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Meet the Team: Rick DiMaio Weather, the Chicago Farm Report with Patrick Barry
Peggy Malecki, Sarah Batka, Lisa Albrecht, and Ashley Williams
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November 13, 2016 - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse, Rethink and Compost!
"Artist and agitator" Mary Ellen Croteau,, talks about why she is driven to create art with unrecycled plastics.  FoodTankfounder Danielle Nierenberg, and Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow of Global Food and Agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs . discuss the 2016 Food Tank Summit. Kay McKeen from SCARCE and Erlene Howard of Collective Resource, Inc ., explain their similar missions to reclaim and reuse resources.
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Talking Food Tank Summit, Part 1
Lisa Moon , President & CEO at The Global FoodBanking Network and Shayna Harris , COO at Farmer's Fridge , preview the Food Tank Summit in Chicago and its theme, Chicago, We Can Change the Food System.
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November 6, 2016 - From Big Marsh, IL to Cannon Ball, ND to the Food Tank Summit
Tom Shepherd, of Southeast Environmental Task Force, talks about the opening of a new bike park at Big Marsh on Chicago's southeast side, and expresses hope for the currently fenced-in Lake Calumet. Investigative journalist Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog talks about covering the protest by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe water protectors in North Dakota. Lisa Moon, President & CEO at The Global FoodBanking Network and Shayna Harris, COO at Farmer's Fridge, preview the Food Tank Summit in Chicago.
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Bringing Bison Back (Designated podcast)
Earlier this year, President Obama designated bison as the National Mammal of the United States . To help celebrate National Bison Day on November 5, Mike and Peggy welcome Wade Spang , Prairie Supervisor, USDA Forest Service's Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie , Duane Lammers , movie consultant on the 1991 Academy Award-winning film Dances with Wolves, and Keith Aune , bison program director with the Wildlife Conservation Society.
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October 30, 2016 - Desperately Seeking Bison
Kim Hankins, of the McHenry County College Sustainability Center and Caron Wenze, owner of Blazing Star native seed company, promote the annual Green Living Expo. Bruce Patterson, of the Field Museum of Natural History, extols the virtues of bats during the National Park Service's Bat Week.Wade Spang , Prairie Supervisor of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie , Duane Lammers, movie consultant on Dances with Wolves, and Keith Aune, bison program director with the Wildlife Conservation Society help us celebrate National Bison Day,
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October 23, 2016 - Moms Clean Air Force; Smart Drug Disposal; Chicago Wilderness Congress
Mike and Peggy recap their visit to The Talking Farm 's 2016 Hullabaloo. Kelly Nichols, Illinois Feld Organizer for Moms Clean Air Force , talks about her work fighting against air pollution and the challenge of climate change. Commissioner Debra Shore of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) explains why a proposed Cook County ordinance to keep pharmaceuticals out of the water supply is so important. Karen Lewis , Project Manager for Chicago Wilderness , previews their upcoming Congress.
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October 16, 2016 - 30 Days of Doing; Friending 69,000 Acres
LaManda Joy  is founder and executive director of the Peterson Garden Project . She talks about their 30 Days of Doing campaign with Breanne Heath , Program Manager of Gardens and Education, and Christina Bello , Program Manager of the Community Cooking School. Benjamin Cox , President and CEO of Friends of the Forest Preserves . reports on the progress of the Cook County Forest Preserve District over the past 18 years.
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Are Living Corridors the Only Way to Save Our Native Species? (Designated Podcast)
Pam Todd and Arthur Smith belong to an organization called Chicago Living Corridors . They're trying to win a 100 million dollar grant from the MacArthur Foundation to help private landowners play an important role in reversing the negative impacts of ecosystem loss and fragmentation, land and water pollution, and climate change.
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October 9, 2016 - Fall Gardening; Chicago Living Corridors
Kathleen Thompson tells about a Crowdrise campaign to fund a pilot program in violence de-escalation. Marc Wise, founder and owner of Greenwise Organic Lawn Care,explains why there aren't more natural lawn care businesses in the Chicago area. Holly and Joey Baird from The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener have advice on fall edible gardening and soil preperation for next spring. Pam Todd and Arthur Smith, of Chicago Living Corridors,. talk about the 100 million dollar grant they're seeking from the MacArthur Foundation
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October 2, 2016 - Trashing the Dude, Teaching Vocations, Active By Design
In Rob Greenfield's latest campaign, called Trash Me, he wears all of the trash he creates for an entire month. Regina Hawkins and Marisa Manker from the Southside Occupational Academy (SOA) tell how they give vocational opportunities to high school students with disabilities. Dr. Anne Nagle, Beth Drucker from Go Green Wilmette and Nancy Wagner of the Active Transportation Alliance promote the Active by Design Summit, along with keynote speaker Mark Fenton.
