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Episode 10: GRASSROOTS

PODCAST Episode 10 grassroots

Happy New Year, dear listeners! In this episode, we talk about grassroots movements and small acts of food justice. Here at From Scratch Club, we are really grassroots ourselves. We are keeping it real. As many of our longtime readers and friends know, our founder Christina Davis started the group and community blog first as an outlet to talk about her son’s food allergies and to share information with others in similar situations. So FSC started as a small, casual, grassrootsy way to figure out not only how to deal with food allergies, but also as a way to figure out how to make food matter right there in people’s kitchens.


For this episode, Christina talked with one of the founders of the Schenectady Greenmarket. Jennifer Wilkerson joined us to explain the GreenMarket’s humble beginnings and how she, along with the other founders, were able to make a small but exciting advance towards food justice in their community. (Sidenote: Schenectady Greenmarket happens to be a sponsor of From Scratch Club and also happens to be a really rad market and the result of an awesome community-based grassroots movement.)


We also bring you a conversation with another grassroots food advocate, but this time we talk about food justice and education. Susan Fowler is one of the founders of the Friendship Garden, an initiative of the Delaware Community School. As Susan describes, the Friendship Garden was born of the conviction that knowing where food comes from, and how it grows and having that connection with nature is vitally important for children. The Friendship Garden is a great example of how schools can integrate food justice and local foods learning into their curriculum.


You don’t want to miss hearing these inspiring women talk about how even a small act by a small group of people can really make a positive impact. We will always need advocacy for food justice at the higher level– writing to your representatives, signing petitions and fighting for better food policy– but the stories we bring you in this episode are a reminder that grassroots efforts can indeed make a difference.

The Friendship Garden Founder, Susan Fowler, with Alice Waters

The Friendship Garden Founder, Susan Fowler, with Alice Waters

Food- like shelter and health- is an issue that is unavoidable, so even the smallest of acts and the most grassroots of movements can make major impacts on those around us.


Make your resolution for 2013 to be grassroots- support a local farmers market, volunteer at a school garden, grow a pot of herbs on your windowsill. Value these small acts of food justice as much as the bigger ones that are taking place throughout the country and the world.


The podcast receives sponsorship support from the Agricultural Stewardship Association, Schenectady Greenmarket, Honest Weight Food Coop, West Wind Acres Farm, Kilpatrick Family Farm.

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Happy Late Summer! We’re back after a brief July podcast vacation. In honor of the late summer bounty, this episode focuses on food preservation. That means canning, freezing, dehydrating or otherwise making your food last beyond the growing season.

Our food swaps are always filled with jars of home preserved bounty, from pickled vegetables to smooth jam and jellies. These jars serve as a constant reminder that there are ways to savor summer all throughout the year.

We explore the WHYs of preservation- most of us aren’t out on the prairie trying to put up enough food to last through a harsh winter. We can buy most of what we need at the grocery store, year-round. So then why do we can? Why do we take the time to put up our food?

This episode features two interviews with local canners and food preservationists, who talk about why they can and what they can. Amy Halloran, a local writer and inspiration with an impressive urban garden and home preservation resume, sat down with us for a cup of coffee and told us all about her ketchup obsession and what it’s like buying bulk produce from an Amish vegetable auction.

Newbie canner Nikki Alcala then shares her personal story of how she came to embrace a healthier, natural foods lifestyle and how that blossomed into a newfound love for home canning. A big thank you to the wonderful coffee shop and cafe, Spillin’ the Beans, for allowing us to host our podcast interviews there.

We are extremely excited to share an interview with Marisa McClellan, the food preservationist rock star behind the blog Food in Jars and the new book Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-RoundMarisa stopped by our area recently to teach a jam-making class, visit our food swap and talk a bit about her cookbook. After a busy day, Marisa let me steal a few more minutes with her to talk more about small batch food preservation.

Finally, we were so inspired by the comments our readers left on our Food in Jars giveaway. We asked you why you put things in jars… what inspired you to preserve the bounty. Christina shares a few of those responses in this episode.

As promised, here is a list of additional resources for getting started on your own food preservation journey.

Food Preservation Resources

Preserve It! Bottle Fruits, Jams & Jellies, Pickles, Cured Meats ISBN: 978 0 7566 6208 0 Food In Jars ISBN: 978-0-7624-41-43-3 Put ‘Em Up ISBN: 978 1 60342 546 9 DIY Delicious ISBN: 978-0-8118-7346-8 Ball Book: Guide to Preserving  ISBN 0 9727537 0 2 Can it, Bottle it, Smoke it ISBN: 978 1 58008 575 5 Pickled: From Curing Lemons to Fermenting Cabbage 978 1 4405 3873 5 Wild Fermentation 978 1 931498 23 4 Mother Earth News Magazine & their publications Organic Gardening Hobby Farm Home Urban Farm

For those of you just starting out with water bath canning, we highly recommend taking a local class to learn about how to safely can. Information on FSC’s own canning and food preservation classes can be found here.

Alright, food preservationists! Let’s get chatting. Leave a comment here, check in over at our Facebook page or find us on Twitter (#FSCpodcast) and share your favorite ways to put food up. Tell us about your proudest canning moments or share any great resources you have. Don’t forget to download and print out your FREE summer canning labels over here! Make those jars pretty!

Summer’s not over yet, so before it goes… let’s get preserving.


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