SOUNDINGS: Wildfire Ecology

Date 18 July 2017

Our understanding of fire – including intense fire – and its role on the landscape – continues to evolve. Al Stahler spoke with Chad Hanson, co-editor/author of The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix

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No-till gardening - Al Stahler speaks with Tom & Renee Wade

Date 7 July 2017

Soil did not evolve with tilling (overturning). I spoke with Tom and Renee Wade about maintaining soil ecology by not tilling.

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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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The Homestead Radio Hour - Composting with Kevin Marini, September 2011

Date 25 October 2011

With hosts Phyllis and Julia Boorinakis-Harper

Have more leaves in your backyard than you know what to do with? Maybe you’ve tried making a compost pile, but found it too stinky or too slow? Then you’ve come to the right place! On this episode of the HRH: UC Extension expert Kevin Marini, “The Worm Whisperer,” discusses the hows and whys of traditional composting, vermicomposting, and more. Get the dirt on putting your kitchen scraps and yard waste to work, making your own homegrown, nutrient-rich soil amendments. From choosing a composting method to building a bin and maintaining your pile, Kevin explains how to make composting an integral part of your homestead (and maybe even your life!)

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Winter Ecology

Date 28 December 2010

Winter is an annual light/energy/food crisis for life in the temperate latitudes. My conversation with Sierra College Professor Emeritus Joe Medeiros about how life survives the season aired on 28 December 2010.

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