Episode Archive:

Microbes, Minerals & Mindsets Episode 26:  Bees Needs with the Mighty Bee Co.

We all know bees are a critical component of healthy food systems and healthy ecosystems.  Anthony Gutierrez is one of only a few experts in the Mesilla Valley that you can turn to when you want to remove bees without harming them with pesticides. Listen and learn characteristics of domestic, feral, and Africanized honeybees, along with a surprising ‘junk food’ feeding mentality that is contributing to colony collapse.  Find Anthony at the Mighty Bee Co


Microbes, Minerals & Mindsets Episode 25: Sniff the Tradition at Calhoun Farms


An important part of our work here at End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC is to promote local agriculture, including our small farms and the independent businesses that support them.  In episode 25, Mary Lucero and co-host Libby Hamilton (clearcalmclean.com) discuss growing flowers locally with special guest, Susannah Calhoun from Calhoun Flower Farms. Most cut flowers are grown in other countries, but if you live in the Mesilla Valley, you can get fresh flowers for events and more, thanks to the work the Calhoun family.   Visit Calhoun Flower Farms at calhounflowerfarms.com.  


Microbes, Minerals & Mindsets Episode 24:  Microbially Driven Immunity with Misti Lynn 


Special guest Misti Lynn, RN, MSN, FNP-C of Halcyon Health of the Southwest halcyonhealthsw.com describes some of the ways your microbiome works to protect you from disease.


Microbes, Minerals & Mindsets Episode 23: Plants Get Their Nutrients from C Hopkins CaFe

In Episode 23, Mary Lucero and co-host Libby Hamilton discuss the 17 mineral nutrients plants need to thrive.  Hamilton expands on a well known mnemonic to help you remember them.  Learn why mineral nutrient deficiencies create chemically dependent plants.   For a printed version of the mnemonic and a table of all 17 necessary nutrients, click the button below. 

Nutrient Mnemonic


Microbes, Minerals, and Mindsets Episode 22:  Reclaiming the Family Farm with Special Guest, Melissa Brice.

In Episode 22, Mary Lucero and special guest Melissa Brice of Reclaim Wellness (https://www.reclaimlc.com/) discuss Brice’s vision of reclaiming a family farm. Lucero and Brice are members of The Extension Team, a group of independent distributors that is networking to regenerate healthy food systems, healthy people, and healthy local economies.  You may visit The Extension Team at ourextensionteam.com.


Microbes, Minerals, and Mindsets Episode 21:  Marketing Local Food Businesses

 Dr. Mary Lucero and special guest Monica Kekuewa of MK Designhouse (monica@mkdesignhouse.com) discuss the challenges to marketing businesses that increase access to local food. Monica Kekuewa shares ideas for building a powerful online presence with social media.   


Microbes, Minerals, and Mindsets Episode 20:  Beyond Southern New Mexico

In this episode, Dr. Mary Lucero of End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC, and co-host Libby Hamilton discuss plans for a June road trip with Melissa Brices of Reclaim Wellness. The June, 2019 road trip will include visits with leaders from Las Cruces, New Mexico to West Haven, Utah who are working to make healthy nutritious food more widely available. 


Microbes, Minerals & Mindsets Episode 19: Seeking Members for The Extension Team

Dr. Mary Lucero of End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC, and co-host Libby Hamilton discuss the power behind cooperative extension, as it was originally conceived, the limits of extension as it operates today, and the potential to fill in the gaps with private extension models.  They announce the new Extension Team partner site and the search for a chef, other talent to complement The Extension Team goals. 


Microbes, Minerals & Mindsets Episode 18: Gardening Stewardship.  May 15, 2019

Dr. Mary Lucero and co-host Libby Hamilton discuss the regular steps gardeners must take to nurture their crops from planting to harvest.  Crops can grow by themselves, but you aren’t the only one who wants good food.  Leaving your garden untended is risky business. In this episode learn daily, weekly, annual, and variable tasks you need to stay on top of in order to produce healthy, nutrient dense fruits and vegetables in your garden.  