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September 25, 2016 - Giant Pumpkins, Aggressive Strawberries, Losing Trees
Mike and Peggy interview contestants from the Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off, one of whom grew his 1,468 pound beauty in a community garden! Ron Cowgill from Mighty House Home Improvement Radio explains how one Marshall Strawberry plant has spread, threatening to take over his yard. TreeKeeper Karen Roothaan and Chris Mest from Tree Guardians tell about the cutting of a grove of century-old trees in a South Side park.
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September 18, 2016 - Farm Strolls; 12 Special Species; A Visit from Dallas Goldtooth
Michelle Byrne Walsh, of State-By-State Gardening Magazines, is also a McHenry County Master Gardener and one of the folks behind the 2016 McHenry County Farm Stroll and Market. Suzanne Malec-McKenna, executive director of Chicago Wilderness, discusses that organization's One Home: A Campaign to Support Our Species. Dallas Goldtooth --Native American activist, comedian and Keep It In The Ground campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network -- comes to the Que4 Radio studio from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota to talk about life in the Sacred Stone Camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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September 11, 2016 - Factory Farm Summit
Mike and Peggy Malecki head to Green Bay, Wisconsin to broadcast live from the 2016 Factory Farm Summit, presented by the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP) . During the program, they talk to activists from across the country who are finally making headway in the battle to stop the land, air, water and moral pollution created by factory farms worldwide.
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September 4, 2016 - DiMaio-Palooza!
This is a podcast you won't want to miss. Mike and Peggy talk weather and how it relates to climate change with iconic Chicago meteorologist Rick DiMaio. As usual, RIck packs an amazing amount of information in a casual, funny conversation, making the whole issue of climate variability and how it is part of our present as well as our future clear and understandable. It's just over an hour, and you'll enjoy every minute of it.
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September 4, 2016 - DiMaio-Palooza! and Death of a Farmers Market?
Qae-Dah Muhammad is a founder and manager of the South Shore Farmers Market in Chicago. She explains why she was forced to shut the market down, at least temporarily. Barry Patrick from the Chicago Farm Report talks about the recent stories on his blog. It's DiMaio-Palooza as meteorologist Rick DiMaio comes to the Que4 Radio studio to talk weather and climate issues.
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August 28, 2016 - Protecting Our Land, Our Water and Our Right to Play
Eileen Prendergast , Education Director, previews the opening of the Regenstein Learning Campus at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Director Scott Jones and actor/storyteller Megan Wells discuss the world premiere of Turn Here Sweet Corn at Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park. We interview Mitch McNeil about the Pipe Out Paddle Protest at Montrose Beach on September 1 to call attention to the pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, then talk to Joseph Chasing Horse, a Tribal Ceremonial Elder, about the Dakota Access pipeline protest in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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August 21, 2016 - Launching G-Ride, Building School Gardens, Planting Natives
Stephen M. Cutter, Jr., one of the founders of G-Ride , the first eco-conscious ride share company, announces the launch of G-Ride's Indiegogo campaign to get the company off the ground. Whitney Richardson and Tovah McCord from The Kitchen Community explain Learning Gardens in Chicago Public Schools. Nick Fuller from Natural Communities Native Plants talks about how to add natives to your garden in the fall.
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August 14, 2016 - Happiness Is...LEDs, Beer and Reusable Bags
Gary Cuneen, of Seven Generations Ahead, talks about the 9th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review, which raises funds for the sustainable organization. Jordan Parker talks about the one year anniversary of the ordinance banning certain types of plastic bags in Chicago and examines its shortcomings. Victor Zaderej from Happy Leaf LED describes a better light for indoor plant growing. Josh Nelson,teacher of agriculture at Oregon High School in Oregon, Illinois talks about creating an off-grid greenhouse to be a teaching laboratory
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August 7, 2016 - The Air We Breathe and Some Insects That Fly In It
Kathleen Thompson, part of The Mike Nowak Show team, explains how potent an allergen mold can be, and how some people who suffer from anxiety might actually be experiencing the effects of sensitivity to mold. Doug Taron, who is curator of biology at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, talks about why the monarch butterfly is an important species, his work restoring and preserving other butterfly populations, and why some folks are afraid of dragonflies.
