Welcome to the Mother Earth News and Friends podcast, where we get down-to-earth with your favorite eco-celebrities and experts to bring together conversations that are as informative as they are enjoyable. On these podcasts, we will be talking with homesteaders, artisans, and sustainability experts to deliver the homegrown advice and expertise that MOTHER EARTH NEWS is known for!

In this episode Hannah Kincaid, Senior Editor of MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Manging Editor of Heirloom Gardener, sits down with Joanne Bauman and Dawn Combs to discuss what grows in their tea garden and why they love it! Enjoy learning about the different medicinal properties of these plants and how to use them in you tea.

Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist with more than 20 years of experience in her field. She is the owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows, is a contributor for Mother Earth Living, and the author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Health Care and Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy, and Lactation


Joanne Bauman, a Kansas herbalist, shares the gift of the green nations (healing food and medicine plants) in the Wise Woman Tradition of healing. Bauman (of Prairie Magic Herbals) teaches herb classes, grows and wildcrafts medicine plants, creates herbal preparations, and does consultations. Her love of the plants and easygoing teaching style make learning and using your own herbal remedies accessible to everyone.  Bauman serves as coordinator of the Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) Community Herbal Apothecary Project and as coordinator of the Kansas Chapter of HWB.

Check the links below for topics mentioned in the podcast that may have piqued your interest:

Add Roses to Your Edible Landscape

All About Growing the Stevia Plant

Make Your Own Teas From Garden-Grown Herbs

Garden Sorrel

Growing and Brewing Herbal Teas

Growing and Using Comfrey Leaves

Grow Sage in Your Herb Garden to Symbolize Success

Growing Yarrow in Your Herb Garden

Grow Your Own Marjoram

How to Grow and Enjoy Bergamont

How to Grow and Use Scented Geraniums

How To Grow Hibiscus

How to Make Herbal Teas, Herbal Infusions and Herbal Tinctures

Make Mullein Tea From Your Herb Garden

Make Your Own Teas From Garden-Grown Herbs

Nettle Tea Benefits

Sassafras Uses in Herbal Madicine and Cooking

Thyme Tea: An Herbal Cure for Nightmares

Uses for Mint: The Best Growing Herb

What You Need to Know About Pennyroyal


15 Herbs for Tea E-Handbook

Herbal Tea Gardens



GRIT Managing Editor, Kellsey Trimble, sat down with Patricia Foreman and Joe Putnam to discuss the best ways of preventing and treating common flock problems. From pests and predators to illnesses, dietary considerations, and the effectiveness of electric fences, listen as these three converse about the various issues they’ve experienced when raising poultry and how they keep their birds healthy.

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Check the links below for topics mentioned in the podcast that may have piqued your interest:

Books by Patricia Foreman:

  - City Chicks

  - Chicken Tractor

  - Day Range Poultry

Common Poultry Terms

Build This Predator-Proof, Portable Chicken Coop for Your Backyard

Protecting Chickens From Predators (Video)

How to Naturally Treat Chicken Lice

13 Reasons Your Chickens Stopped Laying Eggs and the Solutions

Introducing New Birds Into Your Existing Flock


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In this episode Kellsey Trimble, Managing Editor of Grit Magazine, sits down with Alison Martin of the Livestock Conservancy, Bill Ahrens and Kevin Fletcher of New Country Organics, and Victoria Miller author of "Pure Poultry." These experts share their tips on and stories to help us understand how to give your flock the nutrition, housing, training, protection, and the respect they need to be successful and enjoyable. 

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Are you considering keeping bees? MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Friends podcast producer Robert Riley sits down with Master Beekeepers Becky and Steve Tipton, and Ethnobotanist Dawn Combs, who is a veteran in the realm of "natural beekeeping." These experts share their knowledge and discuss differences to help Robert and other beeginners get up and going with their own colonies. Becky, Steve, and Dawn help prepare you for this upcoming adventure by covering the topics of bee species, swarming, pollinator friendly plants, when to smoke your bees, tools of the trade, and much more. If you are an experienced beekeeper you may even learn a new technique.

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Enjoy this minisode taken from Power of Poultry Ep 1, "Beginning with Chickens" debuting April 6th.

It will feature a conversation surround getting started with chickens with our special guests Alison Martin, Bill Ahrens, Kevin Fletcher, and Victoria Redhead Miller interviewed by Grit's managing editor, Kellsey Trimble. 


On this episode, we’ll hear from authors and Mother Earth News Fair presenters Gianaclis Caldwell and Meredith Leigh, on the value of real, homemade and ethically raised food, including meat, cheese and ferments.

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Renewable energy is quickly becoming more affordable and accessible than ever, but can these systems be successfully implemented on your urban homestead? Former MOTHER EARTH NEWS editor, Kale Roberts, spoke with green building expert Dan Chiras to get some ideas about sensible alternative energy sources, how effective you might find them, and to discuss other simple ways to make your home more energy efficient.


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Backyard chickens can provide a local food source, keep pests out of your garden, and much more. But what should you know before you start building a coop and creating a flock? Jennifer Pitino, host of the Urban Chicken Podcast, spoke with Pat Foreman, author of the books City Chicks, Chicken Tractor and Day Range Poultry, and Victoria Redhed Miller, author of Pure Poultry, on their experiences, and advice for raising and keeping chickens.

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Making your own natural medicine is a great way to cure everyday issues from scrapes and bruises to occasional anxiety, and many medicinal plants can be easily grown in your own garden, whether you're working with a rooftop plot, urban garden or large yard. Mother Earth Living editior-in-chief Jessica Kellner spoke with herbalist Joanne Bauman about some of her favorite medicinal herbs and preparations. 


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Mother Earth News’ Editor-in-Chief Hank Will, and Becky Tipton of the Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers’ Association, on making a living from small acreage.


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