Turn on the radio or listen online and tune in to the Sustainable Living Show, hosted by Ecofarm member Jon Butts. You can call or email questions to the leaders in the green and sustainable living movement. Every show features interviews with entrepreneurs, elected officials, skilled workers and other people who are showing us the way to a more sustainable way of life.
The sustainable living program airs live every other Monday at 10:05 AM on community-supported WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa, Florida.
About the host Jon Butts
Our Family (including three brothers and a sister) moved to Largo Florida from Pennsylvania in 1955. I graduated from Largo High in 1967 and did a tour of duty in Vietnam where I turned 21. After being discharged from the Army I moved to Tampa and earned an AA in Business from HCC, started a landscape nursery business in Tampa and met Debbie. We purchased 55 acres north of Plant City in 1985 and started growing ornamental trees, mainly palms. I also worked as a farm mechanic, and we had a small herd of cows. In 1989 I changed course and started growing specialty vegetables with my brother Karl until 1997, when Karl and I split up and I switched my efforts back to the tree business.
In 1999 I discovered Intentional Communities and formed the Ecofarmfl vision. By 2001 I had bought our first four solar modules and planted a one acre organic garden. I started hosting the Sustainable Living program on WMNF Community radio in 2005; and in 2006 we were the first to hook-up a solar-electric system with TECO Energy.
In 2009 I not only received the News and Public affairs programmer of the year award from WMNF but was also named one of Creative Loafing’ Magazine’s Green One Hundred.