EPISODES 31-40



Episode 31 - Happy Holidays!  Welcome back to The Buzz.  On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back and contemplate what native plants can be used for Holiday arrangements. Find out the controversy with "This or That," hear a new round of "That's Hot," and Fran geeks out over his desert island pics.  Tom and Fran also discuss the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

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Episode 32 - Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Dr. Michael Van Clef (Stewardship Director, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space) from The New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team.  They break down exactly what is an invasive species and get to the heart of the issue with invasives. Discussions include innovative methods of controlling invasives and using technology to engage the public. Additionally, they also address listener questions and explain how you can get involved.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

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Episode 33 - Happy New Year and Welcome back to The Buzz!  Meet the winner of our original theme music competition.  On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick reflect on the Top 10 episodes of the year, there's a new round of "This or That" and "That's Hot," and Tom and Fran each share a money saving tip.  Did we mention that Sol called again?  Music by RJ Comer. 





 
Episode 34 - Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Ed Farley  (Biologist, New York Region) from Ducks Unlimited.  They break down the perfect duck habitat, what Ducks Unlimited mission is, the current state of ducks, preserving duck habitat, the beauty of duck stamps, and much more.  Tom and Fran unleash their inner nine-year-old by asking every duck question imaginable.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

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Episode 35 - Welcome to The Pro Tip Edition of The Buzz!  On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick share some of their native plant pro tips with you and field some great listener questions. There's also a new round of "This or That" and "That's Hot," and Tom and Fran each share cool stuff they are using.  Music by RJ Comer. 





 
Episode 36 - Welcome to Rooted Discussions, our roundtable conversations featuring top minds in the field of the topic at hand. On our first Rooted Discussions,  hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are joined by Steve Castorani (President, North Creek Nurseries), John Mark Courtney (Owner, Kind Earth Growers, LLC), and Carrie Stanker and Daryl Kobesky (Co-Owners, Sunset Farmstead LLC) to discuss the business of growing native plants. Topics include why we grow what we grow, the challenges of being a native plant nursery, public misconceptions of native plants as a business, and the limitations of bringing native plants to the public. As an added bonus, the video will be available on the Pinelands Nursery YouTube channel. Music by RJ Comer.

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Episode 37 - What is the buzz about native plant cultivars?  Find out on this edition of The Buzz!  Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick field a new phone call from Sol which sparks a conversation about native plant cultivars.  Find out the difference between a variety and a cultivar as well as the importance of provenance. There's also a new round of "This or That" and "That's Hot." Tom creates a new show segment just for Fran while both hosts each reveal a newbie mistake.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Episode 38 - Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Dr. Emile DeVito (Manager of Science and Stewardship) from The New Jersey Conservation Foundation.  They discuss partnering with the government and nonprofit organizations to preserve and conserve land, restoring what we've lost while monitoring and protecting what we have, and getting ahead of invasives and deer.  They also discuss how the forests have changed in New Jersey and explain how you can get involved and help.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick break down a review that leads them into giving winter gardening ideas.  They field a new phone call that is NOT Sol and there's also a new round of "This or That" and "That's Hot." Fran unleashes the jingle for Tom's brain child "Not That I Am One To Complain," and Tom and Fran give Business Busting Suggestions.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Episode 40 - Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Samuel Thayer, internationally recognized author of Nature's Garden and The Forager's Harvest.  They discuss getting started with foraging, the do's and don't for beginners, foraging highlights by season, the historical significance of living off the land, and the ethical stance on giving back what we take.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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