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The Farm Report is a show about the people, processes, and policies that shape how food is produced today. From the latest agricultural innovations to the day-to-day challenges of running a viable business growing vegetables and grazing cattle, host Lisa Elaine Held engages in conversations with farmers and farmworkers and the people who work alongside them—like chefs, researchers, activists, and investors. Expect from-the-field insights paired with real-world context as guests explore how producing fresh, delicious food relates to environmental and community sustainability, equality and justice, politics and policy, and better health.

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The Farm Report is a show about the people, processes, and policies that shape how food is produced today. From the latest agricultural innovations to the day-to-day challenges of running a viable business growing vegetables and grazing cattle, host Lisa Elaine Held engages in conversations with farmers and farmworkers and the people who work alongside them—like chefs, researchers, activists, and investors. Expect from-the-field insights paired with real-world context as guests explore how producing fresh, delicious food relates to environmental and community sustainability, equality and justice, politics and policy, and better health.

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At the forefront of urban farms

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The Farm Report is clearly THE source for the future of framing in NYC!

Scintillating

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A sparkling connection to where our food comes from. I love this podcast!

iTunes Ratings

35 Ratings
Average Ratings
29
1
2
1
2

At the forefront of urban farms

By PeopleNRG - Sep 11 2018
Read more
The Farm Report is clearly THE source for the future of framing in NYC!

Scintillating

By CSpot - Jun 21 2012
Read more
A sparkling connection to where our food comes from. I love this podcast!

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The Farm Report

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The Farm Report is a show about the people, processes, and policies that shape how food is produced today. From the latest agricultural innovations to the day-to-day challenges of running a viable business growing vegetables and grazing cattle, host Lisa Elaine Held engages in conversations with farmers and farmworkers and the people who work alongside them—like chefs, researchers, activists, and investors. Expect from-the-field insights paired with real-world context as guests explore how producing fresh, delicious food relates to environmental and community sustainability, equality and justice, politics and policy, and better health.

Episode 83: Tim Patterson

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This week on The Farm Report, Erin sits down with Tim Patterson, the Director of Advancement at Sterling College in Vermont. The Topic? Goats, and more specifically the plight of the male goat in the small-farm context. Learn about Tim and Sterling’s goat and sustainable farming projects and the goat roadtrip to NYC. Later learn about the differences between meat and dairy goats and Erin’s own involvement with the No Goat Left Behind
project. This episode is sponsored by Fairway Market.

Jun 09 2011

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Episode 134: The Seed Underground with Janisse Ray, Part 2

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This week’s episode of The Farm Report is a follow-up with Janisse Ray, author of the new book, The Seed Underground. Tune in to hear host Erin Fairbanks and Janisse discuss the need for a return to an ecozoic mindset in regards to food production and conservation. Learn why Janisse thinks that the term “conventional agriculture” should not be used to describe the processes used by large-scale ag. Hear more about the genetic materials of seeds, and how they store information that can protect against climate variations and disease. Later, Erin checks in with Liz Carollo, the Publicity Manager for GrowNYC. Hear about some of GrowNYC’s upcoming Greenmarket events! This program has been brought to you by Hearst Ranch.

“I don’t think that corporations are people. I think that corporations are piles of money that dictate people’s actions”

“There’s nothing conventional about chemical agriculture.”

“Millions of years of history are stored in a seed.”

Janisse Ray on The Farm Report

Aug 16 2012

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Episode 302: Ronny and Beth Drennan – Broadbent Country Hams

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This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks is joined by Ronny and Beth Drennan of Broadbent Country Hams.

The Broadbent family started curing hams and bacon commercially in Cadiz, Kentucky, in 1920. In 1999 the Broadbent family sold the business to Ronny and Beth Drennan. The Drennans, who were in the furniture business, had always heard of Broadbent Hams and saw an opportunity. It took some time to learn the ins and outs of the curing business, but Smith Broadbent has been there to help. Today, Ronny and Beth carry on the Broadbent tradition of quality, and they have won enough awards to live up to the founder’s name.

