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Frank Nyikos’ Container Garden, Seaweed, Marcia Veldman

Marcia Veldman talks about how customers' perceptions of local food have changed over the years. Seaweed in a salad. And, changing the definition of "farmer."


I think this area has changed remarkably, at least here in Bloomington in the last few years, where customers aren’t always looking for perfection in produce.

Marcia Veldman coordinates Bloomington’s bustling farmers market. She talks about food justice, about ugly produce and about her addiction to growing food.

Why the USDA wants to change how it defines the occupation of “farmer.” That story from Harvest Public Media.

Frank Nyikos shows me around his indoor farm, where he grows everything from coffee beans to ginger.

Brad Dunn gives us new language with which to describe Sauvignon blanc .

And then, sea veggies in a salad prepared by Chef Daniel Orr.

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To Close Subsidy Loophole, USDA Wants To Redefine ‘Farmer’

The government’s current definition of a farmer includes owning land or equipment, and doing at least 1,000 hours of manual labor a year.

Seaweed Salad With Shoestring Vegetable And Thai Basil

The vegetables, combined with honey and lime, will give a familiar taste to the potentially unusual seaweed flavor.

What Dropping Cuba Trade Embargo Could Mean For U.S. farmers

In 2014, Cuba imported more than $2 billion worth of food products – much of which is bought in bulk from countries in Asia or South America.

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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