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When the BioMass Hits the Wind Turbine
29 minutes | May 15, 2022
64 - Early Homes of America (the Pioneers didn’t all live in log cabins)
Early settlers of America found the most comfortable homes were often similar to those inhabited by the Native Americans who had survived in this climate for thousands of years. Early residents of Philadelphia built cave homes along the Delaware River - but where forced to abandon them when William Penn decided they were not "British" enough. Homes made of sod, grass, mud, and yes - even log cabins dotted the landscape. So what did the early pioneers build and why? And why did it all change? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of dead white scientists and their continuing impact on the realities of sustainable living.
29 minutes | May 8, 2022
152 – Seeking Social Justice
What is social justice and why is it not incorporated in all aspects of life, business and our culture? What can we personally do to help promote a culture of fairness and equity in our everyday activities. Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station are joined by Jarod Marsh, who recently graduated with a degree in human rights and sustainability from the University of Dayton - then packed off to India to experience whether not the world reflected the theory.
30 minutes | May 1, 2022
151 – Utility Scale Solar
Huge solar arrays are beginning to dot the landscape - sometimes 300 acres or more... spreading out across farmland and next to highways. So what is happening? What are the dynamics that are changing the utility landscape, closing coal and natural gas power plants and replacing them with acres of solar? And is this all a good thing? Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station are joined by Jake Kuss, assistant director of the Utility Scale Solar Energy Coalition of Ohio for a discussion on utility-scale solar and how it will change the way we get energy for decades to come.
29 minutes | Apr 24, 2022
150 – Finding the Life/Work Balance
We have all had periods in our lives when there there are pressures that seem determined to suck the joy out of life and lead us down a path of constant toil. For some this is a terminal condition. We all have to work to live... but do we need to live to work? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion on how to find the right balance between work and living your life.
29 minutes | Apr 17, 2022
149 – Food Foraging and Medicinal Plants
The world is your buffet if you only know what to look for and where to look. Not only is every walk in the woods full of plants that are nutritious and delicious - but there is also a free medicine cabinet out there packed with remedies for what ails you. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they are joined by Laurel Hobden for a discussion what naturally healthy plants are waiting for you in your back garden or along your favorite woodland trail.
29 minutes | Apr 10, 2022
088 - Solar Pollution
Solar energy is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. It currently produces about 3% of the US electricity - but is anticipated to generate as much as 30% within a decade. And as is true with any large industry - it will create its share of problems. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the environmental problems the growth of solar energy will generate for our planet - from mineral extraction, to pollution during manufacturing, to how to deal with the waste stream when the systems grow old and fail.
29 minutes | Apr 3, 2022
078 - Fake Meat
The industrialized food industry has discovered that a growing number of people are hungry for meat alternatives. Everyone from fast food restaurants to mega grocery stores are rolling out their meat alternatives. But are these fake meat products healthy (as claimed)? Just what is in this stuff? Join Annie and Jay Warmke as they discuss the evolving world of fake meat - coming to a grocery store near you.
29 minutes | Mar 27, 2022
148 - What Solar Really Costs in 2022
As solar goes more mainstream, we are beginning to see solar “aluminum siding salesmen” knocking on doors and trying to sell homeowners systems that are overpriced and may or may not meet the needs of the household. We are seeing misleading advertisements claiming there are “new incentive programs for your zip code” that the utility companies “don't want you to know about.” So how do you separate the truth from the BS? Every six months, the solar consulting company Energy Sage publishes a comprehensive study, asking solar installers around the nation questions about how the business has changed and what things really cost in the market today. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of this report's findings and what you should expect to pay should you decide to put solar on your roof.
29 minutes | Mar 20, 2022
147 - Emotional Resiliency
Increasingly there is a growing awareness that the world is in crisis. Four years of Trump, two years of Covid, the outbreak of war in Europe... people are reaching an emotional breaking point. Well clearly the sad reality is that difficult and troubling things happen in each of our lives. But how do some seem to deal with this stress better than others? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of how to create emotional resiliency in your life.
29 minutes | Mar 13, 2022
146 - Environmental Impact of Lawns
Ah, the suburban dream. A lush, freshly cut lawn stretching as far as the eye can see. But as far as the planet is concerned, that lawn is an ecological disaster, a toxic polluting wasteland devoid of biodiversity. Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the resources consumed and the environmental problems unleashed when we pursue the perfect lawn. And what are some alternatives that are a bit gentler on Mother Earth?
