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EPISODE GUIDE

FEBRUARY Episode 1: {NEW BEGINNINGS} We interview Nicole Taylor of Hot Grease, we interview a few FSC Swappers and we talk Nutritional Yeast!

MARCH Episode 2: {COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE} This month’s episode is all about CSAs– community supported agriculture! We tell you what CSA is and why it’s awesome for both farmers and consumers. If you’re interested in supporting local farmers and the local food system, this show is for you. Christine runs through the Whys, Hows, Whats and Whens of CSA Programs and also interviews many farmers with CSA Programs.

APRIL Episode 3: {Food Entrepreneurs} This month’s podcast highlights a few of the creative, hardworking people who have made food not only their personal passion, but the basis for their professinal lives as well. We’re calling them food entrepreneurs. We spoke with two such food entrepreneurs to learn how they turned their passions for local foods into thriving businesses.

MAY Episode 4: {Urban Farming}

This episode of theFSC Podcast, we are diving into the world of urban farming. That’s right, farming in cities. Not the typical, sprawling pastures in the country or the iconic red barn, but we’re talking to people and organizations who are farming in the city. They are increasing access to fresh food, forging a stronger connection with the land and using urban farming as an educational and job training tool for youth. We’ve chatted with a lot of people who are growing local, even on small city plots, and proving that you don’t need a homestead in the country to take control of your food.

{Episode 5} Raising Animals (for food) Raising animals for food. It’s a tricky subject, but we are tackling it with gusto in this month’s podcast. We’ve talked about growing vegetables, joining CSAs to pay someone else to grow vegetables and we’ve even talked a little bit about backyard chickens. Now we are bringing you an extended interview with a local meat farmer who knows exactly what it takes to raise farm animals sustainably, humanely and compassionately.

{Episode 6} Preserving the Bounty 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?

{Episode 7} The Farmers Market Scene It occurred to us that while we’ve discussed all sorts of ways to access fresh, local vegetables and fruit, we’ve been missing a key way that so many people buy their food… farmers markets! So we are bringing you the scoop on farmers markets this episode- how they’re organized and structured, why farmers and producers choose to sell there and how you can have the best possible shopping experience.

{Episode 8} The Homemade Pantry In this episode, we talk to Alana, the author of The Homemade Pantry, about her journey to becoming a blogger and cookbook author while holding other jobs and raising two daughters with her husband. She talks about the process of writing a book and all of the work that goes into making such a beautiful, useful kitchen guide.