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Clean Genes Farm on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Clean Genes Farm

Clean Genes Farm specializes in growing salad greens 365 days a year. And here on this family farm, efficiency is a must. Annette Shrader sees that first-hand in the seeding, the transplanting, and weed control.

Freia Farm: Small Intensive Agriculture Farm on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Freia Farm: Small Intensive Agriculture Farm

An enthusiastic pair of young farmers focus on building the soil, knowing it will pay off year after year. There's is a no till farm. Their market garden business practice wants to be very accessible and affordable. They have chosen a more flexible business model than a traditional member-based, weekly delivery CSA.

Basil and Bergamot Flower Farm: Beyond Organic on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Basil and Bergamot Flower Farm: Beyond Organic

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.

Allenbrooke Farm on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Allenbrooke Farm

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.

Garden Beds or Rows? on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Garden Beds or Rows?

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.

Edibles as Ornamental on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Edibles as Ornamental

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 at No 9 Farms on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Regenerative agriculture at No 9 Farms

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.

Late Summer Vegetable Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Late Summer Vegetable Garden

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.

Hootin' Hollow Farm on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Hootin’ Hollow Farm

Jeff Poppen pays a visit to Hootin' Hollow Farm where there's always something growing and something ready to be harvested.

Chinese cabbage and bok choy on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Chinese cabbage and bok choy

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.

Growing Fruit Organically on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing Fruit Organically

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.

Building Rich Soil on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Building Rich Soil

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.