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Preview of the film Farmageddon

08/08/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s Sustainable Living Program we hosted the producer of the documentary film Farmageddon, which brings to light incidences of government interference into our ability to produce and purchase healthy foods for our families. Kristin Canty joined us by phone, while our local chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Sarah Pope, was in the studio to discuss the new film. Farmers and buying clubs across the county are being targeted by the government for providing raw milk and dai...

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South Tampa Farmsteader

07/11/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On Today's Sustainable living program we started with a couple of urban gardener's Piet and Sherrie. They belong to the Seminole Heights Garden Club and the group's starting the Hillsborough Community Garden Network. We talked about their efforts, and the film "Farmageddon" that WMNF's bringing to the Roosevelt Hotel in Ybor on August 11. You can visit the Seminole Heights Garden Club on Facebook! Next up John Starnes Tampa's premier Urban Farmstead...

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Local Permaculture

05/02/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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To start today’s program the Deputy Director of the Ocean Conservancy’s Fish Conservation Program Libby Fetherston join the program to talk about new limits on Grouper fishing in the Gulf. Their will be a public meeting at the Carlyon Hilton in St Pete on May 3 starting at 6:30 PM. To look at the agenda you can check out the www.oceanconservacy.org web site.

Next up a local Permaculture Design Robert Segundo join the program to talk about some general pri...

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Supporters ask Hillsborough County to support zoning for Sweetwater Organic Farm listen

02/16/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Sweetwater Organic Farm in Tampa was recently issued a code violation for conducting agricultural activities on residentially-zoned property. The non-profit farm has been operating since 1995 and has received an agricultural exemption. Tuesday night, the farm asked Hillsborough County for the property to be rezoned in order to continue their organic farming.

About fifty supporters of the Sweetwater Organic Farm showed up at the zoning hearing and stayed for hours until it was time to pres...

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Organic Animal Farming listen

02/07/11 Sadia Ahmed
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Organic animal farming is becoming more popular. Consumer awareness of some negative health effects of inorganic chickens and eggs is increasing. WMNF’s Sadia Ahmed reports on the differences between organic animal farming and factory farming.

Live Oak resident Denis Stoltzfoos, provides organic meat, milk, and eggs to 200 families in Florida. The owner of Full Circle farm has been in the organic poultry farming business for last 8 years. Organic farming differs greatly from factory farmi...

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Cluck and Backyard Chickens

01/10/11 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On today’s program our special guest was Jono Miller a teacher at New College and resident of Sarasota. Jono’s heading up an effort to get an ordinance adopted by the city of Sarasota to allow backyard chickens on January 18. His initiative is called CLUCK (Citizen’s Lobbying for Urban Chicken Keeping) and you can check out the blog at sarasotacluck.blogspot.com.

Plus founder and executive director of Tampa Premier Community Supported Agriculture proj...

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Sustainable Living: Capitalism

06/01/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our very special guest on the Sustainable Living program was John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Sciences. John is the author of the books Sustainable Capitalism - A Matter of Common Sense, Small Farms are Real Farms, Sustaining People Through Agriculture, plus more books, papers and related media on the topic of sustainable economies and agriculture.

He addressed the question of sustainabl...

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Sustainable Living: Urban permaculture and velomobiles

04/20/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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We started the program with David Eggleston from Midland Texas; he is founder of Petal Yourself Healthy & Velomobile USA. David talked about his effort in Texas to get folks out of their cars and on bikes. He then gave our listeners a good description of a common pedal-power vehicle in Europe, the Velomobile.

Our special guest in the studio was Jim Kovaleski, a local permaculture expert. Jim described some of the tools he uses on his urban garden in New Port Richey. His bicycle wagon and...

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Sustainable Living: Fruits we can grow

02/23/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our special guest today was Paul Zmoda, a local fruit expert and owner of Flatwoods Farm in Riverview. We talked about our recent freezes in the area; and what, when and where to plant perennial fruit trees, vines, and bushes. Water and nutrient requirements were also part of the discussion.

Debbie Butts, a lifelong horticulturist, also joined the program sharing her knowledge of native edibles and invasive plants.

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