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Winemaker Jim Olsen (2014-09-01) posted Mon Sep 1 13:10:07 2014

Inverness winemaker Jim Olsen shares with us his many decades of winemaking experience and the BIG news about Manton Valley (near Mt. Lassen) becoming an AVA (American Viticulture Area) and a bottle of his beautiful new 2013 Chardonnay he has produced from 100% Manton Valley Chard. Jim's years of experience tinkering with Chardonnay in big wineries like La Crema bring a balance and elegance to Chardonnay that is a welcome evolution. You probably never heard of Manton Valley because the US government only JUST recognized it as one of America's great viticulture areas and Jim shares some of the magic of this new AVA and winemaking in general.

Jim also shares with us the innovative winemaker's dream come true - Naked Wines. The online wine retailer founded by former Virgin Group Ltd. executive Rowan Gormley approached Jim who is one of the first winemakers to join this group. This new model of doing business is revolutionizing winemaking!  


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Nicolette Hahn Niman on Rancho Charges (2014-08-25) posted Mon Aug 25 13:10:04 2014

Watershed fundraising campaign up until 11:06 

Nicolette Hahn Niman joins us at 11:06 into the show to discuss the recent criminal charges in the Rancho Feeding Corporation's beef recall and the implications and impacts for BN Ranch and others.


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Locavore Editor Mary Olsen (2014-08-18) posted Mon Aug 18 13:10:03 2014

Mary Olsen is the Locavore Editor for the West Marin Citizen and she coordinates the weekly Chef's booth at the Point Reyes Farmers Market. Chef's tips, Farmers Market update, lunch with MFK Fisher and her crush on Ruth Reichl's husband are highlighted in Mary's delightful stories.


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Sam Dolcini, President of Marin County Farm Bureau(2014-08-11) posted Mon Aug 11 13:10:12 2014

Sam Dolcini is a fifth generation rancher and President of the Marin County Farm Bureau. A favored guest of the Farm & Foodshed Report, Sam and Robin discuss the history of farming and ranching in our area as well as the state. The evolution of farming/ranching techniques and the great stewardship of lands here in Marin and what the future holds for our farmers and ranchers.


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Marin Carbon Project Co-founder Jeff Creque (2014-08-04) posted Mon Aug 4 13:10:04 2014

Host Robin Carpenter in conversation with Jeff Creque who is the co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and a Director at the Carbon Cycle Institute. The latest findings of their research, what they are researching now, the power of composting and the enormous hope and opportunity that the findings show. Also highlighted some of the work being done by the Marin Conservation League and their Agricultural Land Use Committee. 

For more information about the work we discussed today go to

Articles we referred to by Marcia Delonge and others -

"A Lifecycle Model to Evaluate Carbon Sequestration Potential and Greenhouse Gas Dynamics of Managed Grasslands"

"Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Opportunities in California Agriculture"

Additional articles and information can be found on the site



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West Marin Food & Farm Tours(2014-07-28) posted Mon Jul 28 13:10:04 2014

West Marin Food & Farm Tours 

Host Robin Carpenter was in conversation with Elizabeth Hill who is the owner and operator of West Marin Food & Farm Tours, which has made it possible for folks to explore West Marin’s food, farms and history for the past two years. She’s a certified Natural Chef, a UC Master Gardener, a Stanford graduate, and a credentialed teacher with a Masters degree in Education.  A fascinating discussion about how all of these talents and skills came together in a surprising manner to combine with her passions for food, gardening, education, and travel resulting in her unique culinary tour company of West Marin where she spent much of her childhood exploring and is her heart’s home. What happened around the Gold Rush that wiped out the oysters in SF Bay? How did Marin Cheese Company provide the breakfast of champions to dock workers then? Listen in and find out! 

Links and info on some of the topics we covered today:   415-599-9222

 Farm to Table Dinner Dates

Sunday, August 17 – Table Top Farm in Point Reyes

Saturday, September 20 – Double 8 Dairy in Valley Ford (water buffalo gelato!)

Friday, November 21 – Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company in Point Reyes

Sunday, December 14 – Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes


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New Lawsuit for Drakes Bay Oyster Farm (2014-07-21) posted Mon Jul 21 13:10:06 2014

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A new twist in the Drakes Bay Oyster Company saga has occurred with lawsuit filed by The Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture [ALSA], Tomales Bay Oyster Company, members of the local shellfish and restaurant industry and agricultural leaders in Marin County, California asking for an emergency injunction to stop closure on July 31st.


KWMR journalist Herb Kutchins joined host Robin Carpenter in conversation with Jeff Creque of ALSA and Andy Olmsted, part of the committee to “Save the FAARM (Future of Agri/Aquaculture in Rural Marin” that is also supporting the lawsuit. The parties are seeking an order requiring the Secretary of the Interior and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to comply with procedural and substantive requirements in the National Aquaculture Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act before the Secretary of the Interior may renew, or deny, a Special Use Permit for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s operation in the Point Reyes National Seashore.


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