417: Michael Foley on Building a Viable Small Farm Economy

Farming with an eye on the future – As a child Michael Foley visited a Montana ranch and dreamed of being a gentleman farmer one day.  His path however, took him into academia. After being estranged from the land for for several years he eventually found his way back to…

416: Sarah Boltwala-Mesina on Community Composting

Transforming waste into soil, jobs, and community – Sarah Boltwala-Mesina, along with other parents, hoped to start a recycling program at their children’s school. This was the first step on her journey to creating Food2Soil, her business that collects food scraps from people and businesses in San Diego and turns those scraps into…

415: John Brubaker on Micro Urban Farming

From green lawns to green vegetables – As his wife and youngest daughter began struggling with celiac disease, John Brubaker believed that the pesticides used on vegetables were perhaps weakening their immune systems. This was his entry into organic urban farming. He began small with…

414: Leah Penniman on Liberating the Land

Challenging the mono-CULTURE of farming – A passion for the soil, the earth and her community started when Leah Penniman began farming at the age of 16. Through the years she has continued to work towards ending a racism and injustice in our food system, and also on land reparations for…

413: Ben Klempner on Fermented Soil Amendments

Mixing up a health drink for soil organisms – When Ben Klempner and his family moved from Jerusalem to the holy city of Tiberias, he researched how to make the soil healthy in order to grow his vegetables. Finding information that was beneficial wasn’t the only hurdle—he was so far away from the…

411: Rob Greenfield on Food Freedom Project

Embarking on extreme tasks to bring attention to important issues – Rob Greenfield lived a fairly normal American life until 2011 when he began reading and watching documentaries that helped him realize he was contributing to the destruction of our planet. That was enough to set him on a course of performing extreme…

410: Lloyd Hardrick on Keeping Urban Bees

Building up a better buzz on bees – Walking by Lloyds of London with his wife Ashley, Lloyd Hardrick was intrigued by the beehives in the windows of the famous bank that shared his name. Curiosity led to research and research led to the career path that Lloyd and Ashley ventured on…

409: Tanya Batche on Delicious Low Sugar Treats

Creating healthy, nutritious snacks – Tanya Batche loved to bake but didn’t necessarily think of it as a career. Looking at the frightening trend of obesity and diabetes, she knew there must be a way to still enjoy, and allow others to enjoy her delicious endeavors. Tanya turned her love of baking into…