Farm to Table means different things to different people but many would agree that restaurants and their chefs have led the way on our Farm to Table journey. Chefs might say that they have been led by their own customers who have shown a preference for food with a story all the way back to the farm: the farmer, unique varieties or breeds, production practices and overall sustainability. In this episode of Farm To Table Talk we are joined at the table by Greg Drescher, the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Industry Leadership with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to explore what Farm To Table means in the Culinary world and the trends that change menus.
Biodynamic Insights – Chris Daugherty - Farm To Table Talk
Nutrient density, biodynamic and regenerative are terms of relevance to the health of our planet, our soil, our food and ourselves. It's tricky learning the connections but Dr. Christopher Daugherty ties it all together. "Biodynamic is the art and aspect" of the essential principles of food. Nutrient density is the "level of nutrients per unit" of calorie.
Dr. Chris is a regenerative entrepreneur in 'Ortho-molecular' Nutrition & Biological Medicine. Focusing on biological nutrients, product development and farmer direct supply chains provides biodynamic insights for the future of earth to farm to table.
New Normal It’s Not – Suzy Badaracco - Farm To Table Talk
Now is not the new normal. Consumers were forced to change their shopping and dining food practices by the pandemic. As they return to stores and restaurants, they need to be the Hero of their lives. From farmers to restaurants and food markets, helping consumers realize their need to be the Hero from these troubled times, is job One. Suzy Badaracco is the President of Culinary Tides Inc., a Trends consultancy with a focus on what's going to happen next. It's not just studying the data to see trends taking shape; but rather identifying the "parents" of the trends. Food marketers from farm to table, especially need to take note and act accordingly to help their customers become HEROS. www.culinarytides.com
Becoming Farmers – Mary Kimball - Farm To Table Talk
Many people wish they could farm and new farmers are needed. Sounds like a match. It is a well established fact that the average age of farmers is around the age that people are thinking of retirement. So who will be farming in the future, beyond just those who are fortunate enough to be born in to a sustainable family farm? The Center for Land Based Learning is trying to answer that question with programs reaching out to an audience from High School, to early career and to mid-life career changers. Mary Kimball the CEO of the Center For Land Based Learning joins Farm To Table Talk in a Clubhouse room to explain and answer questions from a live global audience on the future for those who want to be farmers. www.landbasedlearning.org
Better Life Rural – Johnathan Hladk - Farm To Table Talk
Families are spending more time cooking at home and local meat provides a better and more affordable alternative. According to Johnathan Hladk the Policy Director for the Center for Rural Affairs, local meat lockers simply do not have the space or equipment to keep up, leaving family farms in the growing direct sales industry without a crucial partner.State and Federal government should support small meat processors looking to improve and expand their infrastructure, which is vital in addressing bottlenecks in local processing and encouraging the growth of rural economies. Funds should be made more available to entrepreneurs seeking to open a new small meat processing facility. With voluntary support coming from coast to coast, the Center for Rural Affairs addresses issues to improve the quality of rural life. www.cfra.org
Good Vibes Farming – Francesco Arlia - Farm To Table Talk
New technologies will play an important role in the future of farming for every size, shape, climate and geographic location. The ideas are popping up fast and increasingly affordable for the full spectrum of global farming systems. Francesco Arlia is the founder and CEO of one of these emerging pioneers, Harvest Harmonics. With dime-sized micro-transmitters the natural vibrations and optimum frequency of photosynthesis is changed for the better. Frank talks of the birth of new, non-chemical technologies that could represent the next green revolution. www.harvestharmonics.com
Climate Smart Agriculture – Secretary Karen Ross - Farm To Table Talk
Climate smart agriculture will make a difference to farmers, citizens and life on earth. Karen Ross, the Secretary of Food And Agriculture for the California Department of Agriculture is on the front line of meeting the climate challenge as chief administrator of food and agriculture programs for the 5th largest economy in the World. Secretary Ross has a perspective beyond California boundaries having hailed from a western Nebraska farm, managed farm organizations and served as the Chief of Staff at the US Department of Agriculture under then Secretary Tom Vilsack. Secretary Vilsack is now back at USDA with a fresh charge to lead Agriculture to Climate Smart Agriculture and Karen Ross will promote the synergies that come from state, federal, local and farm/rancher initiatives that lead to climate smart solutions for a warming planet. www.cdfa.ca.org
Wonderful Resource for Food and Ag Professionals
This podcast addresses the issues facing the food and ag sector in segments that are long enough to delve into the issue, but short enough to get a series of main points across concisely. Rodger is a wonderful host - the conversation flows naturally like a discussion at the kitchen table rather than an interview and provided for a few laughs along the way. I highly recommend all ag and food professional subscribe to this resource and bookmark it to listen to new segments as they come out!
Bridging the gap between farmers and the general public
Rodger asks the right questions of agricultural guests to address common consumer questions and concerns and in doing so, helps build a greater understanding of American agriculture and find common ground between those that grow/produce and those that eat food. Food security affects us all, and it’s essential to form connections to agriculture.
Diverse yet in depth
Disclaimer: I was a guest on this podcast! What I love about this podcast is the range of perspectives and angles that are covered. Everything from larger corporations and what they’re doing (Kellogg’s) to relatively small dairy operations. Each of the guests are trying to make the food system stronger and it’s cool to hear about all the creative ways they’re doing that