Cultivating Ground Water – Marian Singer

Groundwater is a critical under-measured resource that is in a precarious state. In the U.S. ground water provides 44% of drinking water and 42% of the irrigation supply; globally it’s closer to 70% of irrigation supply. It provides the base flow for our streams, rivers and lakes. Our virtual savings account for food production, property value and strong local communities. that we take for granted at our future peril.  New technologies can assist food producers of all shapes and sizes to manage this most important ingredient of everything we eat. Marian Singer is the CEO of Wellntel, an ag-tech start-up that is providing solutions for monitoring the state of our wells. She joins our table to explore the makings of a groundwater revolution.



Breakfast Is Happy – Dan Ansperger, Happy Egg

Good food, well grown, makes us happy, but can the food be happy too? At least one company suggests that is the case: the aptly named “Happy Egg”. Originating in England, before sustainable food became popular, the Happy Egg is a pioneer of free range farming. The CEO of Happy Egg, Dan Ansperger, is a Missouri farm boy who finds a brand new way to deliver “happy”. This episode of Farm To Table Talk explores the consumer demand for food with a good story and how egg farmers are adjusting to meet that demand. Happy Egg is a pioneer of free range egg farming with hens roaming free on over eight acres of pasture. It was the first free range egg producer to receive the American Humane® Association certification. Flock sizes are regulated, giving year-round outdoor access, providing play kits and tree coverage, outdoor watering systems, and ample room for the hens to dust-bathe, forage, exercise, and roam. Here’s to an egg finding a happy place on your plate.


The Bridge Dinner – Molly Hawks, Mike Testa, Pat Prager, Hennie Eilers McIntire

“Bridge Dinner”. Who says metaphors can’t stick to your ribs? When a bridge is closed to bring people together over food, you are witnessing a metaphor coming alive. In Sacramento the Tower Bridge Dinner over the Sacramento River in front of the Capitol serves over 800 guests and is the crowning event of the Annual Farm to Fork street Festival attended by over 140,000. A team of chefs, over a one thousand volunteers and local farmers bring their best to the bridge for a delicious dining experience that earns mutual respect and gratitude. Farm To Table Talk was on the (windy) bridge to talk to chefs, farmers and guests.  In this episode we visit with Mike Testa the CEO of Visit Sacramento, Sawyer Hotel Executive Chef Pat Prager, Eilers Farms, Hennii Eilers McIntire and Bridge Chef Molly Hawks of Hawks Restaurant. #SACFARM2FORK

Living Farm To Fork – Bobbin Mulvaney, Santana Diaz, Allyson Harvey, Rich Collins

A few years ago Sacramento declared itself to be the Farm to Fork Capitol. It was a bold claim that was immediately challenged by other communities who felt that they deserved to be the “Capitol”. Some jumped on Social media to say “Oh yeah. We’re just as good or better.” Well, let the competition begin because everybody wins if cities all over strive to be outstanding in this field. To shed light on the reasons, methods and results of becoming a leader in Farm To Fork we gather during the Sacramento Farm To Fork Festival Week at one of the leading Farm To Fork restaurants, Mulvaney’s B&L with an enthusiastic audience, BanjoFiddle music, food, wine and an outstanding panel including: Rich Collins, Farmer, Founder of CA Endives, Past Chairman of CA Alliance With Family Farms; Allyson Harvie, Chef de Cuisine at Ella Dining Room, Bridge Dinner Chef; Santana Diaz, Executive Chef, Food and Nutrition Services UC Davis Health; and Bobbin Mulvaney, Co Owner/Chef of Mulvaney’s B&L. A lively conversation and questions from a well informed audience ensued on becoming and living the Farm To Fork Lifestyle that is Sacramento today.


Goodbye CA Hello NY – Melissa Phillips and Jack Whetlan


It’s said that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, or the other side of the ocean, or the other side of the continent. One lucky couple and their daughter are finding out for sure as they chase their farming dreams from the UK to Texas, then California and now the Hudson River Valley of New York.  Melissa Philips and Jack Whetlan are British natives who’ve always had a passion for the environment, sustainability and regenerative agriculture. They realized that’s what they wanted to make their life’s work. Jack’s entirely “un-farmy” job as a Director of Sales brought them to the US and where they permanent residency. Melissa pursued a masters in sustainability sciences and in 2016 they welcomed Phoenix into the world. Then the big change: “we decided to pack up our lives, throw in the towel on our careers and hit the road in pursuit of something more meaningful.”  Melissa was podcast guest on Farm to Table Talk at Eco Farm in 2017 and Jack was in 2018 when he announced their intentions to leave their happy situation at Kearns Family Farm in California and start a new farm in New York.  We got them together to update us on their farming adventures in the new land. www.hiddenacrefarm

