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Back to Basics is entering it’s 13th iteration this year. We like to think that it’s the engaging workshops, vibrant vendor fair, and awesome volunteers that have helped it become the regions’ premier sustainability conference. We’ve been very fortunate to also have compelling keynote speakers.
This year, Kent Solberg, from the Sustainable Farming Association, is kicking off the event with his speech titled “Soil Health: The Future of Farming?” As the Livestock and Grazing Specialist at the SFA, Kent is on the road all over the state, helping producers embrace soil health. Due to the that, we were unable to bring Kent into our studio, but were able to record him via conference call. So, please excuse the sound while you learn how soil health is going to help farming into the future.
A few episodes back, we were fortunate to be able to interview U of M researcher, Lois Braun. We had such a good time and loved to bring in a person with such a breadth of knowledge on a topic we were interested in, we decided to try again.
This week, we were able to coax local seed saver enthusiast and Pine River Seed Library manager Barb Kaufman to join us at behind our microphones. Barb was eager to share her knowledge on how to start saving seeds, what methods she uses for tricky seeds, and a bit of history of seed saving.
You would be forgiven if your thoughts immediately wandered over to the the eleven herbs and spices used in the “finger-licking good” recipe for KFC. It’s not your fault. Ads are prevalent in our society, and there are none more pervasive, none more that have stood the test of time, than the solicitations for that greasy, but oh-so good, fried chicken.
BUT! We’re not here to talk about fast food chicken. In this episode, we do talk about the many different ways you can enjoy herbs and spices in your everyday cooking. We had a lot of fun chatting about our favorite ways to prepare our families meals.
Do you have a favorite spice you’d like to share? Hit us up in the comments.
1) Intro – What to Expect by Jake Bradford on album “Sharp”
2) Gold Fish by Photoaxis on album “Gold Fish”
3) Sun Bird by Geva Alon on album “Wall of Sound”
4) Watch Out by Chaun Davis on album “Be Mine”
The growing season is coming to an end. Our garden is finally put to bed. In our 14th episode, we discuss what we did to put our garden to bed.
We also do a season-end review, bringing all the numbers and pounds of food produced.
In the third segment, we talk about a hugelkultur project added to the south field.
Last week, we were able to pull University of Minnesota researcher Lois Braun into the recording studio. She opened up her world of hazelnut plantings and cross-country experiments for us all to learn.
This special episode of Turtle Talks is a Q&A session with Lois and her technical assistant, Connor. On this day, they came up to the HDT gardens to plant over fifty hybrid hazelnut plants. (You can check out pics from the planting here!)
You can read more about her research at www.midwesthazelnuts.org/
This is our most timely episode of Turtle Talks! We talk about upcoming events in our area. The Sustainable Farming Association has their hand in three upcoming community events.
- The 9th Harvest Dinner Saturday, August 25. Historically, the big draw of this event, of course, is the food. However, this year the guest speakers will be Gulf Coast fisherman. They’ll be speaking about the hypoxia zone taking place where they work and live. It should be a fun evening.
- Farm2Families is an event taking place on ALSO on Saturday, August 25. This event is meant to help connect communities with their local growers. Music, lectures, and delicious food await those who attend this event. It’s FREE to attend, but a dinner plate prepared by Chef Peter Lowe can be purchased for $15/plate.
- Minnesota Salsa Fest is a great day that brings together those that love salsa. Music, demonstrations, salsa contest, and even salsa flavored ice cream. Tickets are only $5 at the door. If you think your salsa has what it takes to win, you can enter your batch into the contest for $10. Simply fill out the form found on their site.
We also talk Porketta, and more specifically, Iron-range Porketta. Allison found a recipe that looks absolutely delicious. Give it a shot and let us know how yours turned out.
We love taking the time from planting, harvesting, weeding, and maintaining our garden and grounds to talk on camera. Sometimes, it’s a well-planned and methodical back and forth between speakers. Other times, like this episode, it’s a loosey-goosey and chaotic back and forth between speakers.
We discuss the current CSA shares, Colin gives parsley a try, we talk about the winter cover crops, and what we do with rabbits in our “rabbit-proof” garden. A real fun episode to make. Hope you enjoy.
This is the Garden Crew Podcast team. Not pictured: Colin M, who does whatever he can to keep his hands as clean as possible.
In this week’s episode, we talk about the different ways you can incorporate trees and woody shrubs into your garden or farm. This is called “Agroforestry,” and has five different methods to use.
- Alley Cropping
- Riparian Buffers
- Forest Farming
HDT is using two methods (alley cropping and forest farming) and will introduce a silvopasture method next year. You can read more about our attempts in Allison’s recap of her trip to the Agroforestry Institute, OR you can listen about it right here. 🙂
With summer hitting full swing, the garden crew is working long hours outdoors. Keeping the garden functioning properly (not to mention filling CSA shares and many programs off the campus) requires a full time effort from everybody.
Therefore, we decided to change up the format of Turtle Talks just a bit. Instead of a short garden update at the beginning of the episode, we are going to dedicate the episodes to sharing what is going on in the garden.
We plan on keeping each episode 20 (ish) minutes, but will keep to what is happening in the garden.
We are calling these episodes “Summer Appetizers” as they will whet your appetite until we head back to the original podcast format at the beginning of fall, as the garden eventually gets put to bed.
So, we’re still planning on updating twice a month and bringing you information you can use, just at a more leisurely pace.
We hope you’re enjoying the summer!
Well, we did it! We got through all four principles of Soil Health. We talked about maximizing biodiversity, we dug into minimizing soil disturbances, and we needed to let everyone know how important it is to keep roots in the ground.
There’s so many reasons to keep your soil covered!
We also begin with our Garden Update as Dave W. talks about a little mice problem he’s seen in the hoop house and what he’s done to help resolve pests. The garden crew has also spent time marking and cutting logs for mushroom cultivation.