web.
William is an inspirational educator and adventurer, a talented guy interested in many things. He lives and works to create a more holistic world, and you can follow his work and life via his active instagram account @mycosymbiote.
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Today we learn about the Soil Food Web, what exactly it is and then we explore some of the basics of fungi in the environment and how plants interact with them. We talk with Casey Ernst and Keisha Wheeler of Catalyst BioAmendments, a composting and soil company they run with business partners, Zach Ellis and Gregory Munn in Northern California. Follow their adventure on instagram @catalyst_microbe_adventure.
Today we connect with Steve Abbott of Abbott’s Family Farm in Sumner, Maine. He is successful market gardener and farmers market organizer and has lots of great information to share about successfully running a farmers market business, farming only a small piece of land.
We will dive into the most critical components of making a market gardening business successful and profitable. Steve has built a his business supplying his produce to his rural community via the market and his CSA delivery service.
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This is episode #61, and we meet Keisha Wheeler of Catalyst BioAmendments, a composting and soil company she runs with her business partners Casey Ernst, Zach Ellis and Gregory Munn in Northern California. Follow their adventure on instagram @catalyst_microbe_adventure.
Keisha is also very involved with Elaine Ingham’s online Soil Food Web School, which is where I originally met her. She is a wealth of knowledge on the subject, and today we will learn a bit about her back story and some fundamentals of composting.
This podcast has moved to a different platform, and I will now be focusing on shorter and more regular episodes, and bite-sized interviews. This means repeat guest experts going forward which is what I’ve been talking about for a very long time. So, you can expect more content from my interview with Keisha, and also from Chris later in the month.
Another thing that is finally taking shape is the newsletter. It will include a synopsis of each podcast, that supplemental content I’ve been promising for a very long time, bios and info about the guest experts and their work, and then highlight posts from the facebook group I created called, Soil Balance with Microbes, Minerals, Fungi, Fertilizer and Bugs; and it will evolve to so much more.
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Today we meet Elizabeth Lake, a long-time supporter of the podcast and local beekeeper and pollinator activist.
She talks about her adventures in beekeeping, her local activism and building a community around her interests.
Then she gives a breakdown of different types of bees and her learnings about native bees who are most hard to observer and research.
Elizabeth share about the impact of honeybees on native bee habitat and the debates going on about this, the relationship of bees to specific plants, a description of the very different types of bees and why what affects honeybees doesn’t necessary relate to other bees, the current state of research into native bees and her honest review of the recent ‘the pollinators’ feature film.
Today we meet entomologist, researcher and author Douglas Tallamy. the book is called, Nature’s Best Hope, a new approach to conservation that starts in your yard.
He shares about plant and insect interactions, ornamentals and how they are affecting the local food webs, and his ongoing research on invasive plants.
Then Douglas gives a directive for creating a sustainable relationship with the earth, focused on our yards and three-dimensional, native landscapes.
His category of keystone plants that drive the food webs and can help restore nature and extend preserved lands.
This goes beyond just any native plants and focuses on those that are extremely productive in their support of the food webs.
This book inspired me, and I hope you will go out and order yourself a copy. Enjoy my interview with Douglas, and follow up with the resources he mentions in our interview!
This is Episode 58 of the Get In My Garden Podcast, and we are back with Wyatt Bryson of Jewels of the Forest, makers of mushroom jerky.
Wyatt is also an educator and researcher via his company Mycolab Solutions and has over 15 thousand subscribers on his youtube station, where he share the methods and strategies of growing mushrooms.
He updates us on his work and current research such as CO2 usage and mushroom scents and flavors, hundreds of different compounds in mushrooms with many applications in food and science.
Wyatt talks about the critical mass of the mushroom business for food, supplements and the new trends in many other industries, getting deeper into the science of mushrooms and the innovation and research that is starting to happen.
Also, Wyatt shared the basics of getting going in the hobby of mushroom growing, a journey though the equipment and options for those just getting started, basically mushroom growing 101, some clever ideas to get started with local resources that cost a lot less money than you’d think, and the pros and cons of the various options.
Wyatt shares the easiest and most efficient mushrooms to grow, the different substrates and conditions you would need to start out, how to get a few flushes out of a mushroom grow, picking the right species, managing temperature and avoiding contamination issues.
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Today we have back Dan Long, Georgia Beekeeper discussing the life of bees and beekeeping in the winter.
Dan covers shares some details about native bees and their lifecycles which are very different from honey bees,
He tells us about what beekeepers can do for honeybees in years of shortage or if honey has been over harvested, and the number one thing we call an do as gardeners to help bees going into the future.
Dan shares about how the large-scale beekeepers manage their hives in winter by moving them, storing them and or retrofitting them, and finally we discuss some of the treatments beekeepers do to kill parasites during the winter brood break, and what exactly happens inside the hive when the bees recognize there is a problem.
