Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Coal Country" Documentary and Hoes Down Harvest Festival

On today's show (complete with initial technical difficulties) Mari-Lynn Evans, executive producer of the new documentary Coal Country, explains what's missing in most coverage of the coal issue. Coal Country will screen at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday night. It will travel to other cities in the future, and then will air on Planet Green. Also, Dru Rivers and Hallie Muller of Full Belly Farm in Guinda, CA invite listeners to attend their farm's Hoes Down Harvest Festival this weekend. The festival offers children's activities, farm tours, great food, live music, and camping! And at just 45 miles from campus, it's a great bike ride for those interested.

- The dunk-tank at Hoes Down Harvest Festival -

Announcements we'd have made if we'd had time:
~ Weds. 6-7pm in the UCD Memorial Union: "Greening Our Lifestyles: Trend or Tradition" workshop hosted by the Black Graduate and Professional Students and the Cross Cultural Center

~ Thurs. 5pm at the UCD Student Farm: Students for Sustainable Agriculture event, all are invited!

Music Playlist:
"Shady Grove" by Colby Maddox (Old Town School of Folk Songbook, Vol. 1)
"Take This Hammer" by Jon Langford (Old Town School of Folk Songbook, Vol. 1)
"Black Lung" by Kathy Mattea (Coal)
"Minneapolis" by Lucinda Williams

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Summer ends and Local Dirt begins!

This week was Local Dirt's first show since June!

In this show:
Anne Katten, Pesticide and Work Safety Specialist for California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation explains her concerns about permitting methyl iodide use in California. Morgan Woolf, UCD Community and Regional Development undergrad, tells us how water shortages have affected his Fresno community and what he did to help. News and announcements, plus some hopes for a new season of radio-making.

This is the first show that will be available on this new page, in an easy-to-hear way. In the player below, click to play from the page, or click on the word "divShare" to download the show as an mp3 that you can listen to with iTunes or an mp3 player.

Unhealthy US diet prompts more calls for reform - Common Dreams.org, Russell Blinch

Want to get involved in sustainable agriculture and food systems? Event at UC Davis Student Farm - Thursday, October 1st, 2009 - 5-7pm
Hoes Down Harvest Festival - Saturday October 3rd, 2009 - 11am-11pm

(Partial) Music Playlist:
Mushaboom (Postal Service Remix) by Feist
Sheep, Sheep, Don't You Know The Road by Bessie Jones
Brownsferry Blues by Robert Fulks (from the album Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 1)

About Local Dirt

Local Dirt is a public affairs radio show on KDVS 90.3FM in Davis, California, focusing on environmental, health, social justice and agriculture-related issues in the local and national community.

Local Dirt began as project of Students for Sustainable Agriculture, and also a part of the Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign for the Community Alliance with Family Farms. Local Dirt's inaugural year was in 2005 with Temra Costa and Navina Khanna hosting. Past show co-hosts include Luis Sierra, Christie McCullen, Dori Stone, Alida Cantor, Rory ODwyer, Tianna DuPont, Natalie Yahr and Victor Duraj as an engineer/recorder. Current co-hosts are Neda Yousefian, Jeremy Raff, Anna Ruth Crittenden and Dani Lee.

Local Dirt airs live on KDVS 90.3FM from 5-6pm PST on Mondays. You can stream us live by visiting the KDVS website and clicking on 'listen now.'

About KDVS...
KDVS is freeform radio at its best, airing live from the University of California, Davis campus. The station is completely student run. To this day, KDVS continues its original mission: to provide the university with a laboratory for learning broadcast, production and managerial skills, and to provide its listening audience with diverse, challenging, noncommercial, freeform radio. Check out more about KDVS, visit their history page.

About the Hosts...

Anna Ruth
. Born and raised in San Rafael, Anna-Ruth Crittenden is a 2nd year undergraduate at UC Davis studying Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning. Current resident of Pierce Coop (of the tri-coop community on campus), current WERC (Whole Earth Reusables Cooperative) co-director for the Whole Earth Festival, and current garden coordinator for the tri-coop gardens. Anna-Ruth thrives in a temperate climate, needs regular hydration, and regularly performs scientific experiments throughout the academic and nonacademic year.

Dani Lee is a 2008 UCD alum, with a BS in Clinical Nutrition. While a student, Dani was involved in Students for Sustainable Agriculture and co-founded the Davis Vegetarian Society. Dani currently works for UC Davis Dining Services as the Sustainability Manager and also enjoys volunteering for and co-coordinating the Children's Area at the annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival. She enjoys riding her bike, Felipe, cooking, baking and hanging out in her garden.

Jeremy Raff. A McAllen, Texas native, Jeremy is a class of 2012 undergraduate in Community and Regional Development. He's interned at Urban Harvest, a Houston based non-profit working toward sustainable urban agriculture, and is a photographer for the California Aggie. Jeremy spends as much time as possible rollerblading.

Neda Yousefian. Neda came to Davis in 2009 to pursue her graduate studies in the International Agricultural Development program. She earned her bachelor's degree in Anthropology and African Studies from Howard University. She pursued her loves of farming and travel by joining the Peace Corps and served as an agroforestry volunteer in Mauritania from 2006 to 2008. Neda enjoys many hobbies and always makes time for good coffee.


To make a request, send a comment, or just say 'hi!' email localdirt@gmail.com.

You can also call us directly after our show from 5-6pm at 530.754.KDVS.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Past Guests

Take a look at past Local Dirt guests, organized by first name.

For some of the below guests, audio interviews may be available by clicking on the name of the guest or show.

Alida Cantor - How to be a young farmer
Anne Katten - Chemicals and Strawberries


Dru Rivers - Hoes Down Harvest Festival

Hai Vo - UC Irvine Real Food Challenge, and more
Hallie Muller - Hoes Down Harvest Festival

Jaymes Luu - Gourmet Popsicles and FatFace grand opening
Jeff Rooch - Coal Ash and it's potential health risks
Joel Diringer - Access to health care for Farmworkers
Julie Guthman - Politics of Obesity

Kristin Stoneking - Faith and Social Justice Work


Laura Stec - author of Cool Cuisine
Liz Fitzgerald - UCD Student - Project Compost - Student Farmworker Alliance

Mari-Lynn Evans - Coal issues
Mark Van Horn
Martin Guerena - Integrated Pest Management in the City of Davis
Max Stevenson - water issues
Morgan Wold - Food access in the central valley

Patrick Valentino - Wolf Conservation

Rachel Laudan - Slow Food Critique
Robyn Waxman - F.A.R.M.ing
Rory ODwyer - How to be a young farmer

University Dining Services at UC Davis - sustainable food systems


Intro music for Local Dirt is Le Danse de Mardi Gras by Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, as part of the compilation Roots Music - An American Journey.

Check out each show post for show playlists.