Sustainable Living Show on WMNF 88.5FM Tampa-
Where every Monday at 11 we bring you a conversation with local experts on Sustainable issues.
Your hosts are Tanja Vidovic and Grace Behnke
From fruit trees to bees…
The air and the sea.
The importance of air and water quality
Tanja Vidovic, the mother to three girls, is an artist, bicyclist, environmentalist, and a community activist. Tanja manages a 15000-member garden group, Tampa Gardening Swap. She has planted seven community orchards in Tampa Bay, including the Folly Farms Community Orchard which has over 200 fruiting trees. She has planned and executed a local Art Walk in Safety Harbor. Tanja co-hosts Sustainable Living on WMNF 88.5 radio. Catch her there every Monday at 11am- or through the Sustainable Safety Harbor Facebook group.
Grace Behnke is a Tampa native and lover of all things plant and animal. She is a mother, clinical herbalist, gardener and beekeeper interested in how we can make the world a more beautiful and healthy place for all beings. When not outside trying to encourage things to grow or formulating for clients, she can be found about town teaching classes to adults and children alike about the flowers and the trees (and sometimes the birds and the bees). She co-hosts Sustainable Living on WMNF 88.5.
Kenny Coogan - Back up Co-host and Events Team [email protected]
Kenny Coogan is a freelance writer, author and permaculturist in Florida. He has been growing carnivorous plants for more than 15 years. In 2019 he started his carnivorous plant business in Tampa, FL and in the summer of 2021 quite his 9-5 job to expand his hobby into a business and to focus on sustainability around the homestead. Coogan has a Masters of Art in Global Sustainability and is passionate about growing his own food in addition to growing carnivorous plants.
Coogan also has a B.S. in animal behavior and is a regular columnist for Backyard Poultry, Countryside, Chickens and Hobby Farms magazines.
In addition to growing annual vegetables from seed in his greenhouse and then transplanting them into one of his ten raised vegetable beds, Coogan is transforming his homestead into a permaculture landscape. Free tree trimmings are used as mulched pathways, 70 year old oak trees serve as trellises for passionfruit and loofa vines and a half dozen rain barrels store valuable rainwater for supplementing the vegetable gardens. Edible trees, including various bananas and citrus, Moringa, Chaya, katuk (Sauropus androgynus), loquat, pomegranate, jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), peanut butter (Bunchosia argentea) and miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum), now grow where sandy soil once laid unproductively. He shares his one acre Florida homestead with cats, chickens, ducks, a turkey, and a Moluccan cockatoo named Buddy.