In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Dustin Partridge, owner of Zuma Natural Foods in Mancos, Colorado, about running a small town grocery store that emphasizes local, sustainable, GMO-free foods, and how to make a better cup of coffee.
Long seen as a component of spiritual practices, mindfulness is more and more being integrated into the workplace. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with New York Times reporter David Gelles and Bettina Slusar of NewCo about how they are encouraging businesses and individuals to be more mindful at work in order to reduce stress, become more efficient, and form deeper connections with others.
Tourism is a vital part of the economy across the Four Corners area. KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Kelly Kirkpatrick, Director of Tourism at Mesa Verde Country, about how they promote the unique opportunities available for visitors to the area, and why visiting the Four Corners area is as popular as ever.
Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado for the past year, but pot shops have been slow in coming to Montezuma County. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Nate Fete, owner of "The Shop", the first recreational marijuana business to open in the county, about what customers can expect when they purchase weed, how to make sure marijuana is enjoyed safely, and what his business is doing to keep their product out of the hands of young people.
In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly from the Four Corners Free Press discuss the potential avenues for economic development in Cortez and Montezuma County: what appears promising, and what could hinder progress.
Creating places in our communities where kids and adults can go to explore their creativity is vital to encouraging expression through art. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Sarah Allen and Jaime Becktel from The Painted Turtle Studio in Mancos about how it supports and nurtures art and education there.
During this season of holiday shopping, it is important to consider spending your dollars locally instead of online or at big box stores. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Rocky Moss, Manager of the Dolores Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center, about why it matters to support local businesses, and the impact that it has on our communities.
For ten years, a small company in Cortez has been producing some of the finest guitar strings in the music business. KSJD's Tom Yoder goes inside the workshop at Curt Mangan Strings to find out how they make their strings, and hear why they choose to center the business in southwest Colorado.
July is Independent Retailer Month, a time to focus on how dollars spent locally are vital to our small town economies. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Mark Drudge from Cortez Retail Enhancement Association about why dollars spent locally are so important to our communities, how independent businesses can attract more customers, and why shopping local makes good sense.
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.
This story aired on KSJD's Zine on Monday, July 7th, 2014