After the break, this week’s EscapeMaker segment features Matt Bowers of Four Fights Distilling in Corning, NY. On a scale of 1 to 4, how many fights were you going to get into after drinking a pint of moonshine? Bottom of the barrel rated 1, while the cleanest and strongest shines were rated at 4. So in keeping with tradition, while representing dedication to quality, the name Four Fights Distilling was chosen.

If you’d like to visit any of the craft brewers or cider makers interviewed in The Farm Report, checkout EscapeMaker.com to book a 1 or 2-night all-inclusive craft beverage package with tours tastings and lodging.

Oct 20 2016

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Episode 356: The Biggest Little Farm

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Debuting in theaters on May 10, The Biggest Little Farm is a film that follows two urban professionals, John and Mary Chester, as they leave Los Angeles on a mission to build a farm that exists in harmony with nature. Eight years later, the pair owns and operates Apricot Lane Farms, a thriving diversified, organic, biodynamic farm. In this episode, farmer and filmmaker John Chester joins host Lisa Held in the studio to talk about the challenges they faced as new farmers (from foxes and snails to depleted soil and wildfires), the process of making a movie while building a farm, and lessons they learned about building systems alongside the brutality—but also wisdom and intricacies—of nature.

Photo courtesy of Apricot Lane Farm.

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May 15 2019

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Episode 132: The Seed Underground with Janisse Ray

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On this week’s installment of The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks is joined by Janisse Ray to talk about the importance our seed supply. Janisse is the author of the new book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. Tune into this episode to learn about genetic diversity in seed stock, as well as different types of pollination. How has industrialization and urbanization affected the range of seeds in our food system? Learn how to harvest and save seeds, and hear about the two different types of scientifically-enhanced seeds that are on the market today. Later, Erin gets a Market Update with Liz Carollo, the Publicity Manager for New York City’s Green Market. Listen in to hear about what’s happening this week in Green Markets in all five boroughs! Today’s episode has been sponsored by Heritage Foods USA.

“I have two main passions in my life- one is writing, and the other is my love of nature and the environment.”

“Every morsel of food that we put into our mouths is dependent on seeds.”

“We have no idea what kind of climate conditions we are going to need to prepare our foodstuffs for.”

Janisse Ray on The Farm Report

Aug 02 2012

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Episode 143: Jim Gerritsen of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association

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Today on The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks calls up Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Farm, and President of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. OSGATA has recently been involved in a lawsuit against Monsanto in order to protect the rights of organic growers that choose not to use genetically engineered seeds. Tune into this episode to learn about the extensiveness of Monsanto’s patent rights, and how their “intellectual property” can contaminate organic seed through the air. Learn more about the OSGATA vs. Monsanto lawsuit, and why it appears that Monsanto has been inconsistent in terms of its legal stance toward GMO contamination. Later, Erin chats with Liz Carollo of the GrowNYC Greenmarket for this week’s Market Update! Tune in to learn what apples Peter Hoffman of Back Forty prefers in the fall. Check out all the awesome pie ingredients, and hear about some of Greenmarket’s upcoming food events. This program has been brought to you by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.

“If we can’t have our property rights respected and prevent companies like Monsanto trespass on our farm, and have their pollution contaminating our crops, then there’s no way that organic farmers that buy seed from us can grow a crop that’s not contaminated.” [13:00]

“There’s no market for genetically-engineered organic seed!” [14:10]

Jim Gerritsen on The Farm Report

Oct 18 2012

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Episode 122: The Federation of Southern Cooperatives

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This week on The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks is talking with Mircha King of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives about the Pigford case- a class action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination on the part of the USDA concerning the distribution of loans and credits. Tune in to hear Mircha and Erin discuss the roots of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives in the Civil Rights Movement, the history and intricacies of the Pigford case, and the changes that black farmers see twenty years after the case. To learn more about the Pigford case, visit BlackFarmerCase.com. This episode has been brought to you by Fairway Market.

