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Join us as we talk with gardeners, foragers, herbalists, chefs and community activists to explore the many ways that plants impact our cultures and cuisines, our history and our future. Along the way, we'll also learn quite a bit about growing our own! The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is hosted by Bevin Cohen and brought to you by Small House Farm. Support the show: www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm

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Join us as we talk with gardeners, foragers, herbalists, chefs and community activists to explore the many ways that plants impact our cultures and cuisines, our history and our future. Along the way, we'll also learn quite a bit about growing our own! The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is hosted by Bevin Cohen and brought to you by Small House Farm. Support the show: www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm

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Foraging Wild Edibles w/ George Barnett

4/10/2024
Morel mushrooms, wild onions, and tender spring greens await the hungry forager! Join us as we talk with George Barnett, founder of The Hungry Forager and author of the new book, Foraging Kentucky. George Barnett owns and operates the Hungry Forager, an educational program based in the Bluegrass region and focused on teaching people about wild edibles, ethnobotany, ecology, and agroforestry. His educational background includes restoration ecology, foraging, and the history of utilizing tree crops in North America. His new book, Foraging Kentucky is an expansive beginners' guide to safely and ethically foraging wild foods. The species covered in the book are divided into three categories: herbaceous plants, fungi, and woody plants. George shares his extensive knowledge on the proper identification of the featured species, where and when they grow, and how to harvest and prepare them for consumption. Complete with high-definition color photographs, recipes, and short history lessons, this guide is chock-full of crucial information! Learn more about George's work, check out his online workshops and order your copy of Foraging Kentucky at https://www.thehungryforager.com/ Bevin was recently on WPR's The Morning Show with Kate Archer Kent to talk about seeds, seed libraries and the historic tomato seed collection of the late Thane Earle. Thane is most well-known for introducing the world to the incredible Amish Paste Tomato! You can hear the full interview at: https://www.wpr.org/shows/morning-show/sen-ron-johnson-michigan-seed-saver-shares-preservation-advice-potential-of-biofuels-wisconsin-film-festival Bevin also shared his recent article about the famed Amish Paste Tomato in our Patreon community. You can find it at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Today’s episode of Seeds & Weeds is brought to you in part by our friends at Garden Joy - the garden game that lets you explore your love for plants, seasons, horticulture, and outdoor design. Download Garden Joy from your app store and start playing this relaxing and educational garden design game today! Learn more at https://www.gardenjoygame.com/ You can support the Seeds & Weeds Podcast by joining our Patreon community for as little as $3/month! Check it out and sign up at https://www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:22:26

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Garden for Wildlife w/ Shubber Ali

3/27/2024
Discover the magic of native plants and bring your garden to life! Get your garden party started with Shubber Ali, founder of Garden for Wildlife. We’re talking with Shubber about growing native plants, how native plants support our ecosystem and what you can do to create a little wildlife sanctuary in your own backyard! Shubber Ali is the CEO of Garden for Wildlife, a program that began within the National Wildlife Federation. Garden for Wildlife allows people to make a difference for the environment by shipping plants native to their zip code that support local wildlife. Shubber is incredibly passionate about innovation, nature and wildlife and is on a mission to get as many people as possible to help save the planet, yard by yard. Last year, Garden for Wildlife shipped over 62,000 plants across 38 states and 2,900+ cities in America. You can learn more about Garden for Wildlife and order your native plants at https://gardenforwildlife.com/ Before the interview, Bevin gives us some updates on the Small House gardens… our seeds are sprouting and some of our favorite wild foods are starting to reappear! If you’re still shopping for seeds, check out our selection of heirloom veggies, herbs and flowers at www.smallhousefarm.com/seeds The latest issue of Mother Earth News magazine has a wonderful article from mushroom expert Erin Hamilton about cultivating morel mushrooms in the garden. You can find the article online at https://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/growing-morel-mushrooms-at-home-zm0z23zatro/ Erin was on the Seeds & Weeds Podcast last summer to talk about the benefits of growing and eating mushrooms. You can find that interview at https://seedsandweedspodcast.com/erin-hamilton-mushroom-conservatory/ Bevin’s interview on the Pantry Chat podcast with Carolyn Thomas recently dropped. Bevin and Carolyn talk about the new GMO tomato and its potential ramifications for the home gardener. You can listen at https://homesteadingfamily.com/gmo-seeds/ You can support the Seeds & Weeds Podcast by joining our Patreon community for as little as $3/month! Check it out and sign up at https://www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:24:22