Episode 17: Making a Compost that Brings Your Soil to Life.  May 11, 2019

Dr. Mary Lucero and co-host Libby Hamilton share tips for making biologically active compost. Key points include:  why fungi improve compost quality; why turning compost is not recommended; and how to balance carbon and nitrogen ratios.  Shout outs and links to outside resources feature the composting bioreactor developed by Dr. David Johnson from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM; and the compost calculator spreadsheet developed by the Bernalillo Master Composters.  The bioreactor instructions and the compost calculator are available to the public via the sources credited on their respective websites.  Neither Dr. David Johnson nor the Bernalillo Master Gardeners are affiliated with the Microbes, Minerals, and Mindsets podcast or its hosts.


Episode 16: Eliminating Garden Pests Naturally.  April 12, 2019

Dr. Mary Lucero and co-host Libby Hamilton discuss ways you can boost your plant’s natural defense system to combat pests and disease.  Key points include:  plants are masters of biochemical warfare; why plants make essential oils; plants are the original source of many pharmaceuticals; plants make alkaloids, terpenes, flavonoids, tannins, phenolics, and more; why powerful plant defenses sometimes fail;  and a shout out to Roxanna Cull-certified aromatherapist in Las Cruces, NM. 


Episode 15: Spring Vegatable Garden.  April 1, 2019

Dr. Mary Lucero and co-host Libby Hamilton talk about preparing a bountiful spring vegetable garden that produces nutrient dense food.  Key points include:  Nutritional value of home grown food; basics of soil, water, and sunlight; the value of soil testing for macronutrients and for micronutrients, online classes for growers, and cool season transplants that can go in the ground through early April. 


Episode 14: A Mindset for Food Security Systems.  March 3, 2019

Dr. Mary Lucero talks about developing a mindset that supports secure food systems. This episode is co-hosted with Tony Prangner Jr of bOpit SNM Podcast Network. 


Episode 13:  Too much of a good thing (When Are Supplements Toxic?) February 23, 2019.

Dr. Mary Lucero and co-host Tony Prangner Jr. discuss the reasons food may not have all the nutrients it needs and discusses the benefits of taking supplements that address missing nutrients.  Key points include how to identify quality supplements and what happens when you take too many supplements. 


Episode 12:  Making Small Farms Profitable in Health and Wellness Networks


Episode 11: Can Humic Minerals In Feed and Forage Build Resilient Herds and Support Showring Success?  January 21, 2019

Dr. Mary Lucero and co-host Libby Hamilton discuss livestock nutrition and trends in livestock health with special guest Caterina Platt, who has been raising sheep and goats in Los Lunas New Mexico for 30 years.   Keywords:  Keywords:  Mineral nutrients, nutrition, sheep, goats, show lambs, extension, small farms, hobby farms, Middle Rio Grande, Los Lunas,  Southern New Mexico State Fair, agriculture

Episode 10:  Confessions of an Agricultural Educator.  January 2, 2019

Dr. Mary Lucero introduces veteran agricultural educator,  Libby Hamilton, as the new co-host for Microbes, Minerals, and Mindsets.  Hamilton discusses changes in agriculture and agricultural education observed over her 30 year career, including the move to increasingly more industrialized agriculture. She offers insights on how these changes have contributed to sub-standard nutrition in schools, poor academic performance, and rising food insecurity.  Keywords: Food security, agricultural education, nutrition, extension


Episode 9: Reclaiming Your Wellness with Melissa Brice.  December 17, 2018

Dr. Mary Lucero and Melissa Brice of Reclaim Wellness discuss the Healthy Body Challenge as a path to healthier living, and highlight ideas and beliefs that contribute to successful lifestyle changes.  Visit Melissa Brice at Reclaim Wellness, https://www.reclaimlc.com/ or listen to her podcast, Reclaim Wellness on the bOpit Southern New Mexico podcast network.  To join a better health challenge, contact Melissa Brice or any member of The Extension Team.  Keywords:  Better Health Challenge, Losing Weight, Success, Lifestyle Changes, Winning Mindset  


Microbes, Minerals & Mindsets Episode 8: Meet Glen Schultz (Growing More Nutritious Food). December 4, 2083

Dr. Mary Lucero Owner of End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC and guest Glen Schultz discuss Schultz Family Farms mission to grow more nutritious food.  Learn why mineral based nutritional supplements and consumer networks are essential to that mission.  


