Thea Chesney and Chris Hodge — Wild Mushrooms & Foraging and The 18th Annual Fungus Foray — The Homestead Radio Hour, November 2015

Date 3 December 2015

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With hosts Phyllis Boorinakis and Julia Boorinakis Harper

Step outside and you can smell it in the air — it’s mushroom season! On this episode, we talk with mushroom-experts/mycophiles Thea Chesney and Christopher Hodge about the fungal bounty of the Sierra Nevada — this year’s forecast, safe and sensible foraging for edibles, the upcoming 18th Annual Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition, and more!


Recommended books and links, from Thea:

Mushrooms Demystified (David Arora) – the comprehensive guide

All That the Rain Promises, and More (David Arora) – the pocket guide

California Mushrooms (Dennis Desjardin, Michael Wood, Fred Stevens) – the new book with nice photos and new names, has most common species.




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Homebrewing with Sierra Moonshine - The Homestead Radio Hour - October 2015

Date 25 November 2015

24519_372000276263_841788_n.jpg?oh=84175On this edition of The Homestead Radio Hour, hosts Phyllis and Julia talk with Anthony and Robin of Sierra Moonshine about the delights of fermentation: making wine, beer, mead, sodas, and more.

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The Homestead Radio Hour: February 2015: Backyard Orchards, Part 1

Date 17 March 2015

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It’s the time of year to start planning and planting your home orchard! Whether you have a small backyard or considerable acreage, fruit trees are a wonderful addition to your homestead, and one that you are sure to enjoy for years to come. On this episode, hosts Phyllis and Julia talk with Tom Harper, of the Boorinakis-Harper Ranch, about choosing trees, preparing your soil, pruning, grafting, and more. Plus listener questions… tune in next month for part 2, by popular demand!


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Notes From Underground: Sage Arias - Halfpence and Haypenny - 11/23/14

Date 28 November 2014

Sage Arias of Halfpence and Haypenny guest-DJs this episode of Notes From Underground with host Julia VBH. Featuring a preview of H&H’s upcoming release “To Hold a Candle To The Devil,” plus tracks from the new Paige Anderson and The Fearless Kin album “Foxes in June,” and a wide-ranging playlist of Trad/Folk/Medieval/Celtic/Bluegrass/Jug-Band/Old Time Americana from Sage’s collection.




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The Homestead Radio Hour, November 2014: Thea Chesney and Daniel Nicholson: Wild Mushrooms

Date 28 November 2014

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With hosts Phyllis Boorinakis and Julia Boorinakis Harper

Step outside and you can smell it in the air — it’s mushroom season! On this episode of the Homestead Radio Hour, we talk with mycologist/mycophiles Thea Chesney and Daniel Nicholson about the fungal bounty of the Sierra Nevada — this year’s forecast, safe and sensible foraging for edibles, the 17th Annual Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition, and more!



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The Homestead Radio Hour — February 2014 — Saving Seeds, Growing Community: Richard Marks of Banner Grange

Date 21 February 2014

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Our guest this month is Richard Marks, president of the Banner Grange, about this weekend’s Seed Swap and Local Food Gathering. Tune in for a conversation about how our local community gathers to trade ideas, knowledge, and seeds! We’ll also talk about the history of the Grange organization and the role it plays in a local farming community, both past and present.


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Notes From Underground: 12/8/13 - Halfpence and Haypenny

Date 10 December 2013

Notes From Underground with guest host John Bivens, and live music with local duo Halfpence and Haypenny.




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The Underground Sound: Todd Wahoske - "You Are The Maniac" - Nov 3, 2013

Date 22 November 2013

The Underground Sound Halloween Special 2013 is finally here! Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with Todd Wahoske about his new card game “You Are The MANIAC” for the ultimate horror film fanatics to get their scare on & become the last standing maniac!!! In this hour we cover how Todd took his inspiration to fruition through successful Kickstarter funding and loads of hard work. Based on 80’s horror flicks (indeed, even the box looks like an old VHS) there are dastardly foes and evil to overcome and dominate through the good old fashion fun of a card game! Cool graphics & extra points for killing the hipster couple (YEAH!) along with a variety of familiar faces/disgraces from yer fav slasher movies of yore (rhymes with gore). EEEEK i gotta go the creepy lunch lady is holding a meat clever, so check it out and start a “You Are The MANIAC” craze at your local cafe, especially if you’re staying at A Cabin In The Woods………...