“What these lawsuits had asserted that the United States Department of Agriculture had systematically discriminated against African American farmers on the basis of race, which violates the 5th Amendment.”

“Before Reagan left office, one of the things that he did was terminate the office of civil rights for the U.S.D.A… So for years there were stacks of boxes and boxes with claims of discrimination that no one even touched.”

“We have all of these discrimination claims- we have black farmers, Native American farmers, women farmers, Hispanic farmers- and he [Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture] made a personal commitment to settle these claims.”

Mircha King on The Farm Report

May 03 2012

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Episode 297: Setting the Bar

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On the season premiere of The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks is joined by Nate Hodge, co-founder of Raaka Chocolate, and filmmaker Tim Shephard. The two are working on a documentary film project called Setting the Bar, which examines rare varieties of cacao in Peru. The film follows these passionate people who have dedicated their life to a better tasting and more sustainable chocolate bar. Their stories are fascinating, their dedication contagious and their final product, delicious.

Plus, the first in our new series of EscapeMaker segments, profiling craft producers in New York state, with brewmaster Josh Hughes of Roscoe Beer Company.

If you’d like to visit any of the craft brewers or cider makers interviewed in the Farm Report, check out EscapeMaker.com to book a 1 or 2-night all-inclusive craft beverage package with tours tastings and lodging.

Sep 15 2016

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Episode 68: Fred Magdoff

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This week on The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks is joined by Fred Magdoff, author of the book “Agriculture and Food in Crisis: 
Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal”. Fred is also an adjunct professor at Cornell and discusses the variety of problems facing our country when it comes to food security. Find out why there is such a price squeeze on crops these days and how Wall Mart manages to sell 20% of the food in this country! This episode was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons. For more information visit www.surryfarms.com

Feb 17 2011

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Episode 112: Beaverkill Trout Hatchery

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On this week’s episode of The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks is joined by Sherry Shaver of Beaverkill Trout Hatchery. Tune in as Erin continues her series of exploring farming in the Catskills and learn about Sherry’s fish farming operation and how she was introduced to this way of life through family tradition. Learn more about water quality, trout species, egg harvesting, and life as a fish farmer. This program was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.

“Good water is the key to the whole hatchery… everything we do here is controlled by nature.”

“Once you hook a brown trout, it will be a while before you hook it again.”

–Sherry Shaver of Beaverkill Trout Hatchery on The Farm Report.

Feb 23 2012

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Episode 229: To Beef or Not to Beef: Meat Talk with Nicolette Hahn Niman

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This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks welcomes Nicolette Hahn Niman, author of “Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production” to the show. Kicking off the show talking about Nicolette’s background and how she became involved with ranching cattle, she elaborates exactly why beef is in need of defending. Nicolette’s take is that for decades it has been nearly universal dogma among environmentalists and health advocates that cattle and beef are public enemy number one. She asks if the matter really so clear cut? In “Defending Beef,” Nicolette argues that cattle are not inherently bad for either the Earth or our own nutritional health. In fact, she discusses with Erin that properly managed livestock play an essential role in maintaining grassland ecosystems by functioning as surrogates for herds of wild ruminants that once covered the globe. Grass-fed, small-scale farms can and should become the basis for American food production, replacing the factory farms that harm animals and the environment. While no single book can definitively answer the thorny question of how to feed the Earth’s growing population, Nicolette explains that, whatever the world’s future food system looks like, cattle and beef can and must be part of the solution. Tune in for an interesting discussion! This program was brought to you by Whole Foods Market.



“There are many wonderful water intensive foods but that suggestion you hear over and over again that beef is some water guzzler and some outlier, that’s just not true.” [20:00]

“I think the reason why beef has been the favorite target of sensational journalism because it was the most consumed meat in the United States and considered the most desirable.” [23:00]

Nicolette Hahn Niman on The Farm Report

Nov 20 2014

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Episode 324: Purchasing for the CIA

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This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks takes a trip north to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, where she sits down with Brad Matthews and Jeffrey Minard to talk about how they make purchasing decisions for the school.

