30 episodes

Cal Ag Roots unearths stories about farming history that challenge us to think deeply about the struggles, breakthroughs, battles and innovations that have shaped California agriculture. Tune in to learn the surprising histories behind the ways we produce food today. You might never look at your grocery aisle in the same way again!

Cal Ag Roots Podcast Cal Ag Roots

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

Cal Ag Roots unearths stories about farming history that challenge us to think deeply about the struggles, breakthroughs, battles and innovations that have shaped California agriculture. Tune in to learn the surprising histories behind the ways we produce food today. You might never look at your grocery aisle in the same way again!

    Bringing Justice and Land Equity to Farmers of Color in California

    Bringing Justice and Land Equity to Farmers of Color in California

    The passage of the Farmer Equity Act, California Assembly Bill 1348, in October 2017 was ground-breaking. For the first time, California acknowledged the racist patterns of systematic discrimination that have been common practice in governmental agricultural institutions which have impacted farmers of color in accessing the most basic thing that farmers need: land. This pattern has deep roots in California farming history through laws such as the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Alien Land Laws, and Executive Order 9066. Recognizing that this history was continuing to play out well into the 21st century, a group of organizers called the California Farmer Justice Collaborative were able to win a victory for farmers of color by passing the Farmer Equity Act. However, four years later, organizers discuss how they see this legislation as just a first step in addressing centuries of land ownership discrimination in California.

    This podcast was made possible with the support of the 11th Hour Project at the Schmidt Family Foundation. Photo credit: California Farmer Justice Collaborative.

    This story was co-produced by Héktor Luis Calderón-Victoria and Li Schmidt. Podcast editors and collaborators include Caroline Collins and Ildi Carlisle-Cummins. We give special thanks to those interviewed in the episode: Florentino Collazo, Jibril Kyser, Kellee Matsushita-Tseng, Janaki Anagha, and Mai Nguyen.

    Audio edits by Li Schmidt. Episode music is by Las Cafeteras and Cal Ag Roots theme music is by Nangdo. Tribe of Noise licensing information can be found here: https://prosearch.tribeofnoise.com/pages/terms.

    #calagroots #california #history #communitystories #foodjustice #farmerjustice #farmersofcolor #land

    • 31 min
    The Cal Ag Roots Podcast: Reflecting On 2021 And What's Next

    The Cal Ag Roots Podcast: Reflecting On 2021 And What's Next

    Join us for this mini-episode conversation between the current Cal Ag Roots Podcast Producer, Dr. Caroline Collins, and former Cal Ag Roots Producer, Ildi Carlisle-Cummins, who is currently the Executive Director of the California Institute of Rural Studies (the parent organization for Cal Ag Roots). Caroline and Ildi reflect on the challenges of producing community-based stories during a pandemic and give a preview of the next Cal Ag Roots episodes that will be aired in the beginning of 2022. This podcast was made possible with the support of the 11th Hour Project at the Schmidt Family Foundation.
    Photo credit (Diana Morales: www.arteesmedicina.com).
    Audio edits by Li Schmidt and Cal Ag Roots theme music by Nangdo. Tribe of Noise licensing information can be found here: https://prosearch.tribeofnoise.com/pages/terms.
    #calagroots #california #history #communitystories #foodjustice #farmerjustice #farmersofcolor #blackhistory #blacklivesmatter #americanwest #blackgirlmagic #blackculture #black #blm #blackpeople #blackisbeautiful #blackpride #africanamerican

    • 10 min
    We Are Not Strangers Here Ep. 6: “Still Here"

    We Are Not Strangers Here Ep. 6: “Still Here"

