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A weekly, interview-driven podcast connecting you with the people, the stories and the energy of Denver's local food movement. Hear from pioneering chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, gardeners as well as non-profit, government and business leaders, all working to build the Mile High City’s local food ecosystem. Mile High Locavorist champions everything produced and processed in the Denver region from fruits and vegetables to meat and dairy, as well beer, wine and spirits, baked goods and other products with an emphasis on organic and sustainable as much as possible.

Mile High Locavorist Nate Reyher

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A weekly, interview-driven podcast connecting you with the people, the stories and the energy of Denver's local food movement. Hear from pioneering chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, gardeners as well as non-profit, government and business leaders, all working to build the Mile High City’s local food ecosystem. Mile High Locavorist champions everything produced and processed in the Denver region from fruits and vegetables to meat and dairy, as well beer, wine and spirits, baked goods and other products with an emphasis on organic and sustainable as much as possible.

    From Gourmet Mushrooms to Permaculture Homestead w/Liz & Michael Nail | Mile High Fungi

    From Gourmet Mushrooms to Permaculture Homestead w/Liz & Michael Nail | Mile High Fungi

    If you went to the Union Station Farmers Market in the 2016 season, you saw an adorable couple running a stand stocked with gorgeous gourmet mushrooms. That’s Liz and Michael Nail and they are Mile High Fungi. Liz and Michael are “both passionate about fungus.” They’re pioneering the locally grown gourmet mushroom business here in the Mile High City. Not only that, they’ve already embarked on their next major effort, building what will become a full permaculture homestead.
    Liz and Michael both hail from the Pacific Northwest and studied sustainable agriculture and environmental science, earning degrees from Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Together, they spent many days foraging for wild mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest.
    Let me quote from their website; “For us, mushrooms just make sense. They blend our desire to provide healthy, local produce with finding creative solutions to harnessing the city’s organic waste stream. In this time of environmental instability, we strive to produce using the most sustainable methods available, including solar and LED technology. By partnering with local businesses we’re able to utilize resources from our community for our community. These amazing arborists, agriculturalists, wood workers, brewers and many more help us live the dream of sustainable mushroom farming.”

    – LINKS & RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE –
    Mile High Fungi website Mile High Fungi on Instagram and Facebook Union Station Farmers Market Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farm CSA and Sprout City Farms CSA Colorado Cottage Foods Act of 2012 on Colorado Farm To Market website and on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council (SFPC) (My interview with Brian Coppom about Union Station Farmers Market) Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (CSBDC) (financial understanding) Colorado Department of Agriculture (regulatory understanding) Fooducopia Local and Organic Restaurant  
    – THANKS FOR LISTENING –
    This episode (#29) comes from Mile High Locavorist.

    • 27 min
    Focus on Denver In Fight Against Food Waste w/Brendan McCrann and Reuben Gregory | Future Pointe

    Focus on Denver In Fight Against Food Waste w/Brendan McCrann and Reuben Gregory | Future Pointe

