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Meet Backyard Ecology

Meet Backyard Ecology

September 24, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Shannon Trimboli (Founder and Host) of Backyard Ecology about being acceptive and nurturing towards those entering the native plant spectrum.  They discuss approaching ecology from a place of wonder and education, the beginnings of Backyard Ecology, and the paths we all take to ecological enlightenment.  Stop and smell the Sassafras.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Growing the Circle

The Buzz - Growing the Circle

September 17, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz. There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode.  Sol gets excited about our new contest and Dr. Evil spreads the horror of Jumping Worms.  Tom's latest segment, Grow Read A Book, leads us into the topic of making the native plant circle larger.  They guys bite the bullet and unlock their Instagram accounts. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Native Habitat Project

Meet Native Habitat Project

September 10, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Kyle Lybarger (Founder, Director, and CEO) from Native Habitat Project about creating a space for conservation and restoration in social media.  They discuss the formation of a community of passionate conservation and sportspersons professionals, the beginnings of the Native Habitat Project, and the importance of spreading the native plant message.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Planning for Fall Planting

The Buzz - Planning for Fall Planting

September 3, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  The Podcast hits a milestone and Fran and Tom look back at some of the highlights. There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode.  Sol checks in and we get a great question from a listener, and the guys discuss why Fall is for planting. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet The Trial Gardens at Mt. Cuba Center

Meet The Trial Gardens at Mt. Cuba Center

August 27, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Sam Hoadley (Horticultural Research Manager) from the Mt. Cuba Center about the history of their Trial Gardens.  They discuss the mission of the Trial Gardens, challenges for maintaining their scientific integrity, significant findings over the years, what's next, and the hot button issue of straight species vs. cultivars.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Let’s Relax

The Buzz - Let’s Relax

August 20, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  Tom starts a conversation on what other podcasts they like to listen to and where they go to relax. There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode, and Tom tells us about The Hidden Life of Trees in Grow Read a Book. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Friends of High School Park

Meet Friends of High School Park

August 13, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Cynthia Blackwood (Park Manager) and Beth Yount (Former Board of Directors Vice President) from Friends of High School Park about the 27 year history of their organization.  They discuss what a Friends organization is and how to start a friends organization of your own. Topics also include the challenges of creating a natural preserve on the site of a former school, innovative ways of creating engagement and fund raising, strategies to restore their three ecosystems, and the importance of education.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Growing Together

The Buzz - Growing Together

August 6, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. The Question and Comment line is busy with a new caller!  Tom and Fran talk about their celebrity guest wish list, and Tom unveils a new segment.  Discussions center around feedback from the last episode of The Buzz.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Rooted Discussion -The Business of Native Plants Part 2 - Trees and Shrubs

Rooted Discussion -The Business of Native Plants Part 2 - Trees and Shrubs

July 30, 2021

Welcome to Rooted Discussions, our roundtable conversations featuring top minds in the field of the topic at hand. On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are joined by Jim MacKenzie (President) from Octoraro Native Plant Nursery,  and Matt Gettinger (President) from Long Island Natives to discuss the woody side of the native plant nursery industry. Conversations include the challenges of growing woody stock, determining what to grow and the sizes to grow them to, limiting our chemical footprint, and the state of the nursery industry as a whole.  As an added bonus, the video will be available on the Pinelands Nursery YouTube channel. Music by RJ Comer. 

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The Buzz - Where the Native Plants at!

The Buzz - Where the Native Plants at!

July 23, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. The Question and Comment line is busy with the return of Sol and a new caller!  Tom and Fran talk about something they would change professionally.  Discussions center around Tom and Fran's favorite natural areas to visit.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Meet Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

July 16, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Santino Lauricella (Education and Communication Coordinator) and Jean Barrell (Volunteer) from the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve about the history of their curated native plant Museum.  They discuss the mission of the preserve, the challenges of preserving their collection, the work their nursery accomplishes, and the importance of education.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - What is Invasive?

The Buzz - What is Invasive?

