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Franken Farms Labs labels cans as activism to draw awareness to March Against Monsanto and GMOs listen

05/22/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This Saturday there will be coordinated protests across the country and around the world opposing genetically modified foods and the company Monsanto.

There are even March Against Monsanto rallies planned in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

In the meantime some activists have printed food label...

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Vegetable gardening & ants

03/04/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our first guest was with the Insect Research Program with the University of Central Florida. Dr. Joshua King is an entomologist that specializes in ant research. Our conversation was about fire ants and possible controls of these pests in the backyard vegetable garden. Hot water, baits and mound treatments were some of Josh’s recommendations, but he was pretty clear that grits don’t work.

The remainder of the program we spent talking with two women involved locally with growing vege...

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WNMF wins Water Wise award

02/04/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living program we started with a short interview about the upcoming (February 9th) Urban Small to Large Farm Conference that takes place at the Pinellas County Extension Service, on 12520 Ulmerton Rd in Largo. Robert Kluson, the Sarasota Vegetable Extension Agent, filled us in on the details. He'll be teaching Chickens 101 at Saturday's conference. We spent the remainder of the show talking with a couple of WMNF volunteers, Paul & Gail Carroll that were i...

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Health & pasture based farms

01/07/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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To start today’s program we had the director of the Sumter County UF IFAS Extension Service Susan Kelly. She also the Coordinator for this year’s AGRItunity Small farms Conference in Bushnell (a little North of Tampa off I-75). This very affordable 1 day conference and has over 20 different classes to pick from. It’s coming up Saturday January 26. http://www.sumter.ifas.ufl.edu or 352-793-2728.

Next up we had the co-founder of the Weston A. Price...

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Local farmers featured at 2012 Small Farm Conference

07/09/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today’s Sustainable Living Program with Susan Kelly, the publicity chair for this year’s Florida Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises Conference July 27 to July 29th in Kissimmee. Also joining us was one of the Innovative Farms Award winners for this year, Pam Sindlinger. She and her husband Hank are owners of Gateway Organic Farm a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Pinellas County. Gateway is one of the two organic farms in our ar...

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Urban farming

05/28/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We missed a chance to interview Will Allen on the Sustainable Living Program last month so we started today’s program with a short clip from the Growing Power website www.growingpower.org. The former Basketball player started Growing Power, a national urban farming network, in Milwaukee years ago and now it has expanded across the USA to provide food for inner-city neighborhoods. It seems someone in the Tampa Bay area needs to duplicate what Will has started....

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Students in south St. Pete learn about healthy eating while growing their own food listen

05/09/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Students at two south St. Petersburg schools are learning about healthy eating by growing their own food. Organizers hope the knowledge the kids get will help them continue to make smart food choices as they grow up.

An organization called The Edible Peace Patch has helped to create gardens at Lakewood Elementary and Sanderlin IB World School in areas of south St. Petersburg facing economic challenges. The gardens manager, Erin Mattick, says students don’t normally get a chance to grow t...

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Farmer Joel Salatin visits the Tampa Bay area

04/02/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s program we were joined by who might be the most famous farmer on the planet today, Joel Salatin, with Polyface Farm located in the Shenandoah region of Virginia. Joel is an author of several books, including his latest ‘Folks This Ain’t Normal’; he’s been featured in several of Michael Pollen's books, also in the films ‘Food Inc’ and ‘Farmaggedon’. Joel describes himself as a “Christian, conservative, libertarian, environmentalist, lunatic farmer.” Polyface ...

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Tips on growing backyard fruits in Florida

08/22/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our guests were Paul Zomoda a member of the Tampa Rare Fruit Council and Debbie Butts Co-Producer of the SL Program. We talked about a variety of issues concerning backyard fruit trees, vines, bushes, etc. With the recent freeze we talk about cold-tolerant fruiting plants, and some that might require more cold temps than we have in our area. Paul talked about his present passion growing grapes and wine making. The guests cover where to find more information and books on the topic. Visit the R...

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Small farms under threat from the FDA in "Farmageddon" listen

08/12/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Federal and state laws can create hurdles for small farmers, who face raids and arrests for such things as selling raw milk to customers. A new film, called Farmageddon, documents the struggles of independent farmers. Hundreds of people attended sold out screenings in Tampa.

Many viewers were shocked to find that all over the United States, federal food regulators are shutting down businesses, throwing fresh food in the garbage, and raiding families’ homes...

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