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Gardening Stories, Farm Bill Updates, Farming Chefs

When Chef Daniel Marquis isn't cooking at Quay in Chicago, he's growing food on his family farm. Seasoned gardeners share their stories. We forage for cattails!

cutting greens in the field

Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture (Flickr)

Since everything is done by hand on Chef Daniel Marquis' organic farm, he uses the help of some of his restaurant employees to do work in the fields.

Well I retired at the first of the year, so after 13 years of living in a very old house with a yard that really has needed help for 13 years, I finally have the time to garden. So, I’ve been going nuts.

That’s Julia Karr, a volunteer at the Generations Gardening Together event at the Monroe County Public Library. Several seniors were helping children plant herbs and make seed bombs. We were there collecting folks’ gardening stories.

From Harvest Public Media, Congress eyes cuts to SNAP benefits as it debates the farm bill.

Then, when Chef Daniel Marquis isn’t in the kitchen at Quay in Chicago, he’s growing food on his family farm.

And, we go foraging for cattails with Chef (and boat driver) Daniel Orr.

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Stories On This Episode

At The Farmers Market, With Food Stamps

starter-plants at farmers market

About 47 million Americans are enrolled in SNAP. Most of the money is spent at grocery stores, but an increasing amount is finding its way to local markets.

Dinner On The Shoreline: American Lighthouse Cookbook


The new cookbook celebrates the creative cuisine that came from lighthouses across the country. It offers so much more than seafood.

If These Plants Could Talk

planting peas

Kids planted herbs and rolled seed bombs with the help of several seniors at Generations Gardening Together. We collected folks' gardening and food stories.

Cattails: The Supermarket Of The Marsh

cattail pollen muffins

Cattail pollen is often used in pancake recipes. We're changing it up a bit with this recipe for muffins.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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