Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Land-Grant Story

Exploring the Land-Grant Mission. Between 1862 and 1890, two pieces of legislation known as the Morrill Acts laid the foundation for more than eighty-five land-grant colleges and universities -- of which UC Davis is one. On this show, land-grant schools: their origins, the criticism they've received, their potential, and their current state. We talk about what it will take to preserve and improve them for the future in a time of crisis and an age of privatization and globalization. First, we ask UC Davis students what they know and think about land-grant mission. Then we turn to a professor at another land-grant school. Dr. James Collier is a Professor of English and an Affliated Faculty Member in Science and Technology Studies for the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought at Virgina Tech. In 2001, Dr. Collier published a critical article on land-grant history. On Local Dirt, he explains what he thinks nearly ten years later. (Image courtesy of Iowa State University museums)

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We didn't read any news on the air, but check out this article: U.S. Approves Settlement for Black Farmers by Carrie Johnson for the Washington Post.

- The Education for Sustainable Living Program lectures (spring quarter ), Wednesdays 5:10-7pm. Students may take the class for 2 or 4 units, and anyone (student or not) can attend the lectures for free. The class aims to define sustainability broadly and consider it in new ways. Student may enroll in the class with the CRN 63662.
- Village Harvest Citrus Glean this Saturday, Feb. 27, 10am-1pm. Meet in the parking lot in front of CostPlus/World Market (at Anderson/La Rue & Russell in Davis) and bike or ride from there. If it is raining or looks like rain is emminent, call (toll free) 1-888-378-4841, EXT 730 after 8 AM for confirmation of the harvest.

Music Playlist.
"El Año Viejo" by The Blazers (Roots Music: An American Journey on Rounder)
"The Long Way Home" performed by Hot Club of Cowtown (Wishful Thinking on Gold Strike)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Farm Aid and Cupcakes

Farm Aid. In 1985, Willie Nelson organized a benefit concert to help struggling farmers stay on their land. This year's Farm Aid concert will be the twenty-fifth, connecting audiences to food issues. But Farm Aid also does year-round work, connecting farmers to services, supporting farm incubators, and advocating for policy changes. In this week's show, Farm Aid's Communications Director Jennifer Fahey explains who Farm Aid serves and how the organization has responded to changes in agriculture over the years.

Let Them Eat Cake. Paulette Coffman and her two daughters Brittany and Chelsea own and operate the local cupcake bakery, Let Them Eat Cake, located on L St. between 4th and 5th in Davis, CA. The three ladies shared their backgrounds with us, how they came up with a cupcake bakery idea, and how they develop those awesome cupcake flavors, like the Dubliner, made with Guinness and Chocolate, and the Cookie Monster, stuffed with chocolate chip cookie dough and covered in cookie dough frosting.

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Think-Tanks Take Oil Money and Use It to Fund Climate Deniers by Jonathan Owen and Paul Bignell on Commondreams.org
A Federal Effort to Push Junk Food Out of School by Gardiner Harris in the New York Times

Music Playlist.
"Amber Waves of Grain" by Merle Haggard (from Live From Austin, Texas on New West)
"Sheep, Sheep, Don'tcha Know The Road" by Bessie Jones & The Sea Island Singers (from Southern Journey, Vol. 6: Don'tcha Know The Road on Rounder)
"Lafayette" by Lucinda Williams (from Happy Woman Blues on Folkways)
"My Boy Builds Coffins" by Florence + The Machine (from Lungs on Universal Island)

Monday, February 1, 2010

A School Lunch Story & Fair Food Project

School Lunch. Last Saturday, The Devil Makes Three and Mad Cow String Band performed at a benefit concert for the Davis Farm-to-School Connection, working to create an educational and cultural environment in our schools that connects food choices with personal health, community, farms, and land. On this week's show, we bring you a field report from the benefit concert. Children talk about the food and gardens at their schools, adults recall their school lunch memories, and Dorothy Peterson and Talia Hack-Davie talk about the successes and projects of the Davis Farm-to-School Connection.

Fair Food Project. Alida Cantor, from the California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS), discusses the Fair Food Project, her work with the CIRS, and how farmers are working toward providing a safe and fair environment for their workers. To find out more about how you as a consumer can help support fair food, check out the Fair Food Project website for resources and to see the Fair Food Project documentary.

Students for Sustainable Agriculture will be screening the Fair Food Project documentary on Wednesday, February 3 at 6:30pm in the Campus Center for the Environment/Project Compost Office located in Lower Freeborn Hall at the UC Davis campus.

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Music Playlist.
"Georgia Bottleneck Blues" by Cecil Barfield (Art of Field Recording, Vol. 1 on Dust to Digital)
"East Of Woodstock, West Of Viet Nam" by Tom Russell (Blood and Candle Smoke on Shout Factory)
"Carroll County Blues" by Gordon Tanner, Smokey Joe Miller and Uncle John Patterson (Art of Field Recording, Vol. 1 on Dust to Digital)
"Pow Wow Song" by Chippewa Nation (The Mississippi: River Of Song -- A Musical Journey Down The Mississippi on Smithsonian Folkways)

Announcements. Tickets are now available (but limited) for the Vagina Monologues! Three shows: Friday Feb 12th @ 7pm, Saturday Feb 13th @ 2pm and @ 7pm. You can purchase tickets on a sliding scale of $5-15 at the Women's Resources & Research Center on the UCD Campus. 10% of proceeds go to women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with remaining proceeds benefiting My Sister's House and Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Center of Yolo County.