July 9, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. The Question and Comment line is busy with the return of Doom and more!  Tom and Fran talk about new purchases they are excited about.  Discussions center around the definition of an invasive plant and the ways that invasive plants can spread.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet The Natural Lands at Mt. Cuba Center

Meet The Natural Lands at Mt. Cuba Center

July 2, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Nathan Shampine (Natural Land Manager) from the Mt. Cuba Center about the history of their Natural Lands Program.  They discuss the techniques available for managing natural areas for habitat, the importance of succession, prescribed burnings, and managing for deer pressure and invasive plants in a natural setting.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Pollinator Bonanza

The Buzz - Pollinator Bonanza

June 25, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz to finish out Pollinator Week.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. The Question and Comment line is busy with a great new caller.  Tom tries his hand at complaining before he and Fran quickly turn things around to share 5 things they are excited about.  Discussions center around Pollinator Fun Facts.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Rooted Discussions - Pollinator Week Master-Class

Rooted Discussions - Pollinator Week Master-Class

June 18, 2021

Welcome to Rooted Discussions, our roundtable conversations featuring top minds in the field of the topic at hand. On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are joined by Sam Droege (Wildlife Biologist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center) from The Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab, Kelly Gill (Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region) from the Xerces Society, and Marcus Gray (Executive Director) from Sustainable Monarch to discuss everything you need to know for Pollinator Week. Conversations include some of the best ways to celebrate Pollinator Week, where to start when building pollinator habitat, out of the box ways to help our pollinators, chemicals and insects, and the pluses and minuses of legislative action to protect pollinators? Everyone shares a mistake that they have learned from.  As an added bonus, the video will be available on the Pinelands Nursery YouTube channel. Music by RJ Comer. 

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The Buzz - What’s Blooming Now?

The Buzz - What’s Blooming Now?

June 11, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz and there are so many things in bloom they can't pick just one.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. The Question and Comment line is busy with the ongoing saga of Sol and a brand new caller with feedback.  Tom and Fran also discuss what they've quit cold turkey.  Discussions center around the native plants that are in bloom in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Growing With Nature

Meet Growing With Nature

June 4, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Daron Williams (Host of Growing with Nature Podcast) about sustainably gardening food from native plants on your own property.  They discuss the concept of food forests, the difference between foraging and gardening, and how nature and restoration are something that we can all be connected with on our own properties.  Also discussed is how our listeners can make a difference in their own yard.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - We’re Getting Cranky

The Buzz - We’re Getting Cranky

May 28, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz and boy are they cranky.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. The Question and Comment line is busy with the ongoing saga of Sol and a new evil named Doom.  Tom and Fran also discuss their ecological bucket lists.  Discussions center around the use of plastics in the nursery industry and a brand new auction idea.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet A Fisherman’s Perspective

Meet A Fisherman’s Perspective

May 21, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Joe Cermele (Senior Fishing Editor - Meateater, Host Bent Podcast and B-Side Fishing) about fishing as it relates to our natural areas and our eco-system.  They discuss the perfect environments for fishing, things that the fishing community do well with and can also improve upon, health of our waterways and the effects of dam removals, as well as diving into 'Seaspiracy'.  Also discussed is how our listeners can make a difference.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Busy Little Bees

The Buzz - Busy Little Bees

May 14, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. The Question and Comment line is busy with obscure references from Sol, and Tom and Fran give you a native plant pep talk.  Discussions center around White House plantings and Fran shares an embarrassing story about his intolerance to blood.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet New York Restoration Project

Meet New York Restoration Project

May 7, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Jason Smith (Director of Northern Manhattan Parks, New York Restoration Project) about what exactly is a native ecosystem in an urban environment?  They discuss the beginnings of NYRP, how they have transitioned over the last 25 years, the need for education, stewardship, and sustainability, and the importance of oyster restoration in our conservation efforts.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz -Turf Wars!

The Buzz -Turf Wars!

April 30, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. The Question and Comment line is busy with a weight conscious Sol, and Tom and Fran look into their crystal balls and predict future industry trends. Tom Tom the English Muffin Man also unveils a new segment celebrating our listeners.  Discussions center around our lawns - the good and the bad.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Rooted Discussions - Soil! The World Beneath Our Feet

Rooted Discussions - Soil! The World Beneath Our Feet

April 23, 2021

Welcome to Rooted Discussions, our roundtable conversations featuring top minds in the field of the topic at hand. On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are joined by Dr. Stephanie Murphy (Director, Rutgers Soil Testing Lab), Jennifer Maynard (CEO & Founder, Nutrition for Longevity & Greater Greens, LLC), and Ray Archuleta (Featured in Netflix Documentary "Kiss the Ground", Founder, Soil Health Academy, LLC & Understanding AG, LLC.) to discuss the topic of soil and the living ecosystem right below your feet. Conversations include the importance of soil, what is healthy soil, how have our soils changed, what are the biggest enemies of natural soil, and can we restore the degraded soil? As an added bonus, the video will be available on the Pinelands Nursery YouTube channel. Music by RJ Comer. 

