Field Notes

Fridays during All Things Considered; Mondays during Morning Edition

Field Notes is an opportunity for the Harvest Public Media team to dig even deeper into our coverage of food production through additional interviews, on-site reporting and audience feedback.  Each segment is produced and hosted by Abbie Fentress Swanson, at KBIA News in Columbia, MO.

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Harvest Public Media
3:29 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

The Other Side of the Food Label

What do food labels really say about what's inside? (Photo by Boris Mann (bmann)/Flickr.com)
Photo by Boris Mann (bmann) Flickr.com

A free-range chicken isn’t a free-agent. It may only spend a portion of its day in the great outdoors. The rest of the time? Anywhere but a cage. Though, that information is not something you'll find spelled out for you on a package of chicken breast. On this week's Field Notes: really listening to what food labels say, or don't say.

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Destemmed, crushed, fermented and aged

Missouri is home to almost 400 vineyards that employ thousands of agricultural workers who pick, crush and nurture grapes like the Norton, the official state grape. Around $60 million worth of Missouri wine is sold each year. Today on Field Notes, we ask an expert to taste a little of that wine.

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Fri September 30, 2011

What's up with peanut butter

Peanut butter prices are up — and likely to increase again.
Edward Todd iStockphoto.com

How much you are willing to pay for your favorite sandwich? If it has peanut butter in it, you may soon be recalculating. A looming shortage of U.S. peanuts is causing the price of peanut butter to soar. Even if you're willing to pay more for peanut butter, you should know what's driving up the cost of this American staple food. Listen to this episode of Fields Notes for the answer.

Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Tending to a rambunctious garden

Author and environmental journalist Emma Marris writes about the shifting trend in nature conservation methodology in her book "Rambunctious Garden."
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

Think of the most natural, pristine place you've ever visited. You might envision a national forest or state park. These locales provide a landscape of solace, peace and quiet. We relate to these getaways as pure, real nature that's managed to stay untouched through centuries of human intervention. Now imagine your favorite hiking path or placid lake as a construction of wildlife: an outdoors reality based on someone else's idea of an anti-urban, off-the-beaten-path wilderness. On this episode of Field Notes, we explore nature conservation with environmental journalist Emma Marris.

Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Sun September 11, 2011

More than a little dry

Inside the University of Missouri's drought simulator, or a massive greenhouse on wheels, where crop scientists are mimicking high temperature, low rainfall conditions to research a stronger, drought resistant plant.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

The second warmest summer on record is coming to a close, but states like Texas and Kansas are still gripped by high temperatures and extremely low rainfall. Now, the drought has spread north to southwestern Missouri where farmers in the parched Ozark foothills haven't seen real moisture since May.

Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Young farmers peddle vegetables on the street

Columbia bar manager Jesse Garcia holds a petit pan squash after purchasing it from Quail Bone Farm cyclists Justin Robertson and Katie Thorn.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

When it comes to selling produce, farmers have a few options. There are grocery stores, then there are farmers markets. In Kansas City, mobile markets are even cropping up. Check out that story, here. Now, we bring you barebones farmers on wheels. Road bikes are the preferred form of travel and mode of commerce for the operators of Quail Bone Farm in Columbia, Mo.

Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Fri August 19, 2011

For the love of food and foodies

Genell Pridgen is a partner in the Nebraska Environmental Action Coalition’s Mobile Meat Processing Project. She led tours through an empty unit at Farm Aid, and says this is one way for to keep food grown and raised in one place, eaten in the same area.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

Farm Aid’s “Homegrown Village” is a sort of cheesy title for something that’s really simple, and from what I saw and heard, rare.

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