OLEAN, NY — The Olean Public Library and Canticle Farm have teamed up to host a podcast to introduce people to gardening while being stuck at home. "Ask a Farmer — Q&A" is scheduled to run every Sunday until April 19.

Hosted by Stephanie Beneng, a library assistant, and her guest, Mark Printz, who manages the farm, the podcast focuses on topics that introduce people to gardening and offers a chance to have their questions answered.

In the first episode, Beneng and Printz talked about what was happening and what seeds workers were planting at Canticle Farm. Then Beneng and Printz answered six different questions posted on the Olean Public Library’s Facebook page.

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“I see a huge opportunity here with so many people having to be at home,” Beneng said. “I have the opportunity to spread the word about how to garden effectively.”

She recorded the first podcast from Canticle Farm, but the upcoming podcast will be recorded in her home and the times the podcasts will be uploaded will vary.

Because Beneng and Printz  did not receive enough questions for the April 5 podcast, that podcast posting has been delayed. Beneng plans to feature her own greenhouse to fill up the time. 

“I feel like we are all missing each other’s voices being alone so much,” Beneng said. “There are so many gardening websites out there that I thought why not do something in a different format?”

Other guests may be featured on later shows, but right now, the only person scheduled is Printz. She also said that she hopes the podcast will continue past April 19.

Podcasts are posted on the Olean Public Librarand Canticle Farm Facebook pages. The March 29 episode can be accessed here.

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