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Propaganda By The Seed
97 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
In this episode Aaron goes into all the basics of seed saving. We cover the different kinds of plants and how they make seeds, how to collect, when to collect, and how to deal with dry and wet seeds. We also give an overview of different methods for processing seeds once collected, how to store them, and why its important to do such things in an alienated and collapsing world. This episode has four video companions up on youtube. We will be uploading to instagram, detailing how to build a seed thresher, how to use various tools to process seeds and how to collect them. Peep em on our instagram... @propagandabytheseed Accompanying Videos: Propaganda by the Seed: Harvesting Dry Seeds Propaganda by the Seed: Cleaning Dry Seeds Propaganda by the Seed: Cleaning wet seeds Produced by Chris Bergman from Listening House Media.
92 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Hardy Kiwis with Jesse Stevens
In this episode we talk with Jesse Stevens of Sy's Trees about all things hardy Kiwi. We cover the ins and outs of propagating, cultivating and enjoying these vigorous and hardy vines. We also touch on a few other unusual crops Jesse is cultivating in his diverse orchard in Sweden, Maine. If you would like to get in touch with Jesse to purchase plants or propagation materials you can email him at systrees*at*gmail.com
92 minutes | May 28, 2021
Figs w/ Miekal And of Beyond Vineyard
In this episode we talk to Miekal And of Beyond Vineyard talking about figs, and provide a basic tutorial on how to grow them and propagate them. We also talk about his work breeding Siberian Sea Peach. This conversation also gets into his back story as an anarchist visual artist, performer, writer, publisher, and now permaculturist and winemaker. For more information on Miekal's work or to buy some plants from him visit Beyond vineyard.
64 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Paw Paws with Partisan Gardens
This episode is a collaboration with our friends at the Partisan Gardens Podcast. It's a little different style, with more voices and more production, we think you will like it! Our conversation is all about the Paw Paw (Asimina triloba), the largest native fruit on this continent! These amazing members of the Annonaceae family taste like a cross between a Mango and a Banana, but with a flavor all their own. As usual we talk about the botany, history, culture and cuisine of the plant. If you enjoy this episode be sure to check out more episodes of Partisan Gardens.
82 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Hazelnuts w/ Andrew Fiori
In this episode of Propaganda By The Seed we speak with hazelnut & native plant breeder, Andrew Fiori of Campo Di Fiori. Andrew goes in depth on how to propagate, breed, care for and co-exist with Hazelnuts. Andrew talks about his ideas about human/plant relationships, his work designing native landscapes and developing food systems.
52 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Eastern Woodlands Rematriation W/ Alivia Moore and Kessi Kimball
In this episode of Propaganda By The Seed we talk with Alivia Moore and Kessi Kimbal about their work with the Eastern Woodlands Rematriation Collective. The collective works across several tribal communities to support food / medicine sovereignty and to facilitate land access and the return of #landback to Indigenous people. We are really impressed with the work these folks are doing and hope to continue the conversation in future episodes. You can support the work of Eastern Woodlands Rematriation Collective at https://whyhunger.org/ewrematriation/ If you have access to land to share, or return, please contact Alivia at Livmoore16@gmail.com Episode image copied from https://native-land.ca, check out their interactive map of Indigenous territories, languages and treaties.
55 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Seaberries w/ Ben Falk
In this episode of Propaganda By The Seed we talk with Ben Falk, author of The Resilient Homestead on Chelsea Green. This discussion is mostly about seaberries(Hippophae rhamnoides) a nitrogen fixing plant that has 10 times more vitamin c than oranges and a range of other somewhat unique nutritional benefits. We also discuss how to grow them, breed them, and some uses for them. Ben also talks about different greenhouse practices he employs, beekeeping, rice and black walnuts. If you appreciate our work, support this podcast on patreon and rate it in the I-tunes store.
93 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Propagating Trees & Perennial Vegetables From Seed
In the season finale of Propaganda By The Seed, we look back on our first year of doing the podcast and what we’ve learned from it. We spend the bulk of the podcast detailing late fall activities that can be done to grow trees and perennial vegetables from seed. Aaron lays out multiple methods for growing nut trees, stone fruit trees (peach, cherry, paw paw, etc.), and perennial vegetables from seed. Starting a backyard forest garden or large scale planting can be very expensive and learning the methods of growing from seed is a fun and cheap way to save thousands of dollars. We talk about where to get these plants, how to store and stratify then, and how to fertilize them, take care of them and transplant them. Thanks for listening to Season One of Propaganda By The Seed. If you’ve enjoyed this podcast we’d love to hear from you, pop us an email at edgewoodlandscapes (at) yahoo or sole (at) soleone.org . If you want to support us financially you can pick up some plants from Edgewood Nursery or subscribe to the Sole patreon.