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Oct 18 2017

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Episode 71: Janet Britt of Agricultural Stewardship Association

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This week on The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks is joined by Janet Britt, farmer and Easement Steward of the Agricultural Stewardship Association. Tune in to learn more about the ASA, Janet’s life on the farm and the origins of Community Supported Agriculture. Find out why young farmers are in such a good position today, and how the “organic revolution” has truly evolved over the years. This episode was sponsored by The Museum of Food & Drink. Learn about the “Get the Ball Rolling” fundraiser here.

Mar 10 2011

33mins

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Episode 340: Farmland for a New Generation

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With funding from New York State, American Farmland Trust (AFT) recently launched its most ambitious program to help young farmers access land and conserve farmland statewide. The program is modeled after the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network and is aimed at connecting landowners—especially retiring farmers—to young farmers via online listings and resources, on-the-ground support and guidance, and financial assistance. Host Lisa Elaine Held talks to AFT's New York Policy Manager Samantha Levy about how the program will work, what she anticipates the challenges will be, and why she thinks it is a successful model for getting more young people on land to start farming.

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Dec 12 2018

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Episode 315: The High Cost of Cheap Labor

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This week on The Farm Report, co-hosts Challey Comer and Maria Rojas are joined by Sarah Gray Miller, the Editor-In-Chief of Modern Farmer, to discuss an article from the magazine's most recent issue titled "The High Cost of Cheap Labor." New immigration orders will greatly impact the food world, and this piece is an in-depth look at the facts and history of farm workers in the U.S., as well as a frank discussion with farmers that these policies affect.

Apr 05 2017

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Episode 139: Will Harris of White Oak Pastures

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Meet Will Harris, the the owner/operator of White Oak Pastures, a multi-generational family farm that was established in 1866 in the small, southwest Georgia community of Bluffton. White Oak Pastures is the only farm in the United States that has both a beef and chicken abattoir on the property. Erin Fairbanks interviews Will on this week’s episode of The Farm Report. Mr. Harris explains what inspired him to transition away from the big industrial farming model and back to the humane and organic methods his great grandfather practiced. Learn more about what animal welfare means at White Oak Pastures and how they set the standard for excellence in modern livestock production. This program was sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

“We’re the only farm in the country that has both a beef and poultry slaughterhouse on the farm – we’re very proud of that.”

“When I was in my 40’s in the 1990’s I became disgusted with the excesses of the industrial practices and started transitioning back to the ways of my great grandfather.”

“Good animal welfare is very easy to determine. If you enjoy watching the animal – you have good animal welfare. The animals need to be able to express their instinctive behavior.”

–Will Harris of White Oak Pastures on The Farm Report

Sep 20 2012

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Episode 329: Federal Farm Policy Update with Rep. Chellie Pingree

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United States Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) is a former organic farmer and currently serves on the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. She's been a longtime advocate for policies that support farmers and contribute to building a healthier, more sustainable food system—in her home state of Maine and across the country. With the Farm Bill deadline of September 30 fast approaching, host Lisa Held caught up with Rep. Pingree to talk about the Farm Bill programs she's been working on—like the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP)—and other pressing policy issues facing farmers right now.

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Sep 20 2018

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Episode 81: United Way of NYC & Food Bank For NYC

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This week on The Farm Report, Erin talks policy with Carmine Rivetti of United Way of NYC & Carlos Rodriguez of Food Bank For NYC. Tune in to learn more about the constant steps being taken to feed New Yorkers in need and help families through these challenging economic times. Learn more about how programs like food stamps and WIC play into the equation and what’s in store for the future of food security in our city. This episode was sponsored by Hearst Ranch.

