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 located 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.

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Suze Smith

Guest host Peggy Soup & gardening expert Lance Swigart discuss a few more pruning tips to wrap up last week's topic, then spend the rest of the hour talking about grains.  A book that was discussed in the show is Small-Scale Grain Raising by Gene Logsdon.

Guest host Peggy Soup chats with gardening guru Lance Swigart about pruning.

Host Jill Spears is taking a break from the airwaves while she runs for a position on the Paonia Town Council. In her stead, farmer & ag marketer Peggy Soup takes over the host chair. In this episode she visits with gardening guru Lance Swigart about seed saving for biannual plants.

Host Jill Spears welcomes gardening guru Lance Swigart back to the studio, along with special guest Sarah Pope, Seed Librarian for the Delta County Library District. They discuss seed saving and seed libraries, which allow patrons to check out locally-grown seeds for planting in their own gardens.

Host Jill Spears welcomes guest gardener Peggy Soup to the studio for a friendly chat on a variety of agricultural subjects.

Host Jill Spears is joined by gardener Amber Kleinman & special guest Maria Hodkins of Butter & Love, a certified traditional foods cook & instructor and fermentation specialist. They discuss many aspects of fermented foods such as sauerkraut, and share tips on fermenting at home.

Maria can be reached at 970-527-8928 or realbutterandlove@gmail.com.

One resource that was mentioned is the book "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fermenting Foods" by Wardeh Harmon.

Bad weather prevented our scheduled guest gardener from getting to the studio, so this week's show was an encore airing of the program originally aired on Nov. 24th, 2015. Tune in next Tuesday, Dec. 29th, for a regular live program.

Host Jill Spears welcomes guest gardener Amber Kleinman to the air, for a chat about food canning & preserving.

Gardening guru Lance Swigart is taking some time off from the show, so this episode feature the "Lady Worms," gardener Lulu Volckhausen & host Jill Spears.

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Late-season gardening tips from garden gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen, hosted by Jill Spears

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As killing frost moves through Western Colorado gardens, our gardening crew discusses food storage chores, as well as some ideas for seed-sowing to prepare for early spring germination.

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As cold weather approaches, our gardening gurus discuss end-of-season chores and crop storage tips, and we hold a contest! Can you guess the weight of this lovely winter squash from Lance's garden? It's 14" in diameter & 7" tall, not including the stem. (Listen to the show to find out the answer, and hear who won... Guesses ranged from 9 lbs. to 55 lbs.)

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Host Jill Spears visits with gardeners Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen as we face the first killing frost of the season.

Suze Smith

As the Worm Turns, Pledge Drive Edition! Jill, Lance & Lulu share gardening advice & ask you to support Mountain Grown Public Radio, KVNF. 

Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears welcomes regular "worms" Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart, and special guest Aaron Heideman, for a show about Forest Gardening.

Host Jill Spears & gardening experts Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss harvest time issues. Amber calls with a question about broccoli. Lance points out the downsides of consuming "baby greens."  New compost piles are underway.

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Harvest time! Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss harvest-time tips (while gnoshing on fresh-picked grapes & raspberries!)

Host Jill Spears is joined by regular gardening gurus Lance Swigart and Lulu Volckhausen, and special guest Jere Lowe of Earth Friendly Supply Co. in Paonia, for a discussion about the ins & outs of growing cannabis for personal consumption.

Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss how to prepare your garden for winter.

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Suze Smith

Harvest time!

This episode is all about the end result of a season's work - harvesting the fruits of our labors! Lance reveals his tips for picking melons at exactly the right time. Lulu relates how her squash & pumpkin vines are completely taking over her yard. We also get tips for how to safely trap & release a pesky skunk!

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.

Rancho del Gallo Farm

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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Suze Smith

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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