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SoundBites: The Common Market & Black Farmers

Black Farmers (Credit: The Common Market)February 2, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted our newest episode of our series on our food and our world, Sound Bites. We began with a recent report from The Common Market, on Needs Assessment of Black Farmers on the Delmarva Peninsula. With Hannah Jo King, Development Fellow at The Common Market and lead author on the report.

We then hosted a Black Farmers Roundtable. With: Lavette Blue, who co-owns and runs The Greener Gardens Farm in Baltimore; Denzel Mitchell, educator, food justice advocate, and political commentator; and Aleya Fraser, farmer at Black Dirt Farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Natasha Bowens On ‘The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming’

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On today’s show Marc and his co-host, Anthony McCarthy, host of the Anthony McCarthy Show, on WEAA will be listening excerpts from three different conversations with the central theme of farming and food sovereignty in the African American Community. We begin with an excerpt from Marc’s August interview with author and photographer Natasha Bowens, about her book The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming.  From the website: “The Color of Food“honors, preserves, and amplifies the stories and beautiful faces of Black, Native, Asian, and Latina farmers and food activists across the country.” We’re also joined by local farmer Denzel Mitchell of Five Seeds Farm and Apiary in Baltimore to talk about the ways that race intersects with agriculture and the food movement.

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Sound Bites: Food Safety Modernization Act | GMOs & Public Opinion | Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

GMO measure in Washington stateNovember 12, 2013 – Segment 3

We begin the newest episode of our series on the food system, Sound Bites, talking about the Food Safety Modernization Act and what it means for small farmers, with Michael Tabor, a farmer who supplies Baltimore-area universities with GMO-free, sustainably-grown produce and has run a farm stand in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington for 40 years. He wrote the widely-circulated piece, “Food Safety Modernization Act Threatens Fresh, Health and Sustainably-Grown Food.”

Then, we talk with Erin Sagen, member of the Online Editorial Team for YES! Magazine, about GMOs and how public opinion shifts after pro-GMO money pours into a community.

We close the show with a report back from the Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners conference that took place this past weekend in New York City, with Imani Bryant, who is working on a Masters of Public Health from Morgan State University and specializes in food justice issues; and Xavier Brown, Director of Urban Agriculture for The Green Scheme, a DC nonprofit organization that aims to educate people of diverse cultural backgrounds about their role in the environmental movement.


Sound Bites: Black Farmers Lawsuit, Spying Grocery Shelves, And Gleaning With Gather Baltimore

Gather BaltimoreOctober 30, 2013 – Segment 4

It’s the latest episode of Sound Bites! We begin the show with an update on the settlement in the Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation, commonly called Pigford II, class action lawsuit, which charged that USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices discriminated against Black farmers, denying them farm loans. After waiting as long as 14 years, some of the plaintiffs have been awarded $50,000 apiece as settlement of their claims. Nevertheless, the case is still fraught with controversy. Our guests will be: Willard Tillman, Director, Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project; and John Zippert, Director of Program Operations, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund.

At 10:30 we take a look at Mondelez International, whose properties include Chips Ahoy, Nabisco, Ritz and other high-profile snack brands. Mondelez says it’s planning to debut a grocery shelf in 2015 that comes equipped with sensors to determine the age and sex of passing customers. Joining us to talk about the implications of this technology will be: Brian Fung, Washington Post technology reporter; and Von Diaz, Colorlines reporter and multimedia producer, as well as editor for Feet in Two Worlds, which brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the Web.

At 10:45, let’s go gleaning!! Steiner Show producers Stefanie Mavronis and Mark Gunnery joined Gather Baltimore and Movable Feast this past weekend at Zahradka Farm in southeast Baltimore County, where they helped glean produce in fields that had already been picked through, gathering fresh vegetables for distribution to people with limited access to fresh food in Baltimore City. You will hear from: OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow Arthur Morgan, who founded Gather Baltimore to collect and glean fresh produce to give to people with limited healthy food access; volunteers from Movable Feast, a program that provides nutritious meals and other services at no cost to people who are sick and need support; and farmer George Zahradka III.



Sound Bites: African American Farmers, Dwindling Bee Populations, And Gather Baltimore

denzelMay 15, 2013 – Segment 1

We launch our first live episode of Sound Bites!  We kick-off the show with Denzel Mitchell and Blain Snipstal of Five Seeds Farms and Apiary, who will talk about African American farmers in the US today.

Then we turn to the plight of the insects that bring us our food – the bees! We discuss reports that bee populations are dwindling, with: Meme Thomas, Director of Baltimore Honey, a nonprofit with a goal to maximize local honeybee pollination coverage for local food security; and Maryland State Apiarist Jerry Fischer.

We close out Sound Bites with Open Society Institute Fellow Arthur Morgan, who discusses Gather Baltimore, a program he created as a solution to help end hunger in Baltimore. Gather Baltimore collects fresh produce donated by farmers markets and farms and helps distribute it to people who don’t have access to healthy food sources, through local hospitals, meal programs, and faith communities. To support Arthur’s project, visit Gather Baltimore’s GiveCorps campaign. To volunteer, get in touch with Gather Baltimore on Facebook.