One to Grow On

Understanding how food production impacts us and our world

In the last week of our agriculture exchange, we’re bringing you an episode from Sourceress. Hosts Colleen King and Carolyn Kissick interview Sims McCormick and Rob Knecht, the founders of Real Oyster Cult. They discuss the history of oyster consumption, the current oyster consumption culture, and how these mollusks can help stop climate change. Like all Sourceress episodes, this one ends with an analysis of music from the food’s source areas. In this case, that means the American Folk Revival.

In the second week of our agricultural exchange, we’re bringing you Native Farmers in New Mexico from Toasted Sister. Host Andi Murphy interviews Native farmers Nicholas Ashley, Shannon James and James Skeet, as well as cultural education specialist Bettina Sandoval and Fruit and Vegetable Perscription Program coordinator Akeemi Martinez about the history, cultural significance and … Continue reading Native Farmers in New Mexico (Toasted Sister)

We’re kicking off our agricultural podcast exchange with a fellow Austin podcast: Hothouse. In this episode, host Leah and her guest Gretchen discuss growing cut flowers, women-run farms, and the (many) differences between Texas and New England. We learn how Gretchen got her start in farming as well as the many intricacies of running an agricultural business. We hope you like this episode of Hothouse and we’re so excited to bring new agriculture podcasts to your feeds this month!

It’s time to learn where plants come from! In this episode, Hallie and Chris discuss all the different ways plants make new plants and how we help them along. We learn how plant propagation works, how many kinds of roots there are, and why potato growing sounds like murder.

It’s time to learn more about water! This week Hallie and Chris are tackling some of the issues facing both modern farmers and everyone who uses water. They discuss the impacts of climate change, overuse, and new technology and policies. We also learn just how much water it takes to produce one day’s worth of food.

In the first of a two-part series on water, Hallie and Chris discuss the history of irrigation, how it’s used and why it’s so important.

In this mini-episode, Hallie explains what Aloe is and which we kind we use for what.

In our latest superfoods episode (and last episode of the decade), Hallie and Chris take on bok choy, wheat germ, ginger and seaweed. The stakes are a little bit higher this week though because there’s a brand new original song for cape-worthy foods. We also get to hear Chris rap.

This week we’re focusing on just one plant: the American chestnut. Hallie and Chris discuss the cultural and ecological history and death of the American chestnut. We learn why they’re so important, where they went, and how we can get them back. We also learn about the classic 1980’s sitcom Night Court.

It’s another Catherine episode! This week Hallie and Catherine discuss what compost is, how it works, and why it’s good. We learn the chemistry involved in compost, what you can compost, and why Hallie loves it so darn much.

In part two of our series of on Navajo food sovereignty, Hallie interviews Andi Murphy, host of the podcast Toasted Sister and producer of the radio show Native American Calling. Hallie and Andi discuss the role food plays in culture, the importance of traditional growing practices, and how a good meal can make you feel great.

This week, Hallie brings us an interviewe with two Navajo growers and activists: Nate Etsitty and Felix Earle. Our guests share their perspective on farming and why they do it, discuss food sovereignty and its importance on Navajo, and reflect on the legacy the colonization has left of food systems.

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