Saturday, April 21, 2012

Celebrate 7 years of Local Dirt Radio on Monday, April 23rd


To our listeners and friends of Local Dirt Radio and KDVS,

We are excited to be celebrating over seven years of Local Dirt programming, and wouldn’t have been able to do it without our amazing, student-run host station, KDVS, at the UC Davis campus! This coming week, we will also be celebrating KDVS’ contribution to the campus and local community for the past 39 years during our annual fundraiser week. Local Dirt Radio has been a core part of KDVS’ public affairs program for many years with numerous students and community members contributing to its programming efforts. 

Your lovely Local Dirt co-hosts, Anna Truth, Neda and Dani, will be hosting a special fundraiser program on Monday, April 23rd from 5-6pm during KDVS’ annual fundraiser week! Our show goal is to raise $1,000 for KDVS during this hour of programming.

This will be your opportunity to support our amazing host station, KDVS, and also chat with us about why you love KDVS and Local Dirt Radio! We promise you fun on-air games that may involve mystery produce items, worms, dirt and the like, live music, amazing premiums and an overall good time!

Some things about KDVS that you might not know!
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. KDVS is not funded by the University, only by students and by the community of listeners and supports who donate during fundraiser week. Our fundraiser goal for 2012 is $64,000 total, which will bring Davis and the surrounding community freeform radio for a year!

HOW TO DONATE
You can donate online - http://fundraiser.kdvs.org/
Call into the studio on Monday, April 23rd from 5-6pm – 530.754.5387 or 877.399.5387

Thank you, friends, we hope to hear from you on Monday!

Cheers!

Dani, Neda, Anna Ruth
Local Dirt Radio
KDVS 90.3FM – Davis, CA
www.localdirtradio.com
www.kdvs.org

About Local Dirt Radio...
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, Jeremy Raff and Victor Duraj as an engineer/recorder. Current co-hosts are Neda Yousefian, 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.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Bill McKibben speaks at UC Davis

This week Local Dirt brings you full coverage of Bill Mckibbin's talk given earlier this morning at the Alumni Center on the UC Davis campus. McKibben is an environmentalist, writer and activist focused on raising awareness of global warming and founder of 350.org. He wrote the first book about global warming in 1989, called "The End of Nature". His speech focuses on the need to coordinate local efforts with global coordinated action to immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Putah Creek Council and UCD chapter of Engineers Without Borders

Amelia Holmes, the president of the UC Davis chapter of Engineers Without Borders came to the studio today and talked with us about the work that UCD students and faculty are doing as members of EWB. They have been working in Uganda to improve access to clean water (home water filtration projects) and sanitation (latrine projects). They are also putting together a project in Bolivia that would increase access to water. To learn more and to contact EWB go to their website: www.ewb.ucdavis.edu.









Libby Earthman, the executive director of the Putah Creek Council and Rich Marovich, the streamkeeper for the Putah Creek, spoke with Local Dirt about the history of the creek and its transformations from a creek to a gravel pit and back to a creek. It is a very inspiring story of a group of people revitalizing their community through volunteerism, activism and collaboration. The Putah Creek Council is always looking for volunteers and is supported through membership and donations. Contact them through their website: www.putahcreekcouncil.org/



Upcoming Events:

This Friday is the Russell Ranch Barn Dance!


Music on today's show from Driving with Fergus and Los Cafres and Two Many Banjos.


To listen to this week's show, visit this show link! Enjoy!
You can also download the audio file by right clicking the link and saving it to your hard drive! 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Methyl Iodide and Publix Fast for Fair Food

Methyl Iodide pulled from US market.
Toxic pesticide, Methyl Iodide, pulled from American markets. 

Back in 2010, Methyl Bromide, a commonly used pesticide for fumigation, was slated to be phased out due to the International Montreal Protocol treaty due to depletion of the ozone layer. Methyl iodide was proposed to replace methyl bromide for use as an agricultural fumigant common in strawberry production. Despite controversy and heavy campaigning against the registering of the newly proposed fumigant by environmentalist and environmental justice activists, Methyl Iodide was recently registered in 2011 within the state of California for accepted fumigant use. 

Methyl iodide, a known carcinogen, was recently pulled fromthe market by its makers due to ‘financial reasons’. We welcomed back Paul Towers from Pesticide Action Network to Local Dirt Radio to give us a look into the campaign to prevent methyl iodide from becoming a registered agriculture fumigant over the past several years.

Liz Fitzgerald, Community Organizer with the CIW.
Florida: Fast for Fair Food at Publix Supermarkets. 
Liz Fitzgerald, former UC Davis student and community organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the Student/Farmworker Alliance, just returned from Florida to help support further campaigning against Publix, one of the largest supermarket chains in North America. We welcome Liz back on to Local Dirt to provide an update on the latest CIW victory with Trader Joes and the progress the CIW has made with the Campaign for Fair Food, encouraging larger corporate food buyers to pay one penny more per pound for all of the tomatoes harvested in the Immokalee, FL region, where farmworkers have historically been living and working in unjust conditions.

Be sure to check out Liz's latest musical contributions to the Campaign for Fair Food below!


Announcements!
  • Check out the UC Davis Russell Ranch Barn Dance on Friday, April 13th from 7-11pm! Contra Dancing and live music with Driving with Fergus! Potluck!
  • Tours of the UC Davis Student Farm are happening this week! Wednesday, April 4th, 10-11am. Thursday, April 5th, 10-11am. Friday April 7th, 3-4pm.
  • The UC Davis Farmers Market is re-launching this spring. Stop by the Silo Patio between 10am-2:30pm on Wednesday, April 4th! Free food, live entertainment, buttons, art, facepainting and more!
Music!
Music on this week's show featured the following artists: 
  • Bon Iver, Bon Iver
  • The Shins, Wincing the Night Away
LISTEN UP!
To listen to this week's show, visit this show link! Enjoy!
You can also download the audio file by right clicking the link and saving it to your hard drive!