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A radio show where we feature seed stories told by the people who truly love them. Hosted by Owen Taylor of Truelove Seeds and Chris Bolden-Newsome of Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden.

Seeds And Their People Seeds And Their People

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 78 Ratings

A radio show where we feature seed stories told by the people who truly love them. Hosted by Owen Taylor of Truelove Seeds and Chris Bolden-Newsome of Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden.

    Ep. 11: Kai Delgado Pfeifer and Filipinx ancestral food and plant medicine

    Ep. 11: Kai Delgado Pfeifer and Filipinx ancestral food and plant medicine

    In this episode, we hear from former Truelove Seeds apprentice Kai Delgado Pfeifer in an interview from last fall 2021 when they visited our office and seed room in Philadelphia. There is also a short update from this week so we can hear the awesome things Kai is up to now and in the near future. This is the second of two back-to-back episodes featuring former apprentices, but we will certainly do more in the future.

    Kai Delgado Pfeifer (they/them) is a Filipinx/Mixed European descent earth tender activating ancestral food, plant medicine, and spirituality as mediums for healing and liberation. Kai is also an educator who moves with the belief that our children are the light beings who will re-awaken our lineages of wisdom for the liberation and regeneration of our Mama Earth.

     

    SEED STORIES TOLD IN THIS EPISODE:

    Smooth Bitter Melon
    Saluyot (Molokhia)
    Burdock Root
    Rice Beans (Tahores/Tapilan)
    Rice Peas
    Northern Adapted Pigeon Peas
    Hill Rice (South Trinidad)

     

    MORE INFO FROM THIS EPISODE:

    Interviewee: Kai Delgado Pfeifer

    Kai on Instagram:@lolas.apo
    Kinabuhi ang Pag-Kaon / Food is Life Class

    Resources and organizations mentioned:

    Bahay215: Filipinx traditions in Lenapehoking
    Neal Santos: Philadelphia friend and photographer, and former co-owner of Lalo, a fast-casual Filipino food stall
    Beatrice Misa Crisostomo, Global Seed Savers
    MASIPAG: Rice and freedom in the Philippines
    Kai Farms: A permaculture farm in the Philippines
    Farm School NYC
    Amirah Mitchell's 2021 seed keeping fellowship at Greensgrow
    GMOs and their Implications on the Filipino Peoples' Food Security, Lorelei Beyer
    Article: the Philippines has become the first country to approve the commercial production of genetically modified, nutrient-enriched Golden Rice

     

    ABOUT:

    Seeds And Their People is a radio show where we feature seed stories told by the people who truly love them. Hosted by Owen Taylor of Truelove Seeds and Chris Bolden-Newsome of Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden.

    trueloveseeds.com/blogs/satpradio

     

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    Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden

     

    THANKS TO:

    Kai Delgado Pfeifer
    Yawa

    • 58 min
    Ep. 10: Chris Keeve: Seed Keeper, Chaotic Gardener, and Cooperative Geographer

    Ep. 10: Chris Keeve: Seed Keeper, Chaotic Gardener, and Cooperative Geographer

    In this episode, we hear from former Truelove Seeds apprentice and current Truelove Seeds seed producer and collaborator Chris Keeve in an interview from last fall 2021 when they visited during our annual growers gathering at our farm outside of Philadelphia, PA. There is also a short clip from the summer of 2019 while a group of us harvested peas and Chris narrates, and a short update from this month so we can hear the awesome things Chris is up to this summer.

    Chris Keeve is a seedkeeper, chaotic gardener, and PhD student in Geography at the University of Kentucky. Their work focuses on the political ecologies and cooperative geographies of participatory seed work, especially through lenses of Black, queer, and liberatory ecologies. They've been known to write things here and there about seeds, politics, ecology, histories, futures, and materiality. Their apprenticeship with Truelove has led into their work with projects like the TradeRoots Culinary Collective in Wisconsin, as well as their current work in central Kentucky as a seed grower for Truelove, as well as for Ujamaa Seeds and Experimental Farm Network. This season they are most excited about the Paul Robeson tomato, with an upcoming growout of blue collards a close second. You can find them at c.keeve on Instagram, christiankeeve on Twitter, email keeve@uky.edu, or through their department page.

