Pocast: Zen Awakening Festival

Zen Awakening Festival is a homegrown & currently the ONLY camping festival in the Orlando area centered on quality, conscious music and has over 200 workshops. Bringing together international talent found at infamous festivals such as Wanderlust, Burning Man & Lightning in a Bottle. Executive Producer Niekko Chin & Producer Riz join us in the studio with Demar Brown, Music Programming Director bringing their eccentric circle of friends home to Central Florida.

Listen to the podcast now:  [Actual talk show starts at 3:25 mark & interview begins at 9:30 mark]

About Zen Awakening Festival

zenZen Awakening Festival takes place November 20th, 21st, 22nd 2015 in Winter Garden, Florida (just outside Orlando). This transformational music and arts festival features Celebrity DJ’s, Bands, Yoga, Meditation, Spiritual Teachers, Holistic Teachers, Cirque Performers, Flow Dancers, Drum Circle, Group Chants, Fire Performers, Central Fire, Healing Sanctuary, Workshops, Theme Campsites, Permaculture, Kirtan, Camping, Organic Food Vendors and Art Installations.

Website: http://www.zenawakeningfestival.com/
Vendor Application: http://www.zenawakeningfestival.com/vendors/
Tickets: www.zenawakeningfestival.com/get-tickets/

This show originally aired LIVE on November 11th at 4pm EST to WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL.

photo by Miriphoto

Podcast: B-52’s Frontman Fred Schneider & Breyting Community Roaster

A tale of two longtime friends. One is a former straight edge punk & BMXer turned coffee disrupter, Von Coven, with a mission to help the communities in Laos & Vietnam still impacted by the Southeast Asia Conflict through his company, which is set to open a 4,000 square foot coffee roasting and packing plant, Breyting Community Roaster in DeLand, Florida this weekend. The other just so happens to be world famous frontman of The B-52’s, Fred Schneider, whose legendary dance party hits such as Love Shack, Rock Lobster and Private Idaho are still played on heavy rotation decades after their release.

Take a listen: (actual talk starts at the 4:25 mark)

After Breyting’s signature blend, Snake Bomb, launched to rave reviews, these friends decided to team up to craft a special line of coffee blends roasted to Fred’s liking: Monster & Invasion of the Caffeine Snatchers. Both will debut locally at the Grande Opening Tour & Tasting followed by a Monster Bash afterparty, hosted by Schneider. Both events are free and open to the public this Saturday, November 7th in DeLand, Florida. More details on both events can be found here.

And a shout out to today’s co-host Ms Mekanism who is a fabulous rock start in her own right and Miriphoto, who came to capture behind the scenes photos today (coming soon).

About our guests

fredschneiderFred Schneider is best known as the lead singer of legendary rock band The B-52’s with his four of his friends — Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson and Ricky Wilson. Their 1979 self-titled debut album sold 500,000 copies behind the party rock hits “Rock Lobster” and “52 Girls.” Their 1980 follow-up, Wild Planet, proved to be another commercial success and critical darling, powered by singles such as “Private Idaho,” Give Me Back My Man” and “Strobe Light.”

In addition to his long tenure with The B-52’s, Schneider has enjoyed a successful solo career as both a musician and an actor. He has released two solo albums, Fred Schneider & The Shake Society (1984) and Just Fred (1996). In 2006, Schneider formed a synthetic pop band called The Superions, releasing both a self-titled EP and an album, Destination… Christmas!, in 2010. Schneider has also worked sporadically as an actor in films such as The Flintstones (1994) and The Rugrats Movie (1998).

riccovenVon Coven is the founder of The Breyting® Group, a privately held brand management company that cultivates a flourishing portfolio of branded companies and product collections. Each brand operates independently and with its own distinct identity and market segment and are supported by important synergies such as a shared fulfillment system, a talented support team, and an unwavering devotion to quality and ethics. Coven is a lifelong activist & his strong sense of integrity is the driving force behind his missions to raise awareness about important causes &  pay attention to the human & environmental impact of his work.

Tune in on November 4th at 4pm EST to WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL or listen live online here.

