652: Shannon Owen on Educational Gaps in Nutrition Density.
Working to increase awareness about healthy food and personal health.
In This Podcast:
Shannon Owen shares the joys and struggles of starting a new farm business with her husband, Chris. They saw a need in their community and decided to help by growing microgreens in their basement. Shannon reveals the magic that happens when they take their greens out into the community, and she describes the encouraging conversations that educate and bring people together, as well as the love of community that inspires them to grow and sell healthy, nutritious food.
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Shannon Owen and her husband, Chris, are the Co-Owners at Cheshire Curiosities MicroFarm & Homestead located in Evansville, Indiana. In 2020, they converted their basement to a commercial grow room with a heart for developing nutrient-dense food in their area by growing microgreens! With this newfound focus, they began a mission to feed their community by bringing healthy options to their local region.
Listen in and learn about:
- Converting the basement into a commercial grow room
- How much they grow and what they do with their harvest
- Why they switched from soil to hydroponics
- What their system looks like
- A new business is an exploration
- Nutrient scarcity
- Microgreens pack a punch
- Importance of local food
- The future of farming in America
- Does 100 square feet in a basement make a difference?
- Experiences at the farmers market
- Their vision for the future of their business
- Ideas for drawing in the community
- Sharing love by providing basic needs
- Changing the conversations about food
As well as:
Her failure – Taking more than a year and a pound of seed before getting any Amaranth to grow
Her success – Being able to be engrossed in the community
Her drive – Bringing the city something different by fostering an environment of conversation in the community
Her advice – Introduce superfoods into your diet a little bit at a time, wherever you can.
Shannon’s Book recommendation:
Food Fight: GMO’s and the Future of the American Diet by McKay Jenkins
How to reach Shannon:
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