The Homestead Radio Hour - Interview with John Glavis at the National Heirloom Expo

Date 5 January 2014

With hosts Phyllis and Julia Boorinakis-Harper

John Glavis: Ancient Heirlooms
John Glavis is an indigenous plant researcher, farmer, and the owner of BoTierra Biodiversity Farms, a private bio-diversity research center and botanical garden in Bolinas, CA. We sat down with John at the National Heirloom Expo to talk about ancient heirlooms, indigenous food wisdom, and the future of sustainable food and farming.

Recorded on location at The National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, CA, September 2013

Julia, Phyllis, and John Glavis at the Heirloom Expo

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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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The Homestead Radio Hour - Backyard Beekeeping, March 2011

Date 31 March 2011

In this episode: Put on your party hats, light the handmade beeswax candles, and join in the fun as The Homestead Radio Hour celebrates its first birthday! Join your hosts Phyllis and Julia and special guests Rob Slay, president of the Nevada County Beekeepers’ Association, and his 11-year-old niece Brighten, for a look at backyard beekeeping — the why’s, the how’s, and the rewards of having your own hive.

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Homestead Radio Hour - Home Orchards, January 2011

Date 21 January 2011

with hosts Phyllis & Julia Boorinakis-Harper

On this episode: It’s January, and that means it’s time for new resolutions, new projects, and new additions to your homestead. On this month’s Homestead Radio Hour, find out how to start and grow an orchard to fit any space – even the smallest backyard. From evaluating your site to picking out and planting trees, learn how to get started with a project that will bring rewarding harvests for years to come! Our special guest on this episode is Tom Harper, of the B H Ranch orchards in Auburn.

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Homestead Radio Hour - Live from the Nevada County Fair, August 2010

Date 11 August 2010

with hosts Phyllis & Julia Boorinakis-Harper

Wednesday August 11th – The Homestead Radio Hour broadcasts live from the Nevada County Fair

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Homestead Radio Hour, July 2010: Independence from the Food Machine

Date 8 July 2010

Homestead Radio Hour, Thursday July, 8th, 2010
with hosts Phyllis & Julia Boorinakis-Harper

On the July edition of the Homestead Radio Hour, learn how you can achieve Independence From The Food Machine! This episode features local farmers, consumers, and chefs, as well as local food advocate and Placer County Real Food Cookbook author Joanne Neft. We’ll talk about the benefits of eating fresh, local, in-season foods and give tips on how to do it without breaking the bank. Celebrate the national treasure of small farmers and CSAs, as well your own backyard, and claim your rights to freedom of the fork!

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Earth Mysteries, Monday, April, 19th Dennis Klocek On Biodynamic Gardening

Date 19 April 2010

On Monday April 19 Earth Mysteries host Haines Ely talked with guest Dennis Klocek about biodynamic gardening, and the ideas of Rudolph Steiner and the Music of the Spheres. Dennis has a web site at where you can learn more. Dennis will also be presenting a workshop, Music of the Spheres: the Formative Forces in Plants, Fulcrum Farm in Grass Valley on May 1st.

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Homestead Radio Hour, April 2010: Spring Planting

Date 9 April 2010

Homestead Radio Hour, Friday April, 9th 2010
with hosts Phyllis & Julia Boorinakis-Harper

In this episode: The dirt on gardening — all you need to know to start and maintain your spring and summer kitchen garden.

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Homestead Radio Hour, March 2010: Small-Scale Beekeeping

Date 19 March 2010

Homestead Radio Hour, Friday March 19th, 2010
with hosts Phyllis & Julia Boorinakis-Harper

A look at small-scale beekeeping — the why’s, the how’s and the rewards of having your own hive. With special guest experts Janet Brisson and Randy Oliver.

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