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In this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with youth health activist Haile Thomas on how to get kids to eat healthier, understand nutrition and make better food choices.

Haile will tell us her journey from helping her dad battle type II diabetes up through the foundation of her Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth Organization, where she travels the country teaching thousands of kids in under served communities to eat healthier and make better nutritional choices.

She tell us how she shows kids how to make eating healthier more fun and through her culinary expertise, better tasting.  Haile has a series of techniques that she uses to get kids to "buy in" to making better food choices, and she is going to share them with us in this episode.

This, Jenny Peterson's wellness tip of the day, and so much more on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!

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Here's what we'll cover in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

◾ Haile Helping her dad battle type II diabetes
◾ Overcoming the stigma that health issues can't be fixed through food alone
◾ The creation of HAPPY
◾ Showing kids how fun and delicious a nutrional meal can be
◾ Haile's technique to get kids to buy into eating healthy
◾ The two main issues under served communities eat unhealthy

 

Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

Haile Thomas
HAPPY
Good Bugs, Bad Bugs by Jessica Walliser

 

Haile is a youth health activist, motivational speaker, and teen vegan chef.

She is the founder and executive director of the Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth Organization, HAPPY for short, which was established in 2012, which addresses the need for free and/or low cost nutrition and culinary education for young people in under served/at-risk communities.

Haile is one of the first young chefs featured on season one of Rachael vs. Guy Kids-Cook-Off, and also on Cupcake Wars Kids both airing on the Food Network.

You have seen Haile on the Today Show, Dr. Oz, Home and Family Show, and The Rachael Ray Show, as well as highlighted in O Magazine, Teen Vogue, and YES Magazine. She is also the first teen featured on the Cover of Experience Life Magazine in the October 2016 issue.

 

Jenny Peterson's wellness tip of the day

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs

 

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About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the host of The Vegetable Gardening Show where he interviews gardening industry experts, and he is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

 

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This Week on Vegetable Gardening

Amanda Freund of CowpotsMike chats with Amanda Freund of CowPots who stops by the show to tell us how her family was able to find a niche market in recycling cow manure into biodegradable pots for the gardening industry.

Amanda is a 3rd generation dairy farmer. She works with 8 members of her family to manage their 3 farm businesses in Connecticut; a dairy farm, a farm market with a greenhouse and garden center and a production facility manufacturing their value added product called CowPots.

These 3 business' working together provide important synergies; the excess nutrients (manure) produced by the farm's dairy cows is turned into value-added, biodegradable pots which are used in the family's garden center as well as shipped nationally. Amanda oversees the marketing of CowPots. She spends a lot of time advocating for farming and agriculture at conferences, at the Capitol and on Instqagram as @CowPotsGirl where she features daily life on her dairy farm and often touts the growing benefits of their manure based pots.

In this episode here's what we'll cover

  • A day in the life of a dairy cow farmer
  • How Cowpots got started
  • The process of converting manure into a biodegradable plantingpot
  • Water and soil for your Cowpot

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About this week's guest, Amanda Freund of Cowpots

Amanda is a 3rd generation dairy farmer. She works with 8 members of her family to manage their 3 farm businesses in Connecticut; a dairy farm, a farm market with a greenhouse and garden center and a production facility manufacturing their value added product called CowPots.  

The excess nutrients (manure) produced by the farm's dairy cows is turned into value-added, biodegradable pots which are used in the family's garden center as well as shipped nationally.  Amanda oversees the marketing of CowPots and spends a lot of time advocating for farming and agriculture.

 

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Mike the gardener

About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts.

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In this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with the rooftop Garden Boss, William Moss.  William Moss will share his expertise on how you can grow a lot of food in a rooftop garden.

William will share with you his 4 top tips to make sure that you not only have a successful rooftop garden, but highly productive rooftop garden as well.

From there, William Moss will share how he is using his passion and love of rooftop gardening to teach children in his home city of Chicago why gardening is so important.  

This, Jenny Peterson's wellness tip, and so much more, on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!

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Here's what we'll cover in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

◾ How being a teacher turned William Moss into a Master Gardener
◾ Getting kids motivated to learn about gardening and plants
◾ Rooftop Gardening Tips, Tricks & Techniques
◾ The edibles you should start with on your rooftop

 

Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

William Moss
Get out and Grow
Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening
8 Tips For Growing Better Tomatoes | Gardening Basics w/ William Moss
Gardening with Kids | Gardening Basics w/ William Moss
Annuals vs. Perennials | Gardening Basics w/ William Moss
info@getoutandgrow.org

 

About this week's guest, William Moss

William is a trusted authority in greening, gardening and urban agriculture. He loves teaching others how to make healthier choices that improve their lives, their communities, and their environment.

Coined the Garden Boss for his in-depth knowledge and sound advice, William uses his landscaping know-how to engage, educate, and entertain audiences. After graduating from Northwestern University and completing the Chicagoland Master Gardeners program, William joined the Chicago Department of the Environment to work on habitat restoration and greening efforts throughout the city.

You’ve seen William on Discovery Channel’s ‘Rally Round the House’, TLC’s ‘Town Haul’ and as host of HGTV’s “DIG IN”, where he helped homeowners tackle landscape projects resulting in dramatic transformations. As a greening expert William has regularly appeared on national news programs such as The Early Show, Good Morning America, CNN, WGN as well as the QVC gardening guest. He’s also author of the book, “Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening”

 

Wellness Tip of the Day By Jenny Peterson

◾ Make tea with the herbs from your garden

 

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About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the host of The Vegetable Gardening Show where he interviews gardening industry experts, and he is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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Ed Vaccaro - The Hydro Pet

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This Week on Vegetable Gardening

Mike chats with Ed Vaccaro, creator of The Hydro Pet. Ed tells us all about how his inventions of DIY watering products can make life a littler easier for you if you own pets or Mike’s favorite, are a chicken owner.

