One to Grow On

Understanding how food production impacts us and our world

More superfoods! Will wild rice, spirulina, kombucha, or acerola be caped? Will you please vote? Will you wear kombucha scobe?

In this episode we dive into the weird world of plant biology and answer the question of how plants use water. We learn about the xylem, the phloem, and how photosynthesis converts H2O into oxygen. Also, plants have hairs and cuticles!?

In this episode we dive into the weird world of plant biology and answer the question of how plants use water. We learn about the xylem, the phloem, and how photosynthesis converts H2O into oxygen. Also, plants have hairs and cuticles!?

This week we talk about bananas! The banana has quite a turbulent history. And while there are multiple varieties, the one we most commonly eat are all clones! Also, how far would YOU run in a banana costume?

This week we talk about bananas! The banana has quite a turbulent history. And while there are multiple varieties, the one we most commonly eat are all clones! Also, how far would YOU run in a banana costume?

This week, Hallie and Chris explore the fun-filled world of fungi! We learn about the ways the fungi support plant-life, how they make it possible for plants to communicate with each other, and what these relationships mean for agriculture. We definitely decide how to pronounce “gif” and “fungi.”

This week, Hallie and Chris explore the fun-filled world of fungi! We learn about the ways the fungi support plant-life, how they make it possible for plants to communicate with each other, and what these relationships mean for agriculture. We definitely decide how to pronounce “gif” and “fungi.”

Listen to the full episode. Hallie Casey  0:00  Hello and welcome to One To Grow On the show where we dig into questions about agriculture and try to understand how food production impacts us and our world. My name is Hallie Casey and I studied and currently work in agriculture. Chris Casey  0:12  And I’m … Continue reading 33: Persimmons Transcript

We’re back to our regularly scheduled programming! This week, Hallie and Chris discuss persimmons and what makes them so great. We learn exactly what type of plant they are, what they’re used for and how to get them to taste as good as possible. We also learn what happened to the last of the North American locusts.

Listen to the full episode. Hallie: Hello and welcome to One to Grow On. A show where we dig into questions about agriculture and try to understand how food production impacts us and our world. My name is Hallie Casey and I studied and currently work in agriculture. Chris: I’m Chris Casey, Hallie’s dad. Each … Continue reading 32: Plant Propagation Transcript

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.

In this mini-episode, Hallie explains what Aloe is and which we kind we use for what.

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.

It’s another Catherine episode! This week Hallie and Catherine discuss what compost is, how it works, and why it’s good. We learn the chemistry involved in compost, what you can compost, and why Hallie loves it so darn much.

Are you ready to get spooky? We are! For this creepiest of seasons, Hallie and Chris discuss foods that are rumored to kill you and whether or not they’re actually as scary as they’re made out to be. We learn about foods ranging from almonds to nutmeg to potatoes. We also learn about Chris’s undying love of pumpkin chiffon pie.

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.

Who’s ready for more superfoods? We sure are! This week Hallie and Chris evaluate microgreens, steel-cut oats, mangosteen and ginko. We learn which fruit is the “queen of fruit”, which plant is highly nutritious, and which is kind of regular. And of course, which are cape-worthy.

This week we’re digging into all things small, skinny and wiggly: worms. Hallie and Chris discuss worms, what they are, why they’re so important and their appearance in sci-fi movies. We learn how worms help the soil, how to keep them, and how to use them to fish.

In this mini-episode, Hallie says, once and for all, what a berry is. | One to Grow On is an podcast that digs into the questions you have about agriculture and tries to understand the impacts of food production on 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.

We’re finally talking about animals! This week special guest Dr. Sara Packebush joins Hallie and Chris to talk about zoonotic diseases, how they spread to humans and how to keep yourself healthy. We learn about animal-borne pathogens, mind-controlling parasites and Hallie and Chris’s serious lack of dog movie knowledge.

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.

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!

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.

*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.

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.