Mother Earth News and Friends Podcasts

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Profit as a Homesteader
Mother Earth News’ Editor-in-Chief Hank Will, and Becky Tipton of the Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers’ Association, on making a living from small acreage.

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Favorite Medicinal Plants
Jessica Kellner, Editor-in-Chief of Mother Earth Living, and JoAnne Bauman, respected herbalist discuss their list of favorite medicinal plants for their gardens.

Keeping Urban Chickens

Keeping Urban Chickens
Two of our favorite faces of the poultry world, Patricia Foreman and Victoria Miller join Jennifer Pitino of the "Urban Chicken Podcast" to discuss how city chicks make a community better.

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Sustainable Energy Inside City Limits
Former MOTHER EARTH NEWS editor, Kale Roberts and author Dan Chiras come together to discuss your options for living off-grid in city limits.

Real food in the city

Charcuterie in the City
Respected authors Meredith Leigh and Gianaclis Caldwell discuss making choices that positively impact us and our communities from the urban homestead and beyond.

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Dr. Green Minisode
Kevin Fletcher explains that when it comes to the farm, some things are better left to "Dr. Green".

Do you see the queen?

Beeginning With Bees
Producer Robert Riley speaks with expert beekeepers Becky Tipton, Dawn Combs, and Steve Tipton cover several topics on getting started with bees to help you keep a successful colony.

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Get Started with Chickens
Kellsey Trimble of Grit sits down with some of our favorite poultry experts to discuss getting started with your flock. There are many considerations to keep in mind.

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Common Flock Problems
Joe Putnam and Patricia Foreman sit down with Kellsey Trimble of Grit to talk about the problems many flock owners run into, as well as their solutions.

Tea Garden

Herbs for Your Teacup
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Senior Editor Hannah Kincaid took time to chat with herbalists Dawn Combs and Joanne Bauman about what they grow in their tea garden and how to use it.

Bride and Groom

Green Weddings
Join Mother Earth Living's design experts as they discuss planning eco-friendly and sustainable gatherings, specifically weddings!

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Spoon Man Minisode
Caleb Regan speaks with Jake Kristophel to discuss why he made the choice to quit his job and work from his homestead and how he continues to diversify.

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Craft Distilling
Victoria Miller sits down with Kellsey Trimble and Robert Riley to discuss the legality of distilling your own liquor as well as the process of distilling.

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The Nature of Things Minisode
In this minisode, Managing Editor of Grit Magazine, Kellsey Trimble, discusses her admiration of Gene Logsdon and reflects on his passing.

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Profit with Poultry
Many of us joke that our hobby flocks don’t pay the bills. Let’s change that! Patrica Foreman and Victoria Miller join us to share their expertise on monetizing your flock.

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Succession Gardening
Charlotte Brunin meets with Rebecca Martin from MOTHER EARTH NEWS Pam Dawling and Petra Page-Mann to learn about succession gardening for a year-round harvest.

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Get to Know Goats
Kellsey Trimble of Grit visits with Gianaclis Caldwell, Jeanette Beranger and Richard Browning to find out all she can about keeping goats and which breeds may be right for someone getting started.

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Order from the Butcher Block
Rebecca Martin, and Kellsey Trimble sit down with Meredith Leigh to discuss how to buy meat in bulk, the business of getting meat processed, and why you should know your butcher.

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Cool Coops!
Charlotte Brunin, Amanda Sorrell, Jeanetter Beranger, and Patricia Foreman discuss the considerations you need to take when you are looking for or building a chicken coop.


Poultry Breeds and Species
Kellsey Trimble sits down with Alison Martin and Cindy Gibson to discuss popular poultry breeds and species that you may want to add to your homestead.

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Harvest Your Honey
Charlotte Brunin and Robert Riley meet with Becky Tipton and Steve Tipton to discuss how to properly harvest honey from a langstroth hive.

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Leathers and Furs: Preserving Animal Hides
Charlotte Brunin joins Kellsey Trimble and Caleb Regan of Grit to be taught how to preserve a hide from Dennis Biswell.

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Great Guide to Guinea Fowl
Charlotte Brunin and Kellsey Trimble talk flock with two guinea fowl experts, Cindy Gibson and Sharon Dodds, to learn how to keep and train these boisterous birds.


The Ayurveda Lifestyle
Learn the wonderful benefits of Ayurveda, it's principles and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle with two experts in the Ayurveda lifestyle, Anata Ripa Ajmera and Brittany Wood Nickerson.

