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

Date 17 March 2015

homestead-vertical-e1426622945341.jpgWith hosts Phyllis Boorinakis and Julia Boorinakis Harper

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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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 - 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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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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