Microbes, Minerals & Mindsets Episode 7: Meet Monica Kekuewa.  November 16, 2018

Dr. Mary Lucero and guest Monica Kekuewa of MK Designhouse discuss Monica’s expansion into natural health alternatives, The YGY Extension Team mission and the new HempFX line of CBD oil.  Reach out to Monica at http://mkdesignhouse.com/orangelife.hempfx.com, or orangelife.youngevity.com.  (Update:  Beginning March 31, 2019, the YGY Extension Team will be changing its name to “The Extension Team“)


Microbes, Minerals & Mindsets Episode 6: The Magic of Hemp.  October 25, 2018

Dr. Mary Lucero and co-host Tony Prangner Jr. discuss the  benefits of legal CBD oil and hemp, and raise important questions about the legal status of CBD oil.  They note the confusing situation that honest people find themselves in when various federal statutes conflict with one another, and with state legislation.  (2019 update:  CBD oil legislation continues to clarify, and CBD is being sold openly in shops throughout New Mexico.  Learn more about health benefits of CBD oil and shop for organic, 3rd party validated CBD oil from our affiliate store


Microbes, Minerals & Mindsets Episode 5: Feeding Your Garden Through the Winter.  Oct 17, 2018

Dr. Mary Lucero and co-host Tony Prangner Jr.  discuss keeping soil microbes happy in your winter garden, highlighting vegetables you can grow all winter to keep you and your soil well nourished. 



Microbes Minerals & Mindsets Episode 4: Helping Student Athletes Go, Fight, Win. Sep 25, 2018

Dr. Mary Lucero Owner and co-host Tony Prangner Jr discuss the importance of mineral nutrients for athletes, and suggest ways to ensure that your athlete is replacing more than 3 electrolytes.  As fall sports move into full season, consider the nutritional demands these activities place on student athletes and their families.  You just can’t run hard, jump hard, pump iron, sweat hard and travel hard without depleting nutrients. Carefully prepared light juices (like aquas de sandia made from locally grown melons), or sports drinks like Rebound (available through our affiliate store) can replenish more minerals and other nutrients, and restore electrolyte balance more efficiently than the most common sports beverages. 


Microbes Minerals & Mindsets Episode 3: Food Security in the Classroom.  September 17, 2018

Dr. Mary Lucero and co-host Tony Prangner Jr discuss the consequences of feeding children processed foods in school cafeterias.  Mom’s and Dad’s, when you hear this you may want your kids to start brown-bagging it.  


Microbes Minerals & Mindsets Episode 2: Microbes Minerals and Nutrition.  September 1, 2018

Dr. Mary Lucero and co-host Tony Prangner Jr. discuss the delicate interplay between microbes and minerals that is necessary for good nutrition.  Key points include:  components nutritionists call “minerals” are what chemists call “elements;” minerals in our food originate in the soil, even meat eaters rely on plants grown in mineral rich soils; not all soils contain all the minerals; microbes make minerals bioavailable; supplements are useful for replacing minerals that are missing from the soil where our food was grown.  Find minerals and other quality supplements at our affiliate store


Premier Episode:

Episode 1: Ending the Fight for Food Security.  August 18 2019


Dr. Mary Lucero and co-host Tony Prangner Jr. discuss the founding of End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC to provide solutions to problems we face with the food we eat. Learn why microbes, minerals, and a restoration mindset are critical to providing enough safe, nutritious food to live a healthy lifestyle. 



Find all Episodes on  bOpit Southern NM Podcast Network.