As the Worm Turns

6:30-7pm Tuesdays
  • Hosted by Jill Spears, Lance Swigart
  • Local Host Lulu Volckhausen

“As the Worm Turns” features interview with local gardeners Lance Swigart and Lulu Volckhausen. Tips and tidbits from these interviews are posted here, and our listeners can make comments and ask questions in the comments forum below.

Lance Swigart lives nine miles outside of Hotchkiss. He grows 90 percent of his food and harvests 100 percent of his seeds from a garden he grows above 6,000 feet elevation. He has been building his incredibly beautiful garden space for the last 25 years, and is a wealth of information about all kinds of gardening, from grains to beans to fruits and vegetables, even nuts. Enjoy these photos taken by Suze Smith, a local photographer who has worked on this documentary for the past year in hopes that it will highlight the value of the organic food and sustainability movement in the irreplaceable North Fork Valley.

Lulu Volckhausen lives in Paonia and is well known for her her beautiful yard and garden spaces.

To ask your gardening question on the show, call 527-4868 or 1-866-KVNF-NOW during the program on Tuesday evening, or email anytime to worm@kvnf.org.

Host Jill Spears is joined by regular gardening experts Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen, and special guest Frank Stonaker of Osito Orchard on Rogers Mesa west of Hotchkiss.

Another episode of our weekly gardening chatfest, with host Jill Spears and gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen and Lance Swigart.

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Host Jill Spears visits with gardeners Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen.  Lots of food coming out of the gardens at this time of year. The crew takes calls from several listeners. There's even a tip for how to have a bit of fresh asparagus in the middle of August!

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Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen chat about current conditions in the garden & take calls from Redlands Mesa, Montrose & even Monticello, Utah.

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Host Jill Spears welcomes her regular guest gardeners Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart, plus special guest Caren von Gontard of Rancho del Gallo Farm in Paonia. Caren is a proponent of biodynamic & homeodynamic farming techniques.  She is also involved in bringing Enzo Nastati from Eureka Institute in Italy to the Western Slope for a seminar in August.

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Another lively conversation about gardening issues with host Jill Spears & gardeners Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart.

Host Jill Spears & gardeners Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart chat about the onset of summer and what's happening in their gardens, and they take calls from listeners.

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Host Jill Spears is joined by gardeners Lance Swigart, Lulu Volckhausen & special guest Brook LeVan of Sustainable Settings in Carbondale.

Host Jill Spears visits with gardener Lance Swigart & special guest Ron Godin from CSU Extension Service.

Our weekly conversation about Western Slope gardening, hosted by Jill Spears, with gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen.

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Host Jill Spears chats with gardeners Lulu Volkhausen & Lance Swigart about spring chores, wetter-than-normal weather, and more. They also take a few calls.

Host Jill Spears visits with gardening experts Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen.

A lively discussion about seed saving. Host Jill Spears is joined by regular guests Lance Swigart and Lulu Volkhausen, along with special guests Pat Frazier and Sara Pope. Pat is a biodynamic gardening expert, and Sara is in charge of the seed library at Hotchkiss Public Library.

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Our regular host, Jill Spears, is away this week, so Patricia Naft is acting as guest host. Gardeners Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen discuss  a variety of issues, including the "dirty dozen," non-organic products that have the highest levels of pesticide residues. Weather, of course, is a big subject this week, as we had a bout of cold temperatures & quite a bit of snow. Several callers chimed in with questions & comments.

Host Jill Spears gets into spring issues with gardeners Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen.

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Host Jill Spears welcomes Lance Swigart and Lulu Volkhausen to the Bamboo Room for a lively spring gardening discussion.

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Our regular host Jill Spears caught a bug, so news host Patricia Naft filled in, with gardening guru Lance Swigart. More spring chores, & signs that the season is generally arriving weeks early this year.  

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Host Jill Spears & 'Gardening Guru' Lance Swigart discuss early spring gardening chores as spring seems to be arriving about 3 weeks early. They also encourage their listeners to call & pledge support to KVNF during the Spring Pledge Drive, which arrived right on schedule!

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This program was a repeat of a February show about pruning, due to a short-notice guest cancelation.

Host Jill Spears, guest Lance Swigart.

  Host Jill Spears is joined by Paonia Community Garden organizer Ryan Strand.

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Host Jill Spears is joined by gardener Wind Clearwater.

Host Jill Spears chats with gardener Wind Clearwater about the early spring, and what to expect from area gardens this season.

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The seed-saving discussion continues... Host Jill Spears & gardener extraordinaire Lance Swigart discuss ways to improve the long-term characteristics of your harvest.  Next week: pruning!

Week 2 of the conversation about seed saving between host Jill Spears & gardening expert Lance Swigart.

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Host Jill Spears and gardening guru Lance Swigart discuss seed saving - how & why to grow your own garden seeds.  A Montrose caller has an interesting bean crossbreed, and another caller wonders how to protect her corn crop from being cross-pollinated by her neighbor's GMO corn.

Zephyros Farm and Garden

Host Jill Spears welcomes Daphne Yannakakis of Zephyros Farm and Garden to the studio to discuss winter operations at Zephyros, an organic 35-acre family farm located just outside of Paonia.

Host Jill Spears welcomes Wind Clearwater to the program.

Host Jill spears welcomes Wind Clearwater to the show.

'To mulch, or not to mulch - that is the question' (from a caller.)

Zephyros Farm and Garden

Host Jill Spears welcomes Don Lareau of Zephyros Farm, a small diversified family farm on 35 acres near Paonia.

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This will be the last program for this season with Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen.

The panel started with an emailed question about grapes that aren't thriving, & show blotchy colors on the leaves. The show continues with discussion about seed saving, Hutterite beans, tool maintenance, Lance's magnificent compost pile, and more.

To honor the Thanksgiving holiday, Lance expounds on being thankful for the past 10,000 years of human efforts to grow crops, which has resulted in our current plethora of food varieties & growing methods.

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