92 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Eating Acorns w/ Lisa Willey
In this episode we met up at Edgewood Nursery with Lisa Willey to conduct an in person podcast on foraging and eating acorns. Lisa is an environmental scientist, educator and makes incredible foods using foraged ingredients. We’ll go over everything you need to know to harvest, collect, process and cook with acorns. Lisa discusses her technique for making (vegan) acorn cheeses, as well as (sourdough) breads, crackers, pancakes, muffins, etc. We also talk a bit about the history of humans eating acorns, some random foraging anecdotes, and an all around wholesome & informative talk on one of North America’s most plentiful food sources. Follow Lisa on instagram
65 minutes | Aug 28, 2020
Farming From Gambia to Maine w/ Ousman Ndure
In this episode of Solecast we chat with Ousman Ndure. Ousman is a farmer from Gambia who immigrated to Westbrook, ME. We talk about his life in Gambia, and how he managed an independent market farm. He goes in depth about growing cashews, peanuts, rice, millet, mangos, cassava, and other interesting greens like sour sour(Roselle Hibiscus). He also describes the techniques he used to dig wells in the dry season. Ousman is currently farming a plot at the Hurricane Valley Land Trust. This is a wide ranging conversation that covers a ton of ground, from cooking ideas to growing. (Editors note: after this interview I prepared some sorrel in the way he described making a drink with “sour sour leaves” and was blown away by how good it was)
91 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Rooftop Gardens w/ Mike Spade
In this episode of Propaganda By The Seed we talk with rooftop gardener & permaculturist Mike Spade of the Plant The Seed Project. We talk about Mike’s work in NY and Denver designing green roofs. Mike talk about the differences between growing with rooftop gardens in various climates and the crops that work well. We also get into some of the logistics to consider when building a rooftop garden and the challenges that one might encounter when growing food on rooftops, from hail to heat to rain and the soil’s ability to hold water.
123 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Mulberries w/ Eliza Greenman & Taylor Malone
In this episode of Propaganda By The Seed we talk with Eliza Greenman & Taylor Malone of the North American Fruit Explorers. We talk about Mulberries, their history , how to propagate them and the work they’ve done to uncover rare cultivars such as the Hicks Everbearing Mulberry. Mulberry leaves are surprisingly high in protein and an 8 year old tree can produce up to a quart of berries a day, making them one of the most prolific fruit bearers around. This episode covers a lot of ground, from the usage of mulberries in silvopasture (in conjunction with pigs or goats) to some of the more interesting things people do with them around the world.
117 minutes | May 28, 2020
Breeding Perennial Kale w/ Chris Homanics
Today on Propaganda by the Seed we chat with Chris Homanics. Chris is an freelance plant breeder /organizer based out of the Pacific Northwest. This conversation is mostly about Chris’ Homesteader's Kaleidoscopic Perennial Kale Grex; how he created it, some methods for adapting it and many of the other possibilities for breeding Brassica oleracea. We also talk about bamboo, Sea Kale some recent history of the perennial veggie movement and his work with the Agrarian Sharing Network.
78 minutes | May 14, 2020
The Food Forest Network w Sweet Potato
This episode of propaganda by the Seed we talk with Sweet Potato from The Food Forest Network. The Food Forest Network is a loose network of people sharing resources and developing food autonomy programs utilizing food forestry. Sweet Potato, AKA Yam currently resides at the Indian Bayou Food Forest, which was built in the direct path of the Line 6 pipeline to halt its construction. We talk about growing in the bayou, and geeked out on the extreme differences about its climate. Yam talks about their favorite food and polycultures to grow, such as Moringa, Banana Trees, Figs, Okra, and much more. Highly informative and fun conversation.
