Rank #1: Episode 20: Ambika Conroy
On this week’s Greenhorn Radio, Severine interviews Ambika Conroy, Australian crocheter and rabbit farmer, about creating Sports Illustrated cover bikinis, raising rabbits in upstate New York, and the future of fur co-ops.
Aug 24 2009
Rank #2: Episode 56: Mother Plants Nursery
This week on Greenhorn Radio Sev speaks to Marguerite of Mother Plants Nursery in upstate NY. Mother Plants specializes in baby plants that are green-roof ready, so you can jump start the “green” part of your green roof. They have a seemingly infinite amount of low maintenance, draft tolerant, “plug-size” plants and can deliver anywhere UPS is willing to trek. Their goal is to be a catalyst for the public’s growing interest in green roofs, and facilitate not only the start of new roofs, but to ensure current roofs are the botanical wonderlands their owners had envisioned. This episode was sponsored by Hearst Ranch: purveyors of all natural grass-fed cattle from the coast of California.
Photo: A green roof w/Mother Plants Nursery plants
Sep 02 2010
Rank #3: Episode 112: Stacey Murphy of BKFarmyards
Stacey is the founder of BKFarmyards, a coalition of experienced urban farmers dedicated to expanding food justice through agricultural production & education in Brooklyn. They manage 2 acres of farmyards spread across several farm sites and consult on new urban farm development. In addition to agricultural production, their educational agenda includes something for all ages: training programs, apprenticeships, free workshops, farm visits, and volunteer days! Stacey is leading efforts to build BK Farmyards capacity to grow lots of food and flowers in Brooklyn through the development of new urban farms and organization of community resources. As a real food advocate, she speaks to audiences of all ages about food, farming, and culture. Stacey also runs a backyard farm CSA with a Backyard Farmer Training Program. This program has been brought to you by The Heritage Meat Shop.
“In all of our training programs we really talk about community issues surrounding the land, historical issues surrounding land access, and what people can do to start partnering.” — Stacey Murphy on Greenhorn Radio
Jul 03 2012
Rank #4: Episode 107: Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School
Owner of the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Co Cork, Ireland, Darina Allen is a teacher, food writer, newspaper columnist, cookbook author and television presenter. The Ballymaloe Cookery School is situated on her family’s organically run farm, and they believe that good food, good health and good farming practices are an inseparable part of the same process. Darina was the founder of some of the first farmers markets in Ireland, is a tireless advocate for artisan producers, and is involved on an ongoing basis in helping set up new markets. The winner of countless awards for her leadership in slow food and sustainability, she is currently chair of the Middleton Farmers Market, is a councillor for Ireland in the Slow Food Movement and President of the East Cork Convivium of Slow Food. This program has been brought to you by Fairway Market.
“We have to shock people out of thinking that food is something that comes wrapped in plastic off a supermarket shelf.” — Darina Allen on Greenhorn Radio
May 29 2012
Rank #5: Episode 278: Jonny Price, Kiva
Jonny leads Kiva's work to reach financially excluded and socially impactful small business owners, artisans and farmers in the United States with 0% interest loans. He first came to Kiva in 2009 as a volunteer, and joined full-time in 2011 to lead the Kiva U.S. team. Jonny graduated with a degree in History from the University of Cambridge. He is married to Ali, who he met at Kiva, and a few weeks ago he became the proud father of Felicity Grace Price!
Nov 15 2016
Rank #6: Episode 3: Lisa Hamilton
Severine talks with Lisa Hamilton, author of “Deeply Rooted,” a survey of unconventional American farmers, due out in May.
Apr 23 2009
Rank #7: Episode 289: Sara Day Evans, Accelerating Appalachia
Based in Kentucky and North Carolina, Sara Day Evans works through Accelerating Appalachia to advance the regenerative economy for North America's most diverse foodshed: the Appalachian region. She's a program developer, social entrepreneur, and living bridge who for over 20 years has delivered powerful impact through strong leadership, creativity, and collaboration. Launching Accelerating Appalachia was borne out of a variety of circumstances: a natural evolution of her ongoing commitment to people, place and prosperity in Appalachia; conversations with leaders in social enterprise and impact investing, the natural abundance and beauty of Appalachia; her connection to place as a 6th generation Kentuckian; her service to distressed communities in Appalachia to help rebuild the loss of their furniture, textile, and farming economies while with the NC Department of Commerce; her impactful work with Kentucky's Environmental Protection Cabinet; and the deep influence of her longtime Kentucky friends, bell hooks and Wendell Berry, and her activist, physicist parents and inspiring children. A hydrogeologist, community planner, entrepreneur, former truck driver, waitress, maid, and woodworker, Sara Day is also an accomplished musician, writer and poet.
Feb 14 2017
Rank #8: Episode 283: Dorn Cox, Tuckaway Farm
Dorn Cox, PhD, is an agriculturist, and farmer working his 250-acre diversified organic family farm in Lee, New Hampshire. He is a co-founder of the FarmOS software platform, a founding member of the Farm Hack community, and is active in the national soil health movement to develop systems that improve global agricultural knowledge exchange and local regenerative production capacity. He has a PhD from the University of New Hampshire.
