b organic with Michele Beschen
This series embraces all things creative while keeping a conscious mind. Host Michele Beschen invigorates a renewed 'back to basics' lifestyle that embraces nature, simplicity and an eco-friendly approach to doing it yourself. The series covers an expansive range of content that creatively celebrates the many shades of green for every aspect of your life - at home, at work, and at play. Expect fresh ideas for your garden, for your home, for your office, for your kids, for your pets and for your overall health and well-being.
b organic with Michele Beschen Previous Broadcasts
Kids Can Too (Episode #110)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 31, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Get outside and Play! Michele Beschen shares an exciting way to hook your kids onto maginative outdoor play and adventures by creating a miniature scale treehouse for your yard using salvaged lumber and scraps. She'll also show you how to create a family of rustic residents to take care of the placing using branches, pods and nuts.
At The Office (Episode #109)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 30, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Resourceful ways to naturally take care of business. Michele Beschen shares what it takes to make your office healthier, more resourceful and less wasteful. Tips on how to decorate and light your work space. What to look for by way of supplies, clever methods of repurposing and recycling right there at your desk, and how to pack a waste free lunch.
Unique Ways to Reuse (Episode #108)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Nothing goes to waste on B. Organic, especially good ideas. This episode celebrates a compilation of episode leftovers. Michele Beschen shows you a great way to get your kids outdoors exploring and staying in touch with nature by putting together an adventure backpack. Caitlin from Olivu joins her to share an excellent way to recycle old lipsticks along with natural cleaning concoctions and a clever way to repurpose your kitchen water.
Sensible Shopping (Episode #107)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 28, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Bulk up on fresh produce the next time you shop, because you'll be inspired to start canning again. It's easy, economical and a healthy way to stock your pantry. Michele Beschen is joined by her brother, Rory Brown, to share the easy, economical and healthy ways to stock your pantry with do it yourself jams, vegetable stocks and a healthy spread alternative apple butter.
Restyled Outdoor Home Enhancements (Episode #106)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 25, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Clever ways to enhance your outdoor spaces using unique reclaimed goods. Michele Beschen is joined by backyard conservationist Sheila O'Riley who shares her innovative ideas for recycling old sinks into fountains and birdbaths. See how she rescues a corn crib from the landfill and turns it into a beautiful gazebo for her backyard and how to create a disappearing fountain for your yard by repurposing a storage tote.
Old School Ideas for Today (Episode #105)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 24, 2013 -- 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: Wed, Oct 23, 2013 -- 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: Tue, Oct 22, 2013 -- 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: Mon, Oct 21, 2013 -- 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: Fri, Oct 18, 2013 -- 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.
Natural Babies (Episode #313)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 17, 2013 -- 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, Oct 16, 2013 -- 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, Oct 15, 2013 -- 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, Oct 14, 2013 -- 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.
Dehydrated (Episode #309)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 11, 2013 -- 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, Oct 10, 2013 -- 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, Oct 9, 2013 -- 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, Oct 8, 2013 -- 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, Oct 7, 2013 -- 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.
Natural Pets (Episode #304)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 4, 2013 -- 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, Oct 3, 2013 -- 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, Oct 2, 2013 -- 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, Oct 1, 2013 -- 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.