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Out With The Old, In With The Reused

For our first show of 2014, we're looking at ways to reduce food waste, from composting to making vegetable stock.

peeling broccoli

Photo: Cookthinker (Flickr)

Once you're finished peeling and chopping broccoli, what do you do with the scraps? We have a couple ideas for getting the most out of every bit of your vegetables.

It’s kind of like cooking. Some people use a very careful adherence to a recipe, and others do it more by intuition.

He’s talking about composting. We’re exploring a couple ways to reduce the amount of food waste that comes from our kitchens this episode.

Michael Simmons will give us a composting primer.

Leigh Bush introduces us to her hard-working red wigglers.

Chef Daniel Orr prepares a stock with leftover veggie bits.

We’ve got a recipe for some cold-hardy kale later.

And, Harvest Public Media looks new technology for fighting off rootworm, and what that could mean for corn farmers.

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Stories On This Episode

New Crops Could Kill Insects By Targeting Their Genes


With rootworms building resistance to GM corn that makes its own pesticide, seed companies are working on new crops that target the insects’ genes.

Composting 101: Tips And Tricks For Creating A Healthy Heap

compost sign

Why does the compost pile smell? How often do I turn it? How do I know it's garden-ready? This composting primer is handy for beginners and experts alike.

Massaged Kale Salad


Giving the kale a good, thorough back rub for this recipe. It tenderizes it and make it easier to chew.

Make Your Own Portable Compost Bin

make your own vermicomposting bin

Just because you rent, don't have a backyard or move every year doesn't mean you can't compost. Here are some creative ideas for making your own portable bin.

Kitchen Basics: Chicken Stock Recipe

veggie scraps for chicken stock

Stocks are the building blocks of cuisine. Use your leftover chicken bones and veggie scraps to make a tasty chicken stock for soups, stews and sauces.

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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