Dec 20 2016
Rank #9: Episode 282: Erica Frenay, Shelterbelt Farm & Cornell Small Farms Program
Erica Frenay manages 35 acres of sheep, cattle, ducks, orchard, apiary, and high tunnels at Shelterbelt Farm near Ithaca, NY, with her husband and two young kids. She has also worked for the Cornell Small Farms Program for 11 years, co-founding the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project in 2006. She is a certified educator of Holistic Management and has completed permaculture design training, both of which have informed the design and management of her farm. She is passionate about connecting people to soil. And about playing the upright bass.
Dec 13 2016
Rank #10: Episode 148: Greenhorn Audio Almanac: Charlotte Carter
This week on Greenhorn Radio, we’re digging into the archives of the Greenhorn Audio Almanac to bring you an interview with Charlotte Cater of the New York State Agricultural Mediation Program. Tune in to hear host Severine Von Tscharner Fleming talk with Charlotte about different legal issues that farmers face, and how representation can help young farmers in the realms of land access, leasing, and more. This program has been brought to you by Hearst Ranch.
Apr 23 2013
Rank #11: Episode 149: Greenhorn Radio
Once again, we’re digging into the Greenhorn archives, and revisiting the 2012 Farm Bill. Annette Higby, from the New England Farm Union, discusses Federal Farm Bill the various titles and programs, and the the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity act which is supported by the National Young Farmers Coalition. The National Farmer’s Union is one of the oldest and best Farm advocacy groups in the country, with a strong family farmer focus. They are critics of the way farm policies have subsidized certain parts of our farm economy over other more sensible choices. Public investment in agriculture isn’t going away, but we can shift the direction it points us, our food and our landscape. Tune in to learn how – and check out the New England Farmers Union, NEFU.org. This program has been brought to you by Hearst Ranch.
Apr 30 2013
Rank #12: Episode 221: Emily Garrity / Twitter Creek Farm
Today’s featured farmer: Emily Garrity. Emily Garrity was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. There she found her love for farming in her late teens working in yard, garden, and flower maintenance.
At the age of 24, she moved to Homer, a seaside community at the end of the road in South Central Alaska. Her first solo commercial endeavor consisted of less than 1Å½4 acre of garden space on borrowed land and a small table at the Homer Farmers Market. In 2005, she began her first CSA season with four subscribing members. Later that year, just over nine acres of south sloping, spring fed, topsoil rich real-estate became home to the farm she now owns and operates as Twitter Creek Gardens.
Over the past nine years Emily has spent most of her waking moments and all of her income on the infrastructure of the farm. One 26’x96′ high tunnel, three homemade low tunnels, a large passive solar greenhouse, a root cellar, two work-shops, and a little farm house now make up the complex. Incorporating animals into the farmstead has been her newest endeavor. Small flocks of laying hens, broiler chickens, and hogs have made their way into the field rotations, providing much of the soil nutrients required to grow the current one-acre vegetable plot. The farm supplies food for a 20 member CSA, the Farmers Market, local restaurants, as well as the cast of characters who work the land.
Emily sits on the Homer Farmers Market board, Homer Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, and heads a farm-to-school project at the Homer Flex High School. She looks forward to the expansion of local agriculture and food security in the state of Alaska.
This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA
“I was really interested in the CSA model initially. That’s where I got started, I used borrowed land and had four members just to get the ball rolling.” [04:00]
–Emily Garrity on Greenhorns Radio
Feb 11 2015
Rank #13: Episode 225: Mary Mood y
Mary Moody is an organic grower and an organizer and activist around local food, food equity, and sustainable land use. She is a founder of Hope House where hospitality is offered to people who need shelter and communal meals are shared by the hungry and lonely. She is also a founding member of the Dubuque Food Co-op, the Driftless Farm Crawl and Farm to Table Dinners, and serves on the Local Food Systems Working Group and Farm To School Committee for Dubuque County. She lives at New Hope Farm near Dubuque, Iowa which she and her husband founded in 2000 to promote communal living and integrated learning through living on the land. This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.
Mar 17 2015
Rank #14: Episode 38: Dan Machin
Sev speaks to Dan Machin of Lone Acre Farm, a farm in Long Island that is literally a lone acre!
Mar 11 2010
Rank #15: Episode 7: Ken Greene
Severine talks with seed scientist Ken Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library
May 28 2009
Rank #16: Episode 6: Nik Bertulis
Severine interviews Nik Bertulis, an Oakland-based scientist and farmer researching and engineering ways to make use of urine in agricultural systems.
May 12 2009
Rank #17: Episode 5: Kevin Skvorak
Severine interviews Kevin Skvorak of Regeneration CSA in High Falls, NY. Regeneration CSA is a community supported farm growing with permaculture based, no-till systems that use no chemicals and regenerate our soils.
May 04 2009
Rank #18: Episode 4: Jacob Cowgill
Severine interviews Jacob Cowgill, innovative dryland vegetable grower and new farm owner!
Apr 30 2009
Rank #19: Episode 30: Mustard Seed Farms
On this week’s Greenhorn Radio, Severine interviews Arion of Mustard Seed Farms about starting a small farm in Iowa, and about the Christian Farmers Network.
Dec 17 2009
Rank #20: Episode 33: Alex Gifford
On this week’s episode of Greenhorns Radio, Severine interviews Alex Gifford of Wilton, Connecticut about his baseball field-turned-farm.
Jan 26 2010