May 19 2011

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Episode 307: Ben Machin of Redstart

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This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks is joined by Ben Machin of Redstart Natural Resource Management in Vermont, which provides forest management, invasive species management, ecosystem restoration, and land use consulting services to landowners and property managers.

Prior to joining Redstart Forestry in 2001, Ben was employed as a firefighter/smokejumper with the USDA Forest Service, parachuting and fighting fires from Alaska to Arizona. In addition to his work as a partner of Redstart, Ben is the land management consultant for the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT.

Jan 17 2017

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Episode 353: Maine's Seaweed Farming Boom

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On April 26, Portland, Maine kicks off its first annual Seaweed Week to celebrate the harvest and showcase seaweed’s culinary versatility, from kelp purees to seaweed beers. While seaweed aquaculture was non-existent in the US just a decade ago, it’s now on the rise, and Maine is at the forefront of the growing industry. Heritage Seaweed founder Josh Rogers sits down with host Lisa Held to discuss what kelp farming looks like, how it can contribute to a more resilient, sustainable food system, and why Maine is becoming the country’s hub for seaweed aquaculture.

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Apr 10 2019

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Episode 381: “Grilled”: A Story of Changing the Chicken Industry

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Animal welfare activist Leah Garces, the current president of Mercy for Animals, has been fighting against industrial animal agriculture her entire career. In this episode, she talks to host Lisa Held about her new book "Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry," in which tells the story of working with farmers and chicken companies to make incremental changes in the system. They discuss distrust between farmers and activists, how farmers might participate in a new market for plant-based foods, and more.

The Farm Report is a Heritage Radio Network show, recorded live on Full Service Radio at the LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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Dec 04 2019

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Episode 380: Helping Dairy Farms Plan for the Future

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“No farms, no food,” is a slogan American Farmland Trust (AFT) popularized to describe the importance of its farmland conservation programs. Its newest program that speaks to that mission is Farmer Batch, a collaboration with Greek yogurt maker Chobani. Based on a portion of sales from special Farmer Batch yogurts, AFT will offer grants to struggling dairy farmers to help them manage farm transitions, work on business planning, and more. In this episode, host Lisa Held talks to AFT vice president of programs David Haight about how the grants will work, why he thinks they can help farmers stay on their land, and why Chobani is engaging in charity for farmers rather than paying them more for their milk.

The Farm Report is a Heritage Radio Network show, recorded live on Full Service Radio at the LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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Nov 20 2019

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Episode 379: Washington DC’s Urban Farming Trailblazer

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Gail Taylor started Three Part Harmony Farm three and a half miles from the White House. In the process, in addition to growing plenty of organic vegetables for the residents of DC, she also helped pass city legislation to make it easier for others to start urban farms in the nation’s capital. In this episode,Taylor talks to host Lisa Held about her farm, her approach to agroecology, and the effects of DC’s local “Farm Bill.”

The Farm Report is a Heritage Radio Network show, recorded live on Full Service Radio at the LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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Nov 13 2019

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Episode 378: Cory Carman's Grass-Fed Vision

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The fourth-generation Oregon rancher worked in environmental policy before she moved home and converted her family’s ranch to a grass-fed cattle operation based on the principles of holistic management. Now, she’s partnered with other ranches nearby to create a new supply chain for grass-fed beef. In this episode, Carman talks to host Lisa Held about building soil health to restore grasslands and store carbon, partnering with restaurant chains like Dig to grow the market for grass-fed beef, communicating around the role livestock play in healthy ecosystems, and the rural-urban divide.

The Farm Report is a Heritage Radio Network show, recorded live on Full Service Radio at the LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

Join Heritage Radio Network on Monday, November 11th, for a raucous feast to toast a decade of food radio. Our tenth anniversary bacchanal is a rare gathering of your favorite chefs, mixologists, storytellers, thought leaders, and culinary masterminds. We’ll salute the inductees of the newly minted HRN Hall of Fame, who embody our mission to further equity, sustainability, and deliciousness. Explore the beautiful Palm House and Yellow Magnolia Café, taste and imbibe to your heart’s content, and bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and tasty gifts for any budget at our silent auction. Tickets available now at heritageradionetwork.org/gala.

