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Going Rogue With Dumpster Diving And Seed Saving

Seed saving at the Wylie House, Dumpster Diving in Indianapolis, and a Panzanella salad made with stale bread.

These are Trail of Tears corn seeds. During the forced march in the 1830s from the southeastern U.S. to Oklahoma and Arkansas, Cherokee planted these seeds along the way.

Almost every culture has a way to use day old bread. You have, you know, French Toast, which the french call “pain perdu”, which means forgotten bread. The panzanella salad is a perfect example of that.

With Chef Daniel Orr today, we’ll be making Panzanella salad, a dish that uses up all those stale bits of bread that you just can’t bring yourself to throw in the compost heap.

Also on our show, the benefits and the limitations of Urban Gardens. That story from Harvest Public Media.

We’ll also hear how female farmers in Missouri are banding together.

Then, it’s a trip to a garden where the seeds are considered more valuable than the vegetables.

And, do not try this at home — the pros and cons of dumpster diving.

Stories On This Episode

For Some Female Farmers, Stepping Up Means Finding Support

Groups designed for farm women are not just about the social and emotional support. They serve an educational role as well.

Panzanella Salad For Your Forgotten Bread

This recipe features some fresh tomatoes and cucumbers along with an ingredient that is past its prime -- stale bread.

Raw Okra Salad With Southern Indiana Vinaigrette

Choose small, young okra for this recipe. They get more fibrous and are less ideal for raw dishes as they get larger.

Tastes Like 1835: Seed Saving At The Wylie House

Sherry Wise of the Wylie House describes how the act of seed saving preserves agricultural biodiversity and family traditions.

Combating Retail Food Waste, One Dumpster At A Time

An anonymous dumpster diver gives Earth Eats a glimpse into his trade, combating food waste.

Studying The Benefits Of Urban Agriculture

There may be limitations to the benefits of urban agriculture.

Coffee Flour Grinds Down Food Waste

A new startup is making an edible product out of fruit pulp from coffee plants that farmers usually dump.

Flour Recall Expands As E. Coli Outbreak Claims More Victims

General Mills has recalled an additional 15 million pounds of flour after investigators found a second strain of E. coli in samples.

Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla is an announcer and producer for WFIU, where he serves as the host of Afterglow and the music trivia show Ether Game. His knowledge of food comes mostly from his Italian mother.

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