May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017
February 2, 2017
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ goes on a field trip Florida Gulf Coast University Permaculture Food Forest that was established in 2011.
In this episode, John will share with you more about this 1/2 acre food forest that was started by students and still run by students to this day.
You will learn how students at FGCU can harvest free food at the food forest as well can get paid for working in the food forest while getting their education.
John will also take you on a tour of this food forest, sharing some elements of the design, as well as the most beneficial perennial leafy green vegetables that can be grown in South Florida.
You will then discover some of the best tropical fruit trees that can be grown in SW Florida.
Finally, John will interview Cameron Cole, Student and President of the FGCU Food Forest and ask him:
39:20 When was FGCU food forest started and why?
40:00 What are the names of the FGCU food forest founders?
40:55 How do you get college administration to grow a food forest at my university?
42:25 What are the benefits of the Food Forest to Florida Gulf Coast University?
44:45 What is the best way to inform FGCU students about the food forest?
46:00 How is the food grown in the food forest used for the students?
48:08 Why should someone come to FGCU for Enviormental studies/permaculture?
49:35 How many varieties of fruit are you growing in the food forest?
49:54 How many varieties of edible plants are your growing?
50:20 Any final comments for my viewers today?
51:20 How can someone learn more about the FGCU Food Forest?
January 30, 2017
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ goes on a field trip to South West Florida to give you a tour of a front yard (and back yard) permaculture food forest that grows fruits and vegetable year round for the family.
In this episode, John will give you a tour of this permaculture garden in the city. You will learn about the many different varieties of edible fruits and vegetables that you can grow in South Florida as well as other similar climates.
You will discover some of the easiest to grow edible plants you can grow in your landscape or your garden. You will also see an excellent example of a 3 year establish food forest that is producing food year round.
Finally, John will interview Alex Nikesch, Permaculture designer and instruction and you will discover the answers to the following questions:
41:47 Why did you get into permaculture and why do you grow food at your home?
43:00 Where do you get good quality compost in Ft Myers / Southwest Florida ?
44:25 What are the top 5 perennial greens and vegetables that will grow easily in South Florida?
46:12 Where can someone purchase these perennial vegetables?
48:36 What are some of the Edible Weeds that grow in South Florida?
49:26 What is the Edible Red Flower in your yard?
50:08 What are the native florida cocoplum?
50:38 What are some easy tropical fruit trees to grow in South Florida?
52:05 What are some benefits of living in SouthWest Florida to grow food year round?
53:42 What are some other gardening tips for beginners?
55:42 Why did you start a business to help people grow their food and design food forests?
57:20 How can someone get ahold of you to learn about your local
58:35 Any final words of Wisdom about gardening?
After watching this episode, you will have a better understanding of growing a food forest in South Florida that you can eat from every day of the year.
November 13, 2016
October 17, 2016
In this episode, John will take you on a mini tour of Punta Mona, an off the grid, zero waste, permaculture food forest in the jungle on the Carribean Side of Costa Rica near Panama.
You will learn how Punta Mona is able to grow a lush food forest and botanical garden right on the ocean front by creating fertility on site. You will learn some of the ways they create fertility on site by using local resources as well as inputs that are brought on site.
You will learn some of the principles and ethics of Permaculture and discover if they are being put into practice at Punta Mona Permaculture farm.
You will discover some of the many fruit trees, vegetables and herbs that are being grown at Punta Mona and learn about the Mangosteen tree and its fruit.
You will get a brief tour of some of the facilities at Punta Mona so you will know what to expect if you will be attending a workshop, retreat, adventure camp or other events at Punta Mona.
John will share with you his opinions about Punta Mona and his experience there as well as what he thought about the facilities and some of the maintenance of this center in the middle of the jungle.
After watching this episode you will learn more about permaculture, building your soil, permaculture principles and Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design and Botanical Studies.
September 16, 2016
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ interviews Permaculture and Fruit Expert, John Valenzuela a horticulturist who presented at the 2016 Heirloom Expo. You will discover the top 5 tips for growing an amazing rare, exotic, heirloom or regular fruit tree at your home.
In this episode, you will discover some of the key factors that are important to realize and know before planting a fruit tree on your property. After watching this episode, you will have some of the knowledge you need to be more successful in growing your own home grown fruit.
