AGRICULTURE

AS THE WORM TURNS
4:22 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

As the Worm Turns, Tuesday, Nov. 11th

KVNF's gardening gurus discussed finishing up this year's garden and prepping for next year. Callers from Norwood & Nucla asked about the wisdom of adding potato foliage to the compost pile, and for garlic-growing advice.

Tip of the week: Don't burn fallen leaves! Doing that is like stealing nutrients from your soil, since the trees take up those nutrients to create the leaves in the first place. Better to just run the lawn mower over them & leave them to decompose, or, if you must rake, pile them up somewhere & wait for nature to turn them back into soil.

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AGRICULTURE
11:15 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Golden State Joe: California Makes A Play For Coffee's Future

Jay Ruskey grows coffee next to avocados on his farm, Good Land Organics, in Goleta, Calif. The two crops are often grown together in Central America, partly because they can share fertilizer and water.
Lisa Morehouse KQED

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 1:29 pm

Coffee has been grown since at least the 13th century in places such as Indonesia, Ethiopia and Central and South America. Though it's not a traditional region for growing coffee, California is playing an increasingly big role in the future of this beloved and lucrative crop.

Sammy Venegas stands on a hillside in Goleta, Calif., outside Santa Barbara, that's shrouded in fog, thick with avocado trees, passion fruit and coffee plants. With a white bucket slung around his neck like a baby carrier, he picks only the reddest coffee beans.

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AGRICULTURE
1:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Prison Dairy Gives Inmates Job Skills — And A Sense Of Purpose

Jose Franco and his colleagues at the Corcoran prison dairy milk about 300 cows a day.
Lisa Morehouse

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 3:45 pm

Making license plates is the stereotypical job for a prisoner, but in California's Central Valley, a group of inmates are doing very different work, supplying milk to almost every prisoner in the state system.

They earn just 35 to 95 cents an hour, but inmates at Corcoran state prison say the job gives them plenty of other benefits.

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AGRICULTURE
10:21 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Fracking & Agriculture Clash In Colorado's North Fork Valley

A view of the North Fork Valley and the town of Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The United States is the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer. North Dakota and Texas are experiencing an oil boom. And many other states are seeing natural gas production increase through hydraulic fracturing.

Colorado has nearly 53,000 active wells. But, the state’s energy boom is a source of tension. 

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AS THE WORM TURNS
1:42 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Oct. 28th

Credit Suze Smith

KVNF's gardening gurus discuss late fall chores & take calls about storing root crops, etc.

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AGRICULTURE
9:13 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Startup's New Sprays Promise Longer-Lasting Fruit, Fewer Pesticides

Apples were beginning to ripen Aug. 26 on trees at Carter Hill Orchard in Concord, N.H.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:08 am

Scientists at startup Apeel Sciences have figured out the secret to doubling lifespans. Not our lifespans, alas, but those of fruits and veggies. And they do it naturally.

It's a big deal. Worldwide, we throw away about a third of our food, some $750 billion per year — and the percentage is even higher in the United States. One reason is rot: Food goes bad before we can bite in.

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AGRICULTURE
5:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

Corn farmer Jerry McCulley sprays the weedkiller glyphosate across his cornfield in Auburn, Ill., in 2010. An increasing number of weeds have now evolved resistance to the chemical.
Seth Perlman AP

Government regulators have approved a new generation of genetically engineered corn and soybeans. They're the latest weapon in an arms race between farmers and weeds, and the government's green light is provoking angry opposition from environmentalists.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
4:47 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Oct. 14th

As the harvest season continues, garden tasks shift to fall cleanup & the beginnings of winter prep.

Due to a PBKC* error, our copy of this episode is missing a couple of minutes at the beginning of the program. We apologize for the omission.

(*Problem Between Keyboard & Chair)

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AS THE WORM TURNS
11:54 am
Thu October 9, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Oct. 7th

Credit Suze Smith

Are they yams, or are they sweet potatoes? And why do previously-mild chiles suddenly get hotter?

