Squash – A Tasty Staple for All Seasons, and Hard Times

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Instructor: Jim Phillips (view profile)
Guest: Carol Deppe

To quote Carol, “Squash in the supermarkets, and even those in the farmer’s markets are often not of the best varieties.  However, even the good early varieties are picked immature.  Then they are sold uncured.  Cucurbita maxima (the most common “winter squash”) varieties should have a full month of curing before going to market.  Farmers are not set up to do that, and customers don’t know that they should, and it isn’t worth the effort anyway if the squash isn’t full grown.  If we want prime winter squash, we must select premier gourmet varieties, then grow and cure them ourselves.”

Should the time come when eating or not eating, thriving or not surviving depends on what you and those around you grow, you need to know what Carol Deppe can teach you.  Not only is her depth of knowledge about squash amazing, but she is downright enthusiastic about this oft maligned “vegetable” (botanically they are actually a fruit). If you learn to grow, harvest and prepare squash varieties the way Carol does, you will see why she is so dedicated to this vital staple, both for now and in the future when we must grow our own food in order to eat.

Instructor: Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips is a nationally known speaker and teacher who has professionally taught thousands of classes all across the United States for 40 years. For a number of years prior to this career, his hobby was teaching cold weather safety & survival.

Jim is a strong advocate of self-reliance living and family preparedness. He developed an entire preparedness curriculum by asking himself the question “What if?” and then setting out to discover what actually does and does not work.

The answers he seeks (and then teaches) must be based on true principles derived from first hand experience. Above all else, he believes that attitude and practical knowledge is more critical to survival than having a bunch of “stuff.”

Guest: Carol Deppe

Carol Deppe is the embodiment of The Resilient Gardener. She has a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University, has been experimenting with crops and gardening in Corvallis, Oregon since 1979.  She is a freelance plant breeder specializing in developing public-domain crops for Oregon growing conditions, sustainable agriculture, and human survival.

Her writing includes The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-reliance in Uncertain Times, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener’s and Farmer’s Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving, Tao Te Ching: A Window to the Tao through the Words of Lao Tzu, and The Tao of Vegetable Gardening: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity.

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Squash – A Tasty Staple for All Seasons, and Hard Times

Originally broadcast November 1, 2011

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