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May 10, 2013

Preparing Your Lawn, Growing Your Garden

It’s time to get out your lawn mower. Congratulations or sincerest apologies depending on your views when it comes to yard work. This hour on Focus, Sandy Mason joins us to answer your lawn and garden questions. Tom Voigt, a lawn care specialist, will also be here.


Plantlink
April 12, 2013

Gardening Technology

What color is your thumb…green or black? This hour on Focus, we talked with Eduardo Torrealba who has been working on a project to help you if you answered “black” and Sandy Mason, UI extension horticulture expert. 


black eyed susan
March 08, 2013

Gardening with Native Plants

Have you been scouring catalogs looking for the perfect plants to get started in your garden this spring? This hour on Focus, we talked with Sherrie Snyder, a master naturalist and the President of Illinois Prairie Wild Ones, about the benefits of incorporating native plants in your yard and garden. Sandy Mason, UI extension horticulture expert, also joins the show. 


Sandy Mason Portrait
January 17, 2013

Lawn and Garden Care

Our topic will be lawn and garden care, and our guest will be Sandy Mason, horticulture educator with University of Illinois Extension.  We do these shows from time to time to help with problems in the home landscape, and we can take a wide range of questions on anything from trees and shrubs to vegetables and flowers, even houseplants. Whether you are trying to solve a problem, or you are looking for suggestions on what to plant, your call will be welcome.


October 22, 2012

Lawn & Garden Care

Sandy Mason, Extension Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension, Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion Counties

Host: Craig Cohen

Our topic will be lawn and garden care, and our guest will be Sandy Mason, horticulture educator with University of Illinois Extension.  We do these shows from time to time to help with problems in the home landscape, and we can take a wide range of questions on anything from trees and shrubs to vegetables and flowers, even houseplants. Whether you are trying to solve a problem, or you are looking for suggestions on what to plant, your call will be welcome.


July 31, 2012

The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change

Most of Africa’s farmers are so poor they can’t grow enough to feed their families year round. In January of 2011 a group of Kenyan farmers decided to take a chance--joining the One Acre Fund, a social enterprise set up to help some of Africa’s most neglected people. The hope was that they could feed their families for the year, and have a bit left over to sell.  Roger Thurow brings us the story of a farm community on the brink of change, the subject of his book "The Last Hunger Season."

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 11 am


June 19, 2012

The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet

Pierre Desrochers, Ph.D., Mercatus Center Affiliated Scholar; Associate Professor of Geography, University of Toronto

Host: David Inge
 

When selecting food for their dinner table, more and more people are looking for food produced close to home in the hope that it will boost food security for all. But University of Toronto economic geographer Pierre Desrochers says that while that might seem like a good idea, it does very little to solve our serious global food problems. We’ll talk about his new book "The Locavore’s Dilemma." In the book, he takes on some of the key points of the “eat local” agenda, including the ideas that local food is better for us and for the environment.


June 12, 2012

Lawn & Garden Care

Sandy Mason, Extension Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension, Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion Counties

Host: David Inge

Our topic will be lawn and garden care, and our guest will be Sandy Mason, horticulture educator with University of Illinois Extension.  Every month we do these shows to help with problems in the home landscape, and we can take a wide range of questions on anything from trees and shrubs to vegetables and flowers, even houseplants. Whether you are trying to solve a problem, or you are looking for suggestions on what to plant, your call will be welcome.


May 31, 2012

Insect Pests

If insects are causing problems at your house, we may be able to help.  Our guest will be Phil Nixon, extension entomologist at the University of Illinois. He’s been with us many times before to take questions on a wide range of pests, everything from ants and roaches to silverfish and centipedes: the common pests that cause problems in our homes and gardens. Sometimes the key is just trying to get along, but if it’s a bug you just can’t live with, Phil can tell you how to make it go away.


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