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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.

Rocks To Roots Spokane Conservation District

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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

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.

    Vicki Carter & Brittany Tyler of The Scale House Market at the Quarry

    Vicki Carter & Brittany Tyler of The Scale House Market at the Quarry

    Join us for a special episode of Rocks to Roots as we talk about the Spokane Conservation District's visionary project, Scale House Market at the Quarry, with Vicki Carter, Executive Director of the SCD, and Brittany Tyler of Four Root Farms. This project, born from a collaboration between SCD and Four Root Farms, promises to redefine the local food landscape while nurturing community, conservation, and sustainable agriculture.



    Discover the collective dream that sparked the creation of the Scale House Market—a year-round farmer's market designed to serve as a community cornerstone, providing stable sales channels for local farmers and access to fresh, healthy produce for Spokane and its surrounding communities. 



    The Scale House Market at the Quarry isn't just about building a market and cultivating community. Be part of something transformative and help shape the future of Spokane's local food scene. Whether you contribute financially, spread the word, or shop at the market once it opens, your support is vital in making this vision a reality.



    Learn more at www.thescalehousemarket.com

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Mason Neil, Youth Environmental Specialist at the Spokane Public Library

    Mason Neil, Youth Environmental Specialist at the Spokane Public Library

    Join us on "Rocks to Roots" as we talk with Mason Neil, the Youth Environmental Specialist at the Spokane Public Library. In this episode, we will discuss how the library is transforming into a hub for community involvement and environmental stewardship and share inspiring insights into its engaging environmental education programs.



    Under Mason's guidance, the library is now a vibrant hub that nurtures curiosity and leadership among Spokane's youth through various engaging environmental education programs. From exploring animal tracks to understanding wastewater processing, the library introduces complex environmental concepts in a fun and accessible manner, inspiring curiosity rather than fear.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Hailey Lampe of Cruising Climate

    Hailey Lampe of Cruising Climate

    Join us for an inspiring episode of the "Rocks to Roots" podcast as we sit down with Hailey Lampe, a passionate advocate for regenerative agriculture and sustainable living. Although Hailey didn't grow up on a farm, her journey from the suburbs of Salt Lake City to her current role as a steward of the land and sea is nothing short of remarkable.

    Through her experiences as an intern on a regenerative farm and as a teacher of regenerative agriculture to middle school students, Hailey discovered her passion for sharing her knowledge and helping others cultivate their own gardens.

    This all led to Hailey starting her company, Cruising Climate, where she offers a range of services, from soil care consultations and planting schedules to landscape designs, aimed at helping people cultivate their own gardens and live in harmony with the natural world. 

    Learn more about Cruising Climate at cruisingclimate.weebly.com

    • 58 min
    Brian Muegge of Salmon Safe

    Brian Muegge of Salmon Safe

    Join us on "Rocks to Roots" as we talk with Salmon Safe’s Farm Program Manager Brian Muegge. In this episode, he will share Salmon Safe’s pivotal role in conservation and sustainable agriculture.

    From its origins as a spinoff from the policy-focused nonprofit Pacific Rivers to its current efforts in promoting sustainable land management practices, Salmon Safe stands at the forefront of safeguarding Pacific Northwest watersheds crucial for salmon habitats.

    Discover how Salmon Safe empowers farmers and landowners to adopt practices that enhance watershed health while fostering biodiversity and reducing reliance on harmful pesticides. Through a scientifically reviewed certification standard, Salmon Safe provides tangible incentives for sustainable practices and connects farmers with resources and markets that value environmentally responsible products.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Jack Nisbet, Acclaimed Author and Historian with Matt Stewart, Spokane Conservation District's Quarry Stewardship Coordinator

    Jack Nisbet, Acclaimed Author and Historian with Matt Stewart, Spokane Conservation District's Quarry Stewardship Coordinator

    Join us for an insightful episode of Rocks to Roots as we sit down with Jack Nisbet, an acclaimed author and historian based right here in Spokane. Matt Stewart, Arborist and Quarry Stewardship Coordinator from the conservation district joined us in interviewing Jack, adding valuable insight to the conversation.Jack has delved deep into the human and natural history of the Pacific Northwest through his captivating essays and award-winning biographies.Hilary and Duane will explore Jack's ties to Spokane and what ignited his passion for history, ultimately shaping his career. Discover what drew him to the unique landscape of the Pacific Northwest and how it influences the narratives he uncovers in his work.We'll dive into some surprising and overlooked aspects of Pacific Northwest history that Jack has unearthed in his research and his commitment to incorporating indigenous perspectives into his narratives. Learn about his approach to storytelling and the importance of amplifying diverse voices in historical discourse.But that's not all – Matt Stewart, instrumental in various revitalization and restoration projects at our new campus, will share his experiences as an arborist and his role in stewarding the quarry. With Matt's expertise, we'll also discuss the intersection of forest health and tree harvesting, particularly in the aftermath of wildfires.Join us as we uncover the rich tapestry of Pacific Northwest history with Jack Nisbet and discover what he hopes readers and listeners will take away from his profound exploration of our region's past.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Jule Schultz and Katelyn Scott of the Spokane Riverkeeper

    Jule Schultz and Katelyn Scott of the Spokane Riverkeeper

    Rocks to Roots is back for an exciting Season 7 with special guests Jule Schultz and Katelyn Scott, from the Spokane Riverkeeper organization. Join hosts Hilary and Duane as they explore the vital conservation initiatives led by the Spokane Riverkeepers, emphasizing community involvement in cleanup projects, the legal framework safeguarding water quality, and upcoming events like the Earth Day cleanups. Dive into the historical context of the river’s pollution, the obstacles faced in conservation efforts, and the necessity of collaborative endeavors in preserving our river for future generations.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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