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Planting For The Future

Ashley Thomas (far right) leads a team of volunteers for the Boomington Community Orchard on the first phase of planting the nut tree grove near the YMCA in Bloomington, Indiana (photo courtesy of Bloomington Community Orchard, April, 2018)

This week we visit the Bloomington Community Orchard for the planting of a nut grove.

Josephine Mc Robbie has a story about a pop-up taco and tamale shop,
Harvest Public Media tells us what’s at stake in the glyphosate debate,
and Chef D has a fresh idea for strawberries and rhubarb.

Here in Bloomington Indiana, we are lucky to have a community orchard.
The Bloomington Community Orchard is an organization that maintains fruit-bearing trees and bushes on a plot of land next to a city park in Bloomington. The trees are planted and cared for by volunteers, and the fruit is freely available to anyone.

The orchard is also involved in education programs, community plantings and fruit tree give-aways.

Josh David volunteers with the Bloomington Community Orchard. He is pictured here moving some of the turf dug up for the planting of nut trees on a site close to the BCO’s main site (photo courtesy of BCO)

Last year they partnered with the City of Bloomington to plant a nut tree grove on a piece of land between the YMCA and the Winslow little league baseball fields, just a stone’s throw away from the orchard’s main site.

It’s a grassy gentle slope just off of a jogging path, and in view of an up-scale subdivision to the East.

They planted the grove in stages, with the third and final planting during Memorial Day, weekend, a couple of weeks ago.

Earth Eats was onsite for the first planting session on Earth Day, in 2018.

Visit the Bloomington Community Orchard website to learn how to get involved.

Music on this episode

Poor Souls by Actual Figures

Discovering Pastures by Samuel Karl Bohn via Killer Tracks

Music by Christian Boyer and Monique Poca Garcia, via SoundCloud CC.

No More Worryin’ by Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

The Earth Eats’ theme music is composed by Erin Tobey and performed by Erin and Matt Tobey.

Stories On This Episode

Bringing The Process To The People With Taco And Tamale Pop-Up Ex Voto

Nixtamaliztion is a method of processing corn. Ex Voto uses this method to make masa for their tamales and tortillas.

This Spring’s Heavy Rains May Become The New Normal As The Climate Changes

Flooding is delaying planting across the Midwest and Great Plains. Is this something farmers need to get used to?

Researchers Hope Seaweed Will Quiet Gassy Cows

Researchers are closing in on ways to grow a particular kind of seaweed can curb the amount of greenhouse gas that cows and other animals emit during digestion.

By The Numbers: Glyphosate Use In The Midwest For Corn, Soybeans

When the pharmaceutical company Bayer bought Monsanto last year, it inherited the weed killer Roundup. It also inherited thousands of lawsuits claiming the chemical’s active ingredient — glyphosate- can be linked to a form of cancer.

Strawberry Rhubarb Salsa

Most people don't think of eating rhubarb raw. This salsa plays off its tart crunch and balances it with fresh berries, onion and chilies.

Kayte Young

Kayte Young discovered her passion for growing, cooking, foraging and preserving fresh food when she moved to Bloomington in 2007. With a background in construction, architecture, nutrition education and writing, she brings curiosity and a love of storytelling to a show about all things edible. Kayte raises bees, a small family and a yard full of food in Bloomington’s McDoel Gardens neighborhood.

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