This is the first episode of our experimental new segment, I Want to Know What You Know. In it, Liz Calderon interviews Linda Colwell about what it means to be undefinable, the impulse to say “yes,” engaging kids in cooking, cow’s tongues, and more.
Kris Soebroto of Sisters of the Road talks about how powerful it can be to have the ability to give someone a gift.
Nicola Twilley, author and co-host of the podcast Gastropod, talks about the sights, sounds, and smells behind the scenes at a banana ripening facility in New York.
Jocelyn Tutak, GIS Analyst at Ecotrust, talks about developing a relationship with food and her sorbet that one the Underground Airwaves Experimental Ice Cream Social.
Brian Yaeger, author of “Oregon Breweries”, talks about meeting a donut maker and the inspiration that can be found in learning the stories of the people who make our food.
Katrina Blair, author of “The Wild Wisdom of Weeds,” talks about how one weed in particular taught her an unexpected lesson.
Greg Drobot, owner of Face Rock Creamery, talks about several homecomings involved with returning the cheese industry to Bandon, Oregon.
Catherine McNeur, history professor at Portland State University and author of “Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City,” tells a story about her move to Portland and the urban livestock she encounters, and places it in the context of the “pig riots” during Manhattan’s infancy as a city.
Plant breeder Michael Mazourek talks about how some squash and beans he grew in his childhood garden have influenced his work as a plant breeder.
Gabi de Leon and Danielle Knott from Render Magazine talk about the brand new feminist food quarterly and how a butchering class can teach you lessons about your own flesh.
Sam Fromartz, author of In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey, talks about a trip he took to France in which he visited a baker and his grain farm and, in the process, learned about the state of terra madre.
A bonus episode where Underground Airwaves host Chris talks about a Boy Scout camp-out involving illicit drugs and the solving of a mystery.
Writer Ian Harris, who recently wrote about the power of the desert in Edible Portland, shares his favorite dutch oven recipe.
Stories recorded at the Cherry Sprout Produce Earth Day event this past April ranging from the sentimental to the comedic.
Stacey Givens, owner and creator of The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen, talks about road trips she took as a child involving foraging and trespassing.
Professional storyteller Brian Rohr tells an old French tale about an elderly woman and her apple tree.
A few winemakers from the Chehalem Mountains in Oregon talk about the future of winemaking in the region.
Dan Barber, author of The Third Plate and chef at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, talks about “failed gras” and trying to recreate the conditions of the Spanish Dehesa in upstate New York.
In this bonus episode we have two stories collected at the Local Hero Awards story recording booth.
Sam Andemariam, owner of Mariam Foods in Portland, talks about growing up in an Ethiopian restaurant with a father passionate about preparing good food.
Christopher Leonard, author of The Meat Racket tells about a chance encounter with a poultry industry mogul in a hotel restaurant in Arkansas.
Doris Onnis – resident nurse, lactation consultant, and breast milk advocate – talks about her personal experience breastfeeding and how it inspired her to help guide new mothers.
Author and farmer Wendell Berry talks about the economic value of intangibles and education from the land, and recollects a sweet story from his boyhood growing up in Kentucky.
Agricultural researcher and educator Lane Selman talks about how a trip through a field of potatoes converted her into a plant breeder.
The Curator of Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum, Mary Weaver Chapin, tells a story about a family fruitcake and takes us on a tour of the “Feast and Famine” exhibition, currently on display.
In this bonus episode (all story, no interview), Ecotrust’s very own Lola Milholland tells a story from when she was young about her grandfather and his compulsiveness towards Popeyes Chicken.
James Beard award winning chef Andrea Reusing talks about her first time experiencing a slaughter and how it impacted her as a chef.
Chef John Gorham, co-owner of Toro Bravo, Tasty n Sons, and Tasty n Alder, and co-author with Liz Crain of the Toro Bravo cookbook tells a story about how a meal in Spain reinvigorated the chef within him.
The people behind Secret Restaurant, a supper club in Portland making five course meals accessible to friends, talk about attempting to grow an urban garden.
Portland food writer Liz Crain tells a story about two trips to Spain where her experience with farming helped give her the perspective to discover her true calling.
Author and cheese fanatic Tami Parr tells us about a bear on the Washington coast who is desperate to get his hands on some chevre, and recounts her favorite moments in local cheese history.
First year farmer Justin Simms talks about his decision to make a life change and create InTownAg, an urban farming business.
Eastern Oregon farmer, business owner, and community organizer June Colony tells us a story that is part history, part coming of age, and talks about the campaign to save a local general store.
Author and fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz describes a trip to Indonesia in which he witnessed the traditional process of making tempeh.
Host Chris Seigel talks with Brian Wilke of Oregon Culinary Institute, who shares the story of an early motorcycle trip with his wife Jill in search of the best biscuits and gravy in America.
Molly Sherman and Nolan Calisch of the artist collaboration Farm School describe their discovery of the oldest apple tree in the Pacific Northwest and their role in extending its legacy.
Bridget Cooke and Alejandro Tecum of Adelante Mujeres recall ways they witness the impact of their work to empower the Latino community of Forest Grove.
In our first episode, host Chris Seigel talks with wine critic and sound artist Jo Burzynska about experiments she conducted on her friends in college involving the effect of music on wine.