Podcast: Know Your Rights & The Foodie Expo

An information packed show featured in two segments. The first is a citizen activists Know Your Rights Series activists Lizi Bourassa & Yulissa Arce where we learn the importance of flexing our citizen muscles. Hilarity ensues on the second half by the highly entertaining by the darling of the Food Network, Emily Ellyn, and Chef Manny FD (and local firefighter) as they promoteThe Foodie Expo in Oviedo, FL. Take a listen:

About the “Know Your Rights” Series

The Know Your Rights Series (KYRS) is a FREE educational tool for the public which is designed to help community members gain further understanding of your civil, social and labor rights. The aims is for Greater Orlando citizens to leave each workshop feeling empowered to take action if participants are ever concerned that their rights may have been violated. Upcoming classes include,  Your Rights as a Tenant,  Understanding Immigration Rights and Your Voting Rights. For more information & to RSVP, check out the host Florida Institute for Reform & Empowerment (FIRE).

The Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (F.I.R.E.) is a nonpartisan 501c(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low and moderate income Floridians to be leaders in their communities.

About the foodie expo

Screen shot 2015-10-20 at 11.50.32 AMThe Foodie Expo is a bounty of Orlando’s restaurants, food trucks, and farmer’s market vendors, together on 35 acres of beautiful Florida farmland. Hosted by Food Network star Emily Ellyn, this food-centric event will feature Live cooking demos by Cutthroat Kitchen winner Chef Manny FD , live sushi class, and Italian meatball class by Isabella Morgia Di Vicari.

Learn about sustainable living concepts, raising animals, or growing your own vegetables in our Community Garden. listen to music, find a new favorite food truck, meet celebrity guests, and enjoy a day with your whole family. There will be a Kid Zone, LOTS of Farm Animals, A Petting Zoo, Kid Maze, and much more!

Event takes place Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 11AM to 8PM in Ovideo, Florida. RSVP and ticket information can be found here.

This show originally aired live on Wednesday, October 21st at 4pm EST to WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL.

Podcast: Fleet Farming with Heather Grove

Central Florida’s good food revival is in full swing, and one of the most influential architects is Heather Grove. Her day job is in the coveted role of Community Director at East End Market and she is also the Program Coordinator for the topic of this show, a unique initiative called Fleet Farming.

[Note: Shows starts at 2:22 mark.]

Heather told about the incredible turn-key Fleet Farming Toolkit to starting up a bike-powered urban farming program in other communities, which has already proven to be profitable and successful in just one year. She also let us know about the future of Fleet Farming (hint: fruit, fungi and fixins) and gave us a lot of insight into some new initiatives and opportunities in the good food movement here in Central Florida.


fleetfarmingFleet Farming converts underutilized, gas-guzzling lawns into a distributed community garden, producing food for the community and growing more growers! ‘Fleet Farming’ name refers to ‘Farmers’ on a ‘Fleet’ of bicycles, helping to manage the grow-to-harvest process of urban farming. Anyone can be a ‘Fleet Farmer.’ by attending a biweekly Swarm Ride with their bike, gloves, water and a helmet. Throughout the ride, the Fleet stops at 3-5 farmlettes. Each garden is regularly maintained, including tilling, weeding, and harvesting.

IDEAS For Us, a sustainability NGO and 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Winter Park, is the organization that manages and operates the ‘Fleet Farming’ program, in partnership with East End Market and other community partners and supporters. The revenue generated from the program will go to further community development and sustainability projects, and expand the Fleet Farming program to other districts and cities.

About Heather grove

heatherA nature-lover and locavore, it’s hard to imagine Heather Grove putting down roots in the urban landscape of Orlando; however, she remains close to the land and connected to her community through her work with East End Market and Fleet Farming. After co-founding Stetson’s community garden and focusing her research on food systems, Heather went on to work with organizers of a local food events company.  That put her on the path to co-creating a local food hub in Audubon Park. Her role has changed a lot throughout the development of East End, but she now helps manage programming and marketing to cultivate local businesses, culture, and community. Heather plays a key role in the Fleet Farming initiative through the collaboration between East End and the non-profit IDEAS For Us. Through this volunteer- and bike-powered urban farming initiative, Heather converts lawns to farmlettes to grow food for the community and local chefs.

This program originally aired LIVE on October 7th, 2015 at 4pm EST to WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL.