Sunday, February 28, 2016

Live Broadcast With Farmer Fred!

I had the privilege this Sunday (Feb 28th) of being an in-studio radio guest for Fred Hoffman (a.k.a. "Farmer Fred"), which aired live on Talk Radio KSTE 650 and KFBK 1530 from 9:30 to 11am.

The KFBK Garden Show and Get Growing happen each Sunday morning in the greater Sacramento region, and I've been an avid listener for many years! So it was a huge deal to me personally to be on the show. It was great to see the behind-the-scene activities of a radio show, and Fred was a gracious host! We talked about bringing home new chicks, took phone and email questions, and had a blast.
My husband took pictures, so here's a look:

In case you missed it live, there are podcasts! Woot! Woot!

The podcast link to the first half (on KFBK) can be heard here:

The link to the second half (on KSTE) can be heard here:

ITunes Users:

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hear me on the radio this Sunday, February 28th!

Hear me on the radio this Sunday, February 28th, with Farmer Fred!

I will be an in-studio guest on the KFBK "Garden Show" and KSTE's "Get Growing" from 9:30am to 10:30am this Sunday. I'm super excited to be chatting with Fred Hoffman, Lifetime Master Gardener, again on his two radio programs!

The "KFBK Garden Show" on 1530-AM/93.1-FM KFBK in Sacramento, California (each Sunday morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacific Time) is followed by "Get Growing" on Talk 650 KSTE  (from 10 a.m. to Noon). At noon, it's the KSTE Farm Hour. You can listen to all the shows, live, via the and websites.

If you can't listen while it airs live or via internet streaming, be sure to check back here for the links to the podcasts!

We'll be talking about everything from the pro's and con's of raising backyard chickens, chick care, to flock maintenance and biosecurity. This will be a great taste of what we will discuss at the two classes coming up at Robinson's Feed, on March 19th and April 23rd (see below for details).

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Chickens For Eggs - Interviewed by Fred Hoffman, of "Get Growing" on KSTE

I was pretty darn excited to get an email the other day, from none other than Fred Hoffman, the Master Gardner and host of "Get Growing" on both KSTE and KFBK radio out of Sacramento. I listen to his local garden and farm show almost every weekend, and many times I have thought about reaching out to Farmer Fred to see if we could do a segment on chickens and backyard chicken keeping. His reaching out to me couldn't have been more perfect timing!

If you didn't get a chance to listen to my clip with Fred on Sunday, here are the links to hear the podcasts. We talked about how there are different chickens for different purposes, the PHI program, chickens in the garden, common pests on chickens, and some of my services. Fred is a talented producer! I had a fun time chatting with him.

The Garden Show, KFBK Podcast 

Get Growing with Farmer Fred, KSTE Podcast (second airing, my clip is at about 01:04:20) 

Check out Farmer Fred's website:

Fred asked me about the costs associated with keeping a few backyard chickens, and I realized that I never really answered his question during our interview! I will be putting something together in the next few weeks to help people gauge the costs involved. It was a good question!


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hear Me on Get Growing with Farmer Fred THIS Sunday, Jan. 3rd!

Super cool news!
I was interviewed for a 10 minute radio spot on Get Growing with Fred Hoffman, which will air THIS Sunday, January 3rd, at 8:35am on KFBK - Sacramento, am1530 or fm93.1

Please listen if you can! You can use the traditional radio format or stream online at iHeart Radio - Get Growing
You can also hear the show after that time via podcast.... go to the link above or to 

For those of you not familiar with Farmer Fred, I listen to him pretty regularly - he's a great resource for everything about growing and gardening locally. He has a fun & informative radio show and I always learn something new from both Fred and his guests. Here is his bio:

"Backyard gardeners throughout Northern California appreciate the advice of "Farmer Fred" Hoffman. Fred is a University of California certified lifetime Master Gardener and garden columnist. He is also a member of the Garden Writers Association of America. The "Get Growing" program offers the most complete gardening weather information, soil temperature data, pest management information, tips for organic gardeners, and more".

"Farmer Fred" is the senior broadcaster on Talk 650 KSTE. "Get Growing" is heard Sundays from 10am to 12noon on Talk 650 KSTE and the "KFBK Garden Show", 1530 KFBK-Sacramento, is heard on Sundays, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. 

Read more:

Friday, December 18, 2015

Planning for Spring Chicks

If you've been thinking about raising backyard poultry, now is the time to start thinking about some of the basics! Things like how many chickens you want to have, your coop-set-up, and what you'll need to have on hand are important to consider when raising chickens for the first time.

Ask yourself...
  • How many eggs do I need each week?
  • Do I want ornamental chickens or more functional chickens? Or both?
  • What kind of animal feed will I need?
  • Where will I put the coop? Will I build it myself or buy one pre-made?
  • Do I need an enclosed chicken-run or will they free-range?
  • Are there predators that I need to protect my chickens from, such as dogs, raccoons, hawks?
  • What kind of climate and weather conditions factor-in where I live?

If you need help with answering some of these questions and developing your chicken plan, please contact me and check out my consultations.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Lice and Mites, Oh My!

Have you ever checked your chickens for two common pests, lice and mites?
Here is a video I put together a while back to help poultry owners know what to look for: