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    Springtime: Gardening & Backyard Farm Animals

    When award-winning gardener and author Shepherd Ogden hears people claim that starting their own organic garden is too complicated, he has a quick reply.  “I was an art major,” he says, “I didn’t have any training in this.” 

    Ogden believes an affinity for growing food is an inherent trait found in all humans.  He says would-be gardeners who start small and commit to paying attention, can’t help but waken their inner green thumb.

    Join host Jerry Kay to hear Shepherd’s advice on planting and harvesting backyard vegetables in less than a year.  We’ll also talk with Gail Damerow, a small scale farming expert, about raising chickens, goats, rabbits and ducks.

    This Week's Guests:

    Shepherd Ogden — Author, “Step by Step Organic Vegetable Gardening”

    Ogden founded and was president  – until 2003 - of The Cook's Garden, a leading producer and retailer of certified organic garden seed for the US and Canada. He was the 1988 recipient of the American Horticultural Society's GB Gunlogson Award for "extraordinary and dedicated efforts in the field of horticulture".  He has been a contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine and for National Gardening magazine, where he was also editor-at-large. He is currently contributing editor for The American Gardener.  His books include:  The Cook's Garden; Step by Step to Organic Vegetable Gardening; and Step by Step Organic Flower Gardening; The New American Kitchen Garden and Straight Ahead Organic.  He recently founded Hortulus Farms, a nursery and garden company based in Wrightstown, PA.

    Gail Damerow — Editor, Rural Heritage magazine

    Damerow lives on a small farm in middle Tennessee where she and her husband raise goats, chickens, and guinea fowl (and have raised ducks, geese, and calves). She is editor of Rural Heritage, a bimonthly magazine for enthusiasts of live horse power, and executive producer of Rural Heritage on RFD-TV. She has written several books about various aspects of small-scale farming including raising livestock and building fences to contain them. She has written or edited numerous books including Barnyard in Your Backyard.

    More information:

  • Straight-Ahead Organi c– by Shepherd Ogden
  • Barnyard in Your Backyard – by Gail Damerow

  • Rooster Not Required – Beyond Organic
  • Simple Seed Starting – Organic Gardening magazine
  • Gardening in Raised Beds – Diane Relf

    Web Resources:
  • Hortulus Farm
  • The Cook's Garden
  • Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • Seed Savers Exchange
  • Rural Heritage Magazine
  • Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens – Video
  • Incredible Vegetables from Self Watering Containers

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