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The Buzz - Chemically Unbalanced

The Buzz - Chemically Unbalanced

April 16, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with a brand new episode of The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode. The Question and Comment line is busy with calls from former guest Kelly Gill and also Sol, and Tom and Fran reveal their biggest industry fears. Discussions center around what Tom and Fran know about general chemical use.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Changing our View on Forests

Meet Changing our View on Forests

April 9, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Dr. Daniel Duran (Assistant Professor, Lecturer, & Naturalist, at Rowan University) about changing our views on forests.  They discuss what exactly is a healthy forests, the magic of ecotones, ecological succession, environmental disturbance and whether we should manage the forests or should the forests manage themselves.  As an added bonus, Dan throws in his favorite unsung pollinators.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Buzzing About Trees

The Buzz - Buzzing About Trees

April 2, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are excited about trees! Welcome back to The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode and Fran's complaint hits a little close to home. Sol is back and wants to discuss under storied trees, and Tom and Fran reveal their favorite online native plant influencer. Discussions center around native trees that are perfect for habitat, foraging, and your landscape.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Rooted Discussions - Gardening with Native Plants

Rooted Discussions - Gardening with Native Plants

March 26, 2021

Welcome to Rooted Discussions, our roundtable conversations featuring top minds in the field of the topic at hand. On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are joined by John Magee (Magee Designs, The Native Plant Podcast), Becky Laboy (Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Jersey-Friendly Yards), and Richard McCoy (Richard A. McCoy Horticultural Services, Inc.) to discuss gardening with Native Plants. Topics include why to use native plants in your gardens, where to start, why the soil is so important to your gardening, and where to get your design inspiration.  You will hear about native plants you can't miss with, the myth of no maintenance, and opinions on cultivars. In the end, are you gardening for yourself, or the eco-system?  As an added bonus, the video will be available on the Pinelands Nursery YouTube channel. Music by RJ Comer. 

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The Buzz - Buzzing about Shrubs

The Buzz - Buzzing about Shrubs

March 19, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are excited about shrubs! Welcome back to The Buzz.  There's a new round of "That's Hot" and "This or That" this episode but not without controversy, Fran makes a phone call to air this week's complaint, Sol is back and needs shrub suggestions for protection from marauding sheep, and Tom and Fran reintroduce themselves. Discussions center around native shrubs that are perfect for habitat, foraging, and your landscape.  Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet Bee City USA

Meet Bee City USA

March 12, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Molly Martin (Bee City USA Coordinator, The Xerces Society) about Bee City USA and Bee Campus.  They discuss the history of the Bee City, the commitments associated with the program, the dangers of pesticide use, and how you can apply to be a Bee City or Bee Campus.  Music by Egocentric Plastic Men.

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The Buzz - Buzzing about Graminoids

The Buzz - Buzzing about Graminoids

March 5, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are reunited and excited about graminoids! What is a graminoid?  We are glad you asked because you are going to learn all about them.  There's a new round of "This or That" and "That's Hot" this episode, Fran is surprisingly complaint free this week and the guys talk about their biggest embarrassing moment in the industry. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Rooted Discussions - The Government and Restoration

Rooted Discussions - The Government and Restoration

February 26, 2021

Host Fran Chismar flies solo on this episode as he hosts Carl Alderson (Mid-Atlantic Restoration Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries’ Habitat Conservation, Restoration Center), Marty McHugh (Regional Manager, SumCo Eco-Contracting), Bill Young (Wetland Scientist, SumCo Eco-Contracting), and Dr. Emile DeVito (Manager of Science and Stewardship, The New Jersey Conservation Foundation) as they discuss the governments role in restoration.  Topics include highlighted accomplishments of ecological policy, does restoration exist without government, would NGO restorations or government restorations exist without the other, and what are the governments limitations in facilitating restorations. The full video will be available on the Pinelands Nursery YouTube channel. Music by RJ Comer. 

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The Buzz - Buzzing about Forbs

The Buzz - Buzzing about Forbs

February 19, 2021

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are excited about forbs! Tom reflects on the first year of the podcast before they take a few listener questions and phone a friend for help. There's also a new round of "This or That" and "That's Hot." Fran is hesitant to play "Not That I Am One To Complain," while Tom and Fran talk about their favorite deceased personalities. Music by RJ Comer. 