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Staple Crops & Local Food Systems w/ Michelle Ajamian

3/13/2024
What are staple crops and what role do they plan in sustainable, regional food systems? We’re talking with Michelle Ajamian, founder of Shagbark Mill, about localized food systems, growing and processing staple crops like corn and beans and we’re going to explore how growers, producers and consumers come together to decide what kind of food system we want for ourselves and our communities. Michelle Ajamian launched the Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative in 2009 and she is the cofounder of Shagbark Seed & Mill, an organic processing facility dedicated to the development of a regional model for the production and processing of staple grain, bean, oilseed, and nut crops. Today, Michelle is joining us on the show to talk about her work at Shagbark Mill, staple foods and the role that they play in a sustainable local food system. You can learn more about Shagbark Seed & Mill and order their products at: https://shagbarkmill.com/ Learn about the Appalachian Staple Food Collaborative at https://ruralaction.org/our-work/sustainable-agriculture/asfc/ Check out the Craft Millers Guild at https://www.craftmillersguild.com/ It’s seed starting season here at Small House Farm! Are you ready to get your garden started? Browse our selection of organically-grown herb, flower and heirloom vegetable seeds at https://www.smallhousefarm.com/seed-collection/ Support the Seeds & Weeds Podcast by joining our Patreon community for as little as $3/month! Check it out and sign up at https://www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:22:18

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Let's Chat w/ Tony O'Neill, Simplify Vegetable Gardening

2/28/2024
Grow your best garden ever with tips and tricks from author and YouTuber Tony O’Neill! After listening to this interview you’ll be ready to grow a healthier and more productive vegetable garden than ever before! Tony O’Neill has been creating educational gardening content for the last fourteen years and in 2020, he launched the wildly popular YouTube channel Simplify Gardening. Tony believes gardening’s appeal is linked to nature’s generous response to nurturing, which is proven by his growing near-record-sized cabbages (67 lbs.), squashes (131 lbs.), rhubarb, and potatoes in abundance. Tony is joining us on the show to share some gardening tips and tricks and to talk about his new book Simplify Vegetable Gardening. If you revel in nature's response to your gardening and are curious about the science behind it, Simplify Vegetable Gardening is your guide. The first book to blend botany, biology, and earth science with food gardening, it introduces an exciting, science-driven approach to growing more food. In Tony's words, it's "the culmination of my four decades tending the earth, learning its secrets, and respecting its cycles." Order your copy of Simplify Vegetable Gardening: https://geni.us/SimplifyVegGardening Find Tony online at https://simplifygardening.com/ And on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/simplifygardening Bevin’s new book, The Heritage Pantry; Modern Methods of Preserving Food the Old-fashioned Way, is on its way - we'll be announcing ordering information soon! This new book is full of recipes, stories and history and we think you’re going to love it! Members of our Patreon community will be the first to see the cover and have an opportunity to order their copies - at a special discounted price! You can enjoy this benefit and many more while supporting our podcast. Join our Patreon community for as little as $3/month! Check it out and sign up at https://www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm and https://www.smallhousefarm.com/herbcoop/ Today’s episode of Seeds & Weeds was brought to you in part by our friends at EZ Swap Pots! Check out their line of handmade fabric liners and reusable pots at www.ezswappots.com Use coupon code SEEDS at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase! Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:26:10

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GMO Tomatoes, Oh My! + Ask an Herbalist w/ Kristine Brown