Today we are back with Sara Schuster of the Tending Seeds podcast sharing about fire cider, fermenting, foraging and preservation as we approach winter.
She updates us on her projects, how her podcast and herbalism businesses are evolving, and how she is building a community to sustain her homestead and teaching lifestyle.
Sara tells us what she has learned about successful fermenting, microbial diversity and making koji with fermenting legend Sandor Katz.
Today we meet Sebring Frehner of Sebring Seeds.
He covers a lot of interest subjects such as microdosing cannabis,
the soil science behind cannabis growing, and some of the newest products related to this.
We learn about the nutrient cycling advantage of living organic growing systems and the process of breeding high CBD cannabis strains.
He shares how he developed his non-profit called Sebring Seeds which has been his vehicle to distribute over 40 thousand high CBD cannabis strain seeds to patients around the world.
Sebring tells us some of the reasons people are using CBD and how it helps the human nervous system, and also what are the concerns related to contamination and testing now that Wall Street has their hand in the market.
His non-profit is located in Washington where cannabis is totally legal, so he shares the state of the cannabis market within the state.
Then finally we talk more about the farm bill and considerations while growing for CBD and or hemp fibers.
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This is the second of a series we will be doing on Korean Natural Farming this year with Eric Weinert, and more episodes will be up over the next couple months intermittently with other content. Eric is currently heading back to Korea, and we will learn more from him when he returns soon.
He is Korean Natural Farming expert, author and natural farming activist based out of Hawaii.
On this episode we discuss the history and future of Korean Natural Farming and the current state within the evolution of natural farming.
Eric shares the challenges of farming and marketing produce in Hawaii, the economics of competing with mass-produced food products from the United States and elsewhere.
He covers a bit of the history of Korean natural farming and the current research that exists, including bio-enzymes and other new solutions that Eric is returning to Korea to learn more about.
Then we discuss the amazing distribution system in Korea that makes locally-grown food much more economically feasible
We talk then about the movement of millennials back to farming and the opportunities that exist for young farmers in Hawaii with training, specifically in Korean Natural Farming.
Lastly we discuss the economics of existing farming verses natural farming over time.
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Today we catch up with Eric Weinert who was on the podcast about a year ago. He is a Korean Natural Farming expert, author, and natural farming activist based out of Hawaii.
He reviews the KNF philosophy, how to stimulate and grow indigenous microorganism in your own soil, and we go over the vital solutions that are cheaply and easily made in any environment for farming and landscaping using the KNF methods.
Eric also shares more of his backstory and explains some of the reasons Korean Natural Farming has recently grown so much within the natural farming community.
Then we talk about the soil food web, how to evaluate your soil microbes and organisms, and then how to collect indigenous microorganisms from your area to superpower your farm and garden efforts or to restore your landsdcape.
This is the first of a series we will be doing on Korean Natural Farming this year with Eric, and more episodes will be up over the next couple months. Eric is currently back in Korea, and we will be sure to learn more from him when he returns.
A couple months ago during my greenhouse visit at Growing Opportunities Hydroponics Farm, I learned about a new technology company, UbiQD (pronounced like ubiquity) with an amazing new product that greatly increases greenhouse yields. Since they are located about 30 minutes from Santa Fe where I live, I reached out to them to set up a little tour and to learn more about their research and what special material they are producing. I really enjoyed seeing their materials up close, taking a peek inside their secret laboratory and then learning from Damon Hebert, head scientist, about the many potential eco-friendly and economic benefits of the products and materials they are making. He share about what they are researching and what the future may hold for solar technologies.
Today we meet a local backyard homesteader who shares his wisdom with us from over 10 years of natural farming in downtown Albuquerque. Sam Lopez has created an amazing and flourishing oasis in this desert city.
In our chat, we cover a lot of ground such as keeping laying hens and rabbits in your back yard, raised bed gardens, composting systems, a special kind of beehive called the Warre Hive, his no-till farming practices that support the soil food web, methods he uses to make compost that keep the ecosystem balanced, water catchment and sustainability practices that relate to the home and garden, as well as how this lifestyle and philosophy affects his kids and family.
Sam is a natural podcaster and he will tell us all about these things. I also toured his urban homestead and took videos which will be available on instagram @getinmygarden.
Today we meet Ed Williams, creator of the LEHR garden. LEHR is an acronym for the system he has created that includes elements of aquaponics, hugelkultur, composting, mushrooms, the soil food web and basically as many natural components as possible; he is an engineer after all!
Ed is very interesting to listen to as he describes his backyard systems, shares his engineering wisdom and talks about the backyard farm system he has created from start to finish.
Ed’s vision is for a more involved and healthy human interaction with the foods we eat, with fewer labor hours and much greater ecological and social benefit. Towards the end of the episode, he shares his calculations about carbon sequestration and his ideas for remodeling the suburban landscape norms.