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July 31, 2016 - Veggies and Bonsai and Fruits (Oh, my!)
Dan Kosta, of Vern Goers Greenhouse in Hinsdale, Illinois, and a long-time member of the Praire State Bonsai Society, talks about the annual bonsai show at the Morton Arboretum this week. Billy Burdett, of Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA), talks about their various programs and promotes their 2nd Annual Grown in Chicago: Summer Soiree & Showcase. Lisa Hilgenberg drops by the Que4 Radio studios to describe her work at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden and talk tomatoes.
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Well, actually, it was a broken pipe
inside the Genesis Art Supply building, causing flooding in the Que4 Radio studios. We managed to broadcast a remote from Christy Webber Farm and Garden Center, but we didn't manage to record it for the podcast. Too bad. It was a really good show. As long as you're here, though, why not browse our other podcasts here.

July 17, 2016 - The Science of Plants; The Magic of Cocktail Hour
C.L. Fornari, author of The Cocktail Hour Garden: Creating Landscapes for Relaxation and Entertaining, talks about how to utilize the many different attributes of plants when designing an outdoor space. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, the extension urban horticulturist at Washington State University, discusses her book, How Plants Work: The science behind the amazing things plants do, as well as her work with The Science Professors blog.
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Linda Chalker-Scott and the Science of Plants
Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott is extension urban horticulturist at Washington State University. Mike and Peggy Malecki talk to her about her latest book, How Plants Work, The science behind the amazing things plants do. The also discuss the growing significance of The Garden Professors blog, which she helped create, and the misguided efforts of WSU to dismiss her for incompetence.
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July 10, 2016 - Traditional and Not-So-Traditional Garden Walks
Laury Lewis is co-chair of the 48th Annual Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk . He stops by to talk to Mike and Peggy about the challenges of incorporating a tour of 95 gardens into what has largely turned into a music festival. Saima Abbasi from Go Green Wilmette talks about how their Alternative Garden Walk highlights sustainable practices in backyards.
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July 3, 2016 - Sisters of the Soil, Water and Strawberries
Leah Gauthier is a food artist (yes, you read that right) who has almost single-handedly managed to rescue the famed Marshall Strawberry from oblivion. Lisa Kivirist is the author of Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers. She and fellow farmer Jen Riemer of Riemer Family Farm talk about the difficulties women face in starting their own farms. Rebecca Grill, Natural Areas Manager for the Park District of suburban Highland Park, explains why it is important to preserve the character of fresh water ravines that flow into Lake Michigan.
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June 26, 2016 - Protecting Monarchs and the Great Lakes
Mike and co-host Peggy Malecki chat about Mike's semi-viral post for Chicagoland Gardening Magazine and the demise of the proposed George Lucas museum in Chicago.Kay MacNeil, chair of the 2015-2016 Milkweed for Monarchs project of the Garden Clubs of Illinois talks about planting milkweed to help the monarch butterfly population rebound from record low numbers. Lyman Welch, Legal Director for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, provides insight into the decision this week to allow Waukesha, Wisconsin to tap into Lake Michigan water.
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At the Fork--or The Omnivore's Humaneness
John Papola is the director of At the Fork, a film documentary about the lives of the animals we raise for food, and the lives of the farmers who raise them. Kevin Fulton operates a holistically managed organic grazing operation in Nebraska. Chris Petersen has been an independent family farmer his whole life, raising row crops, livestock and local foods. Mike and Peggy Malecki talk to them about the rise of factory farms, and how to preserve small farms and with them the humane treatment of livestock.
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June 19, 2016 - Big Crickets; Traveling Soilmobile; At the Fork Chicago Premiere
Mike talks about insects as a healthy food choice, visits the Soilmobile on its mission to educate folks about organic growing, and talks to the director of the At the Fork documentary film and two farmers about humane animal treatment.

