Happy, Nourished & Grateful – Heidi Schauster


Our relationship with food doesn’t have to be so complicated. Listening to our body, enjoying the “well-grown” foods we love, mindfully connects body, mind and spirit. This is part of the common-sense advice of Heidi Schauster, MS RDN, CEDRD-S, the author of “Nourish”.  Honoring our body’s wisdom starts with accepting our own body type, rejecting diets, skipping the scales and practicing Mindful-eating:”…Eating with Gratitude. Appreciating the miracle and many steps that brought the food to your table (or desk) for just a moment before eating will not only slow you down and drop you into mindfulness, but it’s an antidote for all of the analyzing, counting, obsessing, and questioning that might precede a meal or snack. With your heart full of appreciation and gratitude for the plants, animals, and humans that made your food possible, you are better able to see eating as an act of self-care.”  Farm To Table Talk  is all about the stories behind every bite and Heidi Schauster brings a fresh view in this episode of the Farm To Table Talk Podcast.

Seeds of Food’s Future — Allen Van Deynze and Andy Pon


First comes the seeds to grow the crops that fill our tables with foods that satisfy, nourish and sustain us at generally bargain prices. Seeds from new and improved varieties often take 5 to 10 years of research before they prove their worth to farmers, chefs, food processors and consumers. Farm to Table Talk backs up to the beginning of the process, where plant breeders give Mother Nature a helping hand; then Greenhouses start the seeds for transplanting into the fields of the Central Valley.  UC Davis Plant Breeder, Dr. Allen Van Deynze guides us along the path from the seed of an idea to delicious tomato products years down the road.  Today tomato seeds seldom go straight to the farm; instead they are started in greenhouses and then taken to the farm where they are transplanted. Andy Pon the General Manager of Westside transplants, walks us through the transplanting stage of  what will eventually be an important part of “what’s for dinner”. https://westsidetransplant.com   https://plantbreeding.ucdavis.edu


HyperLocal Dinner – Matthew Fleischmann and Lars Fuchs

Most of us eat food that comes from all over the world, but supporting local food production for all kinds of reasons is a growingly popular idea. Of course it’s not always possible. Some foods only grow in the tropics or Mediterranean climates. On the other hand local Farmer’s Markets, certain Supermarkets and lot’s of Farm To Table restaurants are making it possible to find more local foods than ever. There is some confusion about what actually is local, since some say it’s up to 350 miles away and others say 50 miles. Would it be possible to draw the circle even smaller and source entirely within city limits?

That’s the idea behind “Food City” a short film about creating a hyper-local meal, with every item farmed, fished or foraged within the city limits of New York City. Film Directors Matthew Fleischmann and Lars Fuchs set out to discover the rich diversity of fish, foul and produce grown in the five Buroughs of New York and to ultimately serve a 4 course meal for eight lucky guests.

Matt and Lars flew from New York to the Sacramento Food Film Festival, where their film was featured at the festival sponsored by the Food Literacy Center. Following local food bites from top Farm to Fork chefs, presentation of featured films and a discussion with the food lovers in attendance, Farm To Table Talk follow Matt Fleischmann and Lars Fuchs back stage to discuss their journey to create a “hyperlocal” Link to Food City:  meal. http://fmtv.go2cloud.org/SH1Rh

Here’s Our Bill – Sam Fromartz FERN

We all know of other times at other tables where we ask for the Bill.  This nation of farmers and consumers have a Bill coming due. It’s called the “Farm Bill”.  Since over 80% of the billions of dollars go to assist consumers rather than farmers, it’s probably mis-named. Every five years a new Farm/Food/Nutrition/Conservation law has to be re-created and passed by Congress. Like everything else political these days, it’s more partisan than ever–not just between Democrats and Republicans,r but also between City and Rural areas where increasingly needy families are as easy to find as are farm families.  The Farm Bill touches us all and confounds many of us. Fortunately there are still journalists helping sort through the myths and the facts.  Foremost among those producing  investigative  journalism about food and environmental issues is the Food and Environmental Reporting Network. Sam Fromartz is a veteran journalist and the editor-in-chief who joins Farm To Table Talk to explain pending policy issues and the role of Ag communicators in today’s partisan climate. www.thefern.org


Feeding the World – Jessica Eise, Purdue




How do we get adequate and nutritious food to  billions of tables? We better figure it out because by 2050, there will be ten billion mouths to feed in a world seriously impacted by environmental change. How can we meet this challenge? A diverse group of experts from Purdue University break down this crucial question by tackling big issues one-by-one and cover it in a book entitled, appropriately, “How To Feed The World”. They cover population, water, land, climate change, technology, food systems, trade, food waste and loss, health, social buy-in, communication, and, critically, the ultimate challenge of achieving equal access to food. To help us through the key topics and  the  complex web of factors that must be addressed to assure global food security, the co-author, Jessica Eise is our guest on Farm To Table Talk . A doctoral candidate in Purdue’s Brian Lamb School of Communication, Jessica Eise is a former  guest on Farm To Table Talk when she talked about how Agriculture needs to improve it’s image and trust with better communications. “….these are not simple problems, yet we can overcome them. Doing so will require cooperation between farmers, scientists, policy makers, consumers, and many others.”  https://ag.purdue.edu/feedtheworld/