You can see more of his work at lehrgarden.com
Today we meet mushroom educator and entrepreneur Wyatt Bryon. He talks about the development of his fungi-focused businesses, the opportunities that currently exist in the mushroom-related market, how he is preserving knowledge and research for future generations, and how he is incrementally moving towards zero waste within his business.
Wyatt talks about how much easier it is to add mushroom cultivation to your farm business nowadays and all the resources that exist within the mushroom growing community.
Wyatt share some secrets about how to establish wild mushrooms within your own yard, and towards the end of the interview we discuss how our human bodies and brains might be building a symbiotic relationship with fungi.
This week I had the great pleasure of visiting with Kim Martin of Growing Opportunities Inc, a hydroponic farm focussed on tomatoes, located in Alcalde, New Mexico, about 30 minutes north of Santa Fe.
Their business have been in operation for 20 years as hydroponic greenhouses, and they are now one of the largest in Northern New Mexic selling vine-ripened tomatoes.
Kim gives us an overview of how their facilities are set up and monitored with specialized equipment, how pollination happens within the greenhouses, what types of hydroponic grow systems they have succeeded using, and some of the beneficial microbes they use.
Then Kim shares some examples of the learning curve they have experienced along the way and how they monitor the plants for issues.
In the second half, we discuss the new wave of hemp growers and how it is changing the farming economy in New Mexico.
I will continue to add short videos of my visit with Kim Martin at Growing Opportunities Inc. of their greenhouses, their systems and my farm visit. You can see these on my instagram page @getinmygarden
Today we learn from landscape designer and consultant Pete Widin some of his principles of plant selection for an edible landscape beyond just the aesthetic, and his system of working with clients and implementing his version of edible meets native landscape design.
We discuss ground cover options that are edible or herbal, research that’s going on to find plant combinations and plants from similar bioregions around the world to safely fit into a new environment.
He talks about his larger farm-scale use of permaculture principles to improve our greater environment plus the landscape industry and career opportunities related to this.
We also discuss whether grasses and turf lawns should have a place in landscape design today, and considerations for making a more bee-friendly lawn.
Today we chat with Larry Hountz from City Hydro in Baltimore. He has a great story of starting out and created a business growing micro greens. He has looking at the economics of it while learning about what works and what doesn’t work for small indoor farmers. If you want to go to market with your produce or are curious about creating a local indoor growing operation to supply restaurants and kitchens with live microgreens, you may find this episode very interesting.
Larry and his wife started their journey from scratch not knowing all that much about what to do.
He now grows 16 different types of micro greens and has over the years grown 85 at a time using his simple hydro systems which in my opinion would be a great add-on to existing farmers market offerings with not much added effort for existing produce marketeers.
He discusses how his systems are set up, a breakdown of the economics of running this type of microgreens micro-farm, a few of the seeds he is focussing on, some plants that make good mini greens rather than micro greens and how to learn more about what he is doing and get started yourself.
Today we visit with Sara Schuster who is an herbalist, homesteader and fellow podcaster based in Tennessee. Her podcast is called, Tending Seeds, Adventures in Homesteading and Herbalism.
We discuss southern homesteading, how to get more involved with herbalism, foraging for herbs in your area even if you’re in a large city, planting in the woods to forage later, some widespread plants to you can forage for in most bioregions, and much much more.
Today we have a very special guest, speaker, writer, entrepreneur, citizen scientist, mycologist and so much more, William Padilla-Brown.
He is a Contributing Editor for Fungi Magazine, and today we discuss his work with algae, and the five algae species that are most promising for cultivation and economic feasibility.
William talks about algae and fungi as the premier organisms for ecosystem restoration and their relationship to each other, current algae research for algoremediation potential in wastewater, and usage in various agriculural systems.
Then we talk about how many people are now creating new micro industries, self educating and contributing to a much brighter future that includes natural farming methods paired with creative use of technology.
Finally we talk about William’s various projects and businesses and some details about DNA sequencing research he is involved in to identify new mushroom species and species specific unique compounds with medical discovery potential.
Kim Sorvig, author of Sustainable Landscape Construction, A Guide to Green Building Outdoors catches us up with what’s going on with the sustainable landscape construction an design industry and where things might be moving in the future as we face ecological challenges. This episode was recorded at the Honeymoon Brewery in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we sampled their awesome alcoholic kombuchas.
Today we have the much anticipated episode with Melanie Kirby who you may have seen on instagram TV or in any of the short videos I shared on social media recently.
We met at her land up in the mountain village called Truchas, New Mexico where she and her partner have their mother breeder colonies and sells queens bees from their business Zia Queenbees.
She is a bee researcher testing out bees in different bioregions, while working on her graduate degree at the famed Washington State University Honeybee Research Laboratory.
She talks about the modern business of pollinator bees we depend on to pollinate our food crops.