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June 12, 2016 - Victory Farming in Naperville: De-Lighting the Night in Chicago
Entrepreneur and educator Veronica Porter , prime mover of Veterans Victory Farm and Ask Aunt V in Naperville explains how she works to help people grow and cook healthy, organic food. Patrick Barry talks about three of his recent stories for Chicago Farm Report, including a fascinating story about how Chicago preps vacant land for farms. Audrey Fischer from the Chicago Astronomical Society joins Diane Turnshek from Carnegie Mellon University and the Starry Chicago students from Amundsen High School in Chicago to talk about why it's so important to reduce light pollution in Chicago .
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De-Lighting the Chicago Night 39.24 minutes
The City of Chicago is preparing to replace 270,000 lights in a massive switch to LEDs, which can save energy and money. However, Audrey Fischer from the Chicago Astronomical Society says that Chicago is already the most light polluted city on the planet, and if the change is done incorrectly, that could get worse. She is joined in studio by students from Chicago Amundsen High School , who put together the award-winning Starry Chicago project, which they will present at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Astronomer Diane Turnshek of Carnegie Mellon University joins the conversation from Pittsburgh.
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June 5, 2016 - Wisconsin Vegetables; Irish Bridge; South Side Nature
Holly and Joey Baird , who have created the Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, stop by to talk about their burgeoning horticulture empire north of the border and how to grow great tomatoes. Mike connects with a team of designers and growers in Dublin, Ireland, to talk about their award-winning display, Chicago Bridge the Gap Garden. Michael and Amelia Howard join Mike in studio to promote a building fund for Eden Place Garden Center in Chicago's Fuller Park Neighborhood.
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Bridging the Gap with Plants and People
22.45 minutes
Mike talks live via Skype to a team of horticulturistsin Dublin, Ireland, including Matt Barrett and Peggy Stewart from the Chicago Park District and grower Pat Fitzgerald of Ireland, who created an award-winning display called the Chicago Bridge the Gap Garden, celebrating the connections between the Emerald Isle and Chicago.

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May 29, 2016 - Healthy Lawns and Healthy Sustainable Investing
Steve Neumann from Logic Lawn Care in Evanston explains the benefits of natural lawn care methods. Robert Nevel from KAM Isaiah Israel promotes their free Farm and Food Forest School this summer. Rich and Susan Eyre of Rich's Foxwillow Pines in Woodstock preview this week's Hosta Sale and remembrance of the wonderful Margaret Eyre, who died earlier this year at the age of 97. Ian Monroe from ETHO Capital and Tom Nowak from Quantum Financial Planning LLC discuss the investing fossil fuel free and sustainable funds
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May 22, 2016 - A Visit with Annie Haven; Starting

Annie Haven 's family has been ranching in California since the 19th Century. Today, as Authentic Haven Brand, she makes Moo Poo Tea and other manure-based soil conditioners for gardens. She talks to Mike and Peggy Malecki about how drought and land development have put the squeeze on her ranch and how she has responded. Stephen Cutter is an activist and entrepreneur who is utilizing crowd funding to create G-Ride, a ride sharing company that utilizes hybrid and electric cars.
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May 15, 2016 - Breaking Free from Fossil Fuels; Garden Advice from Dan Kosta
In the two leading up to May 15, thousands of people around the globe participated in actions that were part Break Free from Fossil Fuels. Then, more than a thousand people gathered in Whiting, indiana as part of Break Free-Midwest. Mike talks to two of them--Thomas Fran , who later that day was one of 41 people arrested for peacefully protesting at the BP Whiting plant, and Ashley Williams, activist and part of our show team. Then, Dan Kosta from Vern Goers Greenhouse in Hinsdale, Illinois talks to Mike about how cool weather has been affecting garden plants, and encourages Mike's listeners to give growing bonsai a try .
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May 8, 2016 - Seedfolks; How Dept of Ag and state laws protect CAFOs in Illinois
Sonja Parks is a Minneapolis and Texas-based actor who brilliantly plays 14 distinct characters in a play about an urban garden, called Seedfolk, which is running at Chicago Children's Theatre through March 22. Ruth Kerzee, executive director of the Midwest Pesticide Action Center, previews their Spring Fling 2016 fundraiser. Karen Hudson, co-founder of Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water (ICCAW) and Jessica Chipkin from Crate Free Illinois explain how ordinary citizens have little to no recourse to stop CAFOs from being constructed in the state.
