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Farm & Foodshed Report
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Peggy Day, local journalist, joins Robin Carpenter in discussion about the Western Weekend celebration of our ranching heritage and the strong showing by our ranching and ag communities. Also the upcoming opening of the Point Reyes Farmers Market on June 28th. For the second half of the show the conversation revolved around school lunches and what is happening in our own Shoreline Unified School District as well as nationally. Marc Matheson is a member of the Wellness Committee for SUSD and filled us in on the work and exploration that they are doing to make healthy food a priority and how this issue dovetails into the other Wellness measure they are looking to introduce to our schools. We've included information below that we promised you in the show!
Marin Literacy Program's West Marin Literacy Services - 415-663-8626 or 415-601-4491 for Executive Director Robin Carpenter about some of the free books for children handed out during the Western Weekend Parade that are still available. Also more information about the KidsZone at the Point Reyes Farmers Market.
Tom Stubbs is the Supervisor of the SUSD - email@example.com
Jil Satori is on the Board of Directors for the SUSD and heads up the Wellness Committee - firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Nagel is the principal of the West Marin School - email@example.com
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Newly opened Thistle Meat's Head Butcher Kent Schoberle shares all of the details on the hottest spot for great Carnivore Karma in Petaluma. Local, exclusively grassfed beef, happy foraging pigs, bouncy goats and luscious lamb are butchered whole at Thistle Meats using European style seam butchery. They also offer hand made charcuterie, pates, salumi, terrines and other cured meats as well as local produce, cheese, eggs, broths, soups and a sandwich of the day. More information can be found at www.thistlemeats.com
Thank you for the fabulous photo of Kent goes to Karen Pavone author of the fascinating blog Farminista's Feast.
Read her story about Thistle Meats http://farministasfeast.com/2014/04/18/a-cut-above/
Coverage of the Elk issue and the seashore ranches were discussed in the first half of the show. There is a comment period to the NPS on a proposed plan. The current comment period is open until June 2, 2014. For more information and directions on how to comment, please go to http://www.nps.gov/pore/parkmgmt/planning_ranch_cmp.htm or call Melanie Gunn, Point Reyes National Seashore Outreach Coordinator, at 415-464-513 To see the video of the community meeting with the ranchers and other stakeholders go to vimeo.com/95514644
The second half of the show covered the recently filed Amicus briefs for Drakes Bay Oyster Company with an interview with Peter Prows, an attorney for DBOC as their appeal goes to the Supreme Court.
The legal battle to keep DBOC in business continutes. Peter Prows, attorney for DBOC talks about DBOC will reamin open while they wait to hear back from the Supreme Court as well as the District Court ruling on the California Coastal Commission actions toward DBOC. Host Robin Carpenter and Peter Prows discuss the impacts of the latest actions and what the next steps will be legally and the possible time frames.
Host Robin Carpenter interviews the Matt and Astrid Hoffman the founders of The Living Seed Company here in Point Reyes Station about the amazing growth of their company. They also discuss why seed saving and organic seeds are vitally important for our health, the health of our planet (bees!), and why Monsanto and other giant agribusinesses don't want us to have access to our own seeds.
Host Robin Carpenter interviews Dr. Leslie Roche who is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the California Rangeland Watershed Laboratory at UC Davis and one of the authors of a recent report on Cattle Grazing, Mountain Meadows and Sensitive Species. This five year study revealed that cattle grazing and human activities were not the cause of a diminishment in the Sierra Toad population and that cattle grazing and human activity can co-exist in areas with sensitive species. It also indicates the heavy impact of climate change and impacts of drought and rainfall shifts.
Dr. Geoff Shester, Program Director for California, at Oceana discusses the findings of their recently released report on the 9 dirtiest fisheries in America - two of them right off of our California Coast and in our foodshed. California is the last state allowing drift gill nets off of our coast and the results are horrifying. In the report titled Wasted Catch: Unsolved Bycatch Problems in U.S. Fisheries, Oceana explains that despite significant progress in the last decade, the catch of non-target fish and ocean wildlife, or “bycatch”, remains a significant problem in domestic fisheries. In fact, researchers have estimated that approximately 20 percent of the total U.S. catch is thrown away each year.
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