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b organic with Michele Beschen Previous Broadcasts

Old School Ideas for Today (Episode #105)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

This show is a mixed bag of oldies but goodies. Michele Beschen will show you it's all in the jar when it comes to sensible storage ideas along with how to turn those old jars into beautiful flower frogs. The timeless task of quilting gets invigorated with a quick, easy way to make use of those fabric scraps. See how composting can take a big bite out of the amount of garbage you haul to the curb, and then throw the kettle on because you'll also learn natural remedies for pesky outdoor annoyances that are friendly to the environment and your wallet.

Natural Art (Episode #104)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 29, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Creative escapes with natural art. Michele Beschen shares how to create your own art supplies using outdoor items and recyclables. Discover how easy it is to create your own handmade papers using old newspapers and junk mail. Unique ways to make 'natural' additions to your papers and artwork. Put the get up and go in your creative efforts by creating a portable art set-up you can take with you to the great outdoors. Whether you think you're a natural or not... art-making is.

Creative Conservation (Episode #103)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 28, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Creative ways to preserve the beautiful things nature and our gardening efforts provide us. Michele Beschen shares some of the best ways to press, iron and preserve your lovely blooms and foliage. See the many artful ways to use your preserved bounty with unique arrangements and a tip on how to make those dried petals less brittle and more flexible. Learn how to create botanical plaques using plaster of paris, clay and nature's finds.

Recycling Refreshed (Episode #102)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Michele Beschen shares some refreshing ways to put your everyday recyclables to creative use. See how to take yesterday's news and roll it up into tomorrow's fire log. Tin cans house many functional uses when you put some weight into them. How to quickly give your old cupboard doors a new, charming look with old, reclaimed lumber. She'll also share a colorful way to cut down on what gets sent out in the trash by organizing it, storing it and decorating with it - All in one!

Sticks and Stones (Episode #101)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Everything you need to decorate, to build, to play, and to relax is right outside your door. Sticks and stones are the humblest of materials, yet so versatile and plentiful. Michele Beschen shares clever ways to create organic tabletop decor with unique branch arrangements. Learn how to create a do it yourself game board and playful ways to use nature's finds. See the simplicity in taking just the right ranch and turning it into a one of a kind rustic side table and a no fuss water feature that enables you to use stones to your relaxing advantage.

Organic, and What It Means to Us (Episode #201)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

What does organic and being green really mean to everyone? This episode breaks down our approach to what it means to live an organic lifestyle. Things to think about, what to look for and how to embrace your own shade of "green". Meet a couple of families who are celebrating 'organic' through their naturalized landscapes.

Natural Babies (Episode #313)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 22, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Michele shares her experiences with their newest little one and talks everything from cloth diapers, the benefits of babywearing, and do it yourself baby foods, to healthy bedding, clothing and toy options. She shows how keeping things simple keeps things healthy, happy and economical.

Naturally Entertaining - Outdoor (Episode #312)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Clever, budget friendly ideas on how to have naturally great parties outdoors with "party plantings", "no waste serving ware", "repurposed lighting", and multi-purpose, long lasting cement block patio furniture you can build yourself.

For The Birds - Benefits of Backyard Wildlife (Episode #311)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Discover why encouraging beneficial birds and wildlife to flock to your backyard can be naturally great for the environment. Learn about building houses and assisting with shelter, food recipes, and do it yourself feeder ideas.

Naturally Decorative (Episode #310)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Michele shares resourceful, budget friendly ideas on how she creatively redecorated a guest bedroom using nothing but scraps of wood and fabric from around the house and natural items from the backyard. Everything from a bed, headboard and trim work to lamps, rugs, and art accessories.

Naturally Entertaining - Outdoor (Episode #312)

KQED Life: Sun, Nov 18, 2012 -- 12:30 PM

Clever, budget friendly ideas on how to have naturally great parties outdoors with "party plantings", "no waste serving ware", "repurposed lighting", and multi-purpose, long lasting cement block patio furniture you can build yourself.

