Sustainable Growing


Peak Moment: How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House?

11 Dec 2007 | |
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In summer 2006 Judy Alexander embarked on an experiment to see how much food she could grow, and how many neighbors could benefit, from the garden around her house. Check out her homegrown rainwater collection and irrigation system -- watering her 60+ edible crops. Meet the bees, the chickens and the worms. And catch her joy in producing so much food for so little effort. Episode 87. Now with transcript.


Peak Moment: Mendocino Renegade

24 Jan 2008 | |
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Els Cooperrider is an energetic lady. She co-founded the Mendocino Organic Network, which began an organic peer-certification service for local growers. Their Mendocino Renegade label means products are "beyond organic" and local. She also led Mendocino to become the first U.S. county to be GMO-free -- genetically-modified organisms cannot be grown there. Her eatery, Ukiah Brewing Co. & Restaurant, is America'sfirst certified organic brew pub, which serves seasonal local ingredients. Episode 93.


Lifeboat Show: The Importance of Saving the Right Seeds

21 Apr 2006 |
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Master gardener/master composter Jerri Cook, writes for Countryside Magazine. For those of you unfamiliar with all that Monsanto has been up to, this is a must listen. For those of you who already know, please check out this update. Seed saving has never been more important. We'll tell you why.


Reality Report: Sharon Astyk on food and farming

02 Jul 2007 |
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How many farmers will it take to feed America as oil and natural gas supplies decline? Sharon Astyk is head farmer at a CSA in central New York, currently working on a pair of books with New Society Publishers titled “Depletion and Abundance: The New Home Front, Families and the Coming Crisis” and “A Nation of Farmers.” Sharon also frequently writes essays that appear on her website and elsewhere, check out


Peak Moment: The Worm Guy

10 May 2007 | |
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Watch a worm birth from a cocoon. See compost produced from food scraps, horse manure, and lots of worms. See the machine that separates castings (worm poop) from compost. The Worm Guy, Mark Yelken, says that worms are "the intestines of the Earth", fertilizing and activating microbial activity. Stick around to learn about the "Worm Wigwam" and "Worm Tea". Episode 58.


Peak Moment: Brookside Farm - Growing Food, Growing Energy

05 Jun 2007 | |
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Take a whirlwind tour of the one-acre Brookside Energy Farm with Jason Bradford and Christoffer Hansen at planting time. Along with perennials, annuals, a food forest, and dryland crops (grains), they're growing Jerusalem artichoke and dale sorghum to produce both food and energy (ethanol). Watch Chris cut sod with a Swiss glaser hoe -- a 1/6 horsepower guy! Episode 62.


From the Archive: Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds

15 Aug 2003 |
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In this video interview from the GPM archives, Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds talks to Julian Darley about seed saving and growing your own food and grain.


Peak Moment: It's the Compost! Creating Abundance at K-JO Farm

08 Apr 2007 | |
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Karen Biondo and Joe Walling take us on a tour of their big-backyard farm on Vashon Island, Washington. Pet the goats, watch chickens dusting in divots, and crunch a purple carrot. Karen's colorful paintbrush and Joe's creativity with salvaged materials and hot compost combine to create plentiful harvests and playful beauty. Episode 55.


Deconstructing Dinner: Is Organic Worth the Price?

04 Apr 2007 |
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The question "Is organic worth the price" was placed before a panel at the 2007 Growing Up Organic conference in Toronto, Canada. On the panel was a spokesperson for the pesticide and biotechnology industry.