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Thinking Vegan, Thanking Pollinators

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, we present four vegan recipes. And, pollinators are the topic of new research and a volunteer project at the community orchard.

This in week's program, we're preparing an all-vegan Cinco de Mayo feast.

Pollination is the most important thing that bees do for people. We all enjoy the honey, but pollination is so vital to our agriculture today.

That’s Tracy Hunter of Hunter’s Honey Farm. Gretchen Frazee speaks with him and researchers from Indiana University to find out what makes a bee colony strong and healthy.

Also in the program, volunteers with the Bloomington Community Orchard build bee hives and bird houses to entice pollinators to call the orchard home.

In the kitchen, we celebrate an all-vegan Cinco de Mayo with Sweet Pea Guacamole, Tofu Sour Cream and Vegan Dream Quesadilla. And, it’s never too early to start preserving flavors of the season. Chef Daniel Orr shows us how easy it is to make Pickled Peppers.

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An unlikely coalition of farmers, businesses, social advocates is pushing for a law in Kansas that would create a work program benefiting illegal immigrants.

Vegan Tofu Sour Cream

Don't be afraid of the "scary white stuff." Incorporate tofu into a recipe you already know and love.

Seriously Fun Snacks: Sweet Pea Guacamole

Who can say no to a snack? No one in their right mind, that’s who! The Spanish call them tapas and they make a daily event of them – a light fourth meal.

Vegan Dream Quesadilla

Not vegan? No problem. This quesadilla with tofu, spinach, pine nuts and pesto will satisfy you.

Research: Genetic Diversity Makes Bee Colonies Healthier

Genetic diversity in honeybee colonies has been shown to increase the amount of good bacteria.

The Birds And The Bees Of Pollinating An Orchard

Volunteers for the Bloomington Community Orchard are working hard to attract pollinators by building honeybee hives, mason bee homes and bird houses.

Pickled Peppers Give Off Heat Year Round

It's never too early to start preserving flavors of the season! Use your favorite peppers harvested fresh from the garden in this recipe.

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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