2/14/2024
Are you ready for the new GMO Purple Tomato?!? What impact will this new variety have on our health, our gardens, or our tomato seed saving? Bevin unpacks this latest development in the gardening world, then sits down for a relaxing chat with herbalist, author, and educator Kristine Brown. Kristine Brown is helping parents teach their kids about herbalism, one herb at a time. She created the only children’s herbal curriculum that uses all four styles of learning and she has taught classes and coordinated numerous herbal conference kids’ camps both locally and nationally. She is the writer and illustrator of the online children’s publication Herbal Roots zine, and the creator of several online courses that teach children about botany, drawing, and herbs. You can learn more about Kristine’s work, subscribe to Herbal Roots zine and join Herb Club at https://herbalrootszine.com Her books are also available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/stores/author/B081HXQ273 Before the interview, Bevin talks about the new GMO Purple Tomato from Norfolk Plant Sciences. He digs into the differences between genetically modified and traditionally bred crops and how this new purple tomato might impact your garden plans. If you’re looking for further reading, check out these articles: NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2024/02/06/1228868005/purple-tomato-gmo-gardeners Wired: https://www.wired.com/story/a-gmo-purple-tomato-is-coming-to-grocery-aisles-will-the-us-bite/ We launched our new Herb Co-op, an exclusive offering for members of our Patreon community! You can enjoy these benefits and more while supporting our podcast. Join our Patreon community for as little as $3/month! Check it out and sign up at https://www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm and https://www.smallhousefarm.com/herbcoop/ Today’s episode of Seeds & Weeds was brought to you in part by our friends at EZ Swap Pots! Check out their line of handmade fabric liners and reusable pots at www.ezswappots.com Use coupon code SEEDS at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase! Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:22:12

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Let's Chat w/ Felicia Ruiz, Kitchen Curandera

1/31/2024
What does it mean to be a kitchen curandera? What’s the difference between Indigenous food and local food? We’ll learn all this and much more when we sit down to chat with traditional healer and award-winning author Felicia Ruiz. We’ll also talk about Felicia’s book Earth Medicines, winner of the 2022 Reading the West Award: Eating The West and the 2023 LULAC Book Award! Earth Medicines is an accessible guide to time-honored Indigenous wisdom, healing recipes, and wellness rituals for modern life from an experienced curandera. You can learn more about Felicia’s work and get your copy of Earth Medicines at https://www.kitchencurandera.com/ This great book is also available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Earth-Medicines-Ancestral-Wellness-Curandera/dp/161180843X Before the interview, Bevin talks about the latest issue of Homestead Living Magazine. This new monthly publication also includes an annual compendium of the year’s best articles. The most recent annual includes Bevin’s article about small-scale seed and nut oil production as well as dozens of articles about beekeeping, gardening, baking, raising chickens and so much more! This is a wonderful publication for gardeners, homesteaders and anyone else interested in more sustainable lifestyles. You can learn more and subscribe to the magazine here: https://homesteadliving.com/ Bevin also shares some exciting updates about his newest book – he’s been hard at work all winter working on this new project for Ogden Publications where he digs into all sorts of food preservation techniques, from canning and pickling, to smoking, salting, fermentation and more! He explores the history of how these preservation techniques developed, all the way up to modern uses... plus, there’s a ton of recipes too! We’ll be announcing preorder details soon, and we’ll be offering a discounted price to our Patreon community! Our Patreon community is going to get first dibs and a discounted price, so if you’re not already a member you might want to consider it. We also just launched our new Herb Co-op, an exclusive offering for members of our Patreon community! You can enjoy these benefits and more while supporting our podcast. Join our Patreon community for as little as $3/month! Check it out and sign up at https://www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm and https://www.smallhousefarm.com/herbcoop/ Today’s episode of Seeds & Weeds was brought to you in part by our friends at EZ Swap Pots! Check out their line of handmade fabric liners and reusable pots at www.ezswappots.com Use coupon code SEEDS at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase! Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @ The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:18:52

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Five Questions w/ Tina Sams, The Essential Herbal

