You can't get a bouquet with a longer shelf life than one from a local flower farmer. Phillipe Chadwick visits Basil and Bergamot, one such farm in Nashville that uses biodynamic methods to grow their flowers.
Farmer Dan likes to think of his fields as the canvas and the crops as the color. Sheri Gramer visits this CSA, and finds it is as pretty as a picture.
Jeff Poppen gives us an overview of the operations of Long Hungry Creek biodynamic farm. He discusses the reasons why he plants some crops in rows, while others he grows in beds.
Adding food producing plants to the landscape can also add interest and beauty. Jeremy Lekich of Nashville Foodscapes takes us on a tour of a client's garden where the trees, shrubs and vines on the property contribute to the harvest.
Regenerative agriculture is a holistic land management practice that leverages the power of photosynthesis in plants to close the carbon cycle, and build soil health, crop resilience and nutrient density. We tour the herb gardens at No 9 Farms to learn more.
Market gardener and biodynamic practitioner Jeff Poppen talks about the heat-loving crops that thrive in summer. A variety of peppers, eggplants, sweet potatoes, okra and beans keep yielding up until first frost.
Jeff Poppen pays a visit to Hootin' Hollow Farm where there's always something growing and something ready to be harvested.
In Tennessee, Jeff Poppen has learned that Chinese cabbage and bok choy simply don't do well in the spring. So, in mid-July, he transplants seedlings and direct sows in a field row for a fall harvest.
Pears, paw paws, elderberries and hardy kiwi are some of the edibles being grown in this home orchard where the gardener does not do the typical spraying to fight common diseases and pests that plague fruit trees.
Annette Shrader visits with a life-long gardener who shares organic methods for building soil full of nutrients and microbes. Trench composting, hugelkultur, vermiculture and permaculture are discussed.
Weed suppression and moisture retention are two benefits of mulch in the vegetable garden. Jeff Poppen shares his insights about what type of mulch he uses, and how much.
Jeff Poppen discusses how rainfall in the spring decided when he would plant Taylor's Dwarf Horticulture bean. Putting seeds in the ground at the end of July proved wise. Jeff demonstrates best practices in growing fall beans organically.