At Real Food Media, we believe each one of us has a story to tell, and that sharing our stories strengthens our communities and our movements. Our two podcast series bring you stories from the food movement through a powerful combination of “book smarts” and “street smarts” (or is it soil savvy?). Real Food Reads, our long-standing book club and podcast, interviews the authors of today’s most important books at the intersection of food, politics, and culture. And our newest podcast series, Foodtopias, showcases the stories of workers, farmers, healers, ecologists, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), womxn, and community organizers who are growing food & cultivating utopia. Together, Real Food Media podcasts offer you the inspiration you need to build your own food activist toolkit. For more resources, visit: www.realfoodmedia.org.
Foodtopias | Ep 4: Making Space for BIPOC Farmers
Allinee ‘shiny’ Flanary—founder of Come Thru Market, a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color(BIPOC) producer farmer’s market in Portland, OR—joins us for the season finale of Foodtopias to talk about the origins of the market, what it looks like to offer meaningful support, and the role of abolition in food sovereignty.
This conversation was a part of The Power of Community-based Food Systems with The Wallace Center.
Perilous Bounty: Tom Philpott | Ep. 46
A veteran journalist and former farmer, Tom Philpott cracks open US agriculture—and where it went horribly wrong. Highlighting scientists documenting the damage and the farmers and activists pushing back, Perilous Bounty is a must-read for eaters and activists alike. This Real Food Reads episode breaks down key food system concepts like no other.
Foodtopias | Ep. 3: Peasant Women Feed the World
The global peasant leader and food sovereignty activist Elizabeth Mpofu speaks to us about growing up in a farming family in Zimbabwe, practicing climate resilient agriculture, and how rural women are impacted by Covid-19. Mpofu is General Coordinator of the international peasant confederation La Vía Campesina and founder and chairperson of the Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum (ZIMSOFF).
This conversation was part of the Hunger for Justice series from A Growing Culture. View the full broadcast at: http://www.agrowingculture.org/hfj/
Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Devon Mihesuah | Ep. 45
Centuries of colonization have disrupted Indigenous communities’ ability to control their own food systems. But throughout the United States, projects are underway to reclaim and protect the land, water, plants, animals, and food & farming practices that underpin Indigenous self-determination and wellbeing. Native Choctaw scholar Devon Mihesuah joins us for this special Indigenous Peoples Day episode.
Bite Back: Jose Oliva | Ep. 44
Long-time Real Food Media friend and ally Jose Oliva joins us to talk about his co-authored chapter, “Food Workers versus Food Giants.” In this dynamic conversation, we cover the food system’s legacy of slavery, corporate consolidation, unions, and the strategies workers are using to carve out pathways for a more just food system.
Foodtopias | Ep. 2: Black Agrarian Resistance in Jackson
Dr. Cindy Ayers, head farmer and CEO of Footprint Farms in Jackson, MS, is carrying on a long legacy of activism and farming. Descended from Civil Rights veterans and sharecroppers, her 68-acre farm is a hub for learning and support, creating real opportunities for young, Black people. We cannot free ourselves until we feed ourselves.