1/17/2024
From selling herbs at the renaissance fair to editing one of the most influential herbal magazines of the decade, Tina Sams has done it all! She’s joining us on the podcast for a special herbal edition of 5 Questions. We talk about her early days running an herb shop at a renaissance festival in the 90s, growing Jerusalem artichokes and horseradish, plus we dig into the International Herb Association’s Herb of the Year Books and Tina even shares her go-to herbal tea recipe for managing stress... this episode is packed! Beginning with an herb shop at the local renaissance faire, Tina (along with her sister Maryanne) has dabbled in many different types of herbal businesses. She's published The Essential Herbal Magazine for more than 20 years and has written more than a dozen books about herbs. Learn more about Tina’s work and The Essential Herbal Magazine at https://essentialherbal.com/ Tina’s shoutout was the Black Walnut Botanical Conference https://www.blackwalnutbotanical.com/ and the Pennsylvania Tea Festival https://www.teafestpa.com/ Before the interview, Bevin shares a little bit about a recent family trip to Chicago. We enjoyed a wonderful band at Andy’s Jazz Club https://andysjazzclub.com/ and ate what might be the best dumplings in Chicago at Hing Kee in Chinatown. https://www.hingkeechinatown.com/ We recently got the first big snow storm of the season and now we’re more ready than ever for spring to arrive! We’re keeping busy with various projects including planning for our 8th annual Central Michigan Seed Swap. We’re almost ready to launch our new Herb Co-op, an exclusive offering for members of our Patreon community! Members will enjoy wholesale prices on bulk organic herbs and spices including black/green teas, flowers, roots & more! As a member of our community, you can enjoy the benefits of buying quality herbs by the ounce at special discount prices! Check it out and sign up at https://www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm and https://www.smallhousefarm.com/herbcoop/ Today’s episode of Seeds & Weeds was brought to you in part by our friends at EZ Swap Pots! Check out their line of handmade fabric liners and reusable pots at www.ezswappots.com Use coupon code SEEDS at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase! Join the Seeds & Weeds Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/seedsandweeds And as always, big thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers.. we appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:20:38

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Let's Chat w/ Jere Gettle, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

1/3/2024
We’re kicking off the year with a seedy conversation! We’re sitting down to chat with Jere Gettle, owner of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, America’s largest heirloom seed supplier! We talk about Jere’s gardens and his favorite things to grow, what it’s like living at the Baker Creek village and some his favorite offerings from the 2024 Whole Seeds Catalog! We also dig into how Baker Creek can offer hundreds of heirloom varieties from around the world – while honoring the people, places and cultures that these seeds call home. You don’t want to miss this conversation! Before the interview, Bevin shares his thoughts on a recent article in the winter edition of Edible Wow Magazine. On page 39, author Courtney Burk has written an amazing article on the many ways that we can enjoy eating squash... and not just the flesh of the fruit! Burk interviews a handful of farmers and chefs that share insights on eating squash flesh, skin and leaves. But what this article fails to mention is how easy it is to press a decadently delicious oil from the squash seeds! You can find an Edible Magazine for your region at https://www.ediblecommunities.com/ Learn more about how to press your own seed and nut oils at home with Bevin’s book The Complete Guide to Seed & Nut Oils. Its available at https://www.smallhousefarm.com/product-category/books/ and also on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Seed-Nut-Oils/dp/0865719632 We’re launching our new Herb Co-op, an exclusive offering for members of our Patreon community! Members will enjoy wholesale prices on bulk organic herbs and spices including black/green teas, flowers, roots & more! As a member of our community, you can enjoy the benefits of buying quality herbs by the ounce at special discount prices! Check it out and sign up at https://www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm and https://www.smallhousefarm.com/herbcoop/ Today’s episode of Seeds & Weeds was brought to you in part by our friends at EZ Swap Pots! Check out their line of handmade fabric liners and reusable pots at www.ezswappots.com Use coupon code SEEDS at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase! Join the Seeds & Weeds Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/seedsandweeds And as always, big thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers.. we appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @sm The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:28:40

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A Year of Seeds & Weeds

12/20/2023
We'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our listeners around the world that have joined us as we explore the intersection of gardens, cultures, cuisines and community. It's been an amazing year exploring seeds and weeds with all of you! In this episode we relive the highs and lows of our year together, dig into exciting statistics, and sneak a peek at what's to come in 2024! And as always, big thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers.. We appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Episodes from 2023 that Bevin mentions during this show: What We Sow w/ Jennifer Jewell, Cultivating Place Gardening for Moths w/ Jim McCormac Five Questions w/ Jeff Quattrone Let's Chat w/ Jessica Mitchell, Mother Earth News Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:08:26

