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Let Mother Nature Do The Work For You

Today, we have stories about farmers letting Mother Nature do the heavy lifting. And, it's asparagus in the kitchen!

solar panels on the farm

Photo: Leigh Bush/WFIU

solar panels on the farm

“You can conserve in your personal life, but for your business that’s not really an option. You need power to run a business.

That’s Susan Welsand, also known as The Chile Woman. Thanks to a 5.2 kilowatt array of solar panels, she is able to run every aspect of her business using the power of the sun.

The guys at Bread & Roses Gardens are back. They’ve watched as a pile of old mulch has transformed into an elaborate fungal network that is a hot spot for morels and oyster mushrooms. Those stories about farmers letting Mother Nature do the heavy lifting.

And in the kitchen, Chef Daniel Orr makes two salads featuring one of the first veggies to pop up in the spring garden: asparagus.

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From Mulch To Mushrooms

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After two years of decomposing, the piles of leftover wood chips at Bread & Roses Gardens will soon sprout mushrooms thanks to hungry mycelium.

Chile Farm Runs On The Power Of The Sun

'The Chile Woman' Susan Welsand

"The Chile Woman" Susan Welsand was able to install a 5.2 kilowatt array of solar panels after a tornado uprooted several old-growth trees on her farm.

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Salads For Spring: Two Delicious Asparagus Salads

asparagus salad with portabella mushroom and violet flowers

Asparagus is one of the first vegetables to pop up in the garden in the spring. This week we have recipes for two different salads using asparagus.

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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