Seeds & Weeds Podcast

Seeds & Weeds Podcast

Join us as we talk with gardeners, foragers, herbalists, chefs and community activists to explore the many ways that plants impact our cultures and cuisines, our history and our future. Along the way, we'll also learn quite a bit about growing our own! The Seeds and Weeds Podcast is hosted by Bevin Cohen and brought to you by Small House Farm. Support the show:


April 10, 2024 22 mins

Morel mushrooms, wild onions, and tender spring greens await the hungry forager! Join us as we talk with George Barnett, founder of The Hungry Forager and author of the new book, Foraging Kentucky.

George Barnett owns and operates the Hungry Forager, an educational program based in the Bluegrass region and focused on teaching people about wild edibles, ethnobotany, ecology, and agroforestry. His educational background inc...

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Discover the magic of native plants and bring your garden to life! Get your garden party started with Shubber Ali, founder of Garden for Wildlife. We’re talking with Shubber about growing native plants, how native plants support our ecosystem and what you can do to create a little wildlife sanctuary in your own backyard!

Shubber Ali is the CEO of Garden for Wildlife, a program that began within the National Wildlife Federation. Gard...

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What are staple crops and what role do they plan in sustainable, regional food systems?
We’re talking with Michelle Ajamian, founder of Shagbark Mill, about localized food systems, growing and processing staple crops like corn and beans and we’re going to explore how growers, producers and consumers come together to decide what kind of food system we want for ourselves and our communities.

Michelle Ajamian launched the App...

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Grow your best garden ever with tips and tricks from author and YouTuber Tony O’Neill! After listening to this interview you’ll be ready to grow a healthier and more productive vegetable garden than ever before!

Tony O’Neill has been creating educational gardening content for the last fourteen years and in 2020, he launched the wildly popular YouTube channel Simplify Gardening. Tony believes gardening’s appeal is linked to nature’s ...

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Are you ready for the new GMO Purple Tomato?!? What impact will this new variety have on our health, our gardens, or our tomato seed saving? Bevin unpacks this latest development in the gardening world, then sits down for a relaxing chat with herbalist, author, and educator Kristine Brown

Kristine Brown is helping parents teach their kids about herbalism, one herb at a time. She created the only children’s herbal curriculum that u...

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What does it mean to be a kitchen curandera? What’s the difference between Indigenous food and local food? We’ll learn all this and much more when we sit down to chat with traditional healer and award-winning author Felicia Ruiz. 

We’ll also talk about Felicia’s book Earth Medicines, winner of the 2022 Reading the West Award: Eating The West and the 2023 LULAC Book Award! Earth Medicines is an accessible guide to time-honored Indige...

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From selling herbs at the renaissance fair to editing one of the most influential herbal magazines of the decade, Tina Sams has done it all! She’s joining us on the podcast for a special herbal edition of 5 Questions.

We talk about her early days running an herb shop at a renaissance festival in the 90s, growing Jerusalem artichokes and horseradish, plus we dig into the International Herb Association’s Herb of the Year Books and Tin...

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We’re kicking off the year with a seedy conversation! We’re sitting down to chat with Jere Gettle, owner of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, America’s largest heirloom seed supplier!

We talk about Jere’s gardens and his favorite things to grow, what it’s like living at the Baker Creek village and some his favorite offerings from the 2024 Whole Seeds Catalog!

We also dig into how Baker Creek can offer hundreds of heirloom varieti...

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December 20, 2023 8 mins

We'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our listeners around the world that have joined us as we explore the intersection of gardens, cultures, cuisines and community. 

It's been an amazing year exploring seeds and weeds with all of you! In this episode we relive the highs and lows of our year together, dig into exciting statistics, and sneak a peek at what's to come in 2024!

And as always, big th...

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December 6, 2023 28 mins

During this action-packed interview, jim mcdonald gives a us a mini-tour of his herb cabinet, shares his go-to winter tea recipe, talks about his Lindera herb workshops, and even tells us about his very first herb experience! 

