8: The ShutdownJanuary 29, 2019
One to Grow On is getting topical! This week Hallie and Chris discuss the impact of the government shutdown on farmers, agricultural research and consumers of food. We learn how losing federal funding for 35 days impacted a variety of systems and how that’s going to continue affecting the nation and economy even when the government’s open.
“Is a Tomato a Fruit?”January 15, 2019
This week we’re changing it up! Hallie and Catherine discuss what makes something a fruit, vegetable or both, as well how these categories came to be, and what to do if you have a campfire during a burn ban. If you’ve ever been unsure on exactly counts as what, or who gets to make these decisions, this is the episode for you!
7: Green RevolutionJanuary 01, 2019
This week Hallie and Chris talk about one of the most fruitful and complex movements in agriculture. We learn about how the green revolution changed agriculture, ways that implementation affects farmers, and legendary football coach Vince Lombardi. This episode also explores some of the more philosophical and esoteric issues inherent in a field as impactful as agriculture.
6: Superfoods I – Quinoa, Acai, Goji Berries, Chia seed and KefirDecember 18, 2018
What makes a superfood so special? Are they actually good for you? Is it worth the hype? Hallie and Chris answer all these questions (and more) in this episode’s discussion of superfoods. Do you know which superfood has a history straight out of a romance novel and which one makes a mean dairy-free pudding? We do! And if you listen to this episode, so will you. Quinoa, acai, goji berries, chia seed and kefir are featured in this episode.
5: ExtensionDecember 04, 2018
In this episode, we learn about agricultural extension, the seemingly radical, government supported method of ensuring that farming keeps up with current technology. It’s also what Hallie does all day at work.
4: Thanksgiving SpecialNovember 20, 2018
In One to Grow On’s very first holiday special, Hallie and Chris talk about origins and some fun facts about common Thanksgiving foods. We learn about the racial history of cornbread, what exactly pumpkin spice is and how much it costs to feed a turkey.
3: Haber-BoschNovember 06, 2018
*Content warning: this episode mentions suicide in relation to a historical figure*
This week, Hallie and Chris talk about the most important agricultural process you’ve never heard of: the Haber-Bosch process. We learn about the process that feeds the world and the two men who made it happen, as well as a lady named Hedwig Hamburger.
2: SoilsOctober 23, 2018
This week, Hallie and Chris discuss what soil is, how it is different from dirt, and why it is important. We find out about who crazy soil people are and hear a dope, nerdy song. We also learn about how we think about and can conserve this resource.
1: Food WasteOctober 09, 2018
Welcome to the inaugural Episode of One to Grow On! This week, Hallie and Chris discuss how and why food goes to waste. We find out why that’s bad, and how we convince ourselves we’re not the bad ones. We also learn about the difference between food waste and food loss, how this affects the planet and just how old our apples are.