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Nov 06 2019

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Episode 377: The Goat Milk (and Cheese) Moment

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According to The Washington Post, the number of dairy goats in the US is now climbing quickly. But Suzanne Behrmann, owner of Shepherd’s Way Creamery, got into milking goats a long time ago, simply because she liked them. Now, her farm has a herd of 14, and she sells her artisanal goat cheese at farmers markets in West Virginia and Washington DC’s famed Dupont Market. In this episode, Behrmann is in DC to attend Freshfarm’s annual Feast, and she talks to host Lisa Held about what it takes to run a goat dairy, setting up an on-farm cheesemaking operation, and her experiences selling at farmers markets.

The Farm Report is a Heritage Radio Network show, recorded live on Full Service Radio at the LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

Join Heritage Radio Network on Monday, November 11th, for a raucous feast to toast a decade of food radio. Our tenth anniversary bacchanal is a rare gathering of your favorite chefs, mixologists, storytellers, thought leaders, and culinary masterminds. We’ll salute the inductees of the newly minted HRN Hall of Fame, who embody our mission to further equity, sustainability, and deliciousness. Explore the beautiful Palm House and Yellow Magnolia Café, taste and imbibe to your heart’s content, and bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and tasty gifts for any budget at our silent auction. Tickets available now at heritageradionetwork.org/gala.

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Oct 30 2019

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Episode 376: Dear Sonny Perdue, Small Farms Matter

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United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently made a lot of farmers angry. At a time when small dairy farms are going out of business at unprecedented rates (and small farms producing other crops are also struggling), Perdue made a comment that suggested the situation was par for the course. “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out,” he said. This week, host Lisa Held is joined by three guests—Brenda Cochran, dairy farmer and president of Farm Women United, Russell Diez-Canseco, president and CEO of Vital Farms, and Jordan Treakle, policy director at the National Family Farm Coalition—to discuss Perdue’s comments, what current challenges faced by America’s small farmers really look like, and what can be done to help small farms survive.

Join Heritage Radio Network on Monday, November 11th, for a raucous feast to toast a decade of food radio. Our tenth anniversary bacchanal is a rare gathering of your favorite chefs, mixologists, storytellers, thought leaders, and culinary masterminds. We’ll salute the inductees of the newly minted HRN Hall of Fame, who embody our mission to further equity, sustainability, and deliciousness. Explore the beautiful Palm House and Yellow Magnolia Café, taste and imbibe to your heart’s content, and bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and tasty gifts for any budget at our silent auction. Tickets available now at heritageradionetwork.org/gala.

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Oct 23 2019

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Episode 375: Farming on the Wild Side

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Why take a “wild” approach to farming? Nancy Hayden has been co-owner of The Farm Between in Jeffersonville, VT for 28 years, and she’s the co-author of the new book, Farming on the Wild Side: The Evolution of a Regenerative Organic Farm and Nursery. In this episode, she joins host Lisa Held to talk about the agricultural benefits of wild spaces, agroforestry and other climate-friendly farm practices, and the economics of making a small, regenerative organic farm successful.

Join Heritage Radio Network on Monday, November 11th, for a raucous feast to toast a decade of food radio. Our tenth anniversary bacchanal is a rare gathering of your favorite chefs, mixologists, storytellers, thought leaders, and culinary masterminds. We’ll salute the inductees of the newly minted HRN Hall of Fame, who embody our mission to further equity, sustainability, and deliciousness. Explore the beautiful Palm House and Yellow Magnolia Café, taste and imbibe to your heart’s content, and bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and tasty gifts for any budget at our silent auction. Tickets available now at heritageradionetwork.org/gala.

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Oct 16 2019

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Episode 374: Could Open Source Data Transform Agriculture?

