Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Farm and Fiddle

Those of you who know me also know that I’m a big fan of Columbia’s community radio station, KOPN. It’s local, it’s diverse, it’s real.

It’s different.

. . . It’s intelligent.

KOPN, by the way, transmits via the Web and not just over the air. So anyone in the world can hear it, if they have a fast computer and Internet connection.

Tonight, though, I’m not going to go on and on about KOPN in general, but about one program in particular: Farm and Fiddle. You can catch it Wednesday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. (Central time), or you can listen to it retroactively via podcast, if you’re into such things.

The hosts, Jenny and Margot, celebrate rural life in Missouri. They both have farms in Callaway County, and much of their conversation is about that. How to care for your beehives. When to divide your perennials. Tips on home canning. And so on. Tonight they hosted a seed exchange up at the station.

They give you the latest in farming news, with a particular emphasis on progressive, sustainable farming. If you’re interested in gardening, you could learn a lot listening to these two. Even if you just like going to the farmer’s market, they’ll let you know what’s going to be available.

In the breaks, they play fiddle music, past and present.

If you’re not a regular listener, now’s a good time to start tuning in, since it’s springtime, and farm life is starting to crank.

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