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Local food
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Episode 15: "Local food"

Howard Stambor explains the benefits of composting
Howard Stambor explains the benefits of "mining the urban waste-stream" for his compost pile.

Greg Rabourn explains how crop rotation protects against plant disease and nutrient depletion
Greg reveals his secret weapon against plant disease and nutrient depletion--crop rotation.

Sue McGann of Marra farm demonstrates container gardening
No room for a garden? Sue McGann of Marra Farm demonstrates the ease of container gardening.

Bellevue Farmers Market
The Bellevue Farmers Market is just one of many places to buy heathy, local food in the Puget Sound region.

Synopsis: Curious about the growing demand for organic food? Join us as the Yard Talk duo explains the downsides of traditional US agriculture practices. Environmental damage and poor nutrition are two of the reasons why Greg and Doug investigate options for local and organic alternatives right here in the Pacific Northwest. In this episode , we learn about creating bounty in your own back yard , container gardening for tight spaces , farmers markets , P-Patches, and salmon-safe farming in the fertile Snoqualmie Valley.

Food for thought...

  • We are what we eat” and currently the American diet includes an excess of high fructose corn syrup , chemicals , and pesticides.
  • Big business agriculture does not have a clean environmental record. Consider buying food that has a “Salmon-Safe” label.
  • Try to incorporate sustainable systems in your back yard like the Stambor's have. Possibilities include raising bees, maintaining a worm bin, composting, mining the urban waste stream, collecting rain water from your roof, and growing enough produce to share with your community.
  • Use crop rotation to keep plant diseases at bay and protect the nutrients in your soil naturally.
  • In a very limited space, use containers to plant veggies.
  • Use only organic, slow-release fertilizers and composts in your veggie beds.
  • Visit your local famers market once a week to get the freshest, healthiest produce and other farm products.
  • Consider getting a plot in your neighborhood P-Patch. If your neighborhood doesn’t have a P-Patch yet, start one.
  • Use the pesticide card from Puget Sound Fresh to see which veggies are most important to get organic.

Greg's tips & tricks

Greg explains how crop rotation can stymie plant diseases and protect nutrients in the soil.

Doug’s designs

Doug shows us how the garden at the Stambor’s house uses many great space-saving techniques that you can try at home.


Patricia and Howard Stambor
Blake Johnston, Growing Things Farm
Steve Evans, King County Agriculture Program
Sue McGann, Marra Farm

Show resources

Marra Farm*

Puget Sound Fresh

Native Plant Landscaping Guide

Seattle Tilth’s Garden hotline*

*External link.

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