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AGRICULTURE
2:24 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Voters Will Get Their Say On GMO Labeling In Colorado And Oregon

Labels on bags of snack foods indicate they are non-GMO food products. This fall, Colorado and Oregon will be the latest states to put GMO labeling on the ballot.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 12:24 pm

Ben Hamilton walks down the salad dressing aisle at his neighborhood grocery store in west Denver. The human resources consultant usually seeks out organic options and scans nutrition information.

"I am a label reader. I think a lot of people read labels and really are curious to know what is in our food supply," he says. But Hamilton says he wants more information, specifically whether the food he buys includes ingredients derived from genetically modified crops, or GMOs.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
11:07 am
Thu October 2, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Sept. 30th

This week's show starts with a reminder of the seasonal downside of gardening: cold, wet hands & wet muddy feet!

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AGRICULTURE
8:30 am
Thu October 2, 2014

California Cracks Down On Farmers Market Cheaters

A customer shops for produce at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco in March.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 2:06 pm

Could that beloved farmer at your farmers market possibly be lying to you, passing off supermarket produce as locally grown?

California's state officials seem to think so. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law that will raise $1 million to deploy a small army of inspectors to farmers markets around the state. The inspectors will check for signs that farmers are selling fruits and vegetables that they didn't actually grow themselves, but instead picked up wholesale.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
4:35 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Sept. 16th

Credit Suze Smith

This episode aired Tuesday, Sept. 16th, 2014.

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AGRICULTURE
3:56 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

Within a day after chicks hatch, they are sorted by sex and shipped to farms. Some will be treated with antibiotics; others will not.
Dan Charles NPR

You know those foods and pills that promise to supply your body with "good bacteria?"

They may or may not make you healthier, but some of these "probiotics" do, in fact, appear to be effective in chickens. Poultry companies are turning to probiotics as an alternative to antibiotics, which have become increasingly controversial.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
12:22 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Sept. 9th

Host Jill Spears & gardening guru Lance Swigart discuss this week's gardening tips & take calls.

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AGRICULTURE
6:13 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Above Colorado’s Fruited Plains, Local Food Faces Hurdles

Yampa Valley Farms sit about 20 miles outside Steamboat Springs.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 6:00 am

Local food is no longer just a novelty. Farmers markets are growing nationwide and farms that sell directly to consumers brought in $1.3 billion in 2012, up eight percent from just five years earlier. Despite the demand, making local food work in some places is decidedly more difficult than others. Steamboat Springs is one of those places.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
11:28 am
Wed September 3, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Sept. 2nd

Our regular participants are joined by permaculture expert Wind Clearwater.

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AGRICULTURE
12:57 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Colorado Farm Program Teaches Immigrants Gardening, Healthy Eating & English

Hortenica Galvez learns about gardening and practices her English through a Colorado farm program.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A program in Colorado's Delta County is helping immigrant women learn English, but they're not just sitting in a classroom studying grammar.

These women come from countries as close as Mexico and as far away as Myanmar. And they're learning English on a farm where they also pick up tips on healthy eating and gardening on the Western Slope.

A Trip to the Farm

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AS THE WORM TURNS
12:43 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, July 29th

As the Worm Turns episode aired Tuesday, July 29th, 2014.

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AGRICULTURE
9:27 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Local Motion: An In-Depth Look At What Organic Farming Really Means

Thistle Whistle is a 15-acre farm in Hotchkiss,Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano

On this week's Local Motion, we’ll be looking at organic farming, and really, what that means.  There are a number of unique certifications that differentiate produce from conventional farming.  It can get a little confusing as to what the word "organic" means, what makes a farm certified USDA organic, and why some farmers choose different programs, or none at all.  

KVNF's Jake Ryan talked to Steve Ela, Mark Waltermire, Lynn Gillespie, and Don Holt. 

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