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Winter vegetable gardens

12/26/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our topic today was backyard gardening, with Debbie, Rob & I taking calls on winter gardening questions. We received some informative calls from listeners on making and using worm and compost ‘teas;’ an offer of horse compost; and some great gardening questions. Winter is the best season to grow vegetables here in west central Florida. Now, depending on how cold it gets, we can grow many vegetables without the summer insects and wet conditions that make growing sometimes nearly impossibl...

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Herbs to Transitions

10/03/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s program our first guest was a local acupuncture and herbal specialist that practices in St Petersburg. Bob Linde also teaches herbalist classes and is a great speaker. Bob talked about the herbs we can grow here in central Florida, and some of the many uses. This month the American Herbalist Guild will be having their annual symposium on St Pete Beach [www.americanherbalistguild.com][1] October 21-23, and Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies will be having an Herb Day October 15th...

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Our Fall & Winter vegetable gardens

09/19/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s Sustainable Living program our very special guest was the farm manager for Sweetwater Organic Farm www.sweetwater-organic.org Roberto Saenz. Roberto talked a little about the new farm site at the Tampa Children’s Home, and gave us an overview of what the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) provides. The rest of the program’s topic was on growing vegetables; such as what to grow now, what your soil make-up should be, and some of the ins...

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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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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 d...

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Growing food for hungry citizens in Hernando County listen

07/22/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Access to healthy food can be difficult around the world, and here in the Tampa Bay area. A workshop will address the growing hunger problem in Hernando County.

The plan is to create awareness of the unsettling poverty situation in Hernando and other counties in Florida. According to Green World Path Inc., a large number of people in Hernando especially are struggling because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their ...

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Community gardens grow in Tampa Bay listen

07/14/11 Aaron Dalley
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Community gardens have been sprouting up across Tampa Bay for the last few years. At one in South St. Petersburg, some of the local and global benefits of urban gardens are evident.

The Bartlett Park Community Garden in St. Petersburg has been in-bloom for 3 years now and counts tomatoes, black-eyed peas and a variety of herbs among its seasonal offerings. Ashley Spalding has a plot there and has also been helping organize the garden since last fall. She says what make this and other commu...

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Bees, fermented food & eating local

04/04/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s Sustainable Living program our first guest was Rebecca “The Bee Keeper” Conroy. She’s a bee keeper and food fermentor, and this month The Tampa Bay Beekeepers are having their annual bee workshop at Upper Tampa Bay Park on Saturday April 17 starting a 9 a.m. Rebecca successfully has bees in urban areas of Pinellas and says in this setting they do better than in natural areas. She talked about some of the basic of beekeeping as hive cost, aggressive bees and the benefits of...

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Vegetable Gardening

03/07/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our guests on today’s program were all local vegetable gardeners. The farm manager from Sweetwater Organic Farm in west Tampa, Roberto Saenz; owner of Scotty’s Produce in northern Polk County, Jeff Campbell, and bio-intensive northeastern Hillsborough County farmer, Tom Carroll, all joined the show to answer local gardening questions.

Scotty teaches vegetable gardening at his place and will be starting new classes soon. You can find out more at th...

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Winter Vegetable Gardens

12/13/10 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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We started today’s program with the Executive Director of the Florida Organic Growers Association. Marty Mesh talked a little about FOG’s mission and some of the projects they’re involved in. Although a lot of folks disagree, Marty feels the Food Safety Bills that have been talked about for the last couple of years are the best we could come up with. These are coming up for vote in the US Senate.

Next up, our guests were with Pinellas County Cooperative Extension Service. Jane Mors...

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