April 17, 2012

Tonight we’ll talk with people who are working on production of healthy foods in our area. First we’ll talk with Monica Bell, one of the leaders of Cultivating Community. She’ll tell us about how this new group is working to strengthen the local food network and access for low income people. In the second half of the show, we’ll talk with Dave Miller. Dave as just been designated a local hero by Edible Shasta-Butte for his work as a food artisan, in his bakery, Miller’s Bakehouse.

Listen to the Program

Our Questions for Monica Bell

You are listening to Ecotopia and with us in the studio now is Monica Bell, a major leader of Cultivating Community. Welcome, Monica.

  1. Monica, can you tell us what “Cultivating Community” is?  What are its goals?
  2. How long has it been functioning? How did it get formed? How are you funded? Who’s involved?
  3. How are you working toward fulfilling those goals of:

–Strengthening Local Food Security
–Supporting Community Gardens
–Supporting Small Farmers
–Providing Workshops
–Promoting Local, Healthy Use of Nutritional Assistance Funds
–Supporting Lower-Income Residents

4.  Tell us about some of the workshops and activities you’ve sponsored so far

5. You have a workshop coming soon on drip irrigation. Could you tell us when and where that will be?

6.  What are some of your hopes and dreams for the future of this project?

7.  Who do you hope will be involved in Cultivating Community? How can people become involved?

Thank you, Monica Bell. Monica is a leader of Cultivating Community. Check out their website cultivatingcommunitynv.org

Our Conversation with Dave Miller

You’re listening to Ecotopia on KZFR 90.1, and with us in the studio now is Dave Miller. Dave has just been designated a local hero by Edible Butte Shasta. Dave is the owner and baker of Miller’s Bakehouse, and sells his bread at the Saturday morning Chico Farmer’s market. Welcome, Dave.

  1. In Edible Shasta-Butte, you are designated as a food artisan, but the article goes on to say that you don’t like the word “artisan.” Isn’t that a fair description of your kind of baking?
  2. Tell us a little about your history as a baker. How did you get interested in baking? How did you learn to bake? (Edinburgh, Scotland; baking in college)
  3. You had an important mentor in St. Paul. What did you learn there?
  4. How did you get to Chico?
  5. What makes your bread so great? Tell us about what’s in your bread and your process of baking? What does your week look like?

Playlist for Eco 185

1. Dirt Made My Lunch 2:25 Banana Slug String Band Dirt Made My Lunch

2. Back To The Garden 4:03 Jason Webley Against The Night

3. Real Food 2:58 Jerry Engler Very Jerry

4. Food Food Food (Oh How I Love my Food) 2:10 The Wiggles Toot Toot

5. Weave Me the Sunshine 4:28 Peter, Paul And Mary The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary

6. Blinuet 4:35 Zoot Sims Rushmore

7. Working On A Dream 3:30 Bruce Springsteen Working On A Dream