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Touring The White Violet Center, Miscanthus, Berry Grunt

We spend much of today's show walking around the garden at the White Violet Center. Berries for dessert. And, does the Midwest have a new energy crop?

high tunnel with crops

Photo: Annie Corrigan/WFIU

These crops are flourishing in the high tunnel at the White Violet Center. Two interns use scissors to harvest kale, chard and other spring greens.

I just want to grow food for people. It’s something that just fills a very deep need that I have. I would be doing this anyway, so it’s great that I have people to do it for.

Candace Minster is the garden manager at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a a ministry of the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She shows us around the gardens and introduces us to the alpacas.

The Midwest might have a new energy crop, if only farmers would grow it.

What could be part of the culprit for the mass bee deaths across the country? Harvest Public Media brings us a story from Iowa corn fields.

And, Chef Daniel Orr takes advantage of some fresh berries. We have a recipe for an amazing dessert for you.

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Miscanthus: A Growing Energy Crop

tractor plowing miscanthus

Miscanthus is a tall, stalky grass native to Southeast Asia. Researchers want to blend miscanthus with existing fuel sources.

Stop Grunting and Slumping: Gingered Summer Berry Grunt

gingered summer berry grunt

A baked dessert is a wonderful way to show off the season’s bounty of fruit. A juicy cobbler, slump, or grunt is the perfect foil for fresh berries and peaches.

Is Corn Dust Killing Bees?

beekeeper with hives

Farmers have used insecticides on their crops for decades, so many farmers are skeptical that these seed coatings are now killing bees.

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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