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Underground Airwaves: Chehalem Mountain Winemakers

Chehalem MountainOn a hot summer day, a number of winemakers gathered at Arbor Brook Vineyards in anticipation of the wine celebration event Origin ’14. There were several white tents set up around the yard providing shade for the guests. In one tent, there was a conversation about the history of the Chehalem Mountain AVA (American Viticultural Area aka designated wine grape-growing regions), and each winemaker gave a brief background on their winery. In another tent, I set up a mini-recording studio where I recorded a story from each of the winemakers present. This episode of the podcast features a story from James Frey of Trisaetum, Sheila Nickolas of Anam Cara, and Todd Hansen of Longplay, as well as their thoughts on the future of making wines in Oregon.

Find more information about the Chehalem Mountain AVA and Origins ’14 at ChehalemMountains.org.

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Underground Airwaves: Chef Dan Barber & The Third Plate

1304p40-healthy-habits-hero-dan-barber-mWhile “farm to table” eating is exciting and inspiring and focuses on many of the problems of industrial agriculture, it has mostly failed to change the way we eat. In his book, The Third Plate: Field notes on the Future of Food, chef and author Dan Barber discusses the next steps in creating a sustainable food system. In this episode, Dan talks about learning from the process of attempting to translate the agricultural landscape in the Spanish Dehesa to upstate New York. We also discuss the book, what a sustainable food future entails, and the chefs role in that future.

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Underground Airwaves: Wendell Berry on the Value of Intangibles

_DSF0079Lola Milholland of Edible Portland and the nonprofit Ecotrust and her mother Theresa Marquez of Organic Valley recently spoke with legendary farmer, author, and eloquent octogenarian Wendell Berry at the Organic Valley annual meeting in April. He shares his thoughts on the economic value of intangibles, gives advice for parents who want to empower their children to act for change, and recollects sweet childhood memories.

Find Wendell Berry’s writing at wendellberrybooks.com.  Learn more about Lola’s visit with Wendell

Sponsors: This episode is brought to you by Willamette Week, Organic Valley, and White River Lamb Company

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Underground Airwaves: Christopher Leonard

-1Investigative reporter Christopher Leonard has spent years researching the poultry industry in the southern United States. In his book, The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business, he writes about the vertical integration of the poultry industry and the rippling effects it has on farmers, consumers, and the entire U.S. food system. In this episode of the podcast, Leonard discusses the book as well as a chance encounter with Don Tyson – a man who carries great responsibility for the state of the poultry industry – in an Arkansas hotel restaurant.

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Underground Airwaves: Sam Andamarium

Andemariam picSam Andemariam was born in Eritrea and grew up in Ethiopia, where his home was attached to the family restaurant. He tells a story about his father’s passion, bordering on obsession, for the intricacies of preparing food well. With his wife, Sam recently started the business Mariam Foods, which specializes in Ethiopian inspired lentil dips. His goal is to establish a place on the grocery store shelf for Ethiopian foods so that his children can see their culture represented.                  

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