16: Organic Agriculture, Part 1

Welcome to the first episode of our Organics series! Organic agriculture is such a big topic we had to take four episodes to talk about it. This week, Hallie and Chris are focusing on what exactly organic agriculture is and where it came from. We learn about organics around the world, what it takes to become organic, and a really cool lady who really loved soil.

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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. One to Grow On is hosted by Hallie Casey and Chris Casey, and is produced by Catherine Arjet and Hallie Casey. Music is “Something Elated” by Broke For Free licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

15: Superfoods II

We’re back with more superfoods! This time Hallie and Chris tackle flax, charcoal, cocoa and moringa. We learn which foods are connected to a decreased risk of cancer, which are mostly useless, and what to do if you’ve been poisoned in the Harry Potter universe.

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14: Beekeeping with Julia Wentzel

Julia Wentzel joins Hallie and Chris this week for One to Grow On’s very first special guest episode, in which she discusses bees, beekeeping, and pollination. We learn how orchard planning relates to pollination success, how much most bees travel, and how some pollinators are picky eaters. This episode also contains an optimal amount of bee-related dad jokes from Chris.

If you want to learn more about the UC Davis student farm Julia mentions, check it out at https://asi.ucdavis.edu/programs/sf

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13: Plant Taxonomy

This week Hallie and Chris examine plant taxonomy including how plants are named how and why that matters. We learn when people started categorizing plants, how they do it, and why Hallie is currently feuding with the Alamo park rangers

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“What Is Processed Food?”

It’s another Catherine episode! Hallie and Catherine discuss what exactly a processed food is, how they started, and if they’re good for you. We learn what food processing has to do with urban growth, how the military played a part, and how much Catherine and Hallie both love hummus

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12: Farmworkers Rights

*Content warning: this episode mentions sexual violence and traumatic death*

In honor of Cesar Chavez day this coming Sunday, Hallie and Chris talk about the struggles farmworkers face and the efforts individuals and organizations have made to try to elevate these struggles. We also learn about why farmworkers rights are intertwined with immigration policy and who exactly Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta are.

The documentary Hallie mentions in the episode is Food Chains and is available on iTunes and Amazon Prime

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Conservation Reserve Program – Green New Deal follow-up

The Conservation Reserve Program (or CRP) is administered by the Farm Service Agency and is funded by the Farm Bill. This program offers yearly rental payment to farmers, and, in exchange, farmers take environmentally sensitive land out of production and grow plants that can bolster the surrounding ecosystem. Farmers can sign contracts 10-15 years in length and are usually paid based on the dryland crop rent rate, meaning whatever someone could earn renting the land for growth of non-irrigated crops (like wheat, corn, etc.). The program targets land for things like wetland restoration, pollinator habitats, and erosion control.

A version of the CRP program began in the 1950s, but it really took off when President Ronald Reagan signed the 1985 Farm Bill. CRP has gone through many changes, but at its core it is working to build up ecosystems in rural, agricultural areas. The USDA and other federal agricultural agencies have cited tons of benefits, especially decreased soil erosion. This is huge! If you have ever heard me talk about soil, you’ll know I think it is critically important. It can take thousands of years to form a few grams of soil, and believe it or not soil is crucial to human existence. When we lose soil to erosion, we are fundamentally losing something that will take millenia to restore.

I felt slightly abashed when I said in the episode that I didn’t know about any voluntary conservation programs. I have actually worked on a farm that had land in CRP! Here is a photo.

I think CRP rocks and could definitely be expanded. But, I think it is important to find ways to incorporate ecologically beneficial practices in land that is actively in-production as well. This can include things like not tilling fields, breaking up field contiguity with perennial native plant stands (patches of trees), or cutting down on broad-spectrum pest control.

Hallie smiling holding shears in a grove of pine trees and mustang grape

11: Sustainable Agriculture and the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal has been in the news a lot lately, but how does it impact agriculture? This week Hallie and Chris dive into the text of the Deal and discuss what it means for agriculture and how the goals set out could actually be achieved. We also learn what sustainable agriculture is and is not.

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10: Biodiesel

Does biodiesel dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Does it do more harm than good? Does it make exhaust smell like french fries? Hallie and Chris discuss all these questions and more in this week’s episode. We learn the complex history of biodiesel (full of really cool names) as well as how it’s used today, and how it might be used in the future.

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9: Floral Design

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Hallie and Chris bring us the history and intricacies of floral design and the floral industry. We learn about how the internet has affected florists, the crazy auction process for flowers and just how much Hallie loves her local florist. Plus, this episode contains maximal flower fun facts to wow your friends with.

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One to Grow On is an agriculture podcast that digs into the questions you have about agriculture and tries to understand the impacts of food production. One to Grow On is hosted by Hallie Casey and Chris Casey, and is produced by Catherine Arjet and Hallie Casey. Music is “Something Elated” by Broke For Free licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Show art is by Mariah Coley.