    It's a big enough problem that is touching enough of these different segments of the industry: restaurant, retail, consumers, institutional, farm...that here in the Denver Metro area, there’s room for a lot of solutions...” – Brendan McCrann, Future Pointe
    Food waste. Over the last year or two, this issue has been finding its way into the headlines more and more, both at home and abroad. From features on John Oliver’s HBO show Last Week Tonight to major national initiatives in Europe, food waste has reached the mainstream consciousness. And Denver, of all places, is becoming a focal point for solving our food waste problem here in the US.
    In this episode, we’re going to talk about what’s happening now in food waste at the national, state and local levels as well as what we might see in the future. Exactly where we’ll go is unclear, as it’s still early days, but significant efforts are starting to come together and again, with Denver as a national focal point.
    Brendan McCrann is President of Future Pointe LLC, a Colorado-based enterprise recognized for its extensive experience and expertise developing solutions for food waste, including emergent technologies which mitigate harmful greenhouse gasses, generate fertilizer inputs and provide other societal benefits. Brendan founded Future Pointe in 2009.
    Reuben Gregory, a Denver local who serves on the mayor-appointed Sustainable Food Policy Council, is a Consultant with Future Pointe.  Reuben has developed and implemented projects for food banks and farmers which keep food waste in the food system while saving - and often earning - money in the process.
    – IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN –
    Are we at a tipping point with respect to action on food waste? How food waste impacts global climate change How much food we're wasting, exactly What coalitions and actions are taking shape at the national, Colorado and Denver levels What major steps have already taken place, creating momentum What the focus on Denver could mean for us over the next few years, though it's still too early to know for sure What citizens can do to stay informed and get involved in food waste solutions – LINKS & RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE –
    Future Pointe LLC Brendan@futurepointe.com and Reuben@futurepointe.com Food Waste: HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (YouTube) Dan Barber's 2015 NYC "wastED" experiment (The New Yorker) and now moving to London in 2017 (Eater) Food Recovery Act (Eater) "Wasted" NRDC 2012 Issue Paper (PDF) Virginia Till, EPA Region 8 (till.virginia@epa.gov, 303-312-6008) Boulder Food Rescue and Denver Food Rescue We Don’t Waste We Don't Waste and Coors Field (Colorado Public Radio) Metro Caring and Denver International Aiport (The Denver Post) Food Donation Takes off at PDX (Portland Airport) "Largest-ever campaign in Denver launched to reduce food waste" (video, Fox31 Denver) NRDC article on pilot cities of Nashville, New York City, and Denver (NRDC) Catherine Cox Blair (NRDC) Metro Caring Press Release Announcing Further With Food website (The Rockefeller Foundation) FurtherWithFood.org – THANKS FOR LISTENING –
    This episode (#28) comes from Mile High Locavorist.

    • 31 min
    Talking Turkey - A Marketplace Full of (Confusing) Choices

    Talking Turkey - A Marketplace Full of (Confusing) Choices

    Natural. Organic. Local. Heritage. Heirloom.
    In this episode, I explore the confusing, even misleading range of choices we often face in the marketplace through the experience of buying an 18-pound turkey for my family's Thanksgiving celebration. I also delve a bit into the history of how today's modern turkey was created.
    Did I make the right choice? What would you have done?
    Let me know at nate@milehighlocavorist.com or at the website, www.milehighlocavorist.com. 
    – THANKS FOR LISTENING –
     
    This episode (#26) comes from Mile High Locavorist.

    • 29 min
    Make the Most of Mid-Season Produce | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

    Make the Most of Mid-Season Produce | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

    It’s August in the Mile-High City which means we’re in the middle of the harvest season in the Denver region. I’m pleased to welcome back Chef Elizabeth Buckingham of Moveable Feast Colorado to the second in a series of three episodes designed to help us get the most of the locally-grown fruit and vegetables we’ll see in the early, mid and late-harvest seasons in the Denver region.
    Check out the first episode in the series on early-season produce, some of which we are still seeing (leafy greens, herbs): Episode 22: Make the Most of Early Season Produce.
    In the mid-season, we’re seeing:
    The Holy Trinity: Tomatoes, peppers and summer squash Colorado’s best fruit: Melons from the Arkansas River Valley and peaches from the Palisade region Sweetcorn from the Olathe region Chef Elizabeth is going to talk us through:

    What we’re going to see in the mid-season What to look for when we buy How to best store it before we’re ready to use it How to prepare it Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado, through which she offers all kinds of fun and useful services from in-home classes to edible garden setups. Elizabeth is also a certified Master Gardener and runs a tiny urban homestead complete with chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid home canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food and thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.
    – IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN –
    Why you need to give ugly tomatoes a chance, and quickly, but skip the cooking Why you should consider eating zucchini raw, too How the size of a pepper tells you how spicy it is (generally, at least) Why plastic and the fridge don’t always extend the life of your produce How summer squash plants can make even a novice gardner feel like a pro Why with almost any veggie, a break in the skin signals a quick trip to the kitchen Why, surprisingly, September is our peak harvest month
     – LINKS & RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE –
    Chef Elizabeth’s private chef service Moveable Feast Colorado Get on her mailing list for monthly event announcements by sending an email with the subject “Subscribe” to cheflib@gmail.com Grant Achatz’s “Carmelized Zucchini & Onion Soup” (Make this immediately!) (Food & Wine) Colorado Melons’ Claim to Fame (5280 Magazine)
     – THANKS FOR LISTENING –
    This episode (#25) comes from Mile High Locavorist.