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Dave Herring is the executive director of Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment, a demonstration farm, training center, and campground on 600 acres of preserved coastal land in Freeport, Maine. In this episode, he talks to host Lisa Held about a new initiative —OpenTEAM—launched in collaboration with partners like Stonyfield Organic and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. Herring outlines a vision for the project in which farmers will utilize the platform to build up data that can then be used to improve regenerative agriculture practices, to ultimately help mitigate climate change.

The Farm Report is a Heritage Radio Network show, recorded live on Full Service Radio at the LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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Oct 09 2019

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Episode 373: Restorative Ocean Farming

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While many forms of aquaculture have wreaked havoc on ecosystems, fisherman-turned-ocean farmer Bren Smith says farming the world’s oceans could help solve the climate crisis—if we do it right. In the wake of the dire report on the state of the oceans from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), host Lisa Held talks to Smith about his method of 3D restorative ocean farming (which requires zero inputs and can sequester carbon), his new book, Eat Like a Fish, and how he’s training other young farmers to grow food at sea, via his non-profit organization GreenWave.

The Farm Report is a Heritage Radio Network show, recorded live on Full Service Radio at the LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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Oct 02 2019

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Episode 372: Chemical Reactions

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Many common agricultural pesticides have been making headlines recently, from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) reversing a ban on chlorpyrifos to multiple lawsuits in which juries have awarded millions of dollars to individuals who claim glyphosate (Roundup) caused their cancers. In this episode, expert Erik Olson, of the NRDC, explains the health risks and environmental impacts of some of these talked-about farm chemicals and talks to host Lisa Held about current EPA policy related to pesticide regulation.

The Farm Report is a Heritage Radio Network show, recorded live on Full Service Radio at the LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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Sep 25 2019

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Episode 371: Growing Little Wild Things

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Little Wild Things Farm produces soil­-grown microgreens, shoots, and edible flowers in the heart of Washington, DC. Its produce can be found at the biggest markets and in top restaurants throughout the city. In this episode, host Lisa Held talks to founder-farmer Mary Ackley about her journey as a first-generation farmer, the rewards and challenges related to growing and selling specialty produce in an urban environment, and DC’s urban farming landscape.

The Farm Report is a Heritage Radio Network show, recorded live on Full Service Radio at the LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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Sep 18 2019

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Episode 370: Cargill: The Worst Company in the World?

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Before the news of the fires in the Amazon drew national attention, environmental organization Mighty Earth was calling out American agricultural giant Cargill for its contributions to deforestation in South America, among numerous other environmentally destructive practices. In this episode, host Lisa Held talks to Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz about the scathing report the organization released (and the New York Times covered) in July—Cargill: The Worst Company in the World. They discuss why Cargill is such a standout offender when it comes to environmental degradation, how industrial animal agriculture contributes to deforestation and other issues, and what can be done.

The Farm Report is a Heritage Radio Network show, recorded live on Full Service Radio at the LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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Sep 11 2019

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Episode 369: Denver's Urban Farmer of Many Hats

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Chris Starkus owns Lost Creek Micro Farm in Denver, Colorado, where he is a beekeeper and grower of vegetables. He’s also the executive chef at the restaurant Urban Farmer, where he’s created a “locally focused, sustainably sourced steakhouse menu influenced by the bounty of Colorado.” During a trip to New York City to cook at the James Beard House, Starkus stopped by the studio to talk to host Lisa Held about his own farm, how he supports other farmers in Colorado as a chef, and what agriculture looks like in and around Denver.

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Aug 14 2019

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Episode 369: When Dairy Farms Make Cheese: Laurel Valley Creamery

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This week's show is a special collaboration between The Farm Report and Cutting the Curd. Together, host Lisa Held and fellow Heritage Radio Network host and producer Elena Santogade talk to farmer and cheesemaker Celeste Nolan. Nolan and her husband purchased a family dairy farm 15 years ago. After struggling to sustain the farm business based on fluid milk production alone, they added cheesemaking to the operation. The Nolan family’s farm and cheese will soon be featured on Farmsteaders, an episode of PBS's POV series. In advance of that portrait, Nolan talks to Held and Santogade about the realities of revitalizing and running a dairy farm, how making cheese fits into the farm’s economic and day-to-day picture, and more.