Building Trust – Michael Dimock, Flipping The Tables

“Flipping the Table”is the appropriate title of a new podcast hosted by Michael Dimock, the President of Roots of Change.  “Roots of Change is working to ensure that every aspect of our food from the time it’s grown to the time it’s eaten – can be healthy, safe, profitable and fair.”  Since Farm To Table Talk  and the Flipping The Table Podcast share interest and concern for the future of food and farming, it was only natural that the hosts, Michael Dimock and Rodger Wasson set down to record a shared podcast comparing their journeys and agricultural perspectives.  On Flipping the Tables this was episode #45 “Dueling podcasters”.  Here we just call it “Building Trust” which is something these friends with often contrasting views, have done with each other and as much as possible for today and tomorrow’s food system. #rootfsofchange #flippingthetable #podcast #disruptthesystem

Devastation Dinners – Nate Mook, World Central Kitchen

When the most powerful Atlantic storm in recorded history hit the Bahamas, the devastation was beyond belief.  Before the hurricane hit, a team from World Central Kitchen was already there getting ready for the critical job ahead, feeding thousands of hungry, thirsty and often newly homeless.  In short order the WCK team had scaled up to preparing 30,000 fresh meals per day  for delivery by boat, plane, helicopter or on foot to government centers, schools, hospitals clinics, churches and more. World Central Kitchen was founded by Chef Jose Andres to rush to assist when disasters like these strike.  The Executive Vice President of World Central Kitchen, Nate Mook explains the mission, vision and how World Central Kitchen works in this previously published encore edition of Farm To Table Talk.

One of the Best – Randi MacNear, Davis Farmers Market

One of the earliest Farmers Markets in America, in Davis California, is also widely recognized as one of the best. The history of the Davis Farmers Market begins with the social awakening of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which set the stage for the establishment of alternative, local food systems. Since then, farmers’ markets, led by Davis, a college town in the Sacramento Valley, and by California, have exploded across the country. Today, there are more than 8,000farmers’ markets nationwide – more than 700 of them in California. The Davis market, in the city’s Central Park, takes up about a third of a 5-acre park on Saturday mornings and more on Wednesday evenings during Picnic in the Park. It operates under a pavilion built with public funds, and it draws 7,000 to 10,000 people each week. Randii MacNear has been the Executive Director of the market from the very beginning and deserves much credit for its success.  With some introductory music from Banjo Fiddle, RandiiMacNear joins our table talk about the visible heart beat of many communities, their Farmers Market.

Two Star Chef On Bridge – Suzette Gresham, Farm To Fork Festival

Over 100,000 food and farm fans attend the annual two day street Festival of America’s Farm to Fork Capitol, Sacramento.  The weekend event is culminated with a special dinner on the downtown Tower Bridge for over 800 lucky diners. The 2019 Tower Bridge Dinner will feature a star-studded cast of women who have made their mark on the culinary scene led by Suzette Gresham of San Francisco’s Acquerello, who has held a two-star rating from Michelin since 2015. Joining her will be Sacramento chefs Allyson Harvie of Ella Dining Room and BarCasey Shideler of Taylor’s KitchenMolly Hawks of Hawks Restaurant, and Tokiko Sawada of Binchoyaki.  Suzette Gresham became only the third American woman to be honored with two Michelin stars in 2015, and her work in San Francisco’s Acquerello has seen it land a spot in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 Bay Area Restaurant List for the past 22 years. Ingredients are one of the central pillars in her kitchen, and she seeks to provide diners with an experience. Additionally, she has long focused on providing a workplace free of fear and intimidation, regardless of gender, and focuses on passing on her knowledge to the next generation, including passing 63 interns through her kitchen. Suzette Gresham joins Farm to Table Talk that covers her Michelin two star selection, farm to fork and what she likes about the Sacramento Farm To Fork scene.


Difference Makers – Mimi Dyer and Steve Gay

Inspiring stories of people making a difference in their communities with food, farming or gardening are showing up all over.  When the person you marry, shares that passion and commitment, it’s exceptional. Mimi Dyer and her husband Steve Gay are one of those exceptional couples. Mimi is Board President of La Soupe, a nonprofit organization that rescues produce that would be thrown away and creates nutritious and healthy meals for non-profit organizations, food insecure families and customers. She is a volunteer leader in charge of volunteers, outreach and administration. Steve Gay is an Urban Agriculture helper, Master Urban Farmer, master composter, community garden trainer and sustainable agriculturalist. Between the two of them is a bond to do all they can to contribute to reducing food insecurity and building more resilient community.  Today that mission is being realized in the Cincinnati area but wherever the future takes them they plan to role up their sleeves and go to work helping others in need of good food or opportunities to participate, contribute and grow.