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Let’s Chat w/ jim mcdonald, HerbCraft

12/6/2023
During this action-packed interview, jim mcdonald gives a us a mini-tour of his herb cabinet, shares his go-to winter tea recipe, talks about his Lindera herb workshops, and even tells us about his very first herb experience! We’ll also learn why jim prefers to spell his name with little-case letters and something about sunbathing in Speedos on the roof?! It’s a wild time! jim is a community herbalist, a manic wildcrafter and medicine maker, and has been an ardent student of the most learned teachers of herbcraft… the plants themselves. You can learn more about jim’s work at www.herbcraft.org and sign up for his in-persona and online herb workshops at herbcraft.podia.com jim is a co-organizer of the Great Lakes Herb Faire, one of Michigan’s finest annual herb conferences. Check it out at https://www.greatlakesherbfaire.org/ During the interview, jim sings the praises of mushrooms for supporting the immune system. Check out our previous interview with Erin Hamilton from The Mushroom Conservatory to learn more about wonderful mushrooms! https://www.smallhousefarm.com/seedsandweedspodcast/lets-chat-w-erin-hamilton-the-mushroom-conservatory/ Purchase a kit from Erin to grow mushrooms right at home! https://themushroomconservatory.com/ In January 2024, we’ll be launching our new Herb Co-op, an exclusive offering for members of our Patreon community! Members will enjoy wholesale prices on bulk organic herbs and spices including black/green teas, flowers, roots & more! As a member of our community, you can enjoy the benefits of buying quality herbs by the ounce at special discount prices! Check it out and sign up at https://www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm and https://www.smallhousefarm.com/herbcoop/ Join the Seeds & Weeds Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/seedsandweeds And as always, big thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers.. we appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:28:47

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USDA Map Heats Up! + Five Questions w/ Peggy Riccio

11/22/2023
One of the biggest things happening in the (gardening) world right now is the new USDA Hardiness Zones Map! Plus horticulturist and garden educator Peggy Riccio is joining us on the podcast to talk about her information-packed garden website resource, pegplant.com and to answer 5 Questions! Peggy talks about why basil is her favorite garden herb… and not just Genovese basil, but all of the basils! She also shares her recipe for flavorful Thai Basil Syrup. Peggy runs the well-known garden resource website PegPlant.com and during the pandemic she launched a Facebook group dedicated to Culinary Herbs and Spices. You can find her FB group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/culinaryherbsandspices Peggy’s shoutout today was True Love Seed’s podcast, Seeds & Their People. https://trueloveseeds.com/https://trueloveseeds.com/blogs/satpradio This is a wonderful seed company dedicated to the preservation of seeds, stories, cultures and cuisine! Before the interview, Bevin shares some big news from the gardening world! First, Baker Creek Seed Company’s annual Whole Seed Catalog is starting to arrive in mailboxes across the country! This is always an exciting time of year. The catalog is the largest in the world, 532 pages! The Whole Seed Catalog is loaded with beautiful photos and seed stories, including a couple of seed stories researched and written by Bevin. He’s giving away a free copy of this incredible catalog in the Seeds & Weeds Facebook Group! One of the biggest things happening in the (gardening) world right now is the new USDA Hardiness Zones Map. The last map was released in 2012 and since then, more than half the country has shifted up a half-zone warmer!! Bevin shares his thoughts on this situation and reads an excerpt from a recent Associated Press article. You can find the article here: https://apnews.com/article/garden-hardiness-climate-change-usda-zones-89d78178703e30bc3fd948ceaff61e7f Join the Seeds & Weeds Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/seedsandweeds And as always, big thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers.. we appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:18:40

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Let's Chat w/ Sarah Hall, Planting by the Signs

