Aquaponics on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we talked about aquaponics and hydroponic growing systems; how they work and how sustainable they are. Our guests were  Paul Rabaut, a Hillsborough Community College Teacher and creator of Alafia Farms, one family’s effort to live sustainably;  Francisco Rivera, Hillsborough County’s, University of Florida Small Farms Extension Agent; Jim Gibson,… Read more »

Fruiting Plants for your Home on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living Program we talked about fruiting plants with Sean and Jessica O’Toole, owners of the Wild Guava, a local fruit and plant nursery. Also joining us was Dr. Jonathan Crane, Professor of Horticulture and a Tropical Fruit Crop Specialist with the University of Florida Tropical Research Center in Homestead. Avocados, mangos and citrus… Read more »

Florida Friendly Landscaping and your Cooperative Extension Service programs

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living Program we talked about Florida Friendly Landscaping, the Water Wise Awards program and other related topics. Our guests were Lynn Barber, Hillsborough County’s Florida Friendly IFAS Extension Agent and Brian Niemann, Pinellas County’s Florida Friendly IFAS Extension Agent. There are University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)… Read more »

Bay Area Urban Farmers on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program, Will Carey with Tampa Bay Harvest; Jim Kovaleski, the Bay Area’s premier urban farmer, and Debbie Butts, a local fresh market farmer joined the Gardening Program. Will talked about Tampa Bay Harvest, which helps feed those in need, and the Sustainable Living Project located across from Lowry Park in Tampa. Will… Read more »

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Poo to Peaches on WMNF’s Sustainable Living Program

Poo to Peaches: permaculture, composting, and yes, humanure. All three of our guests on today’s program are certified permaculture designers and two were speakers at the last years Permaculture Convergence. Jennifer Nazak joined last year’s show about the Convergence and she does workshops on solar cooking, Rocket Stoves, haybox cooking, composting, humanure, and other appropriate… Read more »

Bug Control Professor on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living program we talked about pests that some might consider unsustainable in our homes. Our very special guest on our first program of the year was Phil Koehler, Professor of Structural Pest Control & Urban Entomology at the University of Florida.  Phil is well known for his research in urban entomology and… Read more »

Chickens and other Fowl Stuff on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we talked about chickens and other backyard poultry. Our guests were Mary Beth Henry, the Small Farms Extension Agent & pesticide trainer with Polk County UF/IFAS Extension Service, and Kenny Coogan, a bird trainer, author and creator of the Critter Companions Facebook page. They covered a lot of good information… Read more »

Suncoast Native Plants

On Monday’s WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living program we talked about native plants, trees and landscaping with three guests from our local Suncoast Native Plant Society (SNPS). We had the President of the Suncoast FNPS, Donna Bollenbach. She’s also the social media coordinator for the Florida Native Plant Society and Assistant Director of the Council… Read more »

Florida Permaculture Convergence

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living program we talked about permaculture and the up-coming Florida Permaculture Convergence with one of the organizers of the Convergence, Wendell Martinkovic . Wendell and his wife own and operate a permaculture-based farm near Lake Panosofkee . Also, we had a Pinellas County Fair farm update with Pamela Sindlinger, with Gateway… Read more »

Community Gardens

On Monday’s WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living Program we talked about community gardens with our guests Kitty Wallace of Tampa Heights Community Garden and one of the founders of the Bay Area’s Coalition of Community Gardens; Jennifer Grebenschikoff, VISTA (Village Institute for Sustainable Technologies & Agriculture) Community Garden Project in Carrollwood Village; and Karen Elizabeth,… Read more »

Backyard Vegetable Gardens on the Sustainable Living Show

On Monday’s WMNF 88.5FM Sustainable Living Program we talked about backyard vegetable gardens with our guests, two local county cooperative extension experts. Brian Niemann, Pinellas County’s Florida Friendly Landscape Agent, and Jim Moll, Pasco County’s Florida Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator joined the show. Brian and Jim talked about what to consider before starting a garden,… Read more »

Fruit Trees & Fruiting Perennials on Sustainable Living

On today’s WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living program we talked with three guests about fruit trees and edible perennial fruits that grow locally. Paul Zamoda, a lifetime member of the Rare Fruit Council International, Tampa Bay Chapter, joined the show. Also, Pete Kanaris and Taylor Walker with Green Dreams, a sustainable solutions landscaping company that… Read more »

Florida Farm Conference & Food Council

On Today’s WMNF Sustainable Living program we talked about the Florida Regional Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference taking place in Fort Myers April 1 & 2 and a Florida Food Policy Council meeting taking place on Sunday, April 3, also in Ft Myers. They’re having a bunch of great sessions at the conference and… Read more »

Herbalist & Herb Conference on the Sustainable Living Show

On today’s WMNF Sustainable Living program we spent the hour talking about herbs and the upcoming Florida Herbal Conference. Our guests were Michael Tiner, one of the conference organizers; Bob Linde, an acupuncture physician and registered herbalist; and Rose Kalajian, member of the American Herbalist Guild, the Florida Herb Society and a practicing herbalist. Bob… Read more »