Jeff Lowenfels, TEAMING WITH BACTERIA & Best of 2022

It’s the last week of December 2022. The days are already starting to get longer. A great time to start thinking about next year’s garden. And, with next year around the corner, a good time to look back at some of our favorite interviews of 2022.

Today, we talk with garden columnist Jeff Lowenfells about his book, Teaming with Bacteria. It’s the fourth in his groundbreaking series about building the soil microbiome to create a flourishing soil food web.

Then we hear excerpts from our 2022 interviews with Bill McKibben, Mohsin Hamid and Keri Blakinger.

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Jeff Lowenfells
If we don’t do anything about it, some say, we have about sixty years left of soil. And without soil, we don’t have food, at least not enough to feed the world. The remedy? Regenerative agriculture that builds the soil by using nature’s own methods.

Jeff Lowenfels has been writing about gardening for over 45 years. He writes the column Alaska Gardening and Growing for the Anchorage Daily News. But perhaps his greatest contribution to gardening is his series on the soil food web or soil microbiome.

He began in 2010 with Teaming with Microbes, followed by Teaming With Nutrients. Teaming With Fungi, and now Teaming with Bacteria.

Jeff Lowenfels is a former president of the Garden Writers Association; he was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 2005

He Wrote a Gardening Column. He Ended Up Documenting Climate Change

Best of 2022
It’s that time of year to look back at 2022 before we leave to head to the New Year. This was one of our best years for interviews. We spoke with Nobel laureate for literature Abdulrazak Gurnah, NoViolet Bulawayo, whose novel Glory was shortlisted for the Booker prize, and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, among many other terrific conversations.

So it was tough to choose among them. Today we’ll hear excerpts from three of our favorite interviews. The full list with links to the interviews is below.

Bill McKibben
We spoke with world-renowned climate protector Bill McKibben about his wonderful memoir The Flag, The Cross And The Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What The Hell Happened.
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Mohsin Hamid
We talked with Hamid about his brilliant and thought-provoking novel, The Last White Man.
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Keri Blakinger
Finally, we hear an excerpt from my interview with Keri Blakinger about her memoir, Corrections In Ink.
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