By Barbara Norblom
Food Systems Team member and Promotions Volunteer

Nourish by MN350 is a podcast by the MN350 Food Systems Team. It features visionary leaders who are creating the regenerative, inclusive, local food economy we need to meet the challenge of climate change.

The two newest episodes are “A Return to Vibrancy” and “An Irreplaceable Treasure.”

In “A Return to Vibrancy,” writer, producer, host, and climate activist Eli Crain talks with Matt Maier, owner/founder of Thousand Hills Lifetime Grazed, and Laura Schreiber, policy organizer with The Land Stewardship Project.

Thousand Hills uses practices that aim to improve the well-being of our environment by increasing soil fertility, biodiversity, water retention and cleanliness, and soil carbon sequestration. The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is mobilizing around a collective vision that includes a just food and farm system, a healthy landscape, and thriving small and mid-sized farms. LSP is celebrating recent wins at the Capitol, including $5.35 million to incorporate more soil-healthy farming practices into the landscape — effectively taking soil health from non-existent to a top issue in the 2021 Minnesota legislative agenda.

This vibrant conversation offers information to aid farmers at all stages in taking care of the land for better climate health and to help consumers understand the impact of their choices.

The second episode, “An Irreplaceable Treasure,” examines the hurdles to overcome when expanding regenerative agriculture. One major problem is the lack of infrastructure to support Minnesota farmers who want to opt out of the industrial food chain. And despite frequent buzzwords that make us think we’re buying a quality product, it’s a challenge to find food that meets our health and ethical standards.

The episode features Jack McCann of TC Farm, whose cooperative-style food group connects local producers directly to consumers who value transparency in their food system. It also features Elizabeth Rhodes of Auntie Annie’s Fields. She discusses how her partnership with TC Farm allows her to produce food in a way that reflects her values while maintaining focus on what she loves about the job: tending to her treasured land and animals.

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Barbara Norblom is a member of the Food Systems Team and the Promotions volunteer for the Nourish by MN350 Podcast. She lives, works and plays in Minneapolis, often biking and visiting Little Free Libraries.