Agrarian Elder — Anne Schwartz, Blue Heron Farm

Where did today’s farm to table movement start moving and where is it moving to next? The Esalen Institute on Big Sur asked these questions of “agrarian elders”, including wise organic pioneers, like Anne Schwartz. Anne has farmed and worked tirelessly to connect evolving systems of farming with consumer expectations. Her story includes success and setbacks, from a tractor burning up in the barn successes to Wendell Berry sparking the movement by sharing his passion with 2,000 farmers interested in a better way of farming.

Consumer (Food) Reports — Urvashi Rangan, Consumer Reports

“Trust” is the biggest issue in Food today and Consumer Reports assures consumers that “Trust Lives Here”. The leader of the Consumer Union’s Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group, Dr. Urvashi Rangan, joins the Farm To Table Talk conversation to share the state of food trust, issues and perspectives that informed consumers care about.

New Farmers — Ruthie King, Grange Adaptive Agriculture School

The desire to farm is not limited to farm kids. In fact a large number of new farmers have started non ag careers after college and grew up in the city without the benefit of family traditions, 4-H or FFA. One of the programs created to help them get started is the Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture. Ruthie King took a break from her Farm School responsibilities to to join our Farm To Table Talk conversation about helping new farmers become successful farmers.

Food Media Today — Russ Parsons, LA Author

Newspapers have suffered as the Internet of Social Media, Blogs and Search engines is our source for information about everything, including food. Russ Parsons, author and former Food Editor for the LA Times has experienced it all and shares how consumers today need to be curious and a little skeptical. He also praises journalism such as the Farm To Fable articles in the Tampa Bay Times by Laura Reiley. (Also on our podcast.)

An Angry Chef Responds to Farm to Fables — Greg Baker, Refinery

The Farm To Fables stories in the Tampa Bay Times exposed dishonesty and misrepresentation in many restaurants about the providence of their food. It has created a stir all over the country and also right in Tampa where Chef/Owner Greg Baker of the well regarded Refinery restaurant sharply criticized the dishonest practices in a Food Republic article and in this Farm To Table Talk podcast.

Read his article on Food Republic

A Livable Future — Bob Martin, Johns Hopkins Center

A sustainable food system, including livestock production, is essential. That is the perspective being advanced in thought and deed by Bob Martin of the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. A Kansas farm boy himself, Bob sees the shortcomings in the current system and also sees reasons to be encouraged. Consumers, politicians and farmers themselves will find plenty to chew on in this Farm To Table Talk.

Sustainable Truth — Patrick Holden SFT

The world needs more sustainable food systems and Patrick Holden, CEO of UK based Sustainable Food Trust, points the way forward. It starts with recognizing the “true cost of food”. It means moving from industrialized models to systems which avoid environmental damage, minimizes natural resource depletion and promotes public health, social justice and well-being. Learn more in our podcast and at

Farm to Fable — Laura Reiley TB Times

Are menus truthful about the farm source of our food? Many are not according to Laura Reiley of the Tampa Bay Times. On this Farm To Table Talk Laura explains what they have learned, what consumers can do and what might come next. It’s all about consumers desire to know where their food comes from, how its raised and who really is the farmer. And it’s about trust.

yRead Laura Riele’s article:

True Food Cost — Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin is the most famous farmer in the US and he’s becoming a global celebrity too. The Sustainable Food Trust hears Joel’s recommendations for the the future of Food at the “True Cost of American Food Conference”. He shares his wisdom for caring consumers, other farmers, and even Grandparents. Featured in films and author of 10 books, this is a conversation for our times. @susfoodtrust

Raised Humanely — Dan Berman

Today many consumers want more than just abundant, delicious and affordable food; they want to know how their food is produced and whether the animals were treated humanely. The American Humane Association is one of the organizations that provides certification of animal raising practices to give that assurance. Dan Berman explains what is “humane” and how they confirm that humane practices are being used.