One to Grow On

Understanding how food production impacts us and our world


One to Grow On is a podcast where we dig into questions about agriculture and try to understand how food production impacts us and our world. Each episode, hosts Hallie and Chris pick an area of agriculture or food production to discuss. Listen for plant facts, dad jokes, and the stories behind your food.

One to Grow On is an older kid-friendly podcast that is safe and appropriate for listeners of all ages. There are a few clearly marked episodes that contain content that may not be suitable for all ages.

Meet the Team

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Hallie Casey is a One to Grow On host and producer. She is a native Texan and passionate about agricultural sustainability and communication. Her love of science communication began at 12 when she co-founded Discover Green, a statewide non-profit focused on promoting youth leadership in environmental activism. She continued to work in science communication focused on agriculture and plant science. Hallie got a bachelor’s in agribusiness from Texas State University and a master’s in International Agricultural Development at the University of California, Davis. She now lives in Austin, Texas where she works on local supply chain and value chain coordination at the Sustainable Food Center. While not working, she enjoys gardening, swing dancing, and culinary experiments.

Chris popping out of a window in a production of Taming of the Shrew

Chris Casey is a host of One to Grow On. A long-time lover of podcasts, he is thrilled to be learning about agriculture from his daughter along with the audience. Chris is a computer software engineer and semi-professional stage actor. Previously, he hosted the podcast eBook Ninjas. Chris lives in his hometown, Austin, Texas.When not podcasting, acting, or coding, Chris enjoys perfecting his smoked brisket recipe.

Our Story

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Catherine and Hallie, March of 2009

Throughout her six years in the industry, friends, family and virtual strangers alike have repeatedly asked Hallie the same few questions about agriculture.This experience, plus her work with multiple science education non-profits, led her to recognize that there wasn’t a lot of basic agricultural and plant science education available to the general public. A podcast seemed like the perfect way to fix this.

So, she called Catherine, her long-time best friend, and couldn’t stop talking about the idea. Catherine was immediately on-board and they began scheming.

A young Hallie sits in Chris's lap while they both wear Troy Aikman jerseys
Chris and Hallie, January 1997.

After months of planning, research, and administrative tasks, the next step was finding a co-host.They were nervous that they wouldn’t find someone else who was as interested in the topic and excited to learn about it, but after Hallie got into a long conversation with her dad about the “organic” and “natural” labels, it was obvious he was the perfect choice.

After that, it was time to get this show on the road, or, in this case, on the internet. After recording, editing, re-recording, getting feedback, and re-recording (again) we were able to launch One to Grow On.This is a podcast almost a year in the making and we hope you have as much fun listening to it as we had making it!