28: The American ChestnutDecember 17, 2019
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.
27: Navajo Food Sovereignty with Andi MurphyNovember 19, 2019
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.
26: Navajo Food Sovereignty with Nate Etsitty & Felix EarleNovember 05, 2019
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.
24: Youth Organizations (4-H and FFA)October 08, 2019
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.
16: Organic Agriculture, Part 1June 04, 2019
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.
13: Plant TaxonomyApril 23, 2019
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.
“What Is Processed Food?”April 09, 2019
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
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.
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.