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Aug 07 2019

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Episode 367: Super Seeds: How Row 7 Is Reinventing Vegetables

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Created by renowned chef Dan Barber, breeder Michael Mazourek, and seedsman Matthew Goldfarb, Row 7 is “a seed company grounded in the notion that deliciousness might just change the world.” In this episode, host Lisa Held sits down with Mazourek to talk about how the company has been working with a network of chefs and farmers to develop vegetables like the Badger Flame Beet and the Purple Beauregarde Snow Pea. They also tackle why breeding for flavor can produce more nutritious vegetables, how to breed plants for resilience in the face of climate change, and what seed farming really looks like.

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Jul 31 2019

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Episode 366: From Milk Crate to Dinner Plate

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Jonathan Sumner has a unique job for a farmer. At Riverpark, one of celebrity chef Tom Colicchio’s restaurants, he runs what is likely Manhattan’s biggest outdoor farm, organically growing around 100 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and flowers in 3,200 milk crates. His predecessor, Zach Pickens, now runs Farm Tournant in upstate New York and provides the restaurant with whatever the city farm can’t grow. In this episode, Sumner, Pickens, and Riverpark executive chef Andrew Smith to host Lisa Held about the unique design of Riverpark’s farm and how the farmers and chefs work together to craft menus that revolve around the harvest, both in the city and upstate.

It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate

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Jul 24 2019

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Episode 365: Student Farmers on a Food Justice Mission

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“Brownsville is a food desert,” one student says while standing against a backdrop of dozens of giant cucumbers ready to be harvested. “We want to help the community by giving them healthy food access.” In this episode, student farmers give host Lisa Held a tour of the hydroponic farm they built inside an empty classroom at their Brooklyn middle school, where 25,000 pounds of produce now grows annually. After the tour, Teens for Food Justice president Katherine Soll is in studio to talk about what went into building the farm, how it has impacted the students and community, and how it fits into the bigger picture of the organization’s work.

It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate

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Jul 17 2019

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Episode 364: Investing In Small Farms and Regenerative Agriculture

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Meriwether Hardie is the chief of staff at Bio-Logical Capital, where her work focuses on developing new models for regenerative agriculture, renewable energy, and climate-positive land use. In this episode, host Lisa Held talks to Hardie about how the company invests in farms and projects that “un-scale” the food system, how small farms and diversified, regenerative agriculture operations can compete for investment when up against commodity agriculture and ag-tech operations, and her upcoming participation in “The Innovative Farmer” summit at Slow Food Nations, the food and agriculture festival happening in Denver, Colorado July 19–21.

It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate

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Jul 10 2019

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Episode 363: Reflecting on a Decade of Reporting on the Food System

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Naomi Starkman is the founder and editor-in-chief of Civil Eats, a “daily news source for critical thought about the American food system” that is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. In this episode, host Lisa Held talks to Starkman about how agriculture and conversations about farming have changed over the past decade, how media companies should be covering agriculture and the many important issues it intersects with, and what she thinks the next ten years have in store for farmers and eaters.

It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate

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Jul 03 2019

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Episode 362: Shenandoah Valley Organic’s Farmer Focus

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Based in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Shenandoah Valley Organic sells USDA-certified organic chicken grown on a network of small farms. In this episode, host Lisa Held sits down with Jefferson Heatwole, chief sales and marketing officer, and Jason Daugherty, a fourth generation farmer who raises chickens for SVO. They discuss how the company’s “Farmer Focus” model is designed to give growers more power in an industry known for taking advantage of contract farmers, their “Farm ID” program that traces each chicken back to the farm it was raised on, and more.

It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate.

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Jun 26 2019

47mins

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