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Join KRCB-FM for the SOFA Arts District's annual street festival: Winterblast! There will be food, family entertainment, live music, performers, costumes, puppets, the SOFA parade and ART! This event is FREE.  

KRCB-FM will be in the garden at Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street, serving beer and wine - with proceeds going to KRCB North Bay Public Media. 

 

Sonoma County residents and workers impacted by recent fires may be eligible for Disaster CalFresh benefits to provide funds for food purchases under temporary regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). 

Disaster CalFresh applications will be taken at the following County of Sonoma Human Services Department Economic Assistance offices from Wednesday, October 25 through Wednesday, November 1, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Additional hours may be added):

What is biodynamic farming and why should you care? For answers, tune in this evening at 6, when Mouthful welcomes Elizabeth Candelario, director of Demeter USA. She'll explore the principles of the philosophy and also discuss the upcoming Demeter USA feast, taking place at DeLoach Vineyards on Saturday, October 7th. 

This evening at 6:00 pm on Mouthful - Smart Talk about Food, Wine, & Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan - on KRCB FM, Radio 91!

Squash at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds
KRCB/Steve Mencher

The National Heirloom Exposition returned to Santa Rosa last week. You may have seen photos of the enormous piles of squashes that have become the event’s calling card. But the fair is about more than simply showing off the shapes and colors of fruits and vegetables. It’s about growing food that’s tasty and also fits a sustainable worldview, as Steve Mencher reports.

Wenonah Hauter
Food and Water Watch

Many national organizations consider the politics of food or water, or necessary changes to our use of fossil fuels--but few take a holistic look at all three. Wenonah Hauter, the founder and executive director of Food and Water Watch, stopped by our studio yesterday to tell us what her organization is working on--and how she’s helping people make connections to heal the systems that nourish us.

KRCB-FM Radio 91 welcomes The Monophonics to Cloverdale's Friday Night Live at the Plaza, this Friday evening! The street fair opens at 6:00 pm and the music starts at 6:30 pm.
 

Food, beverages and Sonoma County wines and craft beers are available from a variety of vendors and nearby restaurants. Hand-crafted arts, crafts and other locally made items are available at the Street Fair, along with a variety of kids’ activities, to ensure there is something for everyone at Friday Night Live in Cloverdale.  
 

Lives of California Farmworkers, In Their Own Words

Jun 14, 2017
Illustration by José Cruz / Heyday Books

California‘s agricultural bounty feeds millions, but much of that is made possible by legions of little-seen farmworkers. A new collection of oral histories lets them tell their own stories.

Through his conversations with the agricultural workers featured in Chasing the Harvest, journalist Gabriel Thompson reveals that despite the undeniable challenges they face, these are people who find much to appreciate about their lives.

This week on Milk Street Radio, Yasmin Khan gives us a closer look at Iranian food and her personal journey with it. We'll also offer our recipe for quick pork tapas and a tip for cooking pasta in its sauce. Dr. Aaron Carroll explores the truth about peanut allergies, Lior Lev Sercarz takes us inside the world of spices and, as always, Christopher Kimball and Sara Moulton take your calls.

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.

  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.

 

"The Flavors of Home"

Dec 22, 2016

All around us, there are edible plants, growing wild. The trick is knowing which ones they are, where to find them, and how best to make use of them.  On today’s North Bay Report, we hear from someone who not only knows all that, she wrote the book on it.

  For Margit Roos-Collins, foraging has been a part of her lifestyle since childhood, a sort of family tradition.

'Symphony of the Soil' Digs Beneath the Surface

Nov 25, 2016

Dirt is ancient, alive, and essential to agriculture. But it is not necessarily eternal. And that can be a big problem.

You can see the trailer for Symphony of the Soil below. And watch the entire documentary on KRCB television Saturday afternoon, Nov. 26 at 3 pm, or next Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 10:30 pm.

Tiffany Camhi

Can you remember what your school lunches were like? For many the thought can conjure up memories of bland sandwiches, dry meat meat patties and sugary juices. But with stricter food regulations and a general move towards healthy and nutritious eating those meals are poised to become a thing of the past. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi visited one North Bay school district offering a different kind of lunch.

The Role of Exotic Fruits in Biodiversity

Sep 6, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The Heirloom Expo, a colorful celebration of old, rare, exotic and bountiful produce, returned to the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa yesterday, with scores of vendors and nearly as many speakers. We hear from one of them on today’s North Bay report.

  All of the abundance and diversity of fruit that can be grown around the Bay Area tends to belie the fact that very little of it is actually native to the region, explains John Valenzuela.

The National Heirloom Exo continues through Thursday.

Building Acceptance for ‘Ugly’ Produce

May 18, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  When it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables, ugliness is only skin deep, while flavor and nutrition go all the way through. But is that enough to win over consumers?

Ben Simon, co-founder and CEO of Imperfect Produce, says the company's slightly pejorative name was deliberately chosen.

The “Imperfect” brand also gives farmers an alternate way to find a market for their less-than-ideal produce, Simon explains.

An Online Map to Redirect Food Waste

Mar 26, 2016

When food goes to waste, there are usually other, better places it could go instead. A new map and social media tool, currently under construction, aims to reroute that food to more beneficial destinations.

    When the FoodRecovery.org website is up and running, sometime between May and June, co-creator Nick Papadoupulous anticipates that it will be useful to a range of potential beneficiaries.

Economic Concerns Dominate Food Forum

Mar 17, 2016

Five years after Sonoma County’s first Food Forum laid the foundation for the county’s Food Action Plan, a second session yesterday focused on the economic forces that challenge farmers and the long-term prospects for sustainable local agriculture.

