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Rocks To Roots

Rocks To Roots

By Spokane Conservation District

There used to be one way to do good conservation: Save a species and protect some land and water… but as we are in the midst of a pandemic, a climate crisis, and we are seeing an increase in chronic disease, conservation has, not surprisingly, shifted and it has never been more important to bring back economic success and life to our lands and our farms. So, what is conservation really? Why has this been such a hard subject to speak on? The Spokane Conservation District out of Spokane, Washington will speak directly to growers, managers, and consumers in the Pacific Northwest region to get to the root of why we need to connect economic incentives of consumers – to growers – to drive full system regeneration.
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Stacey Selcho, SCD Education Coordinator
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March 23, 2022
Amanda Parish - The Lands Council
Amanda Parish - The Lands Council
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Elyssa Kerr - Beavers Northwest
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Chrys Ostrander - Spokane Food Policy Council
Chrys Ostrander - Spokane Food Policy Council
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Ray Archuleta - Farm and Food Symposium 2021
Ray Archuleta - Farm and Food Symposium 2021
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Four Roots Farm
Four Roots Farm
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John Edmondson - Growing Neighbors
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Kris Major - City of Spokane Solid Waste Department
Kris Major - City of Spokane Solid Waste Department
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Mariah McKay - Spokane Independent Metro Business Alliance (S.I.M.B.A.)
Mariah McKay - Spokane Independent Metro Business Alliance (S.I.M.B.A.)
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01:13:04
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Rose Richardson - Inland Northwest Land Conservancy
Rose Richardson - Inland Northwest Land Conservancy
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43:24
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Natalie Tauzin - Spokane Food Security Coalition
Natalie Tauzin - Spokane Food Security Coalition
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September 01, 2021
CasaCano Farms
CasaCano Farms
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Adam & Emily Powell – Lilac City Harvest
Adam & Emily Powell – Lilac City Harvest
We sit down with Adam and Emily Powell to discuss their hyper local farm Lilac City Harvest located right here in the Spokane Valley. Adam and Emily talk to us about the purchase and cultivation of their eight acre property and some of the tools and techniques they utilize to grow organic produce.
56:01
June 09, 2021
Business Impact Northwest
Business Impact Northwest
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56:54
June 02, 2021
Jeff and Diane Reid, SlowDirt
Jeff and Diane Reid, SlowDirt
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01:08:47
May 19, 2021
Grant Weber and Duane Zbranek Return, Vets on the Farm
Grant Weber and Duane Zbranek Return, Vets on the Farm
We love these guys so much we had to bring them back for season two! On this episode we catch up with the managers of Vets on the Farm. They fill us in on some of the new best management practices (BMP’s) they have integrated at the farm this year and tell us what we can expect to purchase at this seasons farm stand.
57:51
March 24, 2021
Sheryl Wiser and Erin Murphy, Tilth Alliance
Sheryl Wiser and Erin Murphy, Tilth Alliance
Director of Outreach, Sheryl Wiser and Statewide Education Project Manager, Erin Murphy, Tilth Alliance On this episode, we talk with Outreach Director, Sheryl Wiser and Statewide Education Project Manager, Erin Murphy from Tilth Alliance. Sheryl chats with us about Eat Local First, the Washington Food and Farm Finder, and other online programs that Tilth has opened to people around the state. Later in the episode, we talk with Erin about the new Farm Walks Podcast and some of the other resources associated with the Tilth Farm Program.
01:05:56
March 18, 2021
Jerry Scheele – Chairman, Spokane Conservation District
Jerry Scheele – Chairman, Spokane Conservation District
Jerry Scheele has served as a Spokane Conservation District Board Member for 28 years! Jerry discusses the primary roles of being a board member, some of the stand-out projects he has helped lead at the district, and the first time he became interested in conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources growing up on the family farm in Waverly, WA.
