The entry page for audio files of Mike Nowak's full shows on WCPT Radio, Chicago.
If you missed a show or just want to browse through some past shows, here they are, in their entirety. (Since this is new, we're working out the bugs. If you have any complaints, comments, or suggestions email the webmaster. Please.)
Chip Taylor is the founder and director of Monarch Watch. He talks about the recent decline of the monarch butterfly due mainly to habitat loss, pesticide use and government policies that encourage ethanol production, and how there will need to be a massive effort to plant milkweed if we hope to save this iconic species.
Mike asks his listeners to weigh in on whether this has been a good or bad tomato growing season. Predictably, the answers are all over the map. Chip Taylor, founder and director of Monarch Watch, talks about the iconic butterfly species, whose numbers have declined greatly in the past several years. He offers some modest hope for their recovery, but cautions that it will take a massive, concerted national effort.
Sara Creech established Blue Yonder Organic Farm in Indiana, and Alicia Moore soon joined her as a partner in the enterprise. Both are military veterans who know the good that working the land has done for them and they want to help other veterans find work and a sense of peace. They are the first Indiana farm that is part of the rapidly growing Homegrown By Heroes initiative, and they talk about their efforts with Mike.
Diane Blazek, executive director of the National Garden Bureau, explains why her organization is raising money to help Growing Solutions Farm in Chicago. It was established by the Julie and Michael Tracy Foundation and is dedicated to helping autistic young adults succeed as urban farmers. Military veterans Sara Creech and Alicia Moore are also helping to teach people how to work the land, on Blue Yonder Organic Farm In this case, it is their former comrades in arms whom they hope to reach, as a way to show them how to make a living and to perhaps heal the psychological wounds of war.
Christy Webber, owner of Christy Webber Landscapes, explains how she and her team got an idea to use permaculture techniques--including growing food--at an installation in Millennium Park, and how they overcame obstacles to getting it done. Also in the studio are permaculturist Annamaria Leon, activist Angela Taylor and intern Jessica Zieger.