Food Tech Connects – Cam Sluggett

If consumers want to know what will be special at their Farmers Market this week and their Farmers want them to know, there out to be an App for that! Well there is, thanks to innovators like Cameron Sluggett, who saw a need and from a San Luis Obispo Incubator, created an App called “Arkitu”.  Farm vendors can be sure customers know where to find them and those customers learn instantly what’s new with their favorite farms.  Cameron is not your average Start Up founder.  He was diagnosed to have Cerebral Palsy as a child and some related issues. In his case the challenges led to an extraordinary computer technology aptitude. His unique journey continued through a stint in Nicaragua and even living in a converted Hawaiian shipping container with an ocean view. In this episode of Farm To Table Talk, Cam shares the story of his journey, his vision for the Arkitu App and why he’s optimistic about the Farm to Table future.  www.arkitu.co

Turning Tables of Trade – Roland Fumasi

Do Trade Wars matter? Only if you farm, eat or do business with those who do. In other words: Absolutely.   There has long been legitimate trade issues with China regarding intellectual property and certain tariffs that they imposed on products including some agricultural commodities.  Many of these issues would have been addressed within the framework of the Trans Pacific Trade Partnership that the Trump administration withdrew from.  Now instead of trade talks the world is dealing with retaliatory tariffs that are a tax on everyone, both ways.   The Trump administration announced tariffs on China and China strikes back; then US retaliates with more and China doubles their hit list, including many US agricultural products.  It doesn’t stop with China, as Europe, Mexico and Canada have reacted to US threatened tariffs as well.  To talk about the turning tables of trade in this episode of Farm To Table Talk is Dr. Roland Fumasi,  Senior Global Analyst for Rabo Bank, a cooperative agricultural credit bank based in the Netherlands–where the world of trade has always been a priority. Roland focuses on fruit, vegetables and flowers sectors form the bank’s offices in Fresno, CA. He was raised on a dairy and farming operation in the Sacramento Valley, and served as the Californian State FFA President before attending Cal Poly, where he received both his BS and MS in Agribusiness, achieving his PhD in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.  Join trade talks at our table, Farm To Table Talk.

Rethink Recycle H2O – Randy Record

There is no good food without good water and good sources of water for food and all other necessities of life are harder and harder to come by. The challenges are especially acute where the Farm meets the City.  To meet the needs of a thirsty plants and people, recycling water is  important in some areas today and essential tomorrow.  Randy Record is a farmer and  the Chairman of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California– a water district serving a population of 19 million people and hundreds of the most productive farms in the country.  At MWD he has been an industry leader in innovative agriculture water demand reduction projects in the Palo Verde Valley, and with other ag innovation. In addition, he is on the board of directors of , Eastern Municipal Water District.  At EMWD he has been a leader and advocate for using recycled water in agriculture.  In EMWD’s service they are doing innovative recycled  irrigation programs with Cal Poly and growers of strawberries, potatoes, Asian produce, and other products.  This episode of Farm To Table Talk includes the ‘silent partner’ in our food chain, water, increasingly recycled water. www.emwd.org     


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Love the Buzz — Billy Synk


We have all heard that we should care about the health of Bees in our environment, but why? And what can and should be done from farm to table? It turns out that a large percentage of what we eat every day is dependent on bees doing their job  pollinating crops from fields to our own gardens.  This episode’s table talk is with the Director of Pollination Programs for Project Apis m Billy Synk who manages the Seeds for Bees Project. Billy is an Ohio native who worked with noted bee breeder-geneticist Sue Coby at Ohio State University  and graduated with a degree in Environmental Policy and Management. He has managed bees and participated in bee research projects at UC Davis. The Seeds for Bees program provides free cover crop seed and technical assistance to orchardists  who wish to increase their soil health and pollination efficiency. Project Apis m. a non-profit that is committed to enhancing honey bee health while improving crop production.  It funds and directs research and manages habitat projects that support a diversity of pollinators and wildlife including, honey bees, native bees, monarch butterflies, grouse, pheasants, and songbirds. Love the buzz!


Cuban Farm To Table — Ellen Farmer



Farm to table is a unique journey in Cuba, where for decades the Communist Government ran the farms and food was rationed to the people.  Now small independent farmers are getting re-established ringing the cities of Cuba with small farms and participating in farmer’s markets. They still don’t have ownership per se, but are now able to get something like 99 year leases to raise, pigs, chickens, goats, cattle and produce and a suggestion of entreprenuerial independence. The large industrial farms are still government controlled to raise tobacco and sugar, the major commodities for export. Starting with a clean slate these farms are practicing agroecology and forming as members of cooperatives.  The winners are the farmers and the consumers they can supply.  Ellen Farmer, an experienced farm to table organizer, shares the stories we learn from visits to Cuba on Farm to Table Talk.  https://atasteofcuba.nyc/  ellen.farmer@yahoo.com