    We Are Not Strangers Here Ep. 6: “Still Here Black Farmers & Agricultural Stewardship in the Modern Age”
    Relationships to the land can be seen throughout African American history and culture. However, Black Californians haven't just long been connected to the natural world in the past.
    In our sixth and final episode of this series, discover how Black people's connection to the natural world continues to this day in urban and rural spaces across the state.
    (Photo: Will Scott Jr. at work on his farm, 2015. Credit: Alice Daniel/KQED). This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (Visit calhum.org to learn more), and the 11th Hour Project at the Schmidt Family Foundation. Music Credit for Episode 6: "Strange Persons" by Kicksta; "Summer Breeze" and "Inward" by HansTroost; Woke Up this Morning-Jazz Organ (ID 1293) by Lobo Loco.
    Tribe of Noise licensing information can be found here: https://prosearch.tribeofnoise.com/pages/terms

    • 32 min
    Sneak Preview: We Are Not Strangers Here Episode 6

    Sneak Preview: We Are Not Strangers Here Episode 6

    Sneak Preview: Episode 6, our final episode of the Cal Ag Roots six-part We Are Not Strangers Here series, “Still Here: Black Farmers & Agricultural Stewardship in the Modern Age” premieres March 9, 2021. Relationships to the land can be seen throughout African American history and culture. However, Black Californians haven't just long been connected to the natural world in the past. Discover how their connection continues to this day in urban and rural spaces across the state. (Photo: Will Scott Jr. at work on his farm, 2015. Credit: Alice Daniel/KQED). This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (Visit calhum.org to learn more), and the 11th Hour Project at the Schmidt Family Foundation. Music Credit: "Strange Persons" by Kicksta. Tribe of Noise licensing information can be found here: https://prosearch.tribeofnoise.com/pages/terms.

    • 3 min
    We Are Not Strangers Here Ep 5: Back to the Land: Allensworth and the Black Utopian Dream

    We Are Not Strangers Here Ep 5: Back to the Land: Allensworth and the Black Utopian Dream

    In 1908, African American pioneers established the town of Allensworth forty miles north of Bakersfield as part of the broader Black Town Movement. Discover how these settlers not only built buildings, established businesses, and planted crops--they also inspired the imagination as they tested what was possible in rural California. (Photo Credit: Teachers at the Allensworth School, c. 1915 [090-2156]. Courtesy California State Parks). This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (Visit calhum.org to learn more), and the 11th Hour Project at the Schmidt Family Foundation. Music Credits for Episode 5: "Strange Persons" by Kicksta; "Summer Breeze" and "Inward" by HansTroost; Over the Water, Humans Gather by Dr. Turtle; "Just Gone" by King Olivers Creole Jazz Band; and The Fish Are Jumping by deangwolfe. Tribe of Noise licensing information can be found here: https://prosearch.tribeofnoise.com/pages/terms.

    • 30 min
    Sneak Preview: We Are Not Strangers Here Episode 5

    Sneak Preview: We Are Not Strangers Here Episode 5

    Sneak Preview: Episode 5 of the Cal Ag Roots six-part We Are Not Strangers Here series, “ Back to the Land: Allensworth and the Black Utopian Dream" premieres March 9, 2021. In 1908 African American pioneers established the town of Allensworth forty miles north of Bakersfield. Part of the broader Black Town Movement, discover how these settlers not only built buildings, established businesses, and planted crops--they also inspired the imagination as they tested what was possible in rural California. (Photo Credit: Teachers at the Allensworth School, c. 1915 [090-2156]. Courtesy California State Parks). This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (Visit calhum.org to learn more), and the 11th Hour Project at the Schmidt Family Foundation. Music Credit: "Just Gone" by King Olivers Creole Jazz Band. Tribe of Noise licensing information can be found here: https://prosearch.tribeofnoise.com/pages/terms.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

sheepfolx ,

Essential Listening

This is an understated podcast of huge importance. It is full of stories that were left out of our whitewashed education. For anyone who wants to know California’s history and California’s present, Cal Ag Roots is required listening.

jsblalack ,

Essential for every California

Even though I’m from California I knew very little about the history of our agricultural sector. This engaging, plurivocal podcast should be required listening in our public schools.

From Bakersfield with love ,

Great podcast

Thank you for this wonderful podcast. So informative, well balanced, and beautifully produced. My daughter and I enjoy listening!

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