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The Homestead Radio Hour — October 2013 — National Heirloom Expo, part 2

Date 2 November 2013

homestead-vertical-e1426622945341.jpgOn this special edition of the Homestead Radio Hour, Phyllis and Julia talk with some of the fascinating plant-hunters, seed-savers, plant-breeders, and visionaries at the National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, CA. This episode features Maximilian Meyers on permaculture aquaponics, Irina Stoenescu on food security, and John Glavis on ancient heirlooms.

For Part 1, click here

Plus: Wendy Van Wagner and Rachelle Zorn stop by to share their work with Sierra Harvest Tasting Week, bringing locally-grown farm-fresh food into local schools.

Music: Bela Fleck, The Bluegrass Sessions. HRH theme music by Dakota Sid and Travers Clifford (and Timmy the Rooster).




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A Word In Edgewise: "The Witching Hour" 10/27/13

Date 2 November 2013

A Word In Edgewise presents “The Witching Hour” with gust readers Meri St. Mary, Julia Boorinakis-Harper & Julia Boorinakis: an hour of herstory of the trials, tribulations, traditions, lore & practices of the ancient & modern wicca. Tis the season, enjoy this informative & entertaining hour & by all means burn some sage! Halloween is the wiccan New Year! Cheers & Charms for Everyone!




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The Underground Sound: 10/20/13 - Hank Rank / Henry Rosenthal of CRIME

Date 29 October 2013

Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with HANK RANK aka Henry Rosenthal drummer of CRIME for the world wide radio debut of the band’s new CD (colored vinyl available soon) “MURDER BY GUITAR 1976-1980 THE COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS” on Kitten Charmer Records. In this hour long chat you can hear true CRIME stories starting from the beginning with Johnny Strike & Frankie Fix (SF 1976), how to bake tapes, the notorious San Quentin gig where the band was decked out in prison guard garb, how Hank came to be in CRIME, their being the first West Coast punk band to put out a single (Hotwire My Heart/Baby You’re So Repulsive) & why the Weekly World News played a part in the CRIME experience. We also give mad props to members no longer with us: Frankie Fix, Brittley Black & Ricky Williams! It’s no accident as to the “why” Sonic Youth covered Hotwire My Heart (on Sister) & that CRIME was the loudest band around: finally here you can get all the known/found songs previously unavailable & we play a bunch of them. Both Johnny & Henry have been busy in years that have led up to now & you can hear about Henry’s flashmob jug band, movie producing, his kids, his car – all movers & shakers in San Francisco today BTW stay tuned for part 2 cuz we didn’t even get into his space travel. So does CRIME pay? well, duh…you heard it here first!!!!!!




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The Homestead Radio Hour — September 2013 — National Heirloom Expo, pt. 1

Date 21 September 2013

homestead-vertical-e1426622945341.jpgThe Homestead Radio Hour was honored and delighted last month to receive a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and KVMR FM, to produce a radio series for national distribution… that’s right, we’re hitting the road, and our first stop was The National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, CA! Tune in for a special edition of the HRH, featuring some of the fascinating plant-hunters, seed-savers, plant-breeders, and visionaries we met at the Expo.

Featuring Jere Gettle of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., Heather Granahan of CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers), tomato breeders Brad and Evan Gates of Wild Boar Farms, and botanical explorer and culinary botanist Joseph Simcox.

For Part 2, click here

Music: Bela Fleck, The Bluegrass Sessions. HRH theme music by Dakota Sid and Travers Clifford (and Timmy the Rooster).




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The Homestead Radio Hour: July 2013 - Interview with Roger Ingram - Eat Local Placer and Nevada County, PLUS: Homesteader, Farmsteader, Farmer: What's Right For You?

Date 7 August 2013

homestead-vertical-e1426622945341.jpgSo you think you want to be a farmer? A homesteader? A farmsteader? What’s the difference?? On this episode of The Homestead Radio Hour, Phyllis and Julia talk with Roger Ingram, Farm Advisor for Placer and Nevada Counties, about farming vs. homesteading, growing for market, farm business planning, and finding your own ideal balance in it all. Plus great upcoming local food happenings, tastings and events in the area with Eat Local Placer and Nevada Counties!




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The Friday Morning Show w/Julia VBH 7/5/13

Date 6 July 2013

Hour 1 — mostly Turkish psych/rock with a few surprises.




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Live on Notes From Underground : March 3, 2013 : PREGNANT

Date 16 March 2013

alt. sunday nights with host julia v.b.h.

