agriculture

Big Fat Farm Show
12:06 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

USDA StrikeForce For Rural Growth & Opportunity

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While poverty is a challenge in many parts of society, the reality is that nearly 85 percent of America's persistent poverty occurs in rural areas. In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with with Sharon Nance, Regional Coordinator for USDA StrikeForce, about how they help grow economies, increase investments, and create opportunities in poverty-stricken rural communities.

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The Zine
9:36 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Montezuma County's Heirloom Fruit Trees

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The orchards of Montezuma County represent an opportunity for preservation that is deeply connected to the region’s history. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Jude Schuenemeyer and Nina Williams from the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project about how they are preserving the original fruit trees brought here over 100 years ago, and why these trees may represent a new economic opportunity for southwest Colorado.

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Big Fat Farm Show
9:39 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Jude Schuenemeyer from the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project about their work preserving heirloom fruit trees, the history of Montezuma County's orchards, and why it is important to save these tree species.

KUNC article on Colorado's heirloom apples: www.kunc.org/post/once-lost-colorado-orange-helps-seed-states-new-fruit-economy

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Big Fat Farm Show
11:32 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Kestrel Farm In Mancos, Colorado

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Kathryn Fulton of Kestrel Farm near Mancos, Colorado about why she started farming, the joys and challenges of the first year of production, and how sheep and chickens figure into the mix.

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The Zine
9:38 am
Thu August 7, 2014

The Vitality of Seeds

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Seeds represent a promise of abundance that goes beyond food. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Belle Starr and Bill McDorman of The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance about how seeds are tied to our independence, our culture, and our sense of place as part of a discussion about their "Seed School In A Day" class.

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Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance website: www.rockymountainseeds.org

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Big Fat Farm Show
10:03 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Three Dog Night Farm

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Angie Sauk about Three Dog Night Farm, where they grow hay, high tunnel crops, and have planted a new orchard. She also discusses late season crops, how gated pipe irrigation works, and the challenges of farming while also holding down a full-time teaching job.

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Big Fat Farm Show
11:54 am
Tue July 22, 2014

A History Of Milk

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with local chiropractor Bill Breitenbach about the history of milk production in the United States, and why modern milk production may not be the best for our health.

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Big Fat Farm Show
11:12 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Big Fat Farm Show - July 8th, 2014

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Gretchen Groenke, a community health organizer in Montezuma County, about a new evening farmer's market that will be offered once a month in Cortez, and a new film called "Open Sesame" about why saving native seeds is vital to human food systems.

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Link to the film trailer and website for "Open Sesame": www.opensesamemovie.com

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The Zine
10:12 am
Mon July 7, 2014

How The Tractor Ruined Farming

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Food has become cheaper and more abundant in the last 150 years, largely thanks to technological advances. Irrigation, fertilizer, pesticides, and tractors have revolutionized farming and made a big promise to farmers: life will be better, easier, and your yields will be greater. In this story from producer Erik Olesund, however, is a farming family who has experienced first hand the negative impact of these technologies and how they impact our ability to grow food.

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This story aired on KSJD's Zine on Monday, July 7th, 2014

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Big Fat Farm Show
10:36 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Big Fat Farm Show - June 24th, 2014

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Aaron and Lindsay Yarbrough from Battlerock Farm in McElmo Canyon, Colorado about growing up on a farm, why they decided to continue their family tradition of farming, and how young farmers are making their business sustainable.

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