Ingenuity and a passion for plants and animals led Ed to create The Hydro Pet, his first in a series of convenience products for pet-parents and garden-geeks. Ed didn’t know it at the time, but his DIY watering systems in his backyard soon became prototypes for the original Hydro Pet bowls. A neighbor’s pet passing from accidental dehydration gave Ed the inspiration to patent his product and go to market – to give other pet lovers who have watering systems in their yard the kind of convenience he’d been experiencing all along, while helping pets that spend time in the yard live happy, healthy lives.

Having grown up in northern California in the 70’s with parents in the flower business and other family members in the plant industry, Ed developed his passion for gardening and landscaping early in life. From early childhood, Ed was also noted as being a keen animal lover, so much so that he became a member of the famed animal husbandry organization 4-H.

Later earning his degree in hydroponic and solar, Ed began working in the solar industry, but eventually decided to go back to his roots and launched his own plant business. Within a short time, he won accounts with large grocery chains. His success led him to open a store in the San Francisco Flower Market.

Ed supplied hundreds of flower shops in locations throughout California and Nevada. As the 80’s came to a close, Ed once again pivoted and sold his business to a grower who wanted and needed the distribution he’d established. Having discovered his knack for sales and business, Ed dove head-first into the mortgage industry, over time rising to a VP level.

Ed is now putting his unique background and expertise to great use by pursuing his true passions while providing pet and plant lovers with products that make their lives easier.

In this Episode, here's what we'll cover

The Hydro Pet, what it is and why it was invented

What is Biofilm and why is it harmful to your pets

Recycling Your Pets Water to irrigate plants

Using the Hydro Pet as a means to keep a water source for bees

Items Mentioned in this Podcast

The Hydro Pet

Email Ed at The Hydro Pet

About this week's guest, Ed Vaccaro

Ed grew up in northern California during the 70’s. Both of Ed’s parents were in the flower business while his uncle was in the plant business. His relationship with his family and those businesses influenced the direction Ed would be going in life. From early childhood, he was noted as being a keen animal lover. Animals would always be part of Ed’s life, and even though he spent much of his time playing multiple sports, he was also a member of the famed animal husbandry organization 4-H. In 1979 Ed graduated from De La Salle High School in Concord, California.

He decided in the 80’s to go into the solar business and attended school at Maricopa Tech in Phoenix, Arizona, studying hydroponic and solar. He worked in the solar industry for a period of time until the tax credits were no longer available for businesses and homeowners. He then decided to go back to his roots and launched his own plant business. Within a short time after he started this new business he won accounts with the large grocery store chains: Raley’s and Smith foods. He also opened a store in the San Francisco Flower Market. As well, Ed supplied hundreds of flower shops in locations throughout California and Nevada.

As the 80’s came to a close Ed sold his business to another grower who wanted and needed the distribution Ed had established. Ed discovered he not only enjoyed product development and process, but he also loved sales. He was offered a job as a loan officer at Bank of America in 1991. By 1996 he was promoted to SVP Regional Manager for Northern California and Hawaii. This position continued until 2001 when Ed was recruited to JPMorgan Chase as SVP Regional Manager. Ed continued to work in the mortgage business where he ended up at Banc of California serving as the Regional VP and running the North West Region.

 

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Mike the gardener

About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts.

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Joseph Tychonievich

This Week on Vegetable Gardening

You can also watch this episode on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xuCXw3poDc

Mike chats with Joseph Tychonievich, author of Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style who stops by the show to tell us all about how you can incorporate various plants and rocks to build a beautiful landscape in your backyard.

Joseph is a lifelong gardener and lover of plants, who earned his BS in horticulture from Ohio State University, went on to work for Shibamichi Honten Nursery in Saitama, Japan, has been a repeated guest on public radio's food show The Splendid Table.

He also is the author of the book, Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener (Timber Press, 2013), which is a comprehensive guide in explaining how and what plants to breed with simple examples of cross breeding techniques.

In Rock gardening, Joseph goes over the art of growing alpines and other miniature plants in the company of rocks in order to recreate the look of a rugged mountaintop.

Joseph will share with us why time and space constraints, chronic drought in the American West, and a trend toward architectural plants are just a few of the reasons for the increased interest. He will tell us how Rock Gardening brings a traditional style to a new generation of gardeners and the techniques and methods specific to creating and maintaining a rock garden as well as profile some of the top 50 rock garden plants.

In This Episode, Here's What We'll Cover

  • Rock Gardening
  • Joseph's plant choices
  • Unique rock gardening climates
  • Implementing an herb garden among your rock garden
  • Plant Breeding and pollination

Items Mentioned in this Podcast

 About this week's guest Joseph Tychonievich

A life long gardener and lover of plants, Joseph earned his BS in horticulture from Ohio State University, went on to work for Shibamichi Honten Nursery in Saitama, Japan, has been a repeated guest on public radio's food show The Splendid Table, wrote a book, Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener (Timber Press, 2013), spent two years working at the famed rare plants nursery Arrowhead Alpines and was named by Organic Gardening Magazine as one of "...six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens." Currently Joseph lives and gardens with his husband and an adorable black cat in SE Michigan.

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Mike the gardener

About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts.

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