Edible Activist is a podcast where dynamic people of color in the food and agriculture space share personal food journeys, stories and perspectives that stem from the land. Hosted by Melissa L. Jones, she interviews a diverse group of everyday growers, farmers, artists, healers, and other extraordinary individuals, who exemplify activism in their own edible way.
This show records and broadcasts LIVE on Full Service Radio from the lobby of the LINE DC in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.
#120: Mama Nature's: Mississippi's First Plant-Based Juice Bar
#TheSip has got the juice! Jackson, Mississippi native, Keyah Williams, is the owner of Mama Nature's, a plant-based juice bar in the heart of the capital, along with two other locations. The beginnings of the business not only started with a whopping low personal credit score, which Keyah is completely transparent about, but in the trunk of her car selling juices to customers. Keyah shares an inspiring story in this episode of how she "lost it all" but is now walking authentically in her purpose. The 2020 Young Entrepreneur of the Year spills her future plans for the business, and talks about supporting black entrepreneurs to help launch their wellness pursuits. Tap in!
#119: How This Shipping Container Farmer's $200,000 Debt Has Been Forgiven
Mario Vitalis of New Age Provision Farms took out $200,000 in USDA loans to fund his hydroponics shipping container operation in Indianapolis and now his debts have been forgiven. At the onset of starting his business, Mario made several attempts to qualify for a loan - a process that was wrapped in discirimination and rejection. Receiving encouragement from his late grandfather pushed him to appeal and not give up. Mario's story takes a few detours along the way, one that will bring you to tears, but ultimately it ends in victory with a zero loan balance and a new book in store. Tap in to hear Mario tell his story!
#118: We're on Patreon!
FoodTalksNColor and Edible Activist join Patreon! In this episode, Melissa L. Jones takes us back to 2009, where her food story began and reminds listeners of her 'why' behind the mission of amplifying BIPOC voices in food and agriculture. Listen in and learn how you can help further the mission by joining their Patreon community!
#117: Edible Pop Up: Charismatic Creations
Chrissy Sheffey, former Edible Activist guest and founder of Charismatic Creations says that "the true essence of hospitality is rooted in black people." This week we travelled up 495 to Waldorf, MD where Chrissy's garden-to-table cocktails and amazing experiences come to life. We sat in the middle of Chrissy's warehouse and paid homage to the past, acknowledging the footprint that black people had, and still do, in the spirits industry. Chrissy also shares navigating the beverage space as an independent business, how to finesse a drink on-the-fly, and her latest project: Spirited Soul Garden!
#116: September We're Back!
Hey listeners, we took an extended summer break, but excited about the guests that we have lined up and some updates to share. Stay tuned and keep watch for the next episode!
#115: Pollinating Gardens with Britt Huggins
A plant lover and educator, Britt Huggins enjoys being in the garden and gracing green spaces with pollinators. In this episode, the Philly native recounts how agriculture rescued her during a difficult season in her life and attributed the land for her healing. Britt also shares the importance of seed keeping along with some tips on how to organize them. Tap in!
The best empowering gardening podcast
Melissa L Jones is my go to podcast host when I need to be reminded of all the folks trying to make the world a better place on whatever scale through a connection with the earth and nature. She and her guests drop pearls of wisdom that stick with me and sustain me throughout the week. I haven’t found any other podcast in the community gardening food empowering space like it
INCREDIBLE podcast bringing POC to the front of food activism
So much of today's food movements are overrun and overwhelmed by white people. This podcast with Melissa Jones puts those spaces to shame, showing the dynamic and exciting work of Black and Brown individuals to shape and make food movements with POC voices and experiences in mind. Highly recommend this podcast to all food activists and foodies alike!
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