     

    SEED STORIES TOLD IN THIS EPISODE:

    Spilanthes (Bullseye)
    Spilanthes (Lemon Drop)
    Hill Country Red Okra
    White Velvet Okra
    Green Glaze Collards
    Tulsi (Kapoor)
    Tulsi (Vana)

    MORE INFO FROM THIS EPISODE:

    Interviewee: Chris Keeve

    Chris on Instagram: @c.keeve
    Chris on Twitter: christiankeeve
    Chris on email: keeve@uky.edu
    Chris's department page

    Resources and organizations mentioned:

    Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food: Recipes, Remedies & Simple Pleasures, by Frederick Douglass Opie
    Heirloom Collards Project
    TradeRoots Culinary Collective
    Lobelia Commons
    Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
    Experimental Farm Network
    Ujamaa Seeds

    ABOUT:

    Seeds And Their People is a radio show where we feature seed stories told by the people who truly love them. Hosted by Owen Taylor of Truelove Seeds and Chris Bolden-Newsome of Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden.

    trueloveseeds.com/blogs/satpradio

     

    SUPPORT OUR PATREON!

    Become a monthly Patreon supporter! This will better allow us to take the time to record, edit, and share seed stories like these.

     

    FIND OWEN HERE:

    Truelove Seeds

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    FIND CHRIS HERE:

    Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden

     

    THANKS TO:

    Chris Keeve
    Althea Baird
    Amirah Mitchell
    Maebh Aguilar
    Sara Taylor

    • 58 min
    Ep. 9: Anan Jardali Zahr’s Palestinian Kitchen

    Ep. 9: Anan Jardali Zahr’s Palestinian Kitchen

    In this episode, Palestinian chef Anan Jardali Zahr describes her beloved foodways and ingredients, including Molokhia, Kusa, and Zaatar. Anan was born in Akka, Palestine and came to California at age 11, after the Six-Day War of 1967. She graduated from University of California at Berkeley’s Department of Near Eastern Studies and attended Graduate School at West Chester University in the Department of Education. She and her family have lived in the Philadelphia area since 1980 where she previously taught in the school system.

    From 1995-2001, Anan had a Mediterranean restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware and she continues to share her love for Palestinian food through cooking demonstrations (which is how we first met, at the Culinary Literacy Center of the Free Library of Philadelphia) and through Instagram: @ananzahr

     

    SEED STORIES TOLD IN THIS EPISODE:

    Palestinian Molokhia
    Palestinian Kusa Squash
    Lebanese Za'atar

     

    MORE INFO FROM THIS EPISODE:

    Interviewee: Anan Zahr

    Anan on Instagram: @ananzahr
    Seeds and Their People: EP 5: RAU ĐAY, LALO, SALUYOT, EWEDU, MOLOKHIA, Mar 16, 2020
    Ingredients Across Borders: Sumac at the Culinary Literacy Center of the Free Library of Philadelphia

     

    ABOUT:

    Seeds And Their People is a radio show where we feature seed stories told by the people who truly love them. Hosted by Owen Taylor of Truelove Seeds and Chris Bolden-Newsome of Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden.

    trueloveseeds.com/blogs/satpradio

     

    SUPPORT OUR PATREON!

    Become a monthly Patreon supporter! This will better allow us to take the time to record, edit, and share seed stories like these.

     

    FIND OWEN HERE:

    Truelove Seeds

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    FIND CHRIS HERE:

    Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden

     

    THANKS TO:

    Anan Jardali Zahr
    Maebh Aguilar
    Sara Taylor

    • 50 min
    Ep. 8: Lettuce Amongst the Stars: Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seed

    Ep. 8: Lettuce Amongst the Stars: Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seed

    Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seed in Philomath, Oregon visited our Truelove Seeds farm during a cross-country road trip in July, 2019. Frank began in the early 1980s as a salad grower providing greens for grocery stores throughout the country. As you will hear in this episode, an accidental hybrid between two of his lettuces sparked a deep passion for breeding new varieties, and he has been doing so ever since, now with varieties in many seed catalogs, and even in space. 

