One to Grow On

Understanding how food production impacts us and our world

It’s time to get our garden on! This week, Hallie and Chris discuss vegetable gardening, including how they started and how to do your own. We learn the history of gardening (and gardening policy), Hallie’s best gardening tips, and which space-based TV show references Hallie actually gets.

This week Hallie and Chris are discussing agrotourism, the practice of combining farms and tourism, what it is, both farmers and non-farmers love it, and how it works. We learn all about the agrotourism industry, as well as both Hallie and Chris’s opinions on ponies they have known, and the role of cornfields in the American psyche.

On this maxisode-length edition of Ask One to Grow On, three-quarters of the Casey family (Hallie, Chris and Joanna) discuss how the COVID19 outbreak is impacting agriculture and the food supply chain.

In the last week of our agriculture exchange, we’re bringing you an episode from Sourceress. Hosts Colleen King and Carolyn Kissick interview Sims McCormick and Rob Knecht, the founders of Real Oyster Cult. They discuss the history of oyster consumption, the current oyster consumption culture, and how these mollusks can help stop climate change. Like all Sourceress episodes, this one ends with an analysis of music from the food’s source areas. In this case, that means the American Folk Revival.

We’re kicking off our agricultural podcast exchange with a fellow Austin podcast: Hothouse. In this episode, host Leah and her guest Gretchen discuss growing cut flowers, women-run farms, and the (many) differences between Texas and New England. We learn how Gretchen got her start in farming as well as the many intricacies of running an agricultural business. We hope you like this episode of Hothouse and we’re so excited to bring new agriculture podcasts to your feeds this month!

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.

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.

This week Vikram Baliga of Texas Tech university joins Hallie and Chris to talk about turf grass. We learn where it comes from, what it does, and just how high some grasses can grow.

In this mini-episode, Hallie discusses fish emulsion, fungicidal chitan, and edible films made from lobsters.

It’s another Catherine episode! This week, Catherine and Hallie discuss farm production, employment and revenue. We learn about small scale versus large scale production, the practicalities of different crops, and the merits of different film versions of the musical Annie.

In the final episode of our organics series, Hallie and Chris discuss both large and small scale economic impacts of organic agriculture, how organics impact consumers, and how much paperwork is too much paperwork. We learn how international trade is impacted by organics, and what this means for the choices you make at the grocery store.

It’s time to learn more about organics! In part three of the series, Hallie and Chris discuss how organic agriculture impacts farms, farmers, and farmworkers. We learn about organic pesticides, why some farmers find organic farming controlling, and how well both Hallie and Chris can imitate cartoon Texans.

We’re back with more information about organic agriculture! This week, Hallie and Chris tackle the environmental tradeoffs of organic versus conventional farming. We learn about carbon sequestration, chemical inputs and why Hallie spent a day counting worms.

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.

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.

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

*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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.