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March, 2018

Rootstock Radio: Two Problems In Our Food System, One Solution

Download In May of 2009, Gary Oppenheimer founded AmpleHarvest.org after realizing that one solution could address two problems in our food system: food waste, and access to healthy food. “If I could solve the problem of home and community gardens wasting food by enabling them [gardeners] to get that food to a neighborhood food pantry, …

March 20th, 2018  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: The Price of Productivity and Efficiency in Our Food System

Download As a successful plant breeder who has produced vegetable varieties grown on six continents, Dr. Molly Jahn could in good conscience end her contributions to food and agriculture right there. Instead, she has chosen to dig deeper, shifting her focus from plant breeding to the agriculture system as a whole. “It isn’t just maximizing …

March 2nd, 2018  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Our Food System Isn’t Broken (It Just Never Worked Well in the First Place)

Download Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director of Food First, grew up working on farms and fishing boats in Point Reyes, California, where he learned that putting food on the table is hard work. After studying rural education and biology at the University of Oregon and Evergreen State College, he traveled through Mexico and Central America, where …

February 21st, 2018  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


Supporting Emerging Farmers Across Gender & Ethnicity

If you’re interested in where your food comes from, you’re not alone. Most Americans, it seems, want food that is local, organic, and natural. According to recent research, an overwhelming majority of households in U.S. states—70 to 90 percent— purchase at least some organic foods for their families. That’s a big change in consumer demand …

January 24th, 2018  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We


Food System 6: Accelerating a Food System Evolution

Farmers cultivating healthy soil to give us crops and livestock: That’s the backbone of a robust, sustainable food system. But a backbone without a body ain’t gonna feed the world. All food has to get from the farm to the table before it can do any good. Supply chain logistics, as it’s called, may not …

December 6th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


Regional Food Hubs: Connecting Dots for Small Businesses

What do you think about as you browse the grocery store for the raw and processed ingredients of your next meal? It’s likely you are focused on flavor and nutrition, for starters. But for a growing number of consumers, the journey their food takes to reach the table is just as important. And that journey …

September 20th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Power of We


Rootstock Radio: Want to Reduce Food Waste? Eat Ugly Produce

Download Evan Lutz, CEO and co-founder of Hungry Harvest, started out selling “ugly” and surplus produce from the basement of his dorm at the University of Maryland. Evan knew from a young age that he wanted to be a social entrepreneur, and never lost sight of that dream. Today, he is a frequent guest on …

July 25th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living


Rootstock Radio: Food Tank: Storytelling to Inspire Food System Change

Download Danielle Nierenberg is president and co-founder of the non-profit organization Food Tank, which focuses on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Prior to starting Food Tank, Danielle spent 2 years traveling to more than 60 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America, where she met with people from diverse backgrounds …

July 10th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


The Land Connection: Farm Dreams to Farm Success

Much has been written about the “graying” of American farmers; they are, as a group, getting older. As of the 2012 USDA Farm Census (the most recent), the majority of our farmers were 55 or older. But there are signs that younger farmers are getting into the business. Nearly 20 percent of the new farms …

May 17th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Organic Farming, Power of We


Rootstock Radio: Changing the Narrative in Food and Farming

Download Karen Washington is an urban farmer and activist, as well as the founder of Rise and Root Farm, a cooperatively run farm in Orange County, NY. Karen co-founded Black Urban Growers and was a 2014 James Beard Leadership Award recipient, in addition to being called “urban farming’s grand dame” by the New York Times …

May 9th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


 
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