    Frank has been a invaluable mentor for so many people in the organic and small regional seed company world. We are so grateful for the wisdom he shares. 

     

    SEED STORIES TOLD IN THIS EPISODE:

    Outredgeous Lettuce
    Lava Dome Lettuce
    Wild Garden Kale Mix
    Chickweed
    Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled Cress
    White Russian Kale

     

    MORE INFO FROM THIS EPISODE:

    Interviewee: Frank Morton

    Wild Garden Seed: website
    Wild Garden Seed on Instagram: @wild_garden_seed
    Dr. Alan Kapuler and Peace Seeds
    Renee Shepherd and Renee's Garden
    John Navazio's The Organic Seed Grower
    Rob Johnston and Johnny's Select Seeds
    Luther Burbank's Wikipedia

     

    ABOUT:

    Seeds And Their People is a radio show where we feature seed stories told by the people who truly love them. Hosted by Owen Taylor of Truelove Seeds and Chris Bolden-Newsome of Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden.

    trueloveseeds.com/blogs/satpradio

     

    SUPPORT OUR PATREON!

    Become a monthly Patreon supporter! This will better allow us to take the time to record, edit, and share seed stories like these.

     

    FIND OWEN HERE:

    Truelove Seeds

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    FIND CHRIS HERE:

    Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden

     

    THANKS TO:

    Frank Morton
    Chris Keeve
    Jonah Hudson
    Maebh Aguilar
    Sara Taylor

    • 55 min
    Ep. 7: Karen Farmers from Burma

    Ep. 7: Karen Farmers from Burma

    This episode features four interviews with Karen farmers from the mountains of the Karen state of Burma (Myanmar) who spent roughly a decade in Thai refugee camps before resettling in South Philadelphia. They now grow their traditional crops at Novick Urban Farm.

    The Karen way with food plants was key to their survival and joy while living in the center of a civil war; then again while hiding in the jungle and escaping to Thailand, biding time in the tight quarters of refugee camps; and today, farming and foraging here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their heirloom vegetables and traditional foods have become a lifeline, a heartstring, a refuge, and a delicious portal home.

     

    SEED STORIES TOLD IN THIS EPISODE:

    White Flowering Mustard (Rat-Tail Radish)
    Lemon-Drop Spilanthes
    Green Pumpkin Eggplant (Ka)
    White Garden Egg (Eggplant)
    Chin Baung (Burmese Roselle Leaf)
    Dark Pea Eggplant (Ta Kaw Ka Tha)

     

    MORE INFO FROM THIS EPISODE:

    Interviewees: Naw Doh, Hte Da Win, Hser Ku, and Tay Aye, Karen farmers from Burma, at Novick Community Farm

    Memories of Myanmar: Article Owen wrote in Mother Earth Gardener, May 2020, from the original interview [PDF]
    Novick Urban Farm: novickurbanfarm.org/community/
    Novick Urban Farm at Truelove Seeds
    Novick Urban Farm on Instagram: @novickurbanfarm
    Novick Urban Farm on Facebook
    Southeast by Southeast, Mural Arts

     

    ABOUT:

    Seeds And Their People is a radio show where we feature seed stories told by the people who truly love them. Hosted by Owen Taylor of Truelove Seeds and Chris Bolden-Newsome of Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden.

    trueloveseeds.com/blogs/satpradio

     

    SUPPORT OUR PATREON!

    Become a monthly Patreon supporter! This will better allow us to take the time to record, edit, and share seed stories like these.

