When we talk about organic, sustainable, and local foods, the conversation is mostly about produce and meats. This conversation excludes almost all of the middle part of the country where grains and other commodity crops are grown. In her recent book, Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, author Liz Carlisle examines this overlooked sector, chronicling the farmers who are attempting to diversify the conventional farm ecosystem.
Liz grew up in Montana and initially pursued a career in music. On one of her tours across the country she realized there was a disconnect between the kinds of farms all around her and the kind of farms and rural life she was singing about in her music. In this episode, she tells a story about how the food she ate on the road led to the realization that we need to change the food system. The story and interview were recorded at KBOO Community Radio in Portland, OR.
“Here we are celebrating American agriculture but we can’t even really access it as eaters. And so that’s how I started thinking, there’s got to be a better way to do this; there has to be people who have this chain connected between how the food is grown, where it’s processed, and who eats it.”
– Liz Carlisle
Also featured on this episode is our segment “This Just In,” wherein we have experts from OSU Extension answer questions from inquiring minds. On this episode, master gardener Lynn Cox tells us how to maximize production in a small garden.
Coming on May 4, don’t miss our story and conversation with Wesley Johnson, chef at Cafe Castagna.
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