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Jupiter’s Almanac is a podcast about growing and producing the food we eat, featuring the hard-earned wisdom of chef and farmer Matthew Raiford. Matthew is the great-great-great grandson of Jupiter Gilliard, who bought farmland in Coastal Georgia in 1874, following his emancipation. Matthew and his family still farm that land today, nearly 150 years later, while promoting organic practices and sharing their Gullah-Geechee heritage through food.

In this series, Matthew is sharing what he’s learned from his inheritance, plus he’s inviting other farmers from Georgia and across the country to share their tips and stories, too. Jupiter’s Almanac is a show for everyone who is interested in growing their own food and reconnecting with the land – whether you are just starting out with a square foot garden or a seasoned farmer.

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Jupiter’s Almanac is a podcast about growing and producing the food we eat, featuring the hard-earned wisdom of chef and farmer Matthew Raiford. Matthew is the great-great-great grandson of Jupiter Gilliard, who bought farmland in Coastal Georgia in 1874, following his emancipation. Matthew and his family still farm that land today, nearly 150 years later, while promoting organic practices and sharing their Gullah-Geechee heritage through food.

In this series, Matthew is sharing what he’s learned from his inheritance, plus he’s inviting other farmers from Georgia and across the country to share their tips and stories, too. Jupiter’s Almanac is a show for everyone who is interested in growing their own food and reconnecting with the land – whether you are just starting out with a square foot garden or a seasoned farmer.

Photo of Matthew Raiford by Alex Boerner
www.alexboerner.com

    The Power of WayGreen Market's Food Oasis

    The Power of WayGreen Market's Food Oasis

    Matthew welcomes Connie Oliver of WayGreen Market in Waycross, Georgia. They take a look back at 2020 and what it’s been like for WayGreen and the local farmers they work with. This year marked the revival of WayGreen’s online market and Connie provides insight into the digital tools WayGreen relies on to carry out their mission and expand their network.

    Connie also talks about what it means to be a food oasis and the strong connection she works to foster among WayGreen’s team of volunteers. Matthew spotlights one volunteer who conducts cooking demos at the market and they discuss the value of teaching children to cook at a young age.

    • 29 min
    Rice Bread and Regional Grains

    Rice Bread and Regional Grains

    This week’s episode dives into regional bread and grains. The show was inspired by a listener question about whether there is a history of salt rising bread in Gullah Geechee culture. The closest thing Matthew knows of is rice bread, calling it salt rising bread’s “country cousin.” He shares culinary variations on rice bread and talks about the history of rice in the region and the reason Confederate soldiers relied on rice bread during the Civil War. Matthew is inspired by the taste of a place and shares tips for finding local grains near you and experimenting with them when making any bread recipe. Matthew’s recipe for rice bread is coming soon!

    • 13 min
    The Applied Alchemy of Lead to Life

    The Applied Alchemy of Lead to Life

    This week, Matthew is sharing his conversation with brontë velez, the creative director of Lead to Life, an Oakland-based collective dedicated to racial and environmental justice led by Black and queer artists, healers and ecologists.

    Matthew learned about the organization through this short film, which captures a public ceremony held to transform guns into shovels that were then used to plant trees alongside victims of gun violence. brontë calls in from Alaska to talk about land liberation, collective healing, and the importance of dreaming and imagining a better future.

    Get in touch at jupitersalmanac@heritageradionetwork.org.

    • 33 min
    Reducing Waste This Thanksgiving

    Reducing Waste This Thanksgiving

    Many people are planning smaller meals for Thanksgiving this year and may be wondering how to pare down their typical dishes to avoid waste. Matthew shares his Thanksgiving menu and talks through his prepping process, which includes starting early to enjoy Thanksgiving Day as much as possible and calculating how many portions he should prepare. He also offers some creative suggestions for making the most of leftovers by turning them into salads, sandwiches or breakfast casseroles. Finally, he shares his approach to composting at Gilliard Farms and expresses gratitude for the land he lives on.

    Get in touch at jupitersalmanac@heritageradionetwork.org.

    • 17 min
    A Very Gilliard Thanksgiving

    A Very Gilliard Thanksgiving

    This week, Matthew shares one of his favorite Thanksgiving recipes: oyster dressing. You can’t make great oyster dressing, without great oysters. In the first half of the show, hear an interview with Thomas Bliss, the Director of The Shellfish Research Laboratory in Brunswick. He talks about the history of oyster farming in Georgia, the benefits oysters provide to our environment, and how to find the best quality oysters possible. After the break, Matthew shares tips for perfecting oyster dressing for those who make it annually or those who are interested in trying it for the first time. Find Matthew’s recipe here.

    Get in touch at jupitersalmanac@heritageradionetwork.org.

    • 15 min
    Veterans Day with Cattleman Marvin Frink

    Veterans Day with Cattleman Marvin Frink

    This week Jupiter’s Almanac falls on Veterans Day, so Matthew catches up with his old friend, fellow veteran, and cattle farmer, Marvin Frink of Briarwood Cattle Farm in Red Springs, North Carolina. Their conversation touches on Marvin’s transition from the military into farming, why founding Briarwood has helped Marvin to cope with PTSD, and how he is re-learning to love himself. They spotlight the Farmer Veteran Coalition and give listeners a useful trick for knowing whether a cow has been grass-fed.

    • 27 min

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