August 9, 2016
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shares with you how you can hang out with John for a Week! He also will answer some of your organic gardening questions.
After watching this episode, you will learn John’s answers to these questions, and probably learn a few things along the way as well:
09:30 Did I do the right thing by purchasing Dr. Earth Organic Fertilizer at Home Depot?
13:50 What are your opinions on the dangers of eating spinach due to the oxalic acid?
20:09 Home Depot looked bewildered when I asked for Rock Dust, Where can I get it?
22:07 What are your thoughts on Vermiculite ? Should I use it?
Thanks to G.L. for sharing this link. Its vital information that shows what’s possible when individuals use their imagination to come up with solutions.
May 26, 2016
If you live inside one of the houses in a new neighborhood being built in an Amsterdam suburb, your dining room might be next to an indoor vegetable garden. Outside, you’ll have another seasonal garden. And down the street, almost everything you eat will be grown in high-tech vertical farms.
The neighborhood will be the first ReGen Village, a new type of community designed to be fully self-sufficient, growing its own food, making its own energy, and handling its own waste in a closed loop.
Any household waste that can be composted will feed livestock or soldier flies. The soldier flies will feed fish, and fish waste will fertilize an aquaculture system that produces fruit and vegetables for the homes. Seasonal gardens will be fertilized by waste from the livestock.
By using the most advanced methods for growing food—a combination of aeroponics, aquaponics, permaculture, food forests, and high-yield organic farming—the neighborhood will grow many times more food than a traditional farm of the same size, with fewer resources. Aquaponics, for example, can produce 10 times as much produce on the same amount of land, with 90% less water.
“We anticipate literally tons of abundant organic food every year—from vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, fish, eggs, chicken, small animal dairy and protein—that can continually grow and yield in the vertical garden systems all year long as supplement to the seasonal gardens and farming adjacent,” says James Ehrlich, CEO of ReGen Villages, the California-based developer, which will also manage the neighborhood-slash-farm. The company partnered with Effekt, a Danish architecture firm, on the design.
The community will also produce its own energy, using a mixture of geothermal, solar, solar thermal, wind, and biomass. “We’re looking at some very interesting technologies for small-footprint biomass that can take surrounding farm waste and turn that into a consistent energy source in a way that can power these communities in northern Europe even in the dead of winter,” Ehrlich says. A smart grid will distribute power efficiently, sending it to a carport to charge shared electric cars as needed.
A biogas plant will turn any non-compostable household waste into power and water. A water storage system will collect rainwater and graywater and redistribute it to seasonal gardens and the aquaponic system.
It’s the first of a network of similar communities that ReGen plans to build around the world.
April 5, 2016
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ takes you on a tour of his front yard permaculture style urban raised bed vegetable garden. In this episode you will learn what John grew in the Winter in his frontyard organic garden in Zone 9b.
You will discover how he is growing different fruits, berries and vegetables, as well as learn many of the varieties of vegetables he grows in the fall and winter season.
Along the way you will learn a few things about growing food in the frontyard of a standard American tract home in the suburbs and how much food you can truly grow in the frontyard that can help to feed a family of 4 easily.
February 28, 2016
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ goes on a field trip to an inner city high school in Miami, Florida to share with you their permaculture food forest garden that was recently installed just a few months ago.
In this episode, you will learn John’s opinions on teaching the youth of today the importance of where food comes from, and the best food to eat. John will share his opinions on why a permaculture food forest garden makes more sense in a sub-tropical climate that a raised bed garden that often are left untended after a few years.
John will then show you what the unproductive field of grass looked like before the permaculture school garden went in.
Next, John will take you up 3 stories to show you an overhead shot of this food forest garden and share with you his opinions on the food forest.
John will take you through a walking tour of this high school permaculture food forest and share you some of the highlights of the design as well as many of the subtropical and tropical plants that were planted that you can grow in a similar climate.
John will then take you to a local Junior High School to show you how this project is undertaken, and what a recently installed permaculture food forest garden looks like. John will highlight some of his favorite plants at this installation.
Finally, John will interview Mario Yanez of FoodScape Designs who designed and installed the food forest gardens shown in this episode to get some insight on the reason for the gardens, about curriculum that is also being created for the teachers and much, much more.