    • 32 min
    Reshaping Emergency Food Assistance with Turner Wyatt | Denver Food Rescue

    Reshaping Emergency Food Assistance with Turner Wyatt | Denver Food Rescue

    “We’re a health equity organization before we’re a food security organization so we’re not going to deliver someone a totally unhealthy meal just for the sake of filling their stomach.” – Turner Wyatt

    Increasing healthful food access is an effort that has grown in prominence over the last few years. It’s a complicated issue. So many factors influence healthful food access – the built environment, food costs, shelf-life, government regulation, nutrition, even social norms and stigmas.
    Denver Food Rescue is a young organization meeting the challenge of expanding healthful food access with a unique operating model featuring bicycles, fresh local produce and a “no-cost grocery” concept. In 2015, they delivered enough food for 175,000 healthy meals with a focus on health, not just calories. “Denver Food Rescue is a health equity nonprofit that uses an innovative bicycle-based delivery system to increase the nutritional value in the emergency food assistance system.” And while reducing food waste is not their primary goal, Denver Food Rescue makes a big difference on that front, as well, rescuing 210,000 pounds of food last year. Plus they’re making big strides by employing technology to expand their reach and getting the attention of some big-time donors.
     
    *Correction: In my introduction, I incorrectly stated that Denver Food Rescue rescued 175 meals last year, not 175,000. Apologies!
     
    – IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN –
    Why their original operating model from Boulder had to adjust to Denver How low-middle income people fall into a healthful food access gap Why being resident-led in their neighborhoods sets them apart Why linking food waste reduction with hunger relief can be problematic for low-income communities How this model, by its very nature (i.e. bicycles), encourages food localization Why they see themselves as a “health equity” organization over a “food security” organization How you can “Plant An Extra Row” to help those in need to access fresh, local food
    – LINKS & RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE –
    Denver Food Rescue Fresh Food Connect (The App) Fresh Food Connect Intro Video (YouTube) Rose Community Foundation Groundwork Denver Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) Impact 100 Metro Denver
     – THANKS FOR LISTENING –
    This episode (#24) comes from Mile High Locavorist.

    • 28 min
    What is Permaculture with Creighton Hofeditz | Denver Permaculture Guild

    What is Permaculture with Creighton Hofeditz | Denver Permaculture Guild

    “Permaculture is the best toolkit we have to craft a truly sustainable future.” – Creighton Hofeditz
    Permaculture – just what is it, exactly?
    Here to tell us is Creighton Hofeditz, a CO native, permaculturalist, food educator and Board Member of the Denver Permaculture Guild. The Denver Permaculture Guild is a vibrant, sizeable and still growing group of folks focused on growing the practice and growing practitioners of permaculture in Denver. They also bring in some internationally recognized speakers from time to time and have a very active online community.
    This episode is broken in to two parts. Part 1 – What is permaculture? and Part 2 – What is the Denver Permaculture Guild?
    – IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN –
    The origins of permaculture The major elements and principles of permaculture design Why permaculture is necessarily customized to each place it’s applied How permaculture works with food production and with animals How you can get involved, in a big or small way, with permaculture and the Denver Permaculture Guild  – LINKS & RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE –
    Denver Permaculture Guild Website Denver Permaculture Guild (very active) Public Facebook Group Denver Permaculture Guild Facebook Page – THANKS FOR LISTENING –
     This episode (#23) comes from Mile High Locavorist.

    • 30 min

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