Homer Soil and Water Conservation District

Homer grown: Invasive/Common Weeds, Dandelion Mead

Jul 13, 2021
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For this episode host Desiree Hagen talks with the Invasive Species Manager from Homer Soil and Water Conservation District Katherine Schake about invasive species, common plants in the garden, what they are and how you might utilize them.

Then we head to the Brew Shop and make dandelion mead (with local honey!) with Sean Cullerton. Steve McCastlin from the Homer Brewery joins in the fun and conversation. 

Homer grown: Compost, Vermiculture and Worms

Jun 13, 2021
Grandpa's Worm Castings

In this episode host Desiree Hagen interviews Jodie Anderson, director of the Matanuska Experimental Farm and Extension Center through UAF about all things compost. Can it be composted? Is it a "brown" or a "green"? Jodie explains how we can be better "zookeepers" to our compost piles, and how microbes can be compaired to children who have been given puppies and too much sugar.

Homer grown: It's Alive! A show on Soil Health

May 23, 2021
Homer Grown

The soil is alive, but what's actually in it? How can we keep are soil thriving and healthy?

Host Desiree Hagen interviews Jessica Sharp from Homer Soil and Water Conservation District regarding the procedure and processing of Soil Tests. Soil Scientist from the Alaska NRCS/USDA office, Dennis Mulligan discusses soil health, soil mapping and answers 'soil science 101' questions. 

Gardeners: Learn About Your Soil

May 14, 2021
Homer Grown

The role the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District plays in local gardening and farming is vast. Kyra Wagoner was on The Coffee Table with Desiree Hagen recently and talked about some of the services the District offers, including free soil testing. Here's an excerpt. You can hear the whole show at any time at KBBI.org; we have a link below.

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The snow melts revealing our gardens, awaking from a long winter. For this Coffee Table, producer of KBBI's Homer Grown, Desiree Hagen is the guest host. Joining her in the studio is Kyra Wagner of Homer Soil and Water Conservation District and Francie Roberts, master gardener and former president of Homer Garden Club. They answer gardening questions generated by Desiree and the listeners. 

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We return to the garden (figuratively, of course) to discuss ways we can interact with plants despite recent 

sub-freezing temperatures.

Local horticulturalist and self-described 'garden enthusiast', Tim Alzheimer, shares methods of asexual plant propagations including use of clippings, layering and bubbling.

Tia Holley/ Indigenous Herbals

The focus for this episode is Alaska Native plant traditions and medicine. We talk with Elder Kathy Brewster of Nanwalek about medicinal plants within Supiaq/Alutiiq culture.

Blood Sweat and Food Farms

On this final episode of the first season, we talk with Aryn Young and Beau Burgess of Blood Sweat and Food Farm about the benefits of pasture-raised meats, caring for animals during winter and ethical butchering. We discuss the big picture: how their integrated approach to agriculture presents numerous benefits to the quality of life of the animals, the consumer, the community and the farmer.

Carolyn Westbrook

On this special Halloween episode, Desiree talks with Carolyn Westbrook of Woda Botanicals and Yarrow Hinnant about various local plants, the lore and significance of plant names, and how these plants can be processed to use medicinally. The interview ran a little long so we included a bonus segment with more details on processing herbs that was not included in the original episode. 

In addition, Homer Soil and Waters' Kyra Wagner provides our 'tech minute' and Nicole Arevalo has our weekly roundup of oppurtunities in local Ag.

Saskia Esslinger

In the latest episode of Homer Grown:

We talk to Saskia Esslinger about putting garden beds to bed, permaculture, the new, local seed library and teaching gardening.

Kyra Wagner provides our tech minute and addresses water concerns going into the winter months.

And Nicole Arevalo has our weekly roundup of events and opportunities in local Ag.

Hosted by Desiree Hagen and produced in collaboration with Homer Soil & Water. Airing every other Saturday at 11 AM.

This episode first aired October 17, 2020.

Homer Grown, Episode 9: Apples, Cold Compost

Sep 20, 2020
Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen, Public Domain

For the latest episode of Homer Grown, hosted by Desiree Hagen:

We talk with Dave Schroer and Dave Erickson about apple cultivation and orchard maintanance.

Kyra Wagner addresses cold and hot compost for our 'Tech Minute'.

And, Nicole Arevalo has our weekly roundup of current events and opportunites in local Ag.

For the latest episode of Homer Grown, hosted by Desiree Hagen:

We take a field trip to Ninilchik and talk with Shawn Jackinsky of Green Cannon farms about perennial vegetables, heritage plants, seed saving and learn a little about the history of Ninilchik. 

We visit with Marsha Rouggly of Sweet Berries, and learn about jams, preserving the harvest, pigs in heat and farm life in general.

Homer Grown, Episode 7: Making Hay

Aug 23, 2020
Homer Grown

For the latest episode of Homer Grown, hosted by Desiree Hagen:

We visit Chris Rainwater at his family homestead near the head of Kachemak Bay and talk about hay, grazing animals, and the history and future of haying on the Southern Kenai Peninsula.

Invasive species specialist Katherine Schake from Homer Soil and Water Conservation District, talks weed-free hay, straw and gravel and addresses mitigation and prevention resources for land and buisness owners, contractors, hayers and recreationists. 

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For the latest episode of Homer Grown, hosted by Desiree Hagen:

We talk to Lori and Wayne Jenkins of Synergy Gardens and Brad Casar of Homer Soil and Water Conservation District about cover cropping, succession planting and the importance and value of the famer within sustainable agriculture.

Homer Soil and Waters' Katherine Schake and Kyra Wagner perform a skit regarding invasive species mitigation questions.

Homer Grown, Episode 5: Saving Water

Jul 26, 2020
Mike Gracz

For the latest episode of Homer Grown, hosted by Desiree Hagen:

This week we talk about local hydrology and tactics for saving water.

We speak with Don McNamara co-owner and operator of Oceanside Farm about rain catchment systems for high tunnels and methods to better utilize water in your garden or farm.

Local hydrologist Mike Gracz outlines how to construct an extensive rain catchment system for your home or farm operation and talks about local wetland hydrology.

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