Edible Perennials, Farming at 15, Ocracoke Fig Festival, Dwarf Tomatoes

Edible Perennials

In the first half of the show we chat with Ben Caesar, who operates Fiddlehead Nursery in the Beaver Valley, near Collingwood, Ontario. His specialty is edible perennial plants and fruit bushes. Earlier this year, Ben hosted a workshop at the Guelph Organic Conference about edible perennials.

Farming at 15

In the second half of the show we chat with 15-year-old farmer Dawson Mehalko from Texas. Dawson is in his second year of commercial production, and is selling at market, to restaurants, and directly to customers. He shares his tips on both growing and the business of growing. Dawson shares photos of his farm, Jubilant Fields Farm, on Instagram @jubilantfieldsfarm.


In the Biggs-on-Figs segment, Steven chats with Sundae Horn who helps to organize the Ocracoke Fig Festival on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina. This two-day festival takes place this year on August 16th and 17th, and celebrates figs through food, history, music, and all sorts of fig stuff. Find out more about the festival—and find the recipe for Ocracoke fig cake—at the website for the Ocracoke Preservation Society.

In Emma’s Tomato Talk segment, she speaks with Craig LeHoullier, the author of the book, Epic Tomatoes. Craig talks about his driveway garden in North Carolina, the dwarf tomato breeding project, and some favourite varieties.