11/8/2023
Can the moon help your beans grow? In today’s episode, author and professor of agriculture Sarah Hall is joining us on the podcast to talk about planting by the signs and her new book, Sown in the Stars. Learn about this traditional practice of working with the moon phases and astrological signs to guide your planting schedule. We’ll discuss when is the best time to plant, harvest and preserve your crops, according to the stars. Sarah will share stories about the many interviews she conducted while working on the book, as well as her experiences planting by the stars in her own garden! Learn more about Sarah’s work and order a copy of her new book at https://www.kentuckypress.com/9780813197043/sown-in-the-stars/ It’s also available on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Sown-Stars-Planting-Sarah-Hall/dp/081319704X/ Before the interview, Bevin shares some Small House updates. Planning is already well underway for the 8th annual Central Michigan Seed Swap that will be taking place on Saturday February 24th in Midland, Michigan. This is the largest seed swap in the Midwest and we’d love to have you join us if you can! Check out all the info at www.centralmichiganseedswap.com You can also find the swap on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CentralMichiganSeedSwap He also shared some details about a new book project he’s working on for Ogden Publications about the history of food preservation. Be sure to stay tuned for updates on this exciting new project! Join the Seeds & Weeds Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/seedsandweeds And as always, big thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers.. we appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:15:46

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Gardening Can Be Murder w/ Marta McDowell

10/25/2023
Join us for an extra special, spooky episode of Seeds & Weeds. In today’s episode, author and horticulturalist Marta McDowell is joining us on the podcast to talk about her new book, Gardening Can Be Murder. We'll also be talking about some of Marta’s previous books, including Bevin’s personal favorite, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. We’ll also get a sneak peek at an upcoming project, an updated edition of her 2016 book, All the Presidents’ Gardens. In Gardening Can Be Murder, New York Times best-selling author Marta McDowell explores the deeply rooted connection between gardens, writers, and mystery novels. Following the path of a great mystery novel, Marta introduces readers to the detectives and scene of the crime, then explores the motive, means, and clues before gathering the suspects and solving the case of why gardening can be murder… Check out Marta’s work and order a copy of her new book at https://www.martamcdowell.com/ Before the interview, Bevin explores the spirit of the season, and talks about death, rebirth and the timeless power of seeds. Learn about the Oaxacan Radish Festival, and the Celtic tradition of carving scary faces into turnips to ward off the spirit of Stingy Jack. Then we stock up on pie pumpkins from the farm down the road and press their seeds into delicate and flavorful oil. If you’d like to learn about pressing seed and nuts oils, you can find Bevin’s book, The Complete Guide to Seed & Nut Oils on our website. You can also order an oil press and get started pressing your own oils right at home! And as always, big thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers.. we appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:20:10

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Grow Fruit Trees Fast w/ Susan Poizner, OrchardPeople.com

10/11/2023
Want to grow sweet, tasty fruit in your own backyard? In today’s episode, author and fruit tree expert Susan Poizner is joining us on the podcast to share some fruit tree knowledge and talk about her latest book Grow Fruit Trees Fast. We'll be talking about choosing the right fruit trees for your space, feeding the soil to keep your fruit trees healthy and how to prune your trees to maximize production. Susan will also tell us stories about her community orchard, her early life as a journalist and so much more! Susan is the author of two books about growing fruit trees, Growing Urban Orchards and Grow Fruit Trees Fast. She’s also the founder of Orchard People, an online educational program for folks that want to learn all about growing their own fruit trees right at home! Susan hosts a weekly podcast all about fruit trees too! You can learn more about Susan’s work, her online programs and her informative podcast at https://www.orchardpeople.com During the interview, Susan mentions her list of reputable fruit tree nurseries. You can find that list here. https://orchardpeople.com/where-to-buy-fruit-trees/ Before the interview Bevin talks about the signs of Autumn that are slowly creeping in at Small House Farm. We’re busy getting things ready for winter and that includes harvesting herbs and processing seeds. You can check out our latest video on our Youtube channel if you’d like a sneak peak of some of the unique varieties of heirloom seeds will be offering from this year’s gardens. https://youtu.be/Ni_EPc0H7OE?si=_lQiND2bvQBihopk You can also listen to the Seeds & Weeds Podcast on Youtube! https://www.youtube.com/@SmallHouseFarm Want to browse our collection of heirloom seeds? You can check out the selection at: https://www.smallhousefarm.com/seed-collection/ And as always, big thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers.. we appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:19:59

