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The Farm Report is a show about the people, processes, and policies that shape how food is produced today. From the latest agricultural innovations to the day-to-day challenges of running a viable business growing vegetables and grazing cattle, host Lisa Elaine Held engages in conversations with farmers and farmworkers and the people who work alongside them—like chefs, researchers, activists, and investors. Expect from-the-field insights paired with real-world context as guests explore how producing fresh, delicious food relates to environmental and community sustainability, equality and justice, politics and policy, and better health.

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    • 4.6, 43 Ratings

The Farm Report is a show about the people, processes, and policies that shape how food is produced today. From the latest agricultural innovations to the day-to-day challenges of running a viable business growing vegetables and grazing cattle, host Lisa Elaine Held engages in conversations with farmers and farmworkers and the people who work alongside them—like chefs, researchers, activists, and investors. Expect from-the-field insights paired with real-world context as guests explore how producing fresh, delicious food relates to environmental and community sustainability, equality and justice, politics and policy, and better health.

    From Teaching Students to Feeding Families

    From Teaching Students to Feeding Families

    When schools in Birmingham, Alabama shut down, Jones Valley Teaching Farms’ executive director Amanda Storey had to figure out how to best utilize the organization’s seven teaching farms. In this episode, Storey talks to host Lisa Held about how the team pivoted to produce even more food to be distributed to families in the surrounding communities, and how they’re figuring out innovative ways to get farm-based lessons to students at home.

    • 39 min
    How Mike's Organic Is Connecting Farmers to Home Cooks

    How Mike's Organic Is Connecting Farmers to Home Cooks

    In Connecticut, Mike's Organic Market sources fresh food from small farms to sell to local eaters. Now, in the face of COVID-19, founder Mike Geller is ramping up delivery options and CSA boxes to get more fresh food to people at home and support farmers. In this episode, Geller talks to host Lisa Held about how farmers in his area are faring and whether an increased interest in buying local food will extend beyond the coronavirus shutdown.

    • 30 min
    Yes, Even Chocolate Starts on a Farm

    Yes, Even Chocolate Starts on a Farm

    The pandemic drags on, so this is the episode in which we talk about one of the few things that really helps: chocolate. The Farm Report's 2020 season is focused on how farmers and others in the food system are adapting to the new reality of COVID-19. In this episode, Tim McCollum, CEO of Beyond Good, joins host Lisa Held to talk about how his company works directly with cacao growers in Madagascar, what fair and sustainable cacao farming supply chains look like, and how their company has weathered the coronavirus storm.

    • 34 min
    BrightFarms Is Growing (Greens) During COVID-19

    BrightFarms Is Growing (Greens) During COVID-19

    At its five hydroponic greenhouse farms, BrightFarms grows a lot of “salad.” And while the coronavirus pandemic has hurt many farm businesses, it has increased demand for the company’s leafy greens. “We wake up with a sense of purpose,” says founder Paul Lightfoot. In a conversation with host Lisa Held, he talks about keeping the farms running and employees safe in the face of COVID-19 and about how their model allows them to feed Americans at a time of crisis while continuing to grow the business.

    • 28 min
    A Growing Pandemic: Farmers and Markets in NYC

    A Growing Pandemic: Farmers and Markets in NYC

    New York is now considered the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US, but GrowNYC has kept Greenmarkets open while adjusting operations to continue to serve the city’s residents and farmers. In this episode, GrowNYC’s director of farmer assistance, Christopher Wayne, talks to host Lisa Held about how the organization has been getting fresh food to New Yorkers throughout the crisis, implementing safety measures at markets, and supporting its network of farmers.

    • 29 min
    A Growing Pandemic: Ark Foods' Veggie Tales

    A Growing Pandemic: Ark Foods' Veggie Tales

    “We view the vegetable as our North Star,” says Noah Robbins, founder of Ark Foods. But lately, that star has been leading them in more unpredictable directions. In this episode, Robbins and Ark Foods COO Eduardo Mestre talk to host Lisa Held about how their business—which includes farming speciality vegetables like shishitos and selling veggie bowls to retailers like Costco—has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the resilience of farmers, and more.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

ehorton1211 ,

Solid and thought-provoking

I’ve been listening to The Farm Report for a few years now, with good reason. Solid, thought-provoking two-way dialog about sustainable agriculture and the good food movement, with compelling sources and a knowledgeable host. Something to think about every time.

Jaymeniy ,

Informative & Interesting!

This podcast has great information about the growing sustainable food industry, with really interesting guests doing a lot to improve our food in the world!

Azumbah ,

Might be good content but terrible language use

Filler words are abundant in the single episode I listen to. I can’t move past the “um”, “right”, and “like” of both the guest and the presenter. It clogs down the conversation in a way that sounds like nails on a chalkboard. With more practice and awareness of the words the podcast might be enjoyable.

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