042 – Seedy Insights

042 – Seedy Insights

with host Linda Borghi

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Welcome to Week 3 of our Grow It Don’t Mow It – 30 Days to Starting a Successful Yard Farm!  This week is all about Seeds.

You’ll find a new post every day in April on our Patreon feed with different information on how to plan and start your food garden this year.  If you’re joining us after April 2018, please make sure to check out our Patreon feed for all our delightful garden-starting content.

Seeds…Linda is in awe of them!  She has been “seeding” the food movement for a very long time. In this podcast episode, she shares some of her life changing history with seeds.  Did you know that 92% of seed varieties have gone away because people stopped growing them? Linda covers a lot of ground in this podcast to help you learn how to choose seeds for your zone, how to map the sun to determine where to place your garden and even how to grow pea shoots in 10 days!

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040 – Garden Planning on a Bridge

040 – Garden Planning on a Bridge

with host Linda Borghi and Farm-A-Yard Co-Founder Marsha Howe

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Welcome to Week 1 of our Grow It Don’t Mow It – 30 Days to Starting a Successful Yard Farm!  This week is all about Garden Planning & Sun.

You’ll find a new post every day in April on our Patreon feed with different information on how to plan and start your food garden this year.  If you’re joining us after April 2018, please make sure to check out our Patreon feed for all our delightful garden-starting content.

Find out how gypsy gardener, Marsha Howe grows!  Marsha is a “treehouse” apartment dweller who grows in many different and unusual places around her town.  Her project on a public walking bridge over a freeway, with no water source except the rain, gives her permaculture skills an opportunity to expand by applying principles that make this project simple and super easy to maintain with minimal cost and time.

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036 – A Stellar Neighborly Application

036 – A Stellar Neighborly Application

with host Linda Borghi and Dushan Batrovic

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We are so glad that someone has simplified a way to get local food from neighborhood gardeners who have extra to sell.  This interview, with the creator of the Seed Voyage App, dives into how he is connecting local veggie growers and eaters through a simple online marketplace that gives everyone convenient access to the best homegrown produce in the community.  This tech, finance guy had begun to grow his own and realized how amazing it tasted and wanted access to varieties not available at the market. Seed Voyage was born! Spread the word! This app makes it really simple!

 

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030 – The Wellness Garden

030 – The Wellness Garden

with host Linda Borghi and guest  Shawna Coronado

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The Wellness Garden way to better health. Shawna’s journey to wellness went from a dozen medications to an anti-inflammatory diet that, after just 4 days, reduced her osteoarthritis pain by 40% and her blood pressure went to normal!  This author’s front yard veggie garden message is that you can make your life better too!

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028 – Gardening Biodynamically for 45 Years

028 – Gardening Biodynamically for 45 Years

with host Linda Borghi and guest Charlotte Anthony

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Charlotte grew up close to the land and working in the garden. She connected to the earth and learned to grow biodynamically.  She knows first hand, the important connection of soil microbes to our health and that this growing method can produce nutrient dense food. Learn from the experts as Linda and Charlotte share some experiences in this Part 1 of 2 episodes.

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025 – Gardening with Children

025 – Gardening with Children

with host Linda Borghi

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Linda’s history goes way back regarding gardening with children. Hear Linda’s stories working with children. Kids today need to be connected to the earth for good development. Kids that get “soiled” are healthier. This investment with children when they are young, will help them to be so much healthier and wiser for the experience.  Studies show that children who grow some vegetables are more apt to eat vegetables. When gardening with children, you will grow so much more than food. You will plant important skills and seeds of joy in your children!

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023 – Food Waste & Red Wigglers

023 – Food Waste & Red Wigglers

with host Linda Borghi

Linda’s experience with what an intimate relationship with waste looks like.  

Find out why 50% of food today is wasted and an innovative, easy solution.  

Hear the wisdom of a dedicated worm farmer!