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Meet The Forager’s Harvest

Meet The Forager’s Harvest

February 12, 2021

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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The Buzz - Winter Gardening Tips

The Buzz - Winter Gardening Tips

February 5, 2021

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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Meet The New Jersey Conservation Foundation

Meet The New Jersey Conservation Foundation

January 29, 2021

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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The Buzz - Buzzing about Cultivars

The Buzz - Buzzing about Cultivars

January 22, 2021

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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Rooted Discussions -The Business of Native Plants

Rooted Discussions -The Business of Native Plants

January 15, 2021

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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The Buzz - Pro Tip Edition

The Buzz - Pro Tip Edition

January 8, 2021

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. 

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Meet Ducks Unlimited

Meet Ducks Unlimited

December 30, 2020

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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The Buzz - Buzzing into the New Year

The Buzz - Buzzing into the New Year

December 23, 2020

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. 

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Meet The New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team

Meet The New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team

December 18, 2020

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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The Buzz - Jingle Buzz!!!

The Buzz - Jingle Buzz!!!

December 11, 2020

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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Meet The Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership

Meet The Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership

December 4, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Russ Furnari (Manager Environmental Policy Enterprise at PSE&G) from The Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership.  They discuss how big corporations give back to the environment, cooperating with non-profit organizations, working together for the greater good, and how the view of restoration has changed over the years..  Music by Stephen Mahar.

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The Buzz - A Buzzworthy Thanksgiving

The Buzz - A Buzzworthy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!  Welcome back to The Buzz.  On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back and contemplate what native berries or nuts may have been at the first Thanksgiving. Find out who won "This or That," hear a new round of "That's Hot," Fran expresses his dismay over a listener call in and then surprises Tom with a brand new segment.  Music by Stephen Mahar.  Want to submit original theme music for The Buzz?  Make sure you tune in to find out how.

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Meet Homegrown National Park

Meet Homegrown National Park

November 20, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Dr. Doug Tallamy (Professor of Entomology, University of Delaware) Author of Bringing Nature Home and Natures Best Hope. They discuss what has changed in the last 13 years since the publication of Bringing Nature Home, the root of exotic plant species and insects, accepting the role of a predator, and the urgency of growing a Homegrown National Park.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

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Meet Planting in a Post Wild World

Meet Planting in a Post Wild World

November 13, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Claudia West (Principal at Phyto Studio) Co-Author of Planting in a Post Wild World.  They discuss the principals of Ornamental design and Ecological design and how the two can work together, listening to what plants have to say, what's next for the author and Claudia gives design tips for the budding native gardener. Music by Stephen Mahar.

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The Buzz - Our Very First Listeners Questions!

The Buzz - Our Very First Listeners Questions!

October 30, 2020

Welcome back to The Buzz.  On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with their first three listener questions left on their question and answer line. They also revisit native plants websites suggested by the listeners, there's a new round of "That's Hot", and Tom introduces their new segment, "This or That" while Fran introduces the jingle.  Music by Stephen Mahar.  Want to submit original theme music for The Buzz?  Make sure you tune in to find out how.

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Meet The Nature Conservancy

Meet The Nature Conservancy

October 23, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Michelle DiBlasio (Watershed Restoration Coordinator) from The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey.  They discuss The Nature Conservancy on a local level, their successful Roots for Rivers campaign, the important work being done in the Paulins Kill with their partners at the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, what's next and how you can help. Tom ponders names for trees and Fran unleashes his Million Dollar idea.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

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The Buzz - Native Plant Websites You Need To Check Out!

The Buzz - Native Plant Websites You Need To Check Out!

October 9, 2020

Welcome back to The Buzz.  On this episode, hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick are back with another round of "That's Hot!", they discuss their favorite native plants websites and revisit our listener's favorite books about native plants, Tom gives his reasons why Fran is the cause for their first one star review while Fran agrees and adds more to the list.  Music by Stephen Mahar.

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Meet The Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Meet The Pinelands Preservation Alliance

September 25, 2020

Hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick talk with Carleton Montgomery (Executive Director) and Ryan Rebozo Ph.D. (Director of Conservation Science) from The Pinelands Preservation Alliance.  They discuss the unique importance of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, how this area effects local water quality, recreation in the pines, major challenges of protecting this land and how you can help. Music by Stephen Mahar.

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