Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ryder Diaz, David Schwartz, Hazon

Monday, August 28th's show featured an interview with Ryder Diaz from the UC Davis raptor center. Diaz is a UC Davis ecologist and expert in pollinator communities, and will frequent Local Dirt again in future shows, so stay tuned!
Next, David Schwartz talked with Anna-Ruth about the growing food movement, its connection to history, and the power students have to change the food system. Shwartz is a Real Food Challenge organizer.
Then we heard from the Hazon conference, which happened on the UC Davis campus from August 19-21st. Anna-Ruth spoke with one of the Hazon leaders Renna Khuner-Haber, delving into the meaning of sustainable food.
Next was a quick talk with Elisheva Margulies, a natural foods chef, about her affinity for seaweed, a uniqe vegetable packed with nutrients.
Finally was a talk with Rachel Shapiro, co-chair of the Jewish life committee, who spoke of her experience as a midwife, a transformative women's circle, and the importance of spirituality through practicality.

Listen to the show here!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Farmworker Justice March & Compassion: Davis, CA

Farmworker Justice March. Last Saturday, supporters of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) demonstrated outside the Davis Trader Joe's, demanding that the grocery chain sign the CIW's Fair Food agreement. In this part of the show, you can hear what that demonstration sounded like and what the local organizers had to say. The young organizers, Liz Fitzgerald and Natalia Margolis, talk to Natalie about the CIW's approach to protests, how they became leaders, and how they felt at their first CIW demonstrations. To download Liz's "Traitor Joe's" song, click here.
(Oops! When we broadcast this story, it was hard to hear some of the sound from the march. We've since fixed that. If you'd like to hear the better version, click here.)

Compassion: Davis, CA. For two years, David Breaux has stood on the corner of 3rd and C Streets in Davis asking people to write in his notebook their concept of "compassion." He has since compiled the entries into a book. David talked with Natalie about why he does what he does, what he's learned, and what he'll do next. If you'd like to write down your concept of the word compassion, visit David at 3rd & C. He's there for much of the day. And if you'd like to learn more about compassion, you can attend David's presentation "An Experience with Compassion" this Wednesday, 7-8pm at the Davis Community Church (412 C St., across from the Farmers' Market).

Check out this video about David's compassion project:

David Breaux on Compassion from Robb Davis on Vimeo.

"Goin Down South" by R. L. Burnside and Lyrics Born (from A Bothered Mind on Fat Possum)
"Traitor Joe's" by Liz Fitzgerald
"Another Travelin' Song" by Bright Eyes (from I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning on Saddle Creek)

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Campaign for Fair Food & Bricks Bike Kitchen

Local Dirt just purchased a brand spanking new audio recorder through a generous grant from the Davis Cooperative Community Fund! Having our own recorder means that we can record outside the studio more often and on short notice. We used the new recorder for both stories on this week's show. Hit us up if you know of something you think we should record.

Campaign for Fair Food. Damara Luce, National Coordinator of Just Harvest, a farmworker justice organization, talks about conditions in Florida's tomato fields and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' ongoing, successful campaign to improve those conditions. This audio was recorded with permission at last Tuesday's Kitchen Table Talks SF. The Kitchen Table Talks series is organized by Civil Eats and 18 Reasons. Visit the Kitchen Table Talks webpage to hear the whole panel discussion on modern tomatoes, which included Luce, Emma Torbert of UC Davis's Agricultural Sustainability Institute, and Fred Hempel of Baia Nicchia Farm & Nursery.

Want to get involved in bringing justice for farm workers in Immokalee, Florida? Check out the march happening in Davis, CA this Saturday from 5:30-6:30pm at the Davis Trader Joes.

Also, check out this awesome video that UC Davis alum, Liz Fitzgerald, made for the Campaign for Fair Food!

Bricks Bike Kitchen. A note from Natalie: Two weeks ago, I mentioned on the air that I wanted to produce some radio stories about kids & bikes. I'd gotten pumped on kids with bikes when I saw how much the kids I knew in New Orleans loved their bikes. A listener named Anne called into the station to tell me about a teeny tiny bike kitchen that her boyfriend and a friend had organized in the Sacramento housing project where he lives. They call it the Bricks Bike Kitchen, and you can't find it on the internet. She invited me to come out to record, and here's what I got. If you have a suggestion for a show topic, email us at localdirt@gmail.com or call us up (530.754.KDVS) during the show like Anne did.

This show features music by The Ditty Bops, The Dixie Bee-Liners, and The Dixie Chicks.

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