One to Grow On

Understanding how food production impacts us and our world

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.

Are you ready to get spooky? We are! For this creepiest of seasons, Hallie and Chris discuss foods that are rumored to kill you and whether or not they’re actually as scary as they’re made out to be. We learn about foods ranging from almonds to nutmeg to potatoes. We also learn about Chris’s undying love of pumpkin chiffon pie.

This week we’re talking about kids and agriculture. Hallie and Chris discuss the agriculture youth organizations 4-H and FFA. We learn the history of these organizations, what they do, and who they serve. We also get the recipe for Hallie’s blue-ribbon pie.

In this mini-episode, Hallie explains the difference between perlite and vermiculite, what they’re good for, and when to use them.

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