We’ll also learn why jim prefers to spell his name with little-case letters and something about sunbathing in Speedos on the roof?! It’s a wild time!

jim is a community herbalist, a manic wildcrafter ...

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One of the biggest things happening in the (gardening) world right now is the new USDA Hardiness Zones Map! Plus horticulturist and garden educator Peggy Riccio is joining us on the podcast to talk about her information-packed garden website resource, and to answer 5 Questions!  

Peggy talks about why basil is her favorite garden herb… and not just Genovese basil, but all of the basils! She also shares her recipe for fl...

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Can the moon help your beans grow? In today’s episode, author and professor of agriculture Sarah Hall is joining us on the podcast to talk about planting by the signs and her new book, Sown in the Stars

Learn about this traditional practice of working with the moon phases and astrological signs to guide your planting schedule. We’ll discuss when is the best time to plant, harvest and preserve your crops, according to the stars. 


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October 25, 2023 20 mins

Join us for an extra special, spooky episode of Seeds & Weeds. In today’s episode, author and horticulturalist Marta McDowell is joining us on the podcast to talk about her new book, Gardening Can Be Murder

We'll also be talking about some of Marta’s previous books, including Bevin’s personal favorite, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. We’ll also get a sneak peek at an upcoming project, an updated edition of her 2016 book,...

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Want to grow sweet, tasty fruit in your own backyard? In today’s episode, author and fruit tree expert Susan Poizner is joining us on the podcast to share some fruit tree knowledge and talk about her latest book Grow Fruit Trees Fast.

We'll be talking about choosing the right fruit trees for your space, feeding the soil to keep your fruit trees healthy and how to prune your trees to maximize production. Susan will also tell us ...

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What do seeds mean to you? In today’s episode we’re talking with Jennifer Jewell, host of the Cultivating Place podcast and author of the new book, What We Sow: On the Personal, Ecological and Cultural Significance of Seeds.

We'll be discussing Jennifer's personal journey with seeds, the significant impact that seeds have on the world around us and why saving these precious seeds for future generations is more im...

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Gardening for health, happiness and delicious produce! Author and educator Leah Webb joins us on the podcast to talk about whole foods cooking, why she gardens and so much more when she answers 5 Questions.

Leah is an avid gardener, edible landscaper and accomplished author and educator. In today’s episode we learn what she loves to grow the most, lessons she learned in the garden and how her children’s health started her ...

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Pine nut skin scrub? Sour cream face mask?!  Author and natural beauty expert Janice Cox joins us on the show to talk about these incredible products and so much more! We’ll also talk about beautiful lavender and eating loofahs!

Janice Cox teaches workshops across the country on making your own body care products with simple kitchen and garden ingredients. She is the author of six bestselling books on the topic and the edu...

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This episode is packed full of info! Certified Aromatherapist Amy Anthony joins us to talk about the difference between hydrosols and essential oils, lavandin vs lavender and so much more! Then, Amy shares her Top 5 essential oils!

Amy is a certified clinical aromatherapist, owner of NYC Aromatica and host of the Essential Aromatica podcast. Amy left her career in marketing to pursue what is closest to her heart: working w...

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Join us on a mushroom adventure! Today we’re sitting down with Erin Hamilton, founder of The Mushroom Conservatory to learn how plants and mushrooms are so radically different from one another, why we need more mushrooms in our lives and then we’re going to find out how to get one of her special kits to grow our own mushrooms right at home!

Erin Hamilton is a mushroom farmer and agricultural educator from Howell, Michigan...

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Nerd alert! Gardenerd founder Christy Wilhelmi joins us on the show to talk about small-space fruit orchards, Russian tomatoes, reclaiming food waste and all sorts of groovy stuff! 

Christy empowers people to grow their own food, to be more self-reliant, and to reduce pollution and waste, one garden at a time. Christy is founder of Gardenerd, the ultimate resource for garden nerds, where she publishes newsletters, her popular blog, ...

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