Happy 2018!! For our first show of the year, Ben & I wanted to offer some tips & strategies to help our listeners eat more ethically and sustainably. This week, we focused on understanding food labels, terminology and certifications. Starting by explaining why these are so confusing in the first place.
On December 8th, local celebrity chef Dan Wu joined us in the studio. Dan is the owner of the newly opened Atomic Ramen -- specializing in Japanese-style ramen who also cooks, eats, writes & podcasts as "The Culinary Evangelist". We talk about the challenges of introducing this culinary concept to our community. And how he merges his culinary skills with community service.
In November we visited Grace Cafe in Danville, KY -- a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can community restaurant committed to serving fresh, delicious, locally-sourced food to everyone regardless of ability to pay! We had so much fantastic content to share. So we split our interviews into 2 successive shows. So enjoy these yummy Show Notes with both podcasts embedded!
On November 10th, Lauren Gawthrop, Marketing Manager, and Bill Bickford, General Manager, of Good Foods Co-op joined me to discuss the Co-op's 45 year history of serving our community. AND to discuss how the Co-op plans to continue serving for another 45 years! We also talked about how the Co-op model differs from the traditional grocery retail business, particularly when it comes to locally produced foods.
For our October 13th show, Ashley C. Smith and Trevor Claiborn (aka Farmer Brown) joined us to discuss a new program called -- Black Soil: Our Better Nature. Ashley & Trevor created this program to create engagement and generate substantive discussion about the challenges and disparities facing black farmers in Kentucky.
On September 29th, Katie Landon (Youth Services & Nutrition Manager for God's Pantry Food Bank) AND DeBraun Thomas (Community Activist and Local Musician) joined us. As we continue our series of during "Hunger Action Month"(September) to focus on poverty & hunger. The topic for this show was Childhood Hunger in our community.
On August 18th, we hosted Angie Quigley (For Pete's Sake Farm) and Will Meurer (Wholesome Living Farm). We do a deeper dive into understanding sustainable farming practices with respect to produce and animals. Angie and Will passionately share their redemptive and regenerative farming methods that focus on soil health. And why "pastured" eggs are the most nutrition-dense type to buy!
On August 4th, we hosted Becca Warta and Josh England. Becca is the Program and Marketing Director for KY Double Dollars . Josh is the Market Manager for Lexington Farmers Market. They discuss KY Double Dollars. A Program that increases the buying power of KY families who lack easy access to fresh food. And increases the economic impact of KY grown food within communities and for farmers.
Our July 21st show featured Leandra Forman and Jimmy Earley of FoodChain -- an innovative that operates an indoor aquaponics farm located in the heart of Lexington, KY. As an industrial space located in a diverse residential neighborhood, FoodChain seeks to be an integral link between food access and community development. And will soon be providing an important connection once its Processing and Teaching Kitchen project is underway.
Our July 7th show featured Mae Suramek -- owner of and head noodle slinger at Noodle Nirvana in Berea, KY. Mae shared her trajectory from social justice activist to social justice entrepreneur. Dr. Jeff Richey, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Berea College, also joined us to provide a framework for understanding "culinary appropriation."
Daniel Pike is amazing!! From Cryptological Linguist at the NSA (National Security Agency) -- thwarting a plot to assassinate a world-leader -- to sustainable, organic KY farmer raising healthy, happy cattle, chickens, and pigs. WOW!! Listen to the latest Podcast of Lexington Food Justice Radio to learn about sustainably-raised meat and how to decode the confusing terminology on meat packaging labels.
Here's the podcast for our May 26th Show hosting some fabulous folks from Magic Beans Coffee, A Cup of Commonwealth, and Chocolate Holler to discuss the ethical sourcing of chocolate and coffee. Read my Show Notes for a bunch of links to learn more about these issues and understand how we, as consumers, can make an impact!
Listen to the April 28, 2017 Lexington Food Justice Radio with Mac Stone of Elmwood Stock Farm. Great conversation as Mac talks about his trajectory as a farmer, the history of the farm, the ins-and-outs of organic certification, as well as the benefits of a CSA to the farmer, the consumer, and the community.