seeds

Our regular host Jill Spears and gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen are taking a well-deserved winter break. Guest host Peggy Soup is in the studio tonight. She takes a call about echinacea root, and waxes eloquent about a variety of topics. Mom Bonnie & sister Alesha join her for quiet moral support.

Most food, if we trace it back far enough, began as a seed. And the business of supplying those seeds to farmers has been transformed over the past half-century. Small-town companies have given way to global giants. A new round of industry consolidation is now underway. Multibillion-dollar mergers are in progress, or under discussion, that could put more than half of global seed sales in the hands of three companies. If there's anyone who can trace the course of this transformation, and...

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.

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Suze Smith

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.

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

Local Motion: Seed Libraries, Seed Saving

May 27, 2015

This week on Local Motion , we'll learn about seed libraries and seed saving. KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviews seed librarian Sarah Pope about the North Fork Seed Library in Hotchkiss . She also talks to Mark Waltermire of Thistle Whistle Farms, based in Delta County, about seed saving and attorney Neil Thapar with the Sustainable Economies Law Center about challenges seed libraries are facing.

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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Suze Smith

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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Suze Smith

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.

Host Jill Spears & gardening guru Lance Swigart discuss this week's gardening tips & take calls.

Listen to all the invaluable tips from local gardener, Lance Swigart, from the 2013 growing season.

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Missy Rogers

Aired Sunday, March 17th, 2013 Gardeners dream in seeds. All winter those potent points of life slumber, waiting expectantly for the first stirrings of spring.