Wednesday, farming and gardening experts, young and old, join Doug to help ring in the 2012 growing season. Local farming guru Fred Montague and ecologist Gary Paul Nabhan will discuss soil health – because good food starts with good soil – and the increasing need for small, local gardens to help counteract the ill side effects of industrial food production. Then we’ll switch gears to explore the rise of America’s new crop of farmers who are adapting old techniques to fit their new agricultural ethos.
This program is the first in a series we’re calling “In Season.” In the coming months we’ll be highlighting the season’s crops – tomatoes, apricots, peaches, melons, greens, etc. – and discussing their unique qualities and histories, how to best identify the best produce, and how to ensure you’ll have fresh, local food into the winter months.
Books and music from today's RadioWest:
- Desert Terroir: Exploring the Unique Flavors and Sundry Places of the Borderlands, Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine, and Renewing America's Food Traditions: Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods by Gary Paul Nabhan
- Read Gary Nabhan's poem A Terroir-ist's Manifesto for Eating in Place
- Gardening: An Ecological Approach, by Fred Montague
- Read a report produced by the National Young Farmers Coalition about the challenges facing young farmers in America
- "Skinny Love" by Bon Iver
- "Jungle Book" by Weather Report
- "Destroy the Nihilist Picnic" by The London Experimental Jazz QT