February 14, 2024

GMO Tomatoes, Oh My! + Ask an Herbalist w/ Kristine Brown

Are you ready for the new GMO Purple Tomato?!? What impact will this new variety have on our health, our gardens, or our tomato seed saving? Bevin unpacks this latest development in the gardening world, then sits down for a relaxing chat with herbalist, author, and educator Kristine Brown.

Episode Guest

Episode Guest

Kristine Brown, RH(AHG), is helping parents teach their kids about herbalism, one herb at a time. A practicing traditional community herbalist and mother of four children and two stepchildren, Kristine created the only children’s herbal curriculum that uses all four learning styles. She has taught classes for homeschooled children locally and coordinated numerous herbal conference kids’ camps both locally and nationally.

She is the writer and illustrator of the online children’s publication Herbal Roots zine, which she began publishing in 2009, and the creator of several online courses that teach children about botany, drawing, and herbs. Her latest venture in teaching herbalism is her membership offering, Herb Club, which gives kids and parents video lessons, expanded curriculum for preschool through high school, and a member forum for parents and for kids.

Kristine is also the author of Herbalism at Home, The Homesteader’s Guide to Growing Herbs, and Nature Anatomy Activities for Kids and Nature Anatomy Guided Journal for Kids books. Teaching others about plants and drawing and sharing her knowledge with children—our future—is her passion.

Find her online at https://herbalrootszine.com

Kristine Brown is helping parents teach their kids about herbalism, one herb at a time. She created the only children’s herbal curriculum that uses all four styles of learning and she has taught classes and coordinated numerous herbal conference kids’ camps both locally and nationally. She is the writer and illustrator of the online children’s publication Herbal Roots zine, and the creator of several online courses that teach children about botany, drawing, and herbs.

You can learn more about Kristine’s work, subscribe to Herbal Roots zine and join Herb Club at https://herbalrootszine.com

Her books are also available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/stores/author/B081HXQ273

Before the interview, Bevin talks about the new GMO Purple Tomato from Norfolk Plant Sciences. He digs into the differences between genetically modified and traditionally bred crops and how this new purple tomato might impact your garden plans.

If you’re looking for further reading, check out these articles:

NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2024/02/06/1228868005/purple-tomato-gmo-gardeners

Wired: https://www.wired.com/story/a-gmo-purple-tomato-is-coming-to-grocery-aisles-will-the-us-bite/

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