041 – Soil Health: The First Amendment

041 – Soil Health: The First Amendment

with host Linda Borghi and guest Evan Folds, the Soil Doctor

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Welcome to Week 2 of our Grow It Don’t Mow It – 30 Days to Starting a Successful Yard Farm!  This week is all about Soil Health.

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We owe our existence to the the top few inches of topsoil.  Pretty important, hey?. Why do you need a Soil Doctor? What is good soil? What are microbes all about?  What about bagged soil? (which should more accurately be called “dirt”… why?) Why soil testing? We first need to learn how to grow healthy soil, before we can grow healthy plants and ultimately healthy people!  

You won’t want to miss this episode, it is critical to your success in growing healthy soil and nutrient dense food!  

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039 – Let it “Be Agriculture”

039 – Let it “Be Agriculture”

with host Linda Borghi and guest Evan Folds, the Soil Doctor

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What we think, we grow!! Evan is stepping out of the purple room with the golden ticket!  Learn about “Be Agriculture”. Be a part of agriculture because you already are!! Our actions will determine what our food will be in the future. Jump on this exciting resource.  Meet the Soil Doctor and learn how healthy soil can grow healthy plants for healthy people!

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035 – All About Water

035 – All About Water

with host Linda Borghi and guest Evan Folds

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Do you have a soil emergency? Do you have a soil doctor?  We do!  Evan Folds has a deep relationship with soil & water. In this episode, Evan dives into critical information about water that you need to know! How water can be made more available to plants to increase the health of your garden, which in turn reduces the amount of water needed for your garden to thrive!  

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033 – Mix Your Own Potting Soil

033 – Mix Your Own Potting Soil

with host Linda Borghi and guest Evan Folds

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Evan Folds, our favorite “Soil Doctor”, and Linda discuss the considerations when preparing your potting soil as the next step to getting a jump start on your spring garden.

What percentage of ingredients for a good soil mix?  You first have to understand what the plant needs?  Making your own soil is a lot like preparing a recipe for the plant to be able to breathe, eat and drain well.  The recipe is a flexible guideline, and adjustments are needed based on your observation of the plant as it progresses. Good nutrition for the plant depends on soil microbe development and so much more!

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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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026 – Putting Your Yard to Bed

026 – Putting Your Yard to Bed

with host Linda Borghi

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How do you put a yard farm to bed for the winter?  Linda shares about her passion to take care of the soil. The earth likes to be covered all the time. Learn some ways to keep the soil covered.  Why? Because we are growing more than plants, we are actually growing soil the year round. What we do in this season will make a big difference when it’s time to plant again in the spring!

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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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021 – The Future Lives in the Fall

021 – The Future Lives in the Fall

with host Linda Borghi

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Gratitude is the Attitude…as Linda is harvesting seed from her 600 square feet yard farm, she is always amazed at the miracle of seeds to secure the future of life on the planet.  Even after disaster, we are so grateful that nature has a code of recovery.. Gems of wisdom in this podcast to help all of us seize the opportunities for regeneration, including  Biodynamic solutions for disaster recovery.  Discover Linda’s  “Java Juice” that produces 5 foot basil plants!

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018 – Let’s Meet Farm-A-Yard Co-Founder Marsha

018 – Let’s Meet Farm-A-Yard Co-Founder Marsha

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

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Linda and Marsha are like 2 peas in a pod and share the firm conviction that everyone, everywhere, needs good healthy nutritious food, every day.  Marsha supports the grow-your-own local food movement in her area, teaches healthy cooking and eating classes, and since she lives in an apartment, Marsha has negotiated with others in her area to grow in public spaces.  Both grandmothers share the firm conviction that grass is a waste of gas, and that everyone has something better to do with their time than mow a lawn.  The Farm-A-Yard movement wouldn’t be the same without our balance of Linda’s East Coast Chutzpah and Marsha’s West Coast Mellow.  Welcome Marsha, co-Founder of Farm-A-Yard.

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017 – Preparing for the Fall Season on a Biodynamic Farm

017 – Preparing for the Fall Season on a Biodynamic Farm

with host Linda Borghi and guest Stewart Lundy

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What an exciting interview! Stewart and Linda discuss what preparing for fall looks like when using biodynamic methods. The shift in the fall, is about reaping the harvest but also about the importance of opening the earth to breathe. You can learn the techniques, but more importantly, learn why it is SO valuable to build the health of your soil.  Vital practices like these grow plant relationships for producing nutrient dense food.  You can do the same even with a 3×3 plot!  Experience what “life force” in food tastes like when you grow your own veggies! There will be no turning back!  You’re invited to the Perennial Roots Farm Workshop in Virginia, Friday October 20th!  Save the Date, details below.

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