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What We Sow w/ Jennifer Jewell, Cultivating Place

9/27/2023
What do seeds mean to you? In today’s episode we’re talking with Jennifer Jewell, host of the Cultivating Place podcast and author of the new book, What We Sow: On the Personal, Ecological and Cultural Significance of Seeds. We'll be discussing Jennifer's personal journey with seeds, the significant impact that seeds have on the world around us and why saving these precious seeds for future generations is more important now than ever before. Jennifer is a garden writer, educator and host of an award-winning radio program and podcast. Her previous books include Under Western Skies: Visionary Gardens from The Rockies to the Pacific Coast and The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants. Connect with Jennifer through her website www.cultivatingplace.com and purchase her books everywhere that books are sold, including: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/What-We-Sow-Ecological-Significance/dp/164326107X Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/p/books/what-we-sow-on-the-personal-ecological-and-cultural-significance-of-seeds-jennifer-jewell/19724340 If you’re new to saving seeds or looking to learn more, check out my book Saving Our Seeds. https://www.smallhousefarm.com/product-category/books/ It’ll guide you through harvesting and processing seeds from 43 different species! And as always, big thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers.. we appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:26:45

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Five Questions w/ Leah Webb, Seven Step Homestead

9/13/2023
Gardening for health, happiness and delicious produce! Author and educator Leah Webb joins us on the podcast to talk about whole foods cooking, why she gardens and so much more when she answers 5 Questions. Leah is an avid gardener, edible landscaper and accomplished author and educator. In today’s episode we learn what she loves to grow the most, lessons she learned in the garden and how her children’s health started her on her small-scale homestead journey. Learn more about Leah’s work and find her two books, The Seven-Step Homestead and The Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Family Cookbook at www.leahmwebb.com Leah’s shout out today was about a presentation she recently saw at the Mother Earth News Fair. Bevin, along with Amyrose Foll and Ira Wallace, shared stories of seeds and their keepers during the festival seed swap. Amy-Rose manages Virginia Free Farm and Ira is the James Beard Award winning matriarch from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. If you’re new to saving seeds and looking to get started, check out my book Saving Our Seeds. https://www.smallhousefarm.com/product-category/books/ It’ll guide you through harvesting and processing seeds from 43 different species! And as always, big thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers.. we appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:23:13

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Natural Beauty w/ Janice Cox, Herb Society of America

8/30/2023
Pine nut skin scrub? Sour cream face mask?! Author and natural beauty expert Janice Cox joins us on the show to talk about these incredible products and so much more! We’ll also talk about beautiful lavender and eating loofahs! Janice Cox teaches workshops across the country on making your own body care products with simple kitchen and garden ingredients. She is the author of six bestselling books on the topic and the education chair for The Herb Society of America! Follow Janice's work and purchase her books at https://www.naturalbeautyathome.com/ Janice is a regular speaker at the Mother Earth News Fair. You can find her fair schedule of workshops at https://www.motherearthnewsfair.com/ During the interview Janice mentions how she loves to use witch hazel in her daily skin routine. We have some handcrafted witch hazel available for you here: https://www.smallhousefarm.com/product/small-house-witch-hazel/ Autumn has arrived and that means that it’s time to start saving our garden seeds! We’ve already harvested quite a bit of seed from our gardens including beans, some herbs and lots of tomatoes! We just recorded our annual Tomato Tasting video for our Youtube channel. It’s not uploaded just yet, but you can always subscribe to our channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/smallhousefarm You don’t want to miss this one, it’s the most fun video we make every year! If you’re new to saving seeds and looking to get started, check out my book Saving Our Seeds. It's available at https://www.smallhousefarm.com/product-category/books/ and everywhere else books are sold. It’ll guide you through harvesting and processing seeds from 43 different species! And as always, big thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers.. we appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:19:40

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Let's Chat w/ Amy Anthony, NYC Aromatica + Top 5 Essential Oils

