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Straus Family Creamery in West Marin has for years been a leader in sustainable and organic farm practices in California. Now, what was a wild idea eight years ago has finally been realized: To power the machinery that feeds the dairy cows with their own poop. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

Tune in Sunday evening, July 30th at 6:00 pm, when Mouthful welcomes back Carmen Snyder, executive director of FarmTrails, and several others to talk about summer's sweetest little fair, the Gravenstein Apple Fair, which this year has expanded to include our precious pollinators and their luscious gift of honey.

This week on Mouthful, we look back to an archive episode about puer tea, with Larry and Yang-Su of Pure Puer in Santa Rosa. From sourcing directly from farms in the Yunnan province of China to their own aging room , Larry and Yang-Su share everything you need to know about this rare, remarkably healthy, and delicious tea.

Listen to Mouthful - Smart Talk about Food, Wine & Farming in the North Bay and Beyond, with host Michele Anna Jordan, every Sunday night at 6:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!  

Tune in this Sunday evening at 6:00 pm, when Mouthful welcomes Lori and Snazzy Duckworth of Duckworth Farms in Sebastopol, producers of extraordinary blueberries and so much more.

Duckworth Farm, Sunday, on Mouthful, Smart Talk About Food, Wine & Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan.

Now in its 22nd year on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

This Sunday evening at 6, Mouthful welcomes Kitty Keller of KL Foodways, importers of specialty products and producers of a delicious selection of mustards. Joining in will be Janel Healy, talking about the upcoming IPA 10k, taking place at The Barlow on April 15. Yep, it's beer, mustard, and more, on Mouthful - Smart Talk about Food, Wine, and Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan on KRCB FM Radio 91!

Sunday evening at 6, Mouthful will feature a very special interview with a scientist working on the remarkable properties of maple syrup. There will also be some special surprises in honor of spring and our membership drive. 

Sunday from 6 to 7 pm, Mouthful - Smart Talk About Food, Wine & Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan, on KRCB FM Radio 91.

Hops Making a Low-Profile Comeback in Sonoma County

Mar 21, 2017

Hops were once a major agricultural product in Sonoma County. Now they’re starting to come back, but mostly as a specialty crop for the craft beer market.

 It's not hard to get started growing hops,  says Mike Stevenson of the NorCal Hop Growers Alliance. And its even easier to keep them going once the field has been established.

Making beer is by far the primary use for hops. But not, says Stevenson, the only one.

A Hands-On Farming Showcase for Kids

Mar 14, 2017
Bruce Robinson / KRCB-FM

Ag Days returned to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds this week. The annual event, hosted by the local Farm Bureau, gives thousands of elementary school students some first-hand exposure to this region’s agricultural heritage and its products. 

  Sunday evening at 6 pm, Nancy Wang returns to Mouthful to talk about this year's upcoming Redwood Empire Chinese Association Lunar New Year Celebration, and Evan Wiig stops by to talk about the Barn Raiser and Dancing taking place at Shone Farm.

 

Tiffany Camhi

Women farmers have been a backbone in agriculture for hundreds of years, but according to some their voices and stories are not being heard. Now a group in Sebastopol is trying to break that mold. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

The event included many local Bay Area farmers and food advocates. To find out more information about the speakers check out the Foundations and the Future website.

Tiffany Camhi

Near West Marin’s small farming town of Tomales there’s a ranch that is sucking tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. The ranch was part of an experimental carbon farming project a few years ago and now it’s sharing the results. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

Find out more about Stemple Creek Ranch and its farming practices at its website. The Marin Agricultural Land Trust hosts many events from educational talks like "Carbon Farming 101" to farm tours and tastings. Check their events page for more.

Making Beef Sustainable

Jul 20, 2016
True Grass Farms

  Self-sufficiency is a cornerstone of sustainability, and it can even be applied to raising prime grass-fed beef. On today’s report, we hear from a young farmer who is doing just that.

The best time of year for butchering beef cattle is usually late summer, explains True Grass Farms’ Guido Frosini. But exactly when is determined by the growth cycle of the grasses that the cattle feed on.

Beyond his own farming practices, Frosini is also determined to build new bridges between consumers and food producers.

Growing Grain in Mendocino County

Jul 17, 2016
Mendocino Grain Project

  Agricultural diversification in Mendocino County doesn’t just mean adding new varietals, or even preparing for legal cannabis cultivation. For a small but growing number of farmers, it includes growing traditional and specialty grains. Reporter Valerie Kim visited the man at the center of this incipient trend, Doug Mosel of the Mendocino Grain Project.

Farm School Digs Deeper Than Dirt

Jul 7, 2016

Northern California is home to a growing number of innovative and holistic farms and farmers. A new Farm School program in Sebastopol is out to help export those practices more widely.

  The Farm School doesn’t just teach aspiring agrarians what to do on and with their land, says Director Miriam Volat, it also strives to help those students find land they can work.

Agriculture Pitching in to Battle Climate Change

Jun 28, 2016

  Now that California is collecting billions of dollars from greenhouse gas emitters, some of that money is being directed to programs that help farms and dairies reduce their carbon footprints.  But while additional funds are being sought, the entire program’s future is uncertain.

Cover Crops Improve Soil, Mitigate Climate Change

Feb 16, 2016
UC Riverside

  Last year, according to a UC Davis report, the drought cost California’s agricultural economy about one-point-eight-billion-dollars. One response to this—and to climate change in general—has been an expanded use of cover crops, as Byrhonda Lyons reports.

Protecting Livestock from Predators

Dec 1, 2015

The age-old conflict between livestock and predatory wildlife is the focus of two days of public workshops in Hopland that began Tuesday. For ranchers, it can be a costly issue that resists consistent and simple solutions.

In recent months, California's severe drought has increased the number and visibility of apex predators in and around human populations where they are not usually found, observes Pamela Flick from Defenders of Wildlife.

Managing the Tule Elk at Point Reyes

Sep 29, 2015
John Wall

The conflict between wilderness and commercial uses of land within the Point Reyes National Seashore is heating up again—this time the focal point is competition for food between cattle and a protected species of elk.

  The roots of the current conflict between elk and cattle reach all the way back to the creation of the Point Reyes National Seashore, reports Bay Nature writer Alison Hawkes. But finding a balance between the two has become increasingly difficult for the park's managers. 

This Sunday at 6 p.m., Mouthful holds a freewheeling conversation with host Michele Anna Jordan, engineer Mike Young and you! That's right, Mouthful wants you to weigh in with a phone call, a Facebook post or an email with your request, question or opinion. Topics to be explored include newly-released cookbooks, the county's current harvest of fruit and vegetables and a stunning documentary on the wild salmon of North America, along with anything you want to talk about.

Connecting New Farmers with Land

Apr 21, 2015
Image courtesy The Farmer's Guild

Sonoma County prides itself on its agricultural history, but high land costs are making it difficult for the next generation of farmers to get a foothold. An alliance of farmers, landowners and public agencies are hoping to change that.  

Humane Society of the United States

  Three groups are suing the FDA over their approval of new combinations of growth enhancing drugs for farm animals, many of which have been banned in Europe, China and Russia.  Lori Abbott has details.