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022 – Puerto Rico: A Blank Canvas

022 – Puerto Rico: A Blank Canvas

with host Linda Borghi

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According to a  2016 article, for the first time in 30 years, Puerto Rico began to experience an agricultural renaissance. After Hurricane Irma, they are a blank slate. A new story can be written.  There are sustainable, resilient resources that can be accessed to help write a new story for Puerto Rico.

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I Learned How to Prepare, But I Didn’t Consider Myself a “Prepper”.

We should be talking about this…What is your plan in a crisis situation?

Watching the hurricane disaster in Houston and now in my own “backyard”, really confirms how important it is to have a plan and to make “preparations”.

For me, I had the opportunity, when I was young, to learn from others about being “ready”, and now with the internet, it is easier than ever.  You can learn about almost any topic online and watch YouTube tutorials, etc.

When we were raising our children in snow country, it was considered a normal activity to put up the harvest for the winter and prepare for the probable loss of conveniences.

I learned how to prepare, but I didn’t consider myself a “Prepper”.

Being prepared should just be a normal life activity.

It all starts with a plan.

How true it is that not having a plan is a plan to fail.

Hurricane Matthew last year was a helpful reality check for me, I had never experience a hurricane.   It was a great teacher!  After you pass through a real emergency, you really know what you need to do better.

So I learned more through the experience and I am better prepared this time….I think.  🙂

There is always something that can be improved upon!

Preparation considerations overview:

Here is my short list:

  • Make a plan… ahead of time.  There are great planning templates on line to choose from to help you customize what will be best for your scenario. There are templates for families and/or businesses to get you started.

 

  • Figure out how you would live without a mobile phone or GPS maps (learn to use a map). What will be your plan for communication with your family? Set up an out-of-town contact point person so that members of your group can call if your local circuits are busy or unavailable.

 

  • Make a supplies checkoff list online AND print it out.

 

  • Practice the plan (live a weekend at home without the modern conveniences and also practice your evacuation plan) and know how to use the tools and equipment. (ie…how to start a fire, how to use a camp stove, how to install a wick for your oil lamp, how to set up a tent and rainfly…you get the picture.)

 

  • Water, Water, Water…How much will you need? Learn how to store it safely. Invest in a water filter that doesn’t require electricity. If you use large barrels, have a pump, or buckets to draw the water out.

 

  • Gather a few friends and neighbors and talk about preparing. Build alliances and collaborate.  We are better together.

 

Because of my work as a food educator, I was looking for high quality storage food that I could have on hand for myself AND also that I felt good about recommending.  It was really hard finding food that I would want to eat myself.  I am so accustom to growing some of my own food because the produce in the grocery store is so “old” already and contaminated with chemicals.  I was REALLY PICKY about making an investment in storage type foods!

After much disappointment, I am happy and grateful to report that I found a company that truly shares my values and has a proven track record of working hard to stay on top of this challenge to provide clean, healthy food that’s ready when you need it.

This is high quality food that you will have no problem eating even when there is NO disaster.

They also have the “Simple Plate” meals that are ready in 20 minutes for people who don’t have time to shop and chop.  They deliver right to your door and ready when you need it.

The food is not only healthy and non-GMO but also absolutely delicious! Frankly, I was shocked at how delicious it was.  The freeze dried process is way superior to dehydrated foods and the taste proves that!

I know I am not the only one who needs “convenience food” when I am busy or especially when I am traveling… I love taking this food along with me and not having to grab some toxic food-like substance because there is no other choice.   It is light as a feather and all I need is water, or I can just eat it right out of the package.

To learn more and get some to try for yourself, go to:

www.freezedriedtastings.thrivelife.com

Sign up and you are a member for life with no annual membership fees and there are easy options to waive your initial account set up! That’s what I did.  No minimum order required unless you want free shipping, and who doesn’t want free shipping?

Ask me how to get food for free by just inviting some friends and have your own tasting.