Then we learn about her queen breeding program, nicknamed ‘Bees as Seeds’ with the purpose of breeding more resilient honeybees. She mentions the different subspecies of American bees and much much more.
Melanie talks about how she uses a non-intrusive tracking system technology she helped create to document and understand the adaptations of honeybees.
She will be taking her work to Spain for 10 months from November 2019 through July 2020 as winner of the Fulbright National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship.
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Dylan Martin is back to discuss some very interesting women involved in mycology today and what they are up to.
He mentions his involvement with the Controlled Environment Agriculture Program at the trades and technology program at the Santa Fe Community College, raising money from a mushroom program and all the awesome research and activism projects he is spearheading.
Dylan is taking his radical mycology to the next level by starting a Mycoflora Project in the unique bioregion in and around New Mexico and building community in the mycology world.
I ask him about the opportunities and startup scene in Santa Fe and what the Controlled Environment Agriculture Program has going on in their new 12,000 square foot greenhouse.
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Today we learn about observational beehives with Dan Long, Georgia Master Beekeeper, bee hobbyist since 1995, and serious beekeeper since 2011. He is a father of six and lives in Athens, Georgia where he is owner of a nursery specializing in clematis.
Dan talks about the different types of observational hives and the people who build these small movable hives to bring along to the farmers market or to educational venues.
We learn about his favorite type of observational hive that fits right onto a home window as well as some interesting details about the bees and their lifecycle that can be witnessed throughout the year with observational hives.
This is the second part of the interview with Matt Ladegaard where we talk about the basics of plant breeding and adaptations, seed saving and plant genetics.
We also talk about the local food scene here in Santa Fe, New Mexico and how the distribution happens from farm to table.
Matt also tells us a bit more about the experience of being a market gardener and running the business side of things.
You can meet Matt at the Santa Fe Farmers Market on Saturdays and Tuesdays.
Today we have a very special guest, Steve Raisner, of the Growing with Fishes Podcast and the Potent Ponics Youtube station.
He is an extremely knowledgable guy and the type of person who is always gaining more knowledge and evolving his practices based on what he learns. he is a legitimate scientist and researcher.
We discuss dual root zone planting for cannabis for greater terpene production and terpene variety and also much faster and stronger plant growth. The benefits are huge and he talks about how aquaponics maximizes the natural capacity of the cannabis plant.
Steve gives a side by side comparison of soil vs aquaponics growing to understand cost and the differences.
He mentions what NASA research has discovered about aquaponics microbial life and the aquatic food web vs the terrestrial food web.
Towards the end of our discussion we discuss what’s going on in the world of GMO, and how some labs are creating cannabinoids for mass market without the cannabis plant and some of the downfalls of this.
Today we meet Matt Ladegaard, a market gardener, entrepreneur and marketeer, founder of Groundstone Farm in Pojoaque NM, just north of Santa Fe where he sells retail at the Santa Fe Farmers Market and wholesale via Squash Blossom Local Food and La Montanita Coop.
He went to school for sustainable agriculture and has worked at several farms around the country over the last decade.
We cover what it’s like to be a market farmer, an overview of the the thriving Santa Fe farmers market community, how he leased a small piece of prime farmland for almost nothing to start his market farm business, what the new generation of farmers are doing now to launch successful farmers market businesses, how to market the highest quality local food and not compete on price in a world of easily available cheap foods, how much land you really will need to start farming, and the basic farming concepts and systems you must master before jumping into business.
Today we have a very interesting and information-packed episode with Ayla Bystrom-Williams founder of the Honeymoon Brewery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and her partner James Hill, head brewer of Honeymoon Brewery.
They tell the origin story of their new brewery that is focussed on alcoholic kombucha brewed in one of the most pristine environments in the country at the foothills of the Sangre de Christo Mountains.
First off, they share their entrepreneurial experiences, the barriers they had to overcome to found their unique brewery, and then they go into the history of kombucha in the United States.
Then James talks about my favorite subject, microbes, how they inoculate their kombucha, and how their SCOBY culture evolves with the local indigenous microbes, making it very unique to our high altitude ecosystem.
We talk a lot about microbes and the terroir of different brewing locations. James shares the details of kombucha brewing in general from home brewing to larger scale operations, how to control the alcohol content and carbonation, and keep it safe for consumption.
Then we circle back to running a business, launching a startup by leaning on local resources, dealing with the government bureaucracy and supporting alternative economies as entrepreneurs.
Today we meet Adrienne Rosenberg, documentarian and Memphis native turned Northern New Mexican.
We learn about pollinator insects, creating a pollinator refuge on your land, no matter how small, some of the very interesting history of acequias, the agricultural waterways and the water rights system that the Spaniards brought to New Mexico several hundred years ago, and the socio-cultural environment and history around managing these community water resources. Adrienne understands the profound connection humans have always had to the land they live on, and how important this is for the continuity of knowledge and history.
