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Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick interview some of the top minds in ecology, restoration, conservation, and of course, native plants. Join them on their journey towards knowledge and understanding of some of the larger problems that our ecosystems face.
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The Buzz - Saving the Buzz

The Buzz - Saving the Buzz

2024-05-1701:35:13

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  We have great news!  Listen up for our disclaimer.  Tom spoils Fran with more gifts.  "That's Hot" involves cordial and foam.  "This or That" gives you the short and the long of it.  Are you listening until the end for our secrets? Intro music by RJ Comer, Outro music by Dave Bennett. Read Fran's Article / Read Tom's Article Learn more about TrueBlew Natives here. Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189 Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
Meet TrueBlew Natives

Meet TrueBlew Natives

2024-05-1001:50:17

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick connect with Bob Blew (Vice President - Centerton Nurseries) to discuss TrueBlew Natives. Topics include the history of Centerton Nurseries, the inspiration for TrueBlew Natives, the role of native plants in ornamental nurseries, how nurseries factor into to agriculture in the state of NJ, and the future of native plants in the retail market place.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men, Outro music by Dave Bennett. Learn more about TrueBlew Natives here. Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189. Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  We love when listeners send us native plant based alcoholic drinks!  "That's Hot" involves some follow up this episode.  "This or That" involves government and things across the pond.  Fran comes prepared with a "Grow Read A Book".  How do Tom and Fran feel about No Mow May?  Wait until the end to find out. Intro music by RJ Comer, Outro music by Dave Bennett. Read Fran's Article / Read Tom's Article Learn more about TrueBlew Natives here. Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189 Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick reconnect with Dr. Michael Curran (Owner - Abnova Ecological Solutions) to talk about what has happened in his life since his last visit to the podcast a year ago. Topics include work in the NJ Meadowlands, being an expert witness, pipeline work in PA, Exciting work by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, as well as cool new studies coming our of Wyoming.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men, Outro music by Dave Bennett. Follow Abnova Ecological Solutions. - Website Learn more about TrueBlew Natives here. Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189. Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
The Buzz - Crunch Time

The Buzz - Crunch Time

2024-04-1901:16:07

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  Did the winners claim their books?  "That's Hot" has two great plants this week.  "This or That" highlights a familiar name.  We have a listener question!  Tom and Fran reinforce the concept of kindness and patience. Intro music by RJ Comer, Outro music by Dave Bennett. Read Fran's Article / Read Tom's Article Learn more about TrueBlew Natives here. Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189 Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
Meet Birdsong Landscapes

Meet Birdsong Landscapes

2024-04-1201:32:16

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick welcome Austin Miller of Birdsong Landscapes to talk about meadows at home.  Discussions include what the Ohio Valley looked like before colonization, the popularity of lawn conversions, difficulties with prairie seedings, and how to forage in your own backyard. Music by Egocentric Plastic Men. Follow Birdsong Landscapes - TikTok / Instagram / Facebook View Ernst Seeds Gallery of Native Plant Seedlings Here. Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189. Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
The Buzz - Eclipse It

The Buzz - Eclipse It

2024-04-0501:36:21

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  We announce  two winners of autographed copies of Leah Rampy's "Earth and Soul"!  After that we "cut" into "That's Hot".  "This or That" has Tom and Fran going to the same well.  Listener questions lead to Fran and Tom having questions.  Will Tom and Fran EVER answer a "Take it or leaf it"? Intro music by RJ Comer, Outro music by Dave Bennett. Read Fran's Article / Read Tom's Article Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189 Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
Meat Force of Nature

Meat Force of Nature

2024-03-2901:35:50

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick welcome Taylor Collins (Land Steward/Co-founder) of Roam Ranch and Force of Nature Meats to talk about regenerative agriculture.  Discussions include the beginnings of Roam Ranch, what regenerative agriculture looks like on Roam Ranch, what does the regenerative agriculture movement look like in general, the benefits of a healthy ecosystem, and finding a higher purpose in your surroundings. Learn more about Force of Nature and Where Hope Grows!  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men. Learn More about Roam Ranch - Website  Learn More about Force of Nature - Website  Follow Where Hope Grows Podcast Here Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189. Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  Did you remember that we are giving away autographed books?  We practiced recycling with "That's Hot".  "This or That" has Tom and Fran minds in the invasive sewer.  Will Tom and Fran EVER answer a "Take it or leaf it"?  Are you listening to the end for our secret? Intro music by RJ Comer, Outro music by Dave Bennett. Read Fran's Article / Read Tom's Article Purchase a Thermal Pocket Printer Here. Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189 Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
The Amsonia Trials