01:15:13
March 10, 2021
Tim Kohlhauff, Urban Horticulture coordinator for the WSU/Spokane County Extension
Tim Kohlhauff, Urban Horticulture coordinator for the WSU/Spokane County Extension
Tim Kohlhauff is the Urban Horticulture Coordinator for the WSU/Spokane Extension Office. Tim talks with us about the great resources the extension office has to offer including the Master Gardeners program and the Cabin Fever virtual event happening this month. Tim also shares with us some basic concepts and practices that can help gardeners maintain their natural resources.
01:01:55
February 24, 2021
Sean Alexander, WSU Extension Forester
Sean Alexander, WSU Extension Forester
On this episode, we sit down with WSU Extension Forester, Sean Alexander for the North Eastern area of Washington. Sean talks with us about the extension office and some of the programs they have to offer including the Washington Forest Owners winter School that will take place on February 27th and the highly notable Coached Planning Forest stewardship course that will kick off in March.
01:01:21
February 11, 2021
Ben Peterson, SCD Forester
Ben Peterson, SCD Forester
On this episode we sit down with SCD forester, Ben Peterson to discuss the Spokane Conservation Districts Annual Tree Sale. Ben tells us about some of the species being offered this year, shares his tree care and planting tips, and answers some customer questions!
49:55
February 01, 2021
Joni Kindwall-Moore, founder of Snacktivist Foods.
Joni Kindwall-Moore, founder of Snacktivist Foods.
In this episode, we sit down with Joni Kindwall-Moore the founder of Snacktivist Foods. Joni is also a registered BSN-RN nurse and has worked as a Diabetic Educator for many years. Her brand Snacktivist Foods contain ancient grains like Teff, Millet, and Sorghum. It’s more than just a culinary adventure! It contributes to an agricultural movement away from GMO, government-subsidized, mono-crop farming. Joni educates us on the history of our food system and tells us how her brand is a critical link in the value chain that develops flavorful, healthy foods from crops that are vital to developing a diversified and ecologically sensitive farming system for the future.
01:13:31
November 23, 2020
Adam Hegsted, Owner & Chef at Eat Good Group and Co-Founder of Share.Farm
Adam Hegsted, Owner & Chef at Eat Good Group and Co-Founder of Share.Farm
On this episode of Rocks to Roots, we sit down with Owner and Chef of the Eat Good Group, Adam Hegsted. Adam tells us about the Eat Good Group and its focus to celebrate the Inland Northwest by utilizing local growers, foragers, farmers, and artisans products in every plate amongst the various establishments. We also discuss Share.Farm, an online marketplace that connects consumers to local farmers year-round with an added component that teaches shoppers to eat like a chef with local food.
01:00:50
November 16, 2020
Brian Estes, LINC Foods
Brian Estes, LINC Foods
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01:18:04
November 09, 2020
Thom Foote, Owner of Footehills Farm - Part 2
Thom Foote, Owner of Footehills Farm - Part 2
Check out this two-part interview with Thom Foote, owner of Footehills Farm. Thom discusses his lifetime of being a gardener and farmer. He has a wealth of knowledge that has allowed him to take his piece of land from rocks to roots – literally! Thom is a dynamic speaker in sustainable agriculture, soil building, remediation, regeneration, and how to plan a successful market garden. He truly is a permaculture extraordinaire! Tune in and find out how he is growing quality food, rebuilding soil, and making it accessible for everyone!
58:38
October 27, 2020
Thom Foote, Owner of Footehills Farm - Part 1
Thom Foote, Owner of Footehills Farm - Part 1
Check out this two-part interview with Thom Foote, owner of Footehills Farm. Thom discusses his lifetime of being a gardener and farmer. He has a wealth of knowledge that has allowed him to take his piece of land from rocks to roots – literally! Thom is a dynamic speaker in sustainable agriculture, soil building, remediation, regeneration, and how to plan a successful market garden. He truly is a permaculture extraordinaire! Tune in and find out how he is growing quality food, rebuilding soil, and making it accessible for everyone!