106 minutes | May 7, 2020
Ground Nuts, Decolonizing Food & Controlled Burns w/ Zach Elfers
In this episode of Propaganda By The Seed we talk with Zach Elfers, mostly about ground nut (apios americana), a north american native root crop and legume that has 3 times the protein content of potatoes. Zach talks about the long history of indigenous use of ground nut as a staple crop in so called North America. We also discuss how to cultivate them, where they are found, and its uses. Zach also goes in depth about controlled burns, their usage by indigenous peoples and some applications for them to maintain land and build soil fertility. Pick up Ground Nut Tubers from Edgewood Nursery here. To get 10% off your Edgewood Nursery order visit edgwood-nursery.com and enter Solecast at check out and/or support The Solecast on patreon.
111 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
A Good Time To Plant a Garden II: Soil, Water, Sun
Propaganda by the Seed Its a Good Time To Start a Garden II This episode of propaganda by the Seed is a follow up to “It's a Good Time To Plant a Garden." In this episode we cover: Seed starting / hardening off of plants Good crops for low light / urban environments Growing in containers / small spaces Pest control Creating/maintaining healthy soil Many of these topics are attempts to answer listeners questions, if you would like to see more episodes like this please let us know and submit questions for future episodes.
55 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Joseph Lofthouse on the Cooperative Farming Commission
In todays episode of Propaganda By The Seed we chat with Joseph Lofthouse about the Cooperative Gardens Commission (formerly Coronavirus Victory Gardens Commission). We talk about how to get involved with the Cooperative Gardens Commission and what they’re doing to link experienced farmers, up with new growers and people with access to land to build up local food production. Joseph is also a plant breeder who creates one-of-a-kind seeds he sells through the Experimental Farming Network. We talk about his approach to creating landrace crops and the importance of saving seeds. For more info on the cooperative Gardens Commission go to: https://www.CoopGardens.org You can support Joseph's work by buying his seeds at https://store.experimentalfarmnetwork.org/collections/lofthouse Music: "Like Weeds" by His Hero Is Gone
67 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
"Its a Good Time To Plant a Garden"
In today’s episode of Propaganda By The Seed we wanted to do a basic gardening episode to get people growing in these dark times. Considering that this year is already full of uncertainty and chaos learning to grow food can only be a positive thing. In this episode we talk about the basics of starting plants from seed, preparing a bed using sheet mulching,getting the plants in the ground, using compost to produce healthy plants and obtaining the things you need to get the whole project off the ground. We also talk about using cold frames and low tunnels for season extension and discuss some of our favorite perennial plants to grow. There is lots of information for new growers and experienced growers To follow this episode up, if people have questions we’ll be hosting a live Q&A on jitsi on Monday, March 30th 2020, 7PM EST here. In this episode we mention the planting specifications from the Fedco Catalogue, you can view it here or check out the interactive version of the vegetable seed chart here. To support this project you can pick up seeds, trees and plants from Edgewood Nursery(Use the code SOLECAST for 10% off) or support sole on patreon. Music: Our Hero is Gone : "Like Weeds"
54 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
Elderberry (Culinary & Medicinal Uses)
In this episode we talk about Elderberry (Sambucus species) . Thier most commonly used today today to make a powerful herbal medicine. We talk about how to identify them for foraging and how to propagate and cultivate Elderberry shrubs. We discuss Elderberries' use throughout history to make everything from musical instruments to salves. With many uses, ease of cultivation and a native range covering the lower 48 states and most of Canada, Sabucus nigra is a species that will find a place in almost any garden. This episode is sponsored by Edgewood Nursery, producing unusual edible plants in a regenerative permaculture system in so called Falmouth, Maine. Check out our online storefront at https://edgewood-nursery.com/shop and use the code "SOLECAST" at checkout for 10% off your order.
50 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
In this episode of the Solecast “plant of the month” series we will be talking about Stinging Nettle. While hated by many, Nettles are highly valuable to those that can appreciate their many positive attributes. Stinging Nettle is an herbaceous perennial that is found all over the world. They have been used throughout history as a medicine, a food source, for fiber, cordage and ceremonies. We talk about how they grow, how to propagate them, how to cook with the leaves and some of their other uses. For some nettle photos checkout the Edgewood Nursery instagram. This episode is sponsored by Edgewood Nursery, producing unusual edible plants in a regenerative permaculture system in so called Falmouth, Maine. Check out our online storefront and use the code "SOLECAST" at checkout for 10% off your order. While Nettle plants are not available at the time we release this episode, they are available any time the ground isn't frozen at the nursery and can be found at this page. Outro Music “Like Weeds” by Yacht Communism (Formerly His Hero Is Gone)
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