     

    FIND OWEN HERE:

    Truelove Seeds

    Facebook  |  Tumblr  |  Instagram  |  Twitter

     

    FIND CHRIS HERE:

    Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden

     

    THANKS TO:

    Naw Doh
    Hte Da Win
    Hser Ku
    Tay Aye (Hte Da Win's mom)
    Adam Forbes
    Jess Renninger
    Ally Schonfeld
    Clara Varadi-True
    Novick Brothers Corporation
    Southeast by Southeast
    Maebh Aguilar
    Sara Taylor

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep. 6: Fish Pepper

    Ep. 6: Fish Pepper

    This episode is all about the Fish Pepper, an extremely flavorful, productive, and decorative variety that makes an excellent hot sauce. The white unripe fruit were used to flavor seafood dishes in the Black catering community of Baltimore in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Horace Pippin, the now-famed painter, shared this variety (and many others) with H. Ralph Weaver in the early 1940s in exchange for bee-sting therapy. Weaver's grandson (William Woys Weaver, who you will hear from in the second half of this episode) found the seeds in a baby food jar in his grandmother's deep freezer a couple decades later, many years after his grandfather's death, and was able to reintroduce them via Seed Savers Exchange.

    In this episode, you will hear from Xavier Brown from Soilful City in Washington DC who makes Pippin Sauce from fish peppers grown by black farmers and urban gardeners in the DC and Maryland areas (including Denzel Mitchell, who you will also hear from). Soilful City offers their seeds through Truelove Seeds. You will also hear from Michael Twitty, author of the Cooking Gene. See links to the work of each of the speakers below.

     

    SEED STORIES TOLD IN THIS EPISODE:

    Fish Pepper
    Buena Mulata Pepper

     

    MORE INFO FROM THIS EPISODE:

    Xavier Brown, January 2020

    Soilful City on Instagram: @soilful
    Soilful City: soilfulcitydc.wordpress.com
    Soilful City at Truelove Seeds

     

    Denzel Mitchell, January 2020

    Instagram: @fatherof5fivefifths
    Denzell Mitchell at Farm Alliance Baltimore
    futureharvestcasa.org/denzel-mitchell
    "Introducing Denzel Mitchell of Five Seeds Farm in Baltimore”- Afroculinaria Blog by Michael Twitty, 2012

     

    Dr. William Woys Weaver, August 2019

    Instagram: @roughwoodseeds, @williamwoysweaver
    Roughwood Seed Collection: www.roughwoodtable.org
    Signed copies of Heirloom Vegetable Gardening

     

    Michael Twitty, April 2019

    Instagram: @thecookinggene
    Buy The Cooking Gene Book: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble
    Michael W. Twitty Facebook Page
    The Cooking Gene Facebook Page
    Michael W. Twitty on Twitter: @koshersoul
    www.Afroculinaria.com
    Article Owen wrote from this original interview [PDF]

     

    ABOUT:

    Seeds And Their People is a radio show where we feature seed stories told by the people who truly love them. Hosted by Owen Taylor of Truelove Seeds and Chris Bolden-Newsome of Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden.

    trueloveseeds.com/blogs/satpradio

     

    FIND OWEN HERE:

    Truelove Seeds

    Tumblr  |  Instagram  |  Twitter

     

    FIND CHRIS HERE:

    Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden

     

    THANKS TO:

    Xavier Brown
    Denzel Mitchell
    William Woys Weaver
    Michael Twitty
    Horace Pippin
    Sara Taylor

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

mdlnbrk ,

Beautiful podcast

I love this podcast and the hosts' soothing voices. Especially Chris' Southern speak. I've been on my own seed journey, reconnecting with my Southern roots and farming ancestry over the last few years, and am thrilled I came across this podcast. Chris and Owen's knowledge is inspiring. Can't get enough.

ArtfullyH ,

My Impressions….

This podcast is very important and so interesting and informative. I so hope you are able to bring episodes to your audience. It’s refreshing to hear and understand the cultural ties to indigenous people, their foods and how the foods and seeds migrated with the people as they moved around the world. Please continue this important work. Thank you for sharing.

katy otto ,

Awesome

What a fantastic and essential podcast!

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