This is episode #33 of the Get in My Garden Podcast. Permaculture expert and New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program consultant Bradley Babb discusses his recent trip back home to the island of Barbados, the current state of permaculture and recycling on the island, what he noticed after nearly 20 years away, and some great ideas on how to educate the citizens and start solving some of the ecological and social issues the island is facing.
This is episode 32 of the Get in My Garden Podcast. Today we visit again with Jon Romens, owner of Future Roots Regenerative Landscapes based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
He answers our questions about trees, weeds and what to do in winter, and how to build soil and continue to think about our gardens and landscaping during the winter months.
John introduces the idea of a different tree-focussed perennial agriculture model to feed ourselves and our farm animals, how to use trees to stop erosion and to plan your landscaping properly, and methods for farming drylands and managing water intelligently using invasive, non-native trees to our benefit, and so much more.
This is episode 31, and we have Korean Natural Farming and Soil Food Web expert Eric Weinert calling in from Hawaii where he is a farming activist and former candidate for State House of Representatives. He has over a decade of hands on experience in the methods of Korean Natural Farming.
We talk about what Korean Natural Farming is and how to foster indigenous microbial life, how to feed your natural habit and foster a state of balance. We discuss what Eric has discovered over several years of farming in a tropical island climate and so many other things.
I hope you enjoy the episode and pick up a few ideas that will benefit or improve your farming and gardening methods and make your environment more health.
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We are back with Dylan Martin, Vice President of the New Mexico Mycological Society to discuss recent results of research into how bees are naturally using fungi to increase their immunity, ways we may soon be able to help our local bee populations with fungi, and what this means for us humans.
Here on earth, the soil food web is of great interest for farmers and gardeners, and so much research has happened over the last several decades to better understand microbes and their subterainean ecosystems.
In fact, the underground biosphere is basically twice as big as Earth’s oceans and contains some 23 billion tons of organisms.
The Deep Carbon Observatory calls it the subterranean Galapagos. The DCO is a collaboration of around 1,000 scientists studying “deep Earth” ecosystems. According to researchers, knowing how organisms survive in the extreme conditions below Earth’s surface will help us understand the origins and evolution of life on our planet—and perhaps our closest neighbor Mars.
Deep earth microbes that can live miles beneath land and seafloor habitats are called intraterrestrials, and about 70% of all the bacteria and archaea on Earth live in this subsurface environment. We know very little about them because they are so hard to access.
The deep carbon observatory has sampled hundreds of deep Earth habitats, sometimes drilling boreholes three miles deep to reach them and also investigating existing mines.
Millions of microbe species are estimated to occupy this biosphere, and some are able to survive boiling temperatures or pressures 400 times those at sea level.
In this episode, Dylan Martin tells us about the benefits of being involved with your local Mycological Society, some great events that have been hosted by the New Mexico branch, details about the mycoremediation hearing in Los Alamos, New Mexico and about other interesting mycology activism and research we need to follow. And lastly, if mushrooms are so good at sucking up toxins from the environment, I ask Dylan if we should we be worried the the mushrooms we consume my have high levels of heavy metals and other undesirable contaminants?
Today we learn about the rewilding philosophy.
There are very few people with the level of sincerity of next guest. He has a great back story and he calls himself Maximilian LionMan.
Maximillian discusses the rewilding philosophy, the movement he is a part of to honor our ancient human ancestors, their wisdom and their connection to the earth.
We talk about the trajectory of modern man and ways we can lead more connected lives, no matter where we live.
Maximilian shares how to use the rewilding philosophy as a lens to evaluate the world and the choices we make on a daily basis to thrive, to maintain community, to reconnect to the earth and become more of our human selves.
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Dylan Martin is back to talk growing mushrooms at home as a beginner, and the progression from simple to more advanced methods.
Growing mushrooms is so easy, and once you get started, it can become addictive.
Dylan and I met on a busy weekend morning at a downtown coffee shop to chat about backyard and inside growing of fungi.
Hi Everyone, This is Episode 25 of the Get in My Garden Podcast, a chat with Radical Mycologist, Dylan Martin about Mycology, Mushroom Tech and the Frontier of Mycology.
It has been a while since the last episode, as I have been consumed my my work at the farmers markets, planning my new soil health business and researching desperately needed new sound equipment for this podcast.
The focus has always been to feature local experts, hobbyists and successful small business creators who work with the earth in unique ways.
Next year, podcast content and interviews will focus on organic gardens and gardening, sustainable high-impact small farming, permaculture, the soil food web, landscaping, plant collecting, farmers’ market businesses, and so much more.
Great things are planned for this podcast. Going forward, it will have tighter and shorter episodes and ocassionally feature short crossover videos on youtube and facebook with content to support the episodes.
With new microphone equipment and better editing, this podcast will continue at the end of this year.
Please subscribe now on iTunes or your favorite podcast app so you will know when the new episodes are up and so you can listen to it in its new format!
