Native Plants, Healthy Planet presented by Pinelands Nursery
Meet Crafts Creek Spring Hill Brook Watershed Association

Meet Crafts Creek Spring Hill Brook Watershed Association

July 31, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Kate Tallon-O'Callaghan (Director) from the Crafts Creek Spring Hill Brook Watershed Associations about starting a watershed association, the local significance of watersheds, the importance of education, and getting involved in local politics. Fran also learns he cannot name a body of water after himself while he is still alive.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

Meet Working Lands For Wildlife

Meet Working Lands For Wildlife

July 24, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with John Parke (Stewardship Project Director) from New Jersey Audubon. They discuss the decline of the Northern Bobwhite Quail and the plan to bring them back, local farm stewardship, the importance of partnerships, and the best cheesesteak in Philly.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

Meet Deer and Native Plants - Part 2

Meet Deer and Native Plants - Part 2

July 17, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Kip Adams (Director of Conservation) from The Quality Deer Management Association in this Part 2 of a 2 part series on Deer and Native Plants. They discuss a new merger, building a healthy ecosystem for quality deer herds, native plants that are essential for healthy deer, and the "locavore" movement and the QDMA "Field to Fork" program.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

Meet Deer and Native Plants - Part 1

Meet Deer and Native Plants - Part 1

July 10, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Dr. Jay Kelly (Professor of Biology) from Raritan Valley Community College in this Part 1 of a 2 part series on Deer and Native Plants. They discuss the rising deer populations and how they relate to forest health, Predator vs. Prey, what is needed for a healthy ecosystem, and native plants that deer may or may not eat.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

Meet Sourland Conservancy

Meet Sourland Conservancy

June 26, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Carolyn Klaube (Stewardship Program Coordinator) from Sourland Conservancy.  Happy Pollinator Week!  They discuss the distinct region in New Jersey known as the Sourlands and what makes it special, its very unique history, education in numbers, and thinking outside of the box in today's world to keep community involvement.  Fran, Tom and Carolyn (well, Tom and Carolyn) answer our listener's Pollinator questions.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

Meet Pinelands Nursery

Meet Pinelands Nursery

June 12, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Suzanne (President) and Don Knezick from Pinelands Nursery.  It's the Secret Episode!  They discuss their humble beginnings and how Pinelands Nursery started in the early 80's as a simple "side-hustle" and grew to be one of the largest native plant nurseries in the country.  Tom shares his big news and Fran reveals what happens at the nursery when the owners are away.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

Meet The Xerces Society

Meet The Xerces Society

May 26, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Kelly Gill (Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region) from the Xerces Society.  They discuss the roots of the Xerces Society, what they do for invertebrates, how the society got its interesting name, creating pollinator habitat, how agriculture is helping and hurting pollinators, art degrees, Tom goes off topic and uses big words, and Kelly tells us her spirit animal.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

Meet A New Garden Ethic

Meet A New Garden Ethic

May 12, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Benjamin Vogt (Author - A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future) of Monarch Gardens LLC.  They discuss the heart of gardening ethics and native plants, exploring your local eco-types, reception to a not-so-radical idea and...a new book?  Music by Stephen Mahar.

Meet The National Wild Turkey Federation

Meet The National Wild Turkey Federation

May 5, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Lou Gambale (President, NJ Chapter) from The National Wild Turkey Federation.  They discuss the decline new Native Plants Healthy Planet Facebook Group, The rise and fall of wild turkey, the importance of habitat, organisational partnerships for restoration, and delicious recipes.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

Meet The Native Bee Inventory

Meet The Native Bee Inventory

April 28, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Sam Droege (Wildlife Biologist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center) from The Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.  They discuss the decline of native bees, the importance of native flora and fauna, recognizing the significance of specialist bees, if dandelions have merit, and unpopular opinions on honey bees.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

Meet Audubon International

Meet Audubon International

April 21, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Marcus Gray from Audubon International.  They discuss the program Monarchs in the Rough, thinking outside the box, what can be done to reverse the decline of the Monarch population, and how you can help.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

Meet Jersey-Friendly Yards

Meet Jersey-Friendly Yards

April 14, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Karen Walzer and Becky Laboy of Jersey-Friendly Yards. They discuss that fact that if you build it (native gardens), they will come (wildlife and pollinators).  Learn about the Jersey-Friendly Yard concept, their events, and how to get involved. Music by Stephen Maher.

Meet Burlington County Parks

Meet Burlington County Parks

April 9, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Jen Bulava (Lead Naturalist) from Burlington County Parks in New Jersey.  Their discussion topics cover coping with park closures during the pandemic, the diversity of programs and events the parks offer throughout the year, ways you can get involved with the parks, and the best birding spots in the park system including a Blue Heron rookery.  Music by Stephen Maher.

Social Distancing

Social Distancing

March 17, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick decide to keep it safe and do a show without a guest.  It's a serious time, but they add just the right amount of levity to get you through the day.  Subjects include a big thank you to our fans, and native plants that can be used as food, medicine, and toilet paper. Music by contest winner Stephen Maher.

Meet Duke Farms

Meet Duke Farms

March 5, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Thomas Almendinger (Director of Natural Resources and AgroEcology) and Charles Barreca (Ecological Research Manager) from Duke Farms.  Their discussion covers a wide array of topics including their integrated message of sustainability and knowledge, how you can get involved and help with their mission, as well as their ever popular eagle cam.

Meet Fran and Tom

Meet Fran and Tom

February 25, 2020

Welcome to our first podcast.  Meet your hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick and find out what to expect in the future. 

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