Live music and guest-DJ-ing with the band PREGNANT (Placerville, CA)

“Pregnant is called so because it is so: it is the audible rendering of the reflective, kaleidoscopic ideas ceaselessly gestating in the mind of Daniel Trudeau. Two plus decades of living amongst the legions of chattering old folks, teen-age juggalos, and ramshackle junkies that fill the hill-lined recesses of Central Northeast California have led to a weirdly acute understanding of the full spectrum of human expressive possibility. Pregnant is the re-arranged refraction of this sensory input, a beautifully f*ed-up tapestry stitched together from scraps of dormant inklings and theories.” -Ongakubaka

“There’s nothing to fear in a Pregnant record and that kindness is present in their performance…. Pregnant plays traditional venues, but if you have the chance, see them in a living room, a boutique or a basement. Make sure there’s carpet and a place to kneel. It’s best to be as comfortable as the musicians, which means removing your shoes and letting those toes wiggle a little.” -SubMerge




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The Homestead Radio Hour - February 2013 - Roger Ingram and Andrew Meyers: Economically Sustainable Farming

Date 18 February 2013

With hosts Phyllis and Julia Boorinakis-Harper

On this edition of the Homestead Radio Hour: When it comes to small, local farming, is “profit” a dirty word? Does farming and ranching need to be profitable? Tune in for a conversation with Roger Ingram, County Director for the UC Cooperative Extension, and Andrew Meyers, UCCE Ag Program Reperesentative and former owner/founder of Four Frog Farm, about the challenges that small farmers face, the balancing act between profitability, sustainability, and locality, and how we as a community can support and encourage local, sustainable agriculture as a viable practice.




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The Homestead Radio Hour: Nevada County's Sustainable Food and Farm Conference 2013 - Interview with Joel Salatin, Mark Baker, Sean Croxton, and Eric Dickerson - January 2013

Date 18 January 2013

With hosts Phyllis and Julia Boorinakis-Harper

On this edition of The Homestead Radio Hour, hosts Phyllis and Julia talk with the guest speakers and organizers of this remarkable local event, including farmer and author Joel Salatin, sustainable rancher Mark Baker, Underground Wellness Radio host Sean Croxton, and farmer-organizer Eric Dickerson. Tune for a lively conversation about real food, independent farming, sustainability, and keeping it local.

Nevada County’s Sustainable Food and Farm Conference will once again bring together an internationally renowned panel of speakers, local and national farming related businesses and organizations, and the public, for a weekend full of informative lectures, lively discussion, a food and farming exposition, plus numerous workshops for all levels of farming and ranching.




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Live on Notes From Underground : December 9, 2012 : Amy Reed and Ross Hammond

Date 9 January 2013

Alt. Sunday nights with host julia v.b.h.

Live in-studio performance by Amy Reed and Ross Hammond from Sacramento




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Live on Notes From Underground : July 15, 2012 : Lux Interna

Date 28 July 2012

alt. sunday nights with host julia v.b.h.

“Lux Interna crafts aural altars to the inner light. Formed by Joshua Levi Ian and Kathryn Mary, the project has hosted a shifting constellation of talents over the years, each leaving their trace upon the musical landscape. Through tapestries of minor chords, voices, delicate drones and violent sprawls of sound, Lux Interna has continued to hymn the hidden god with impassioned intensity, seeking fire in the tension between transcendence and immanence.”

The band play an hour-long set live on Notes From Underground, featuring music from their forthcoming album, there is light in the body / there is blood in the sun.




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The Homestead Radio Hour - Interview with Joel Salatin and Michael Ableman, January 2012

Date 3 July 2012

With hosts Phyllis and Julia Boorinakis-Harper

Joel Salatin and Michael Ableman visit the Homestead Radio Hour to talk about sustainable agriculture, real food, and the future of farming.

Joel Salatin is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas. His speaking and writing reflect dirt-under-the-fingernails experience punctuated with mischievous humor. He passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm. He is the author of nine books, including The Sheer Ecstacy of Being A Lunatic Farmer and Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World.

Michael Ableman is a farmer, author, and photographer and a recognized practitioner of sustainable agriculture and proponent of regional food systems. He has written several books and numerous essays and articles, and lectures extensively on food, culture, and sustainability worldwide. Michael is currently farming at the Foxglove Farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, home of The Center for Arts, Ecology & Agriculture.




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