Month: July 2019

Ep 35: Quivira Coalition – with Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, Executive Director

Listen as Sarah teaches us about the Quivira Coalition and how they foster ecological, economic and social health through education, innovation and collaboration.

About Sarah: 
Sarah Wentzel-Fisher is the Executive Director of the Quivira Coalition, an innovative conservation organization devoted to building soil, biodiversity, and resilience on western working landscapes. Sarah, a committed champion of the local food movement and of resilient agriculture, has worked in food and agriculture planning for over a decade with a focus on supporting young and beginning farmers and ranchers. She was the editor of Edible Santa Fe from 2011 to 2017. From 2013 to 2015 she worked for the National Young Farmers Coalition as an organizer. She is currently on the boards of the Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust and the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance. In her free time she enjoys visiting farms and ranches, experimenting in her kitchen, and keeping chickens in her backyard.

About Quivira: 
The Quivira Coalition builds soil, biodiversity, and resilience on western working landscapes. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration.

  • The Land and Water program helps ranchers develop plans and management strategies for restoring and building resilience on slope wetlands, grasslands, and other working landscapes.
  • The New Agrarian program helps to ensure that living and working knowledge of these practices, and the landscape itself, is stewarded into the future.
  • The Education program, including the annual conference and open source publications, creates a space for the coalition to share ideas and resources, and for the general public to learn about the critical role working lands play in the health of our food systems, communities, and our planet.

At the foundation of all the work is the concept that well managed working rangelands and forests are two of the most effective, efficient, and immediately viable paths to remedy the devastating impacts of climate change.

Links:
Website: www.quiviracoalition.org
Podcast: www.downtoearth.media

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Ep 34: Understanding Food Labels – with Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Pasture-raised, non-GMO, organic, cage-free, fair trade, grass-fed, all natural…what do these all mean?  Listen as Rebecca teaches us about food labels and what to look for when you make your next food purchase.

About Rebecca: 
Rebecca Thistlethwaite is the Director of the national Extension program called the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) based at Oregon State University that works to strengthen the niche meat supply chain. She has a master’s degree in International Agricultural Development from the University of California – Davis and was formerly co-owner of TLC Ranch, an organic pastured poultry and livestock enterprise in California. She is also author of two books on farming- Farms With a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business (2012) and The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat (2015). Rebecca has also recently launched a health coaching business called Commit to Live Health & Wellness where she helps people reclaim their health through a holistic ancestral approach. Rebecca lives in the Columbia River Gorge region of Oregon with her two children. When not running NMPAN, you will find her cooking, trail running, or volunteering for local schools.

Rebecca can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/commit2livehealth or on Twitter at commit2live

Links:
Commit To Live Health & Wellness Coaching:  https://commit2livecoaching.com/
Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network: http://www.nichemeatprocessing.org/
The New Livestock Farmer (Book): https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/the-new-livestock-farmer/
Farms with a Future (Book): https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/farms-with-a-future/

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