8/16/2023
This episode is packed full of info! Certified Aromatherapist Amy Anthony joins us to talk about the difference between hydrosols and essential oils, lavandin vs lavender and so much more! Then, Amy shares her Top 5 essential oils! Amy is a certified clinical aromatherapist, owner of NYC Aromatica and host of the Essential Aromatica podcast. Amy left her career in marketing to pursue what is closest to her heart: working with plants - and today, she’s considered to be one of America’s most influential aromatherapists! This interview was so jam-packed, we couldn’t even fit it all in today’s episode! You can check out the rest of the interview, available exclusively to our Patreon members, right here: www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm You can connect with Amy through her website www.nycaromatica.com, Instagram or Youtube channel. You can also tune in to the Essential Aromatica Podcast! As always, big thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers.. we appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:22:46

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Let's Chat w/ Erin Hamilton, The Mushroom Conservatory

8/1/2023
Join us on a mushroom adventure! Today we’re sitting down with Erin Hamilton, founder of The Mushroom Conservatory to learn how plants and mushrooms are so radically different from one another, why we need more mushrooms in our lives and then we’re going to find out how to get one of her special kits to grow our own mushrooms right at home! Erin Hamilton is a mushroom farmer and agricultural educator from Howell, Michigan. She and her husband Elijah have three children and together, they run The Mushroom Conservatory, where they help people around the world learn to produce their own food with hands-on mushroom growing kits. I first learned about Erin at the Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania ands today she’s joining us on the podcast to chat about mushrooms! You can learn more about The Mushroom Conservatory here. Erin will also be at the Mother Earth News Fair in Wisconsin Sept 16-17 Check out the full schedule here! Heather and I just returned home from a trip to southern France where we had some amazing adventures! We visited the lavender fields of Provence, drove around the countryside and sampled so much delicious food! One of our favorites was a chickpea flatbread called socca. It's so easy to make, we went and bought all of the ingredients as soon as we got home! You can find our recipe for this traditional delight on our Patreon page: www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Big thanks to all of our recent Patreon subscribers.. we appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! Join our special Seeds & Weeds Facebook Community! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:16:40

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Five Questions w/ Christy Wilhelmi, Gardenerd

7/19/2023
Nerd alert! Gardenerd founder Christy Wilhelmi joins us on the show to talk about small-space fruit orchards, Russian tomatoes, reclaiming food waste and all sorts of groovy stuff! Christy empowers people to grow their own food, to be more self-reliant, and to reduce pollution and waste, one garden at a time. Christy is founder of Gardenerd, the ultimate resource for garden nerds, where she publishes newsletters, her popular blog, and top-ranked podcasts. Today, Christy is joining us on the podcast to answer 5 questions.. Bevin was recently a guest on Christy’s Gardenerd Podcast. You can listen to that conversation here: https://gardenerd.com/blog/podcast-seed-oils-start-to-finish-with-bevin-cohen/ Christy’s shoutout today was FoodCycle LA. You can learn more about their important work reclaiming food waste here: https://www.foodcyclela.org/ Before the interview, Bevin shares some news about his recent travels. The entire Cohen family headed up to Erie, Pennsylvania for the Mother Earth News Fair! It’s a beautiful venue and a wonderful event. You can stay up to date on all of the Mother Earth News Fair happenings at https://www.motherearthnewsfair.com/ When this episode airs, Bevin and Heather will on their way to Nice, France for a short summer vacation! If you’d like to follow the adventure, we’ll be sure to post pics along the way on our Instagram feed… www.instagram.com/small_house_farm Big thanks to all of our recent Patreon subscribers.. we appreciate every one of you! Thank you for supporting the show! Remember, you can always support our podcast by joining our Patreon for as little as $3/month at www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm Connect with us! IG: @small_house_farm FB: @smallhousefarm YT: @smallhousefarm www.seedsandweedspodcast.com Support the show The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is made possible in part by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company - America’s top source for rare and heirloom varieties from around the world, and publisher of The Whole Seed Catalog. Their 2024 catalog is chock full of heirloom goodness; new varieties, recipes, stories, and gorgeous photographs! Order yours now at www.rareseeds.com Support the show

Duration:00:19:53