29 minutes | Mar 6, 2022
145 – High Tunnels
In case you hadn't noticed, the climate is changing and plants are dying. How can homesteaders cope with extreme weather events and a changing ecology. Well, one way is to create an environment for their garden that they can control to a certain extent. This is where high tunnels come in. A high tunnel, or hoop house is a greenhouse like structure where plants can be cultivated and raised under more controlled conditions. Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion on their experience with high tunnels, building it, the grant process with the government, and plans for how they intend to use it in the future.
30 minutes | Feb 27, 2022
144 – NRCS Grants & Programs
The NRCS, or Natural Resources Conservation Service, is an agency within the Department of Agriculture tasked with “Helping People Help the Land.” They offer a number of grants and programs that are designed to help farmers preserve and protect the soil, water and other natural resources. Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion with Laurie Ryan Griffin, SE Ohio District Conservationist for NRCS about the various programs her agency has available to farmers.
30 minutes | Feb 20, 2022
143 – Educating Sustainability
Education is the key to understanding. No wonder the planet is in such a mess – as we do a pretty terrible job in teaching about sustainability, in our classrooms as well as within society in general. So what are the issues, how do we address them, and what would the world look like if we made making the planet better as high a priority as we do making more money? Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for an uniformed rant about the state of education and how we get the message out regarding the greatest challenges facing our global society.
29 minutes | Feb 13, 2022
142 – What do we mean by Net Zero?
More and more corporations are promoting their net-zero or carbon-neutral goals. Is this more corporate greenwashing, or is it a real thing? Can the profit-driven corporate structure really shift to embrace a long-term impact-neutral process? And what does net zero really mean? Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion about the impact of a truly net zero society.
30 minutes | Feb 6, 2022
059 – The Truth about Recycling
We all know that recycling is good. Saves the planet, conserves resources. Well, maybe, and maybe not. It is much more complicated than that. Find out just what is the sorted truth about recycling. Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the issues and challenges of trying to live a sustainable life.
29 minutes | Jan 30, 2022
141 - In 2022, Electric Vehicles become Macho
For years, pretty much since their inception, electric vehicles (EVs) have been viewed by the general public and something of interest only to tree hugging liberals. All that is about to change. 2022 will see the release of a number of full size pickup truck EVs, first to be released will be the Ford Lightning (Ford's F150 pickup gone electric). This vehicle promises to turn the EV market on its head - and make electric the new "muscle car" of the coming decades. Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a look at the Ford Lightning and what that may mean to the automotive world and the world in general.
30 minutes | Jan 23, 2022
140 - Lessons Learned in 2021, Predictions for 2022
2021 witnessed a world in the grips of a second year of a global pandemic. What did we learn about how sustainable our culture and planet are or have become? And what new technologies are coming in 2022 that will impact our ability to live lightly on the planet? Will they be a boon to resilience - or the seed of the next big challenge? Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a glimpse into the past and the future of sustainability.
30 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
059 - The Truth About Recycling
We all know that recycling is good. Saves the planet, conserves resources. Well, maybe, and maybe not. It is much more complicated than that. Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion on the sorted truth about recycling.
28 minutes | Jan 9, 2022
053 - Battle of the Currents
The history surrounding the early days of electricity involved backstabbing, double dealing, huge egos battling it out in public – the electrocution of horses, dogs, people, and even elephants. Dubbed “the battle of the currents”, this dis-information campaign pitted Thomas Edison against Tesla (and his boss, Westinghouse). Another in our Dead White Scientists series – find out what happened just over 100 years ago that led us to the electrical system (largely unchanged since then) that we use today.
29 minutes | Jan 2, 2022
139 – Urban Forest Gardens
Just as tiny houses require all the limited space to be used efficiently for shelter – urban forest gardens use every bit of available space (side-to-side as well as up-and-down) to grow a mix of local produce. But farming in an urban setting present a unique set of challenges – from codes and zoning that may shut it down, to theft and vandalism, to tip toeing around utilities and easements. Chad Cully, graduate student in Cornell University's Natural Resources and the Environment program joins Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion design challenges in creating an urban forest garden.
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