Tag Archives: Diy

Growing Hope


Growing Hope, an Ypsilanti-based nonprofit, helps people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access.  Using a strengths-based approach, the Growing Hope team works to build peoples’ capacity to use community and school gardens as vehicles for positive social, economic, environmental and neighborhood change. They advocate for healthy food, manage an urban farmers’ market, and train youth and adults to make positive investments in their future.

…and they even take the show on the road with Clifford, the big red truck farm! Continue reading Growing Hope

Growing Our Native Knowledge


“It doesn’t take much reading about current events to find articles detailing the plight of migratory songbirds and butterflies like monarchs. Due to a variety of circumstances, but especially the loss of suitable feeding and breeding habitat, numbers have dropped significantly and there is no reason to believe that that course will be reversed unless we do something about it.

Fortunately, individual property owners can do something about it. Using a variety of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in your yard will help to provide resting and feeding spots for these critters, even if your yard is small. Continue reading Growing Our Native Knowledge

House Greening

Matt Grocoff and Joe Trumpey are were in the HOUSE today! Co-​​hosts Rebecca Hardin and Laura Smith conversed with Matt and Joe throughout the hour about their amazing homes in the Ann Arbor area.

Joe Trumpey, a professor in the School of Art & Design and the School of Natural Resources, built his off-​​grid home by hand. It is a mixture of straw­bale construction and stunning natural materials – surrounded by 40 acres of forests and pastures of cattle, a flock of sheep, and a solar panel that follows the sun. See this Michigan Daily feature on Joe’s Pad.

Matt Grocoff, a net energy home consultant and lecturer, has a green renovated home on Ann Arbor’s west side. Named one of USA Today’s Seven Best Green Houses of 2010, the Mission Zero House is America’s oldest and Michigan’s first net-​​zero energy home – meaning the home produces more than its owners consume. Check out his awesome websites at…



01.23.2012 | 2012 ReSkilling Festival Preview

Dying to learn how to preserve food, keep bees, meditate or craft string from bark? Please join us on the radio today as we highlight the 6th Ann Arbor ReSkilling Festival with orga­nizer Rebecca Streng. Also in the studio is the fabulous Nate Ayers, a local per­ma­cul­turist and educator.


05.09.2011 | Earth Art with Beth Diamond

This week we talk Earth Art, Detroit’s Heidelberg Project, lim­i­nality, and jam to some stone cold grooves with Beth Diamond.

Beth was a “a land­scape theorist, designer and cultural insti­gator,” Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan, and Lead Project Designer for the Heidelberg Project’s Cultural Village in the Black Bottom District of Detroit. Join us, visit Detroit, make some earth art, be provocative!