Episode 505: Farm Fresh

Original Airdate: 
Monday, October 28, 2013 - Sunday, November 3, 2013
Next Airdate: 
Monday, June 23, 2014 - Sunday, June 29, 2014

This episode is all about farm fresh food and we start with the crew from Dartmouth's Big Green Bus. The main theme of their cross country tour is sustainability and bringing communities together to make a difference. Brendan catches up with them as they stop at City Slicker Farms, an inner city farm that grows herbs and produce for the local community. On this day, the crew volunteers to mix and stir the compost pile, pound in support stakes, set watering schedules and pick produce ripe for the community. A very satisfying day all around.

We make a stop at Yale University where they are growing more than just ivy. When you think of Yale University you probably don't think farming. That's because you haven't heard about the Yale Sustainability Food Project. As Adam discovered, students grow food on a one acre plot on the Yale campus. Yale students are learning about sustainability in a way that you can't learn in a classroom.

Then we learn about gleaning! Did you know that as much as 30 percent of all produce grown on farms is plowed under just because it doesn't look good enough to be sold in supermarkets? Yes, that is true. But Eco Company found one organization that is gleaning the rejected crops of local organic farmers to provide local schools with healthier lunches. It's free...and they say you could do it too.

Finally it's into the kitchen into the kitchen. It's cooking 101. Only here, these future chefs are learning more than slicing and dicing. It's all about healthy, sustainable food and why everyone, not matter what their background and where they live, should have access to it. It's food justice for all.