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Marcia Veldman, Rebuiling The Foodshed, Hydroponics

What does it take to run a successful farmers market? Coordinator of the Bloomington Community Farmers Market Marcia Veldman gives tips in this week's podcast.

sunrise over the farmeres market

Photo: Annie Corrigan/WFIU

The Bloomington Commmunity Farmers Market

It amazes me so many people choose to be farmers, because the amount of hard work that’s involved. I’m always really grateful that there are people out there who want to do it.

That’s Marcia Veldman. She’s been the coordinator of the Bloomington Community Farmer’s Market for 17 years. She comes into the studios today for part one of our conversation about why the market has been so successful over the years and what she would like to see from a new farm bill.

Harvest Public Media reports on the poultry business and how improvements in this vast and diverse industry take time.

We speak with author Philip Ackerman-Leist about his new book Rebuilding the Foodshed.

And, it’s off to a hydroponics farm in Indiana where they grow basil year around.

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lab hen on perch

Traditional industrial hen houses hold a quarter-million layers, which represents a massive challenge. But the industry says it’s rising to the challenge.

Eden Farms: Growing Basil Year Round With Hydroponics

hydroponic basil

Join us for a tour of one-of-a-kind Eden Farms and learn about their hydroponic farming that grows basil, arugula, and watercress year-round.

Chicken Fried Zucchini Flowers With Basil, Mozzarella

squash blossoms

I usually stuff squash blossoms before battering and frying them. They are also good stuffed with fish or chicken and steamed for a lighter dish.

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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