01:00:00
October 26, 2020
Pat Munts, WSU Extensions Food Systems Program
Pat Munts, WSU Extensions Food Systems Program
Let us introduce you to Pat Munts, the program coordinator for WSU Food Systems. Pat has been educating and promoting our local food and farming scene for 20+ years! Pat has extensive work in our local community gardens and various other programs around Spokane County. In this episode, we discuss the importance of a resilient food system in our community, and we talk about Cultivating Success: Whole Farm Planning, a 9-week, step-by-step course to help you prepare a well thought out plan for your land, life, and farm business that kicks off October 20th!
57:32
October 12, 2020
Lisette Alent, Inland Northwest Farmer Market Association
Lisette Alent, Inland Northwest Farmer Market Association
Meet Lisette Alent, the executive director of the Inland Northwest Farmers Association! Lisette tells us all about the INWFMA organization including their latest work distributing over 7,768 boxes and 155,360 pounds of local, quality food over the past four months to Spokane area families in need with the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Find out how you can support INWFMA and help them continue this very important program in our community.
01:05:59
October 08, 2020
Garth Davis & Ben Peterson, SCD Forestry Department
Garth Davis & Ben Peterson, SCD Forestry Department
Garth Davis and Ben Peterson of the Spokane Conservation Districts Forestry Department know a few things about trees. In this episode, we discuss the recent wildfires in our region, tree management, and the various technical assistance they provide to Spokane County residents including a program called Firewise. Plus, we discuss the Annual Tree Sale, and we get a sneak peek as to what we can expect at the sale in 2021!
01:03:50
September 25, 2020
Walt Edelen, SCD Water Resources Manager
Walt Edelen, SCD Water Resources Manager
On this episode of Rocks to Roots we talk with Spokane Conservation District’s Water Resources Manager, Walt Edelen. Walt talks to us about the natural resource concerns within this vast department and the technical assistance they offer landowners. We also discuss the departments continued work on the Hangman Creek Watershed, and we get a glimpse of what’s to come for the largest department at the district.
53:27
September 17, 2020
Beth Mort, Owner of Snapdragon Flower Farm & Zinnia Designs
Beth Mort, Owner of Snapdragon Flower Farm & Zinnia Designs
Meet your soon to be favorite flower farmer Beth Mort, Owner of Snapdragon Flower Farm and Zinnia Designs. Beth fills us in on all things flowers, how she started her farm, her newest pollinator project, and how even the greenest of thumbs can start their own “addiction plot.”
01:31:48
September 10, 2020
Grant Weber and Duane Zbranek from Vets on the Farm
Grant Weber and Duane Zbranek from Vets on the Farm
On this episode of Rocks to Roots, we talk with the Farm Managers Grant Weber and Duane Zbranek from Vets on the Farm, a hyper-local, organic farm located just south of I-90 in Spokane and east of the Palouse Highway. Grant and Duane tell us all about the Vets on the Farm program and how they facilitate ways for Veterans to connect with people in the agricultural industry, fellow Veterans, and financial and technical resources. Plus, they let us in on some of their farming practices and why their commitment to producing nutrient-dense food for our community is so important. The views and opinions expressed on Rocks to Roots are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Spokane Conservation District. Any content provided by our Guests are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.
48:37
August 27, 2020
Vicki Carter, Director at the Spokane Conservation District
Vicki Carter, Director at the Spokane Conservation District
Meet Vicki Carter, Director of the Spokane Conservation District. Vicki shares with us some of the history behind conservation districts and their role nationwide. Plus she lets us in on the various programs SCD has to offer, what projects they are currently working on, and BIG plans for the future! Not sure what a conservation district is? Well, this is the episode for you! The views and opinions expressed on Rocks to Roots are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Spokane Conservation District. Any content provided by our Guests are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.
01:11:20
August 20, 2020
Introducing Rocks To Roots
Introducing Rocks To Roots
Meet your host, Hilary Sepulveda, Outreach Specialist for the Spokane Conservation District and get the scoop on why the Spokane Conservation District decided to start a podcast. The views and opinions expressed on Rocks to Roots are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Spokane Conservation District. Any content provided by our Guests are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.
14:31
August 13, 2020