Also, the private facebook group I founded 6 months ago called, Soil Balance with Microbes, Minerals, Fungi, Fertilizers, Inoculants and Bugs, has grown to over 3000 people already. So as I mentioned earlier, I am working a website to sell all the components of soil building, including microbes and fungi that do tremendous things for people who are seeking soil health in their gardens or those interested in the soil food web. I envision this somehow being connected to the podcast, so will find experts to speak about soil throughout the year!
I hope to use facebook stories within the group when the subject matter fits and to use social media more strategically with all these projects to make them better and give you listeners more of the content that you really want.
Now, on today’s episode, we chat with Radical Mycologist, Dylan Martin, who is part of a fast growing movement of people from basically every walk of life who are passionately involved in learning from the enormously diverse fungus kingdom, working with them and spreading this movement.
We casually chat about mycelium, the fungal world, fungal studies aka the neglected mega-science, and what you need to know about it all.
There are so many great ideas right now in business and technology using fungi to address our most critical problems: ecological, human health, economic, and so many more.
Hope you enjoy this episode. The chat was really fun and totally interesting. And let me remind you that this will be the last episode with the old single mic and that new equipment will be fixing most of the sound quality issues going forward. Dylan will be back for more mushroom talk later in the year.
Today we revisit with Kelly McCracken of High Desert Orchids who was on the podcast several months ago when she was launching her online plant business.
We talk about the evolution of her business, her very unique strategy she is using on facebook, and how she is successfully engaging and educating her customer via facebook groups and weekly live streams of her unique orchid plants.
If you are interested in online marketing of your hobby and turning it into a successful business, you will be inspired by Kelly’s story. Since we are both the admins of our own facebook groups, we talk about our theories about the facebook algorithms too.
Have a listen If you are interested in the geekier side of orchid collecting, random facts about orchids, the types of people who collect orchids, the complex world of hybridizing them, the details about the vast quantities of very diverse orchids all over the world, and an update on the orchid industry that has been crushed by the erupting Hawaiian volcano.
Make sure to join Kelly’s awesome facebook group, High Desert Orchids - Orchids for Sale on facebook, and listen to dynamic and fun live stream every Thursday night.
This is episode 23 of the Get in My Garden Podcast. Today we have another very special episode. The subject is Controlled Environment Agriculture. We meet Charlie Shultz, a researcher, farmer and teacher; a pioneer in the field of aquaponics and lead faculty in the very impressive Controlled Environment Agriculture Program at Santa Fe Community College.
Charlie began working with fish and plants as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech while double majoring in Biology and Fishery Science. His work has sent him to many locations including 14 years at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, where he researched indoor aquaponics production and its many facets from nutrition and system economics.
We will cover a lot of topics from aquaponics systems vs hydroponics, their economics, food security and water supply challenges the world faces, and how these controlled environment agriculture systems are the solution.
In this episode, we meet John Romens, founder of Future Roots Regenerative Landscapes, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We talk creating shade canopies, building soil, plant root health, water management and water systems, biodynamic farming including the local scene and how farmers and wine growers are using these methods, and finally current weather patterns and what they means for our yards and soil.
This is Part B of the interview with Suzanne Wainwright, aka Bug Lady. She is a very busy consultant and public speaker on beneficial insects and is a leading horticultural Entomologist. We discuss beneficial insects in more detail, such as how they are applied, how they are used instead of pesticides applications, what to avoid when buying them, and of course how to get them. We talk about the research trends driven by large insectaries and the new bug products that are coming to market. Suzanne also shares the inside scoop of what is going on in the beneficial insect industry and jobs opportunities that currently exist.
On today’s episode, we meet the very interesting Suzanne Wainwright, aka Buglady. She is a very busy consultant and public speaker on beneficial insects and is a leading horticultural entomologist. She is so interesting, and we had quite a long chat starting with a discussion about conservation of native beneficials on small farms, soil nutrition and its affect on pests, the best methods of managing pests on a small farm operation, and how to properly identify insect problems or learn more about your insects. This is the first episode with Suzanne, and the rest of our interview will be available next in part B.
On this episode, we meet Bert Wahlen, CEO of Smartplant, a company empowering and capturing the next generation of plant lovers. They just launched their new app after years of research and expanding on their mission. They are using demographics data to transform the garden industry from a confusing, overwhelming, a sometimes stale and unwelcoming industry, into a fun and approachable one, in the language that millennials understand, data and technology.
SmartPlant is increasing connection between people and their plants and empowering the next generation of plant hobbyists so that the next generation of consumers will be engaged in gardening.
This is episode 18 of the Get in My Garden Podcast. Today we meet Bradley Babb, permaculture expert, consultant to natural farmers and to New Mexican medicinal cannabis growers through his business called Earthtone Permaculture. He consults with businesses and individuals about water catchment, soil building and erosion management but is focussing more and more with medical cannabis customers and is anticipating focussing on fully cannabis growing and eduction once legalization happens.