Dehydrated (Episode #309)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 16, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Michele visits nutritionist Sheree Clark's home to see first hand her love for the dehydrator and how she uses it to prepare some of the most delicious meals and snacks that are fresh, simple and healthy.

Kids and Nature (Episode #308)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Michele shares fun, creative ways to get the kids outdoors exploring, building, and enjoying nature's playground. Grab the kids and learn how to build nests and forts just their size using natural materials along with game style activities guaranteed to keep things entertaining and interesting!

Natural Healing (Episode #307)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 14, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Michele's friend and cancer survivor Glenda Aldrich introduces us to the benefits of Laughter Yoga and her daily foraging routine. Michele also shares a couple of healthy uses for homegrown herbs and the healing rewards of creative expression.

Growing Food - The Heirloom Way (Episode #306)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Michele visits with the family behind Eldorado Heirloom Seeds at their homestead in Kansas. They talk about the benefits of heirloom gardening, seeds, soil, and simple living.

Healthy Home Brews (Episode #305)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Michele's friends from Aura Cacia and Aromatherapist Tim Blakley stop by to demystify essential oils for everyone. They share easy, do it yourself recipes for home cleaning and bath and body products along with a simple way to create essential oils in your own kitchen using things from your garden.

For The Birds - Benefits of Backyard Wildlife (Episode #311)

KQED Life: Sun, Nov 11, 2012 -- 12:30 PM

Discover why encouraging beneficial birds and wildlife to flock to your backyard can be naturally great for the environment. Learn about building houses and assisting with shelter, food recipes, and do it yourself feeder ideas.

Natural Pets (Episode #304)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 9, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Three Dog Bakery Owner, Diana Emehiser joins Michele in the kitchen to share how easy it is to prepare organic home-cooked meals and treats for our pets using the same every day ingredients we use to cook for ourselves.

Aronia Berries (Episode #303)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 8, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Michele visits with a couple of the leading Aronia Berry Experts and Growers to learn more about this newly celebrated SuperFood. They share delicious recipes, products to look for, and how to grow Aronia Berry plants in your own backyard.

Smaller, Simpler Living (Episode #302)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 7, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Michele tours the 572 square foot home of Tim and Debbie Freeberg-Renwick and chats with them about their choices to dramatically downsize, building their home with salvaged materials, and what they've learned along the way.

Foraging Fun (Episode #301)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 6, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Forager Andy Benson talks about why he chooses wild edibles for his daily diet and joins Michele in her own backyard to share how to prepare a few of his favorite wild edibles like Wild Bergamot, Chicory, Cattails, Milkweed Pods and Sumac.

Good Health. Good Life. (Episode #213)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 5, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Michele invites a holistic health and nutrition counselor to her home to explore options for an even healthier lifestyle for her and her family. She believes food is medicine and has some fun looking through Michele's cupboards and introduces her to new ways of using wholesome ingredients along with a more natural approach to preparing foods that include juicing, dehydrating and a lot less cooking.

Naturally Decorative (Episode #310)

KQED Life: Sun, Nov 4, 2012 -- 12:30 PM

Michele shares resourceful, budget friendly ideas on how she creatively redecorated a guest bedroom using nothing but scraps of wood and fabric from around the house and natural items from the backyard. Everything from a bed, headboard and trim work to lamps, rugs, and art accessories.

The Art of Community in the Garden (Episode #212)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 2, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Celebrating shared gardening efforts with tips on how to go about setting up a community garden with your friends and family. A visit to a local organic farm that shares what to look for in a CSA and several unique gardening methods that include trench, weed, cinderblock and pipe gardening; also tips on how easy it is to share some of your own plants with others.

Naturally Good for Kids (Episode #211)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 1, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Naturally good fun 'n game ideas for kids. How to build a one of a kind mud bar for the backyard that will encourage kids to be outdoors creating things from nature and some playful ways to repurpose with do it yourself game ideas for indoors and out.

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