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Writing Urban Ag Policy
Helen Schnoes and Mary Miller of the Douglas County Food Policy Council to discuss how to work inside your city limits to gain agricultural rights for your community.


Making the Most of Older Animals
Caleb Regan meets with John Wilkes and Adam Danforth to discuss how and why we should eat, and enjoy eating, older animals.


Ducks on Demand
Learn about Jeannette Beranger and Victoria Miller's experiences with a variety of duck breeds, and what they recommend for you!

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Kefir and Kombucha
Hannah Krum the "Kombucha Mama" visits with Charlotte Brunin to discuss brewing the popular fermented beverages, kefir and kombucha.


Marvelous Mushrooms
Charlotte and Robert visit with Tradd Cotter to learn how he came to be a mushroom farmer, the importance of a mushroom regimen and how we can use fungi to save the world!


Hannah Kincaid and Charlotte visit with Liz Fulcher to discuss how to create hydrosols and what makes them different from essential oils.

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Scoop on Poop
In this episode we discuss composting human manure! The in-home set up, the legalities, and how to overcome the ick factor to produce beautiful soil.


Straight Dope On Cannabis
Learn about medicinal marijuana from Jill Nussinow, a MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR favorite.

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Swarm Essentials
Charlotte and Zach Foley (of the Community Chickens podcast) called Hilary Kearney to discuss her work beekeeping in Southern California and how they might catch a swarm..

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Live Deliberately with Rob Greenfield
Charlotte and Russell Mullin meet with Rob Greenfield to discuss how he became a famous eco-activist, what you can do to reduce waste, and details about Rob's projects.


Pasture Raising Pork
Jake Kristophel (aka Spoonman), Deborah Neimann, and Desiree Sirois discuss their pastured pork businesses, why they love pigs, and how to keep your pigs happy and gentle.

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Vegetables Love Flowers
Liza Ziegler explains why vegetables love flowers and ideas for companion planting.


Organic Pest Control
Charlotte and Hannah meet with the "Dirt Dr." Howard Garrett to discuss safe alternatives to mainstream pesticides.

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Wellness Garden
Shawna Coronado joins us to discuss how to make the most out of your garden experience to improve your overall health and well-being.

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Dietary Sensitivities
Our guest will discuss their experience with dietary sensitivities.


Graft a Better World
Charlotte meets with Asheville natives, Bill, Frances, and Vanessa to discuss the importance of nut trees, grafting, and food availability.


From Lambs to Llamas: Raising Fiber Livestock
Hank Will joins Charlotte and fellow Mother Earth New editor Caitlin Wilson to discuss fiber animals and the products they produce.

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Natural Skin Care
Zach from the Community Chickens podcast joins Charlotte and Janice Cox to discuss why breaking free from conventional skincare may be the best choice for your skin!.

Grains for Health
Charlotte meets Jill Nussinow and Victoria Miller to discuss the nutritional benefits of various seeds and grains, and how to use them.

Disaster Preparedness
Victoria Miller, Jeffrey Yago and Dan Chiras join Charlotte to discuss living off grid and how to be prepared for a disaster. .

Join Charlotte and guests to discuss the practice of aquaponics and how its efficiency is improving lives everywhere.

Live Episode - Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund Panel
Join the live panel at our Frederick, Maryland MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR as they discuss common legal questions that homesteaders have.

Permaculture Ethics
Join Jessi Bloom and Darrell Frey as they discuss permaculture ethics, how they define them, and how they apply the ethics in their lives.

Industrial Hemp
Join Frances Tacy, Vanessa King as they discuss the introduction of industrial hemp on Franny's Farm, and what it can do for the state.

Building Soil
In this episode a soil building dream-team gets together to talk about the importance of soil and why everyone should be getting dirty.

From No-Knead to Sour Dough
In this episode of Mother Earth News and Friends, our guests discuss baking bread, from no-knead to sour dough and flatbread do fluffy loaves. 

Women in Farming
There are more women farmers rolling up their sleeves than ever before.  Enjoy this episode to learn how they're making a living and the trials that they face.

Game Hunting
We were joined by a few avid hunters that are friends of MOTHER and eager to share their experiences, techniques, and a few hunters’ stories.

Vermiculture is a fantastic addition to your compost process, delivering beautiful soil in less time.  

Alternative Housing Styles
Patricia Foreman and Rob Greenfield discuss their experiences in tiny living and beyond.

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