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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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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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  • 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

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