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Young Farmers Need Land, Tapping Maple Trees, Wild Rice

This episode, encouragement to tap maple trees yourself this year. A handheld snack with Chef Daniel Orr. And, small farmers make the food system their own.

several maple trees tapped with buckets

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Michael Farrell says, "There’s no reason why we can’t produce and consume just as much maple sugar as we did back when people were really living off the land." His book is "The Sugarmaker's Companion."

The group that I interviewed in central Missouri called Sandhill Farm. When they finally realized that actually what they were doing was not farming, was that they were growing good soil, good healthy soil, their farming practices actually became a lot more successful.

Daniel Tucker learned a lot about how small farmers do what they do through the process of writing his book “Farm Together Now.” He’ll introduce us to a few producers across the country who interact with the food system in interesting ways.

Harvest Public Media speculates why there aren’t more young farmers.

Later in the program, a game is helping the young farmers we do have learn how to play the markets.

Wild rice in endive boats, Chef Daniel Orr’s recipe for today.

And we’re excited to start talking maple syrup today, and maybe encourage you to tap some trees on your property! Michael Bell shows us how and Michael Farrell talks about the wonders of maple sap.

News Stories:

Stories On This Episode

Young Farmers Waiting For Their Opportunity

farmland near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska

The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows the number of farmers under 35 years-old has grown slightly, about 1 percent nationally.

Daniel Tucker’s “Farm Together Now” – Fixing The Food System

Daniel Tucker And His Book Farm Together Now

"Farm Together Now" profiles the people who are experimenting with solutions to the broken American food system.

Wild Rice And Pear Salad With Pecans

wild rice salad served in endive boat

The toasted pecans pair well with the nuttiness of the rice, and the d’anjou pear adds sweetness and color. And the lettuce serves as the bowl!

The Pulse Of Early Spring: Tapping Maple Trees

bucket hanging on a maple tree

Temperatures are cool at night and warm during the day. It must be time to tap maple trees! Michael Bell gives a tutorial.

Maple Syrup And All Its Delicious Parts

cover of sugarmaker's companion

Making maple syrup does not need to be left to the experts. Michael Farrell's "A Sugarmaker's Companion" will give you the tools you need to do it yourself.

Farmers Play The Markets, Learn To Avoid Risk

Robbie Maass shows his mother, Leah, the Commodity Challenge

In Commodity Challenge, you have fake bushels of grain. You line up a marketing strategy, watch the real markets and then see what your decisions earned you.

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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