Down to Earth is a podcast about hope. As climate change collides with our industrial food system, we focus not on doom but instead on people who are developing practical, innovative solutions. We invite you to meet farmers, ranchers, scientists, land managers, writers, and many others on a mission to create a world in which the food we eat is healthy—for us, for the land and water from which it springs, for the lives and livelihoods of the producers, and for the planet.
From journalist to butcher
Camas Davis had what she calls an "early onset midlife crisis" when she was around 30--and it led her to France to study butchering. But when she came home she found that the market for good, local meat needed to be cultivated and she started The Portland Meat Collective.
Jovan Sage on herbal medicine, farming, and ancestral memory
Jovan Sage carries on traditions passed down from African and Indigenous ancestors, and is a healer on many levels--herbalist, "food alchemist," farmer, chef, and community organizer.
indigenous, Native American, Sanjay Rawal, Gather, documentaries, regenerative agriculture
Sanjay Rawal 's new film, Gather, explores how Native Americans across the U.S. are rediscovering their food traditions--and building on them in the context of present-day realities.
Funding the science of regenerative ag
LaKisha Odom is Scientific Program Director (Soil Health) at The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. A non-profit organization funded by the Farm Bill, FFAR is helping to fund the scientific research behind healthy soil practices so that more farmers can make the transition to regenerative agriculture and long-term sustainability and resilience.
Reclaiming the Commons: a conversation with Dr. Vandana Shiva
Dr. Vandana Shiva is an environmental leader, scientist, and activist. Author of over 20 books, she’s founder and leader of Navdanya, a non-governmental organization and movement that promotes biodiversity, organic farming, the rights of farmers, and seed saving. Her latest book is, Reclaiming the Commons: Biodiversity, Indigenous Knowledge, and the Rights of Mother Earth, published by Synergetic Press.
From art to agriculture: Emerald Gardens
Roberto Meza was an artist and MIT graduate student who took some time off to deal with health concerns and found that fresh greens made such a difference in his life that he started growing them. Now he runs a thriving business and focuses on food sovereignty and equity.
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Great for varied audience
Great introduction to a wide array of topics without being simplistic. I always learn something new!