There used to be one way to do good conservation: Save a species and protect some land and water… but as we are in the midst of a pandemic, a climate crisis, and we are seeing an increase in chronic disease, conservation has, not surprisingly, shifted and it has never been more important to bring back economic success and life to our lands and our farms. So, what is conservation really? Why has this been such a hard subject to speak on? The Spokane Conservation District out of Spokane, Washington will speak directly to growers, managers, and consumers in the Pacific Northwest region to get to the root of why we need to connect economic incentives of consumers – to growers – to drive full system regeneration.
Inland Empire Paper - Forestry Department
In this episode of the Rocks to Roots Podcast, we speak with Paul Buckland, Forest Resource Manager for Inland Empire Paper. Paul talks to us about the history of Forestry at IEP and information about the land the mill owns and operates. He also gives us some insight into his management and sustainability philosophy.
Whitney Jacques of Verdant Hare
Meet your new favorite local farmer, Whitney Jacques! Whitney is the owner and operator at Verdant Hare a farmstead here in Spokane, WA. We discuss the in’s and out’s of her farm including the animals she raises, the education and consulting services she provides, and the regenerative ag practices she has chosen to implement to grow great food.
Crystal Priel of The Plant Project
Meet Crystal Priel, Owner/Operator of The Plant Project, a plant retail store that provides a great selection of quality houseplants and hand-mixed soils in the heart of Spokane! Crystal talks to us about what it took to make her dream of owning a plant retail store a reality and what aspects of her shop make it stand out amongst the rest.
Jacob Schmauch of Well Grown Farms
Four years ago, Well Grown Farms was just a small hobby farm. Today it is a profitable, well-established business that put microgreens on the local food scene map. Owner, Jacob Schmauch sits down to discuss the road to getting his business off the ground and his product into some of the most well know restaurant establishments here in the PNW.
Doug Krapas - Environmental Manager with Inland Empire Paper Company
Meet Environmental Manager Doug Krapas of Inland Empire Paper Company in Millwood! Doug walks us through IEP's circles of sustainability and the company's commitment to preserving and enhancing natural resources and minimizing the impact of its operations on the environment.
Master Gardeners Foundation of Spokane County
In this episode, we sit down with current President, Matt Velasco and past President, Cathi Lamoreux of the Master Gardeners Foundation of Spokane County. We discuss the foundation's role in sustaining ongoing Master Gardener programs including their Annual Garden and Plant Sale happening on Mother's Day weekend!
Best podcast for the inland NW area!
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Good for the soul, good for our body, for our planet, and our community. This podcast is going to become a staple for our community to promote good food, know how’s, and bringing life back to our planet. Their message is eat well, be kind to one another, and stay informed. I am so eager of what is to come from this podcast. Today is the perfect day to throw in those earbuds, enjoy the natural Spokane beauty around us, and take a listen for yourself to see if this is something you might be interested in as well!