The Amsonia Trials

2024-03-1501:23:29

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick welcome back Sam Hoadley (Horticultural Research Manager) from the Mt. Cuba Center about the results of their newly published Amsonia trials.  It's time to get excited about Amsonia!  They discuss which Amsonia performed well and which ones performed better, surprise value of many of the Amsonia species, How species rated in the trials as well as the buzz generated by this timely research. Find out what trials are next!  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men. Follow Mt. Cuba Center - Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube / Amsonia Trials  Read The Mt Cuba Native Bee Report Here. Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189. Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  Happy Four Years and 200 Episodes!  Did you remember that we are giving away autographed books?  "That's Hot" is a teaser for our next guest.  "This or That" has Tom and Fran questioning EVERYTHING.  Are you listening to the end for our secret? Intro music by RJ Comer, Outro music by Dave Bennett. Read Fran's Article / Read Tom's Article Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189 Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick connect with Melissa Spearing (Seed Biologist) from the National Tree Seed Centre and Dr. Stefan Weber (National Native Seed Strategy Coordinator) from the Canadian Wildlife Federation to discuss the native plant movement in Canada.  Topics include the state of native plants in Canada, biggest threats to their natural areas, the role of the timber industry in the country, and also their journey into ecology. Intro music by Egocentric Plastic Men, outro music by Dave Bennett. Follow Melissa Spearing - LinkedIn Learn More: National tree and shrub seed supply assessment  Tree Seed Working Group Trees Against the Wind: The Birth of Prairie Shelterbelts Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189. Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here
The Buzz - Recycled Topics

The Buzz - Recycled Topics

2024-02-2301:25:54

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  We have another Giveaway - and that's not the only announcement!  "That's Hot" puts Tom and Fran in a sticky situation.  "This or That" leaves Fran and Tom so deep down a rabbit hole they almost don't find their way back.  "Grow Read A Book" makes a triumphant return.  Are you listening to the end for our secret? Intro music by RJ Comer, Outro music by Dave Bennett. Read Fran's Article / Read Tom's Article Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189 Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick bring The Native Plants Healthy Planet Podcast to a live audience at the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve's 24th Annual Land Ethics Symposium! Tom and Fran lead a Rooted Discussion on The Past, Present, and Future of Native Plants: an Industrial Perspective.  Joining Tom and Fran are Jim MacKenzie (President of Octoraro Native Plant Nursery), John Mark Courtney (Owner of Kind Earth Grower), and Donna Dahringer (Nursery Manager of Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve).  Topics include how the native plant industry has changed over the last five years, new technology being embraced by native plant nurseries, current trends in native plants, and what we see for the native plant industry in the next five years. Music by Egocentric Plastic Men. Follow Octoraro Nursery - Website Follow Kind Earth Nurseries - Website Follow Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve - Website Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189. Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
The Buzz -Feeding the Grid

The Buzz -Feeding the Grid

2024-02-0901:36:57

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  Pay attention because you will all have homework.  I hope you like follow up because there's lots of it!  "That's Hot" travels different parts of the county.  "This or That" will be a a billion times harder this week.  We have such wonderful listeners that "Listener Shout Outs" keeps getting larger and larger.  We have nothing but thanks for our kind Facebook group.  Are you listening to the end for our secret? Intro music by RJ Comer, Outro music by Dave Bennett. Read Fran's Article / Read Tom's Article Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189 Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick connect with Steve Castorani of North Creek Nurseries to discuss the story behind American Beauties Native Plants.  Topics include the history of the native plant movement in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, what led to the creation of American Beauties, what American Beauties represents in the market place, and the path American Beauties is taking into the future.  Intro music by Egocentric Plastic Men, outro music by Dave Bennett. Follow American Beauties Native Plants - Website Follow North Creek Nurseries - Website Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189. Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here
The Buzz - Disclaimer

The Buzz - Disclaimer

2024-01-2601:37:55

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  Can you say technical difficulties?  Fran thanks everyone profusely for their kind words.  There is so much follow up that follow up becomes the topic.  "That's Hot" takes Tom and Fran out of their comfort zone.  "This or That" is the long and short of it.  You are all so kind that "Listener Shout Outs" becomes a main segment.  Are you listening to the end for our secret? Intro music by RJ Comer, Outro music by Dave Bennett. Help VA Bill HB528 Here. Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189 Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
Meet Fran Chismar

Meet Fran Chismar

2024-01-1901:39:37

Host Tom Knezick turns the tables and interviews his Co-Host Fran Chismar (Sultan of Sales - Pinelands Nursery).  Topics include Fran's history in the nursery industry, when Fran fell in love with native plants, Fran's journey into finding himself, and Rain Garden or Pollinator Garden. Intro music by Egocentric Plastic Men, outro music by Dave Bennett. Follow Fran Chismar Here Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189. Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here
Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  No Follow Up turns into listing our conference schedule.  "That's Hot" ties into "This or That" and "Take it or Leaf it".  Thank you for all of your feedback - we are listening!  Tom and Fran follow up on herbalism.  Are you listening to the end for our secret? Intro music by RJ Comer, Outro music by Dave Bennett. Ban the Sales of Invasive Plants in MD - Facebook  Buy American Dirt Here. Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189 Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here. Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here.
Journey into Herbalism

Journey into Herbalism

2024-01-0501:13:20

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick connect with Amanda Crooke of Locust Light Farm to discuss herbalism.  Topics include how to start your journey into herbalism, Amanda's favorite plants for medicinal use and making tea, and the biggest question - does your native plantings support gnomes? Intro music by Egocentric Plastic Men, outro music by Dave Bennett. Follow Locust Light Farm - Website  Buy The Business of Botanicals Here. Have a question or a comment?  Call (215) 346-6189. Have a comment?  Email info@nativeplantshealthyplanet.com Follow Native Plants Healthy Planet - Website / Instagram / Facebook / YouTube  Follow Fran Chismar Here Buy a T-shirt, spread the message, and do some good.  Visit Here
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