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Frac Sand Mining Comes to Starved Rock State Park - How Illinois Fails to Protect Its Natural Areas
For almost four years, a plan to site an open pit frac sand mine outside the eastern entrance to Starved Rock State Park was put on hold as environmental groups fought it in court. The court ruled in favor of the mining company. In an exclusive report, Mike talks to environmental attorney Alberrt Ettinger about why the case was lost and how the deck is stacked against protectimg natural areas in Illinois. Cindy Skrukrud from the Illinois Sierra Club and LaSalle County citizens Merlin and Susan Dodd Calhoun join the conversation.
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April 24, 2016 - The "Whole Foods Effect," privatizing water systems, native plants full episode, 142:12 min.
Mike is back after surgery, along with co-host Peggy Malecki of Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine. Patrick Barry has a Chicago Farm Report about the "Whole Foods Effect." Jessica Fujan from Food and Water Watch warns of privatization of public water systems. Author and landscape designer Keith Nowakowski and Nick Fuller of Natural Communities Native Plants take some of the mystery out of using natives. Meteorologist Rick DiMaio reflectson climate change and the role of local weather reports in educatimg the public to fight the same.
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April 17, 2016 - Illinois energy update, I Grow Chicago and teaching kids to eat right full episode, 118,13 min
Peggy Malecki of Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine fills in as host with team members Sarah Batka from Illinois Extension and alternative energy expert Lisa Albrecht from the Illnois Solar Energy Association. Stephany Price, of I Grow Chicago,tells how her group serves children and at-risk community members through sustainable farming, art and nutrition programs. Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn, of Pilot Light and Kathleen Bolin from Angelic Organics Learning Center, preview the AOLC Come to the Table Dinner Series .
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April 10, 2016 - Dear President Obama
Environmental activist Ashley Williams introduces Mike to film director Jon Bowermaster,creator of the documentary Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now. Author and nutritionist Carol D'Anca and organizer Joan Levin preview the 1st Annual North Shore VegFest . Illinois State Representative Elaine Nekritz and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore discuss HB 4659, which would enable the MWRD to establish residential cost-share programs to help mitigate urban flooding damage. Shore then sticks around to talk to Mike about the issue of pharmaceuticals in our water supplies.
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Rep. Elaine Nekritz and MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore on protecting our water and helpng homeowners dedicated podcast, 36.21 min
Illinois State Representative Elaine Nekrtiz and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore talk about HB 4659 , which would enable the MWRD to establish residential cost share programs in partnership with local units of govarnment. Shore also talks toMike about the issue of pharmaceuticals in our water supplies and a proposed Cook County ordinance to help people disposed of them properly.
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April 3, 2016 - Band of Farmers Is in the House!
Peggy Malecki from Natural Awakenings Chicago sits in as co-host. Patrick Barry presents the first Chicago Farm Report segment on The Mike Nowak Show. Members of the Band of Farmers -- Marcy Prchal from Troggs Hollow , Jody Lee Osmund from Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm and Stephanie Douglass from Growing Home, Inc. promote the 4th Annual Farmer Talent show and talk about why supporting CSAs is important. Kane County recycling program coordinator Jennifer Jarland and Walter Willis , executive director of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL (SWALCO) , talk about how the Illinois electronics recycling law has sputtered and what can be done to fix the problem.
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More Podcasts

There's another whole page of fascinating podcasts. Just click above to see . . .

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  • The Wilds of Chicago
  • Dangerous Coal-Tar-Sealants and Mission Accomplished for Green on McLean
  • It's the Record-Setting Pumpkin, Gene McMullen!
  • Girl Waits with Gun, Golf Course Waits for Compost
  • Farm Aid 30
  • Birds, Wind Farms, Winter Veggies and Stinky Flowers Redux
  • Roundup v. Vinegar: The Ultimate Test?
  • Proviso Partners Fights Suburban Food Insecurity
  • Seedkeeping, Soil and the Gardening Season
  • The Promise of Lake Calument
  • Bees and Dr. Berenbaum
  • Sending out and SOS for Songbirds
  • Hedgerows and Grass-fed Beeft
  • Cook County Steps Up to Keep Demolition Debris Out of Landfills
  • Angel Azul...or Can Art on the Bottom of the Sea Save our Coral Reefs?
  • Busting Gardening Myths with C.L. Fornari, Author of Coffee for Roses

. . . and more!



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