He has a vast knowledge of the soil food web, of natural land restoration methods, and of alternative growing methods such a aquaponics and hydro. He teaches people how to maintain balance in their gardens and shares his knowledge and ideas openly with everyone. In this episode, we discuss low tech ways to renew degraded land and ways to transform unfarmable land into an oasis by working with nature. We discus how mycelium, bacteria and enzymes are likely to fix most of our ecological problems and we talk about low cost methods of creating compost teas and inoculants that have been used for thousands of years.
This is episode 17 with Nick Kiss, co-creator of Bokashi Living, a company based out of Vancouver, British Colombia. He spent 14 year involved in a large-scale municipal composting operation, and with his business partners, he is bringing back an ancient Japanese composting method that shortens the complete compost cycle down to just 4-6 weeks. Bokashi composting uses something called ‘Bokashi Bran’, a complex microbial blend inoculated into bran, the outer layer of cereal grains. Unlike backyard composting, the Bokashi method makes composting all kitchen food waste possible. We talk about soil, microbes, composting methods, the direct relationship between microbes and how plants are able to uptake nutrition, and about their company that is working to mainstream the composting of all home kitchen food waste.
Today is the spring episode with Carol and Don of White Duck Farm. Carol is hilarious and has a lot of fun gardening farming and experimenting and learning about sustainability and biodynamic farming. We cover a lot of subjects over coffee in their garden and humorously chat about their wonderful farm and how things are moving along this spring.
Each year is different, and Carol shares about her farmers market strategy this year to set herself apart from other market gardeners.
We spend about half our time taking about her birds: the chickens, the ducks, the geese, the peacocks, the guineas.
Then we talk about various subjects from the ‘birds and bees’ on the farm, for instance incubating her birds’ eggs and fostering good chicks, goat kidding season, how they will setup their new bee hives, growing flowers to sell at market, toxin-free insect management, creating effecting products out of herbs and locally gathered ingredients, expanding into growing mushrooms, and we even revisit canna lilies as a landscaping plant.
As a passionate and curious biodynamic farmer and gardener, Carol is constantly adapting to changes and “listening to the farm” to maintain balance
We end the interview with a discussion about hoop houses and how this simple technology changed everything for four season farming.
Last week, I checked in with Carol Horwitz and Don Faulkner, proprietors of White Duck Farm, whom I interviewed for the podcast at the end of last year. We chatted about their operations and toured around for a couple hours. They have a lot going on this year. They shared what’s new since last year and what they have planned for their focus at the farmers market this season.
Later this week, we will have our spring episode with Carol, but today we have both Carol and Don talking about their Bees, the importance of the queen’s genetics, their efforts and struggles as beekeepers, what they are doing this year to prevent colony collapse and a few stories about their other animals who will soon be producing offspring.
Over the last 12 years of homesteading, they have gained so much wisdom about the natural cycles of nature, plants and animals, and we talk about this.
On today’s episode, we meet Kaitlin Mogentale, half of a duo of highly focussed young social entrepreneurs with a brilliant business called Pulp Pantry. They launched their big idea hyper-locally through the farmers markets in Los Angeles.
Every day, they are succeeding in their mission of changing the cycle of food waste in the United States and how we think about our food. Through hard work and activism, Pulp Panty is replacing sugar-laden grain cereals with nutrient-rich, organic and remarkably delicious granolas.
Their line of juice pulp granolas and crackers are working their way into the pantries of lower-income communities through educational outreach efforts while simultaneously gaining a loyal following amongst committed localvores and natural foodies.
Kaitlin is high energy and super focussed about her mission, her product line, and her business strategy. She is a passionate and outspoken ambassador for health foods and food justice, and she is a great example for those podcast listeners who want to launch a food product at the farmers market or take their farmers market food business to the next level.
Visit PulpPantry.com to be part of their national launch.
On today’s episode, we meet Kelly McCracken, orchid aficionado and owner of High Desert Orchids located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her specialty orchid business is marketed only on social media, namely facebook, and has grown exponentially, with no advertising expenses what so ever. She has literally turned her hobby and passion for miniature orchids into a thriving backyard business. Kelly and her orchids are the epitome of the modern home business created with limited capital, leveraging social media and then growing and serving her niche community. She will share her clever and highly successful model of selling her plant inventory via facebook live while creating an engaging, fun and educational sales environment. She shares her story, details about the massive variety of orchids available and some of the history of commercial orchids being sold in the United States. Visit High Desert Orchids on facebook to see all the amazing small orchids she sells and to participate in her facebook live sales. I hope you enjoy our interview.
Last summer my friend and I sold potted canna lilies very successful at the farmers market. The crowds literally gravitated to our pots of gigantic leaves and bright red flowers, and they sold out every week. There is no other flowering plant that is so mesmerizing and so easy to grow in most conditions.
