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Minimal Work, Maximum Yield: Benefits Of Polycultural Garden

We're working in the garden with the guys from Bread & Roses. After the initial elbow grease of laying sheet mulch, the garden then maintains itself.

sheet mulching

Photo: Sarah Gordon/WFIU

Part of the sheet mulching process involves covering the ground with paper (junk mail, cardboard, newspaper).

This type of system in order to get started does take a little more work up front, but over time there’s lower maintenance with higher yields.

That’s Jonas Carpenter of Bread & Roses Gardens. He’s talking about their polycultural system of growing food and raising animals which mimics aspects of the forest. Today, lots of hard work is on the docket. We get a tutorial in sheet mulching.

Before that, Harvest Public Media says farmers in Kansas are loving all this early spring snow.

And in the kitchen, Chef Daniel Orr prepares some Maple-Glazed Turnips and Polenta with Brussels Sprouts. Two dishes using some cold hardy veggies.

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Blizzards Bring Moisture To Happy Kansas Farmers

snow on a farm

Two big snowstorms produced some very broad smiles in farm country because in a place as dry as Kansas has been lately, a blizzard can be a blessing.

Maple Glazed Turnips

maple glazed turnips

We’re going to do something very Hoosier with turnips today, pairing them with some local maple syrup from Burton’s Maplewood Farm.

Polenta With Brussels Sprouts

polenta with brussels sprouts

The slice of taleggio cheese on top of this finished dish is what puts it over the top.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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  • DrFood

    The term for this is permaculture. I listened to the whole story, waiting to hear that word. Why leave it out?

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