Just Grow It: The Podcast
Just Grow It Featuring Joshua Rosas @Farm_adn_Forage

Just Grow It Featuring Joshua Rosas @Farm_adn_Forage

June 12, 2021

Have you heard of the term, Agrihood?  An Agrihood is a community or neighborhood that makes a farm and edible landscapes the focal points for residents.  With all the attention on eating locally, urban farming, and CSA programs, an agrihood is a combination and progression of these ideas. 

Joshua Rosas is the lead farmer for the agrihood, Jordan Ranch, just outside of Katy, TX in Brookshire, Tx.  Farming on 1.5 acres, Joshua and one assistant can maintain this market garden.  Besides providing farm-fresh produce to the residents, Joshua also sells their produce to local restaurants.  Can you believe that Joshuas has only been farming for a few years?

Just Grow It: Featuring Rick Carr @rodaleinstitute

Just Grow It: Featuring Rick Carr @rodaleinstitute

June 5, 2021

Who would have known that a phrase on a hat could impact someone's life so much?  While in college, Rick Carr was working on a project with a friend.  The friend was wearing a hat that read " Master Composter."  Intrigued by the title, Rick Carr got the information behind the hat and began his journey to become a master composter. Now Rick Carr is the Farm Director and master composter for the Rodale Institute.  

Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to growing the organic movement through rigorous research, farmer training, and consumer education. Widely recognized as a founder of the modern organic movement, Rodale Institute has been a global leader in regenerative organic agriculture for over 70 years.

Just Grow It Featuring Rebecca Verm @sownandgrownwithlove @sownandgrownwithmicrobes

Just Grow It Featuring Rebecca Verm @sownandgrownwithlove @sownandgrownwithmicrobes

May 1, 2021

Sometimes you have to follow your gut instincts. I genuinely believe that if you follow your instincts, they won’t let you down. Rebecca Verm from LBJ community farm did just that. She had some experience related to gardening and farming from her grandparents’,  but it wasn’t until she decided to skip law school to travel to South America and farm that she found her true calling. And her true calling was to be a biodiverse, permaculture practicing farmer. Learn more about Rebecca Verm’s farming adventure and how she ended up as the lead farmer at LBJ community farms in Northeast Houston, Tx. 

Just Grow It Featuring @Veggiepromo

Just Grow It Featuring @Veggiepromo

April 17, 2021

Have you ever watched a documentary and all of a sudden become inspired to take action?  Well, a documentary about food deserts had that effect on Jerry Curry.  He decided to pivot from his career in the music industry into the urban farming world.  What started in Richmond, Virginia, as an urban backyard farm, has grown into @annslovingacres,  a homestead located in Hume, Va.  Here they focus on sustainable and regenerative natural farming.  Listen to learn more about the edible activist @veggiepromo.

Just Grow It Featuring Ben Page @Benpagedc

Just Grow It Featuring Ben Page @Benpagedc

April 8, 2021

Dr. Ben Page is a chiropractor.  An author of two books,  Playing in the dirt and The four pillars of health.  With his patients, Dr. Page spreads the importance of consuming nutrient-dense food.  Dr. Page’s practice has taken him worldwide, which has allowed him to grow in various climates.  From Utah to Iowa, Las Vegas, and even Argentina, one thing that has remained, regardless of his location, is his love for gardening. 

Just Grow It Featuring Jeremy McGinty @Homegrownbuc

Just Grow It Featuring Jeremy McGinty @Homegrownbuc

April 1, 2021

Jeremy McGinty started farming in 2007.  By 2017 His gardening and farming was booming.  He had neighbors and friends inquiring about purchasing his produce.  This sparked an idea in his head, "Why can't I be the Uber eats of fresh produce for my area in Arizona?" This was the birth of AZ grown at home.  He decided to grow and share his produce with others and an online produce delivery service, dropping off fresh, local, and organic produce.  Now, @homegrownbuc does not grow everything that is for sale. He has partnered with other local Arizona farmers and gardeners to offer his services to the masses.  Come learn more about Jeremy. The man behind  @homegrownbuc

Just Grow It Featuring Kyle Stenersen @Humblerootsfarm

Just Grow It Featuring Kyle Stenersen @Humblerootsfarm

March 26, 2021

Kyle Stenersen and his wife founded Humble roots farm over 13 years ago.  Located in North Carolina, Humble roots farm philosophy is that farming starts beneath the soil. Once I read that, I knew that I had to have a conversation with him.    Before starting Humble roots farm, Kyle spent two years farming and learning the industry at Sunset farms.  Now at Humble Roots, they produce pasture-raised eggs, pasture-raised poultry, pork and turkeys, seasonal produce, fresh-cut flowers, and even hemp.   But it doesn’t stop there. Kyle offers classes on how to get started with organic gardening and even sells plant starts from his website!  Come learn about how he got started and some of his agricultural beliefs

Just Grow It: Featuring Marco Thomas @Marco_is_growing

Just Grow It: Featuring Marco Thomas @Marco_is_growing

March 18, 2021

I am not one to be much of a fanboy, but Marco is one reason I wanted to start a podcast.  I had so many questions and didn’t want to keep sliding in his DMs every other day.  I loved his growing style.  It reminded me of a good friend I used to watch make his inputs in northern California a decade ago.  Marco is a walking wealth of information for everything natural farming-related.  Have you ever asked yourself what is more organic than organic?  Well, the answer is natural farming.  If you are unaware of what natural farming is, come a take a listen to this episode. 

Just Grow It: Featuring Nelson ZePequeno @blackmenwithgardens

Just Grow It: Featuring Nelson ZePequeno @blackmenwithgardens

March 13, 2021

How can you become something that you have never seen or never been exposed to?  @Blackmenwithgardens is helping to change the narrative associated with minorities and gardening.  Creating a safe space to help show minorities something other than the narrative then the agenda pushed and marketed towards them.  A man of many talents, I could have talked to Nelson for hours.  It felt as if we had been friends since kids.  Learn more about @blackmenwithgardens and the amazingly creative mind behind the page, Nelson ZePequeno.

Just Grow It: Featuring Jasmine Jefferson @blackgirlswithgardens

Just Grow It: Featuring Jasmine Jefferson @blackgirlswithgardens

March 5, 2021

When you first decide to get into gardening, the information can seem overwhelming.  That is one reason why Jasmine started @blackgirlswithgardens to be an information hub for the BIPOC community.  Representation is important, and I think in the gardening space, this was previously overlooked. @Blackgirlswithgardens has grown into a fantastic platform. Come find out how Jasmine got started with BGWG and gardening in general.

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