High costs for both land and housing in Sonoma County are hurting small and new would-be farmers, notes Agriculture Commissioner Tony Linegar. And he’s got a suggestion to help ease that bind.

Turning Wine Waste into Healthy Snacks

Mar 1, 2016

  It has to be used sparingly, but flour made from dried grape skins and seeds is both healthy and nutritious. And it’s starting to catch on.

The first local commercial use of grape skin flour was in making gluten-free cookies,  recalls Tom Keener, co-founder of Wild California.

Making Better Use of Wine Waste

Feb 27, 2016
The Royal Journal of Green Chemistrty

For every pallet of wine produced in California, there is a small mountain of grape waste, called pomace. In our modern age of sustainability, new efforts are being made to find constructive uses for that byproduct.

Food products weren't what WholeVine was created to investigate, says Chief Science Officer Torey Arvick.

Their first products were cooking oils, cold-pressed from pomace that was differentiated by varietal. Arvick says the differences of the grape types remain distinctive in the oils.

Byte

  

  At most workplaces, breakroom food options are processed, carb-heavy, stale and limited. Byte is a North Bay start-up that is out to change all of that.

  Because of the healthful selection of food they offer, Byte founder and CEO Megan Mokri says their service meshes well with workplace wellness programs.

A Prolific Year for Michele Anna Jordan

Nov 22, 2015

With two dozen books on food and cooking to her credit already, Michele Anna Jordan now divides her time between savoring new projects and updating past works.

  Unlike celebrity chefs, who produce beautiful but impractical coffee table books, Jordan writes hers for people who want to increase their culinary confidence through experimentation.

In More than Meatballs, Jordan says she was out to "feminize" the subject.

Michele Anna Jordan’s radio program, Mouthful, can be heard weekly on KRCB, Sunday evenings at 6 pm.

Healdsburg Gleaners “Rescue” Food for Pantries

Nov 14, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  

  Extra or unharvested produce doesn’t go to waste when Healdsburg’s Farm to Pantry gleaners go into action. 

Melita Love, who founded the Farm to Pantry Gleaners seven years ago, says they have been helped enormously by the many Healdsburg area farmers who make their unused fruit and vegetables available to the group.

  The gleaning group sends the biggest share of what they gather to their local food pantry, but Program Director Dani Wilcox says they seek out other hungry recipients as well.

Grants Boost Food Stamp Use at Farm Markets

Oct 7, 2015

There are 4.4 million food stamp recipients in California, and the participants in that program, now known as Cal Fresh are now able to use their benefits at many local farm markets. A new series of federal grants is out to expand those opportunities.

  It took some time for the use of electronic CalFresh cards to become easy and widespread in California, says Martin Borque, Executive Director of the Ecology Center in Berkeley. But that use was accelerated by some carefully negotiated measures to hold costs down.

You might remember the jump-rope rhyme “Rich man, poor man beggar man thief, doctor lawyer, indian chief” and regular listeners to Word By Word: Conversations With Writers know that host Gil Mansergh has interviewed writers who who are rich and poor, who beg and steal, heal people, defend people and serve as Chairman of a local Native American tribe.

But Gil has never had a celebrity chef as his guest.

Bees Still Facing Multiple Threats

Sep 8, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

In its fourth year at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, the National Heirloom Expo is bigger and more diverse than ever. And in addition to the vast array of fruits and vegetables on display, attention is being paid to the tiny animals that make all that abundance possible -- bees.

The Heirloom Expo continues through Thursday evening at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Follow these links to find a schedule of speakers and  musical performances and other special activities.

Banning Bids to Label GMO Foods

Aug 5, 2015

Grass-roots campaigns to require labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients could be overruled by a Congressional measure that would prohibit them nationwide. That bill has passed the lower house by a wide margin, but still faces a fight in the Senate.

  Supporters of HR 1599 are portraying it as a “voluntary GMO labeling bill.”  Attorney Andrew Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety, acknowledges that there is language to that effect in the measure, but contends it was drafted to be ineffective.

The Next Generation of Food

Jun 30, 2015

  

  A website offering positive reinforcement for close-to-home food choices is out to bolster the economic viability of local agriculture.

When Evan Wiig, Director of the Farmers Guild in the North Bay, talks about their new Follow the Rooster campaign, an example he likes to cite is the little Estero Café in Valley Ford.

 Although the Farmers Guild has labeled their new efforts the Next Generation of Food, it’s not really about demographics at all, observes Terry Garrett, co-manager of Go Local.

Capital Public Radio / Andrew NIxon

This 1-hour documentary brings you first-person stories of people coping with food insecurity in one of the country's richest agricultural regions. Hidden Hunger explores the daily struggles of children, adults and seniors who live in overlooked neighborhoods of south Sacramento, where the stigma of poverty and hunger is high.

Schooling McDonald's on Localism

Mar 13, 2015

  Filming a TV spot for a McDonald's egg sandwich in Petaluma may have seemed cute to their marketing team—and the former Egg Basket of the World does look good in it—but the fast food giant is getting some pushback from local advocates for localism.

You can see the full McDonald's ad, and the hometown response to it, below.

Sonoma County’s Hunger Index

Feb 18, 2015
Redwood Empire Food Bank

 Sonoma County is widely known for the quality and variety of foods and beverages grown and produced here. But a lot of people aren’t able to enjoy that bounty. A public forum Thursday afternoon hopes to refocus attention on the problem and what can be done to address it.

 Sonoma County’s 35.5 million missed meals in 2014 is a stunningly large number. Gail Atkins, Director of Programs for the Redwood Empire Food Bank, explains how it was calculated.

 

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