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The Sacred Practice Of Growing Food: An Interview With Shane Bernardo

Shane Bernardo, tends to cucumber vines growing in a hoop house (photo courtesy of Shane Bernardo)

One of the things that James and Gracie Boggs are quoted as saying is ‘we are the leaders we’ve been waiting for.’ And folks like Feedom Freedom and D-Town and Oakland Avenue, I draw a lot of inspiration from because they’ve made a way out of no way. --Shane Bernardo

On this week’s show, an interview with Shane Bernardo, who does community organizing in Detroit around issues of food justice. Our conversation touches on urban farming, intergenerational trauma, and the power of food to connect us with the traditions of those who have come before us.

We also have a couple of news stories, and a recipe featuring French lentils.


Links to Shane's work, and organizations he mentions in the interview:

Food as Healing--Shane Bernardo's website

Pathology of Displacement: The Intersection of Food Justice and Culture--a Why Hunger publication by Shane Bernardo. The article can also be found here.

Feedom Freedom

D-Town Farm

Oakland Avenue

The Boggs Center

Detroit Summer

Earth Works Urban Farm

Gardening Angels

I am sure there are many ways to make Lugaw, the dish Shane mentions in the interview. I found this video to give you an idea of what it's like, in case you've never had it.

Music on this episode:

Semilanceata by Dr.Doctor from the Free Music Archive

French Mellow by Frenic & Anitek from the Free Music Archive

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

Stories On This Episode

Chef D's French Lentil Salad

Pair this salad with a mess of greens and a slice of whole grain bread, and you've got a complete meal.

Chef José Andrés Feeds Florence Evacuees

The chef and humanitarian, with the help of his non-profit, feeds and rebuilds disaster areas all over the globe, including flooded areas of North Carolina.

Florence Floods Pig Manure Pools

Record rainfall from Hurricane Florence has flooded more than 20 hog waste lagoons, contaminating watersheds and increasing health risks.

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