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Latest Episodes

Reimagining Our Food Systems

Ariel view of colorful fruits and vegetables on display.

Dominant narratives do more than describe a situation or circumstance. The stories we tell can shape our world.

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Agroecology, Midwestern Black Farmers, And A Kimchi Startup

An overhead view of a landscape with a garden bed cultivated in a lush green landscape with some partial structures nearby and two people standing in the garden.

Join us for conversations with farmers working with nature to grow food in Puerto Rico and here in the Midwest, plus Black farming challenges and traditions in Iowa and Oklahoma and a kimchi startup In North Carolina.

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Food Fit For A Fly

Kevin Gabbard at a stainless steel sink next to a big kettle, plastic buckets in various colors sit nearby on a cart

Most of us, when we encounter a fruit fly, are focused on keeping it out of our food. But what if it was your job to feed fruit flies?

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All About Grain--A Small Scale Mill, Ancient Wheat And Sourdough Bread

Closeup shot of Kamut grains filling the frame.

The pandemic has revealed the wisdom of short supply chains. Hear how one small-scale grain farm and mill adapted to pandemic conditions.

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Adventures In Hot Peppers--From Pique Making To Reaper Tasting

A close up of a bright red bumpy pepper with a tail-like tip on a linen table cloth

What is the world's hottest pepper and what does it feel like in your mouth? Two public radio hosts are about to find out.

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Have Sheep, Will Farm: One Family’s Search For A Farm Of Their Own

Lauren McAllister, Brett Volpp and young son Jasper in front of old red tractor with house and dogs in the background.

From walking a horse 6 miles on a rail trail to transporting 24 sheep in the back of a Chrysler minivan, these young farmers will find a way to get their animals, and themselves, to the farmland of their dreams.

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Latest News

Farm Tools Were Designed For Men. That’s A Problem For The Increasing Number Of Female Farmers.

Dusty Spurgeon, facing the camera, smiling, driving a green tractor with front-loader filled with fence posts.

Men have long dominated the farming world. So, not surprisingly, farm equipment – things like tractors, tillers, or hand tools – are designed to be used by male farmers. Female-friendly tools are hard to come by and with more women farming every year, that presents a safety issue.

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State And Federal Efforts To Help Small Meatpacking Plants May Take Time

A worker with a red apron, gloves and hairnet, working at a table with ameat slicer. Other cuts of meat hanging on a rack in the background.

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the meat industry, with some slaughterhouses and processing plants temporarily closing down earlier this year. Some midwestern states are using Federal COVID stimulus money to help small meat processors increase capacity.

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The Hub Adapts To Covid-19

Two women in masks and gloves, outside in a truck bay under a white party tent with a table full of food boxes and a stack of milk crates with milk.

With increased demand for food assistance, a local food pantry has changed their model to meet the need while keeping people safe.

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Recipes

Savory Hand Pies with Greens, Olives and Feta

Close-up of small pocket pies with golden-orange pastry and a filling of cooked greens flecked with white cheese and dark olives, on a white plate with parsley in the background

These pocket pies are an almost decadent way of getting a healthy dose of greens.

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Apricot Almond Scones

Triangle shaped scones on a baking sheet.

These scones have some of the same characteristics of croissants -- layered, flaky and buttery -- but they're much easier to make.

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Apple Oat Crisp--Easier Than Pie

homemade apple crisp or crumble topped with vanilla ice cream in white bowl on linen napkin with apples in background

Head out to the apple orchard, or your favorite farmers market and stock up on apples this fall. They transform into this satisfying dessert in no time.

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