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.
Re-Fashioned (#208) Duration: 25:16 STEREO TVG
Michele shares resourceful ways to refashion things from your closet to create brand new wearables for you and your home. Learn how to turn one old sweater into SEVERAL brand new, useful things; simple ways to mix up the "parts" of your clothing to create new looks; a new spin on the garden apron; and an easy way to repurpose clothes into stylish home decor.
Organic, and What It Means to Us (#201) Duration: 25:16 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Mon, May 27, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Resourceful Renovating Take I (#202) Duration: 25:17 STEREO TVG
This two-part episode follows Michele and her husband as they re-do their kitchen as resourceful as possible. They challenge themselves to work with what they have, and to salvage anything and everything. Old beams become wood tile flooring, garage roofing covers the ceiling and bricks off demolished buildings adorn the walls and crushed wine bottles find their way to some do it yourself concrete countertops.
- KQED Life: Tue, May 28, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Resourceful Renovating Take II (#203) Duration: 25:16 STEREO TVG
The conclusion to Michele's resourceful kitchen renovation. She chats about choices when it comes to purchasing appliances and the benefits of natural copper sinks. She installs a countertop kitchen garden, throws together scrap lumber for inset cutting boards and shares tips on how to disguise mismatched appliances and making the most use out of every bit of space
- KQED Life: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Kids in the Garden (#204) Duration: 25:16 STEREO TVG
Michele helps her young daughter set up her very own garden. Tips on selecting and preparing a location and how to make it a colorful, educational adventure for kids with interesting plant selections they make themselves, the right tools, and a few handmade "artful" additions.
- KQED Life: Thu, May 30, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Free Reign with Cut Flowers (#206) Duration: 25:17 STEREO TVG
Fresh flower arrangements brighten rooms and moods. Michele's floral designing mom shares how to gather, condition and manipulate pretty much anything and everything that you may have growing in your yard or garden. Interesting tips and tricks for one of a kind arrangements you can easily create yourself.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 3, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
What's Up with Wheatgrass (#207) Duration: 25:15 STEREO TVG
Michele gets schooled on how to go about drinking her "greens". Her friend Kerri Rush, "the local wheatgrass girl", shares the wonderful benefits of wheatgrass. She shows us how to grow it, how to juice it and some tasty recipes that even kids enjoy.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 4, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Good Natured Approach to Fitness (#209) Duration: 25:43 STEREO TVG
Clever ideas to make staying active and fit an easy part of "daily" life. How to use nature as your gym; the benefits of yoga and meditation; and other tips that will help you keep your mind and body, healthy and in naturally good shape.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jun 6, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Naturally Good for Kids (#211) Duration: 25:17 STEREO TVG
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.
The Art of Community in the Garden (#212) Duration: 25:16 STEREO TVG
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.
Good Health. Good Life. (#213) Duration: 25:16 STEREO TVG
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.
Foraging Fun (#301) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Smaller, Simpler Living (#302) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Aronia Berries (#303) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 17, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Natural Pets (#304) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Healthy Home Brews (#305) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Wed, Jun 19, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Growing Food - The Heirloom Way (#306) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jun 20, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Natural Healing (#307) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Kids and Nature (#308) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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!
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Dehydrated (#309) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 25, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Naturally Decorative (#310) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Wed, Jun 26, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
For The Birds - Benefits of Backyard Wildlife (#311) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jun 27, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Naturally Entertaining - Outdoor (#312) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 -- 1:00pm email reminder
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KQED Science Site Relaunches
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Enter the New "ImageMakers" Screening Room
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