This is episode 12 of the Get In My Garden Podcast, and I’m Aaron Moskowitz. My guest today is Nikki Snow of Horn Canna Farm which she runs with her husband Dustin. Nikki loves people, animals and plants, and she is the type of person who instantly make friends with her customers. The farm has been in the family for 90 years and now does much of their business online through their website cannas.net.
Canna Lilies are a classic garden and landscaping plant with dramatic and fast growing foliage that can grow as high as 8 feet tall, depending on the variety you choose, and they flower consistently through the summer and early fall, They have various shapes and many colors from dark reds, pinks, yellows, oranges, whites, plus so many interesting mixtures of these colors. Their huge and striking leave are similar to their cousin, the banana plant, and they come in very interesting colors and patterns including colorful stripes.
I was drawn to the story of how this small family business started with selling vegetables at the market, and evolved over the years into a well-established niche farm business known throughout the country. Each generation focussed on something different and faced different challenges, even near catastrophe, yet today they are still focussed, evolving, growing and thriving.
We discuss their farm operation, many interesting details about canna lilies, how to grow them, and the scope of their canna lily collection which you can see more of on their website.
This is the snail farming episode where I share some of the very interesting facts I’ve learned about snails as food, rules about snail farming in the United States, plus snails as the subjects of research and as ingredients in miraculous health products. Snail farming, aka heliciculture, has a long history going back thousands of years. The business opportunities today are real, and small farmers around the world are starting to notice. Snails are a sustainable protein, very much bioavailable to humans and with anti-inflammatory properties.
This episode is the last of a series of three with Cassidy of Succulents and Sunshine. We learn more about what business pivots she has made and what is coming up after five years of evolving into the 6 figure operation she runs.
This is basically the meat of the interview where we learn about what we really need to know to work in the modern economy as farmers. This will be the last time in a while that we talk about marketing strategy, but farmers and marketeers will get actionable ideas to utilize to boost their market profits while making their businesses more sustainable. I hope this is an episode that you will come back to as you grow your budding business.
The is the second part of three with Cassidy Tuttle, founder of Succulents and Sunshine. She shares her online secrets and expertise gained over 5 years honing her business online. We talk facebook, drip campaigns and community building.
In this episode, we have an inspiring guest named Cassidy, creator of SucculentsAndSunshine.com, a wildly successful online business currently focussed on being the number one resource for information about succulents, including their identification, propagation and care.
5 years ago she started on her journey marketing online, focussing on the beautiful succulents she discovered in magazines. She is a talented photographer and a savvy business strategist. Little by little, she built a thriving business around her passion for succulents.
Erin Roy, founder of The Harvest Trail Agency shares her industry secrets for marketing farmers’ market businesses, small farm products and building up the farm-to-table movement. We enjoyed a late breakfast at a superb and casual new farm-to-table restaurant in Albuquerque called The Shop. Erin chose it because she is a passionate promoter of the farm-to-table restaurant scene and the local farm businesses. The Shop is in a very cool neighborhood, and a huge variety of people were hanging out and enjoying it throughout our visit. Not only was the food exceptional and the menu inventive, I recognized several names of farms and food product suppliers from the farmers market. I posted a photo on instagram of our delicious meals. Erin is a consultant and online strategist -very successful and active on social media. We cover a lot of ground in our discussion. My favorite part of the interview was when we discuss the changing social media landscape and how to utilize it within the farming, makers and farm-to-table niches. She shares secrets about how to up your social media game so that you can find more customers and make more money. It really doesn’t matter what your business is, you will benefit from Erin Roy’s strategy tips shared in this episode!
Carol Horwitz of White Duck Farm shares her wisdom, knowledge and sustainable secrets about farming, animals and experimental gardening and the farmers’ market life.
Aaron Moskowitz Hosts the Podcast about Farmers Market Businesses, Backyard Side Hustles, Nature, Plants and the Demographic Shift Back to Working the Earth. www.getinmygarden.com
Carol Horwitz of White Duck Farm has great stories of her bee rescue and beekeeping experiences. There was so much great content and interest, that I’ve created a separate episode for the bees. Late this year, I hope she will allow us back for another visit and involved tour of her beekeeping operation!
Aaron Moskowitz Hosts the Podcast about Farmers Market Businesses, Backyard Side Hustles, Nature, Plants and the Demographic Shift Back to Working the Earth. www.getinmygarden.com
In this episode, I have compiled the rest of the content from my visit with Amanita Thorpe of Horned Locust Goatscaping where she talks about all the other novel side businesses she has created using her animal expertise.
Aaron Moskowitz Hosts the Podcast about Farmers Market Businesses, Backyard Side Hustles, Nature, Plants and the Demographic Shift Back to Working the Earth. www.getinmygarden.com