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The podcast that features visionary leaders who are creating the regenerative, inclusive, local food economy we need to meet the challenge of climate change. read less

Changing the Course of a Neighborhood
Feb 22 2022
Changing the Course of a Neighborhood
In this episode of Nourish by MN350,  volunteers Shannon Lippke and Jeff Diamond share their interview with three board members of the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute (EPNI) - Dean Dovolis, Karen Clark, and Cassandra Holmes. For years, EPNI has fought on behalf of the East Phillips neighborhood, a majority BIPOC community with a history of rampant air and soil pollution. EPNI has proposed converting a dormant 7.6 acre warehouse into an Indoor Urban Farm facility, featuring hydroponic and aquaponic food production spaces, as well as affordable housing units, a job training center, a solar array, and more. However, the City has proposed to demolish the building and use the site for a new water yard facility. Our guests discuss life in East Phillips, the history of environmental racism the neighborhood has endured, and the benefits the Indoor Urban Farm project could bring. Efforts are underway within the Minneapolis City Council to pause the city’s water yard project in East Phillips, known as the Hiawatha Expansion Project. All supporters of EPNI should contact the members of the Minneapolis City Council and the mayor and ask them to support East Phillips and the Indoor Urban Farm Project as soon as possible. Here’s a message prompt with City Council contact info to help!To learn more about EPNI, visit their website at https://www.eastphillipsneighborhoodinstitute.org/, or find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/eastphillipsneighborhood. To support EPNI in their legal efforts, you can donate to their GoFundMe campaign. Find the full transcript here.Support the show (https://mn350action.org/become-a-member/?sourceid=1021363)
A Healing Path
May 25 2021
A Healing Path
This week on Nourish by MN350, volunteer host and architect of the Headwaters Community Food & Water Bill (HF1332/SF1580), Marita Bujold, welcomes two members of the Red Lake Nation, Robert Blake and David Manuel. Robert is the founder and director of Solar Bear and Native Sun Community Power.*David Manuel co-directs the tribe’s food sovereignty initiative. Together with their community, they are pursuing local energy and food sovereignty as a pathway to climate resiliency and freedom from the extractive fossil fuel and industrial food economies imposed by colonization.Armed with a fierce commitment to care for Turtle Island (earth) and guided by traditional native wisdom, this community is collaborating with other tribal communities to create a promising, healing and enduring future.Our listeners cannot fail to be inspired by the courageous leadership and transformative, local energy and food economy being shaped by Robert, David and our brothers and sisters of the Red Lake Nation. *Solar Bear is the first native-owned solar installation company. Native Sun Community Poweris a native run, non-profit organized to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency and a just transition through education, workforce training and demonstration.Learn how the economy created by the Headwaters Community Food & Water Bill. (HF1332/SF1580) will yield abundant sources of food, clean water, capture carbon and nurture the health and well being of all communities. https://www.justfoodandwater.org/video-just-food-and-waterTake heart. By following the proven leaders, our communities can create the resilient food economy we need for living sustainably.  https://justfoodandwater.org/video-leadership-definedRead a one page description of the economic resiliency programCTA join MN350 Action’s campaignListen to MN350 Nourish podcast MN350action.org/podcasts
Place-Based Food
Apr 27 2021
Place-Based Food
This week on Nourish by MN350, volunteer host and architect of the Headwaters Community Food & Water Bill (HF1332/SF1580), Marita Bujold, welcomes  Lori Stern, the executive director of Midwest Organic Sustainable Educations Service (MOSES Organic) and the former owner and chef of Cow & Quince restaurant in New Glarus, Wisconsin and Stefan Meyers, General Project Coordinator of the Finland Food Chain in Finland, Minnesota.Lori and Stefan live in very different landscapes, but their stories reveal a shared understanding of the value communities find in working in partnership with nature to cultivate, harvest and preserve the bounty she offers. In her role as chef and owner of Cow & Quince, Lori developed a seasonal menu in a kitchen designed to also preserve summer’s bounty and forged relationships with local farmers-relationships that continue to inform her role today directing MOSES Organic.In northeastern Minnesota, partnership with nature presents a different set of challenges and opportunities. Stefan and colleagues operating the Finland Food Chain are creating a dynamic economy guided by local ecological knowledge and designed to maintain ecosystem health to cultivate food and to harvest the bounty of the local habitat.As the conversation unfolds, questions emerge about the leadership we will need to create and maintain a just, sustainable food economy and how our experiences during the pandemic could provoke the systemic change we need. Tune in for an enlightening conversation.Learn how the economy created by the Headwaters Community Food & Water Bill. (HF1332/SF1580) will yield abundant sources of food, clean water, capture carbon and nurture the health and well-being of all communities. https://www.justfoodandwater.org/video-just-food-and-waterRead a one-page description of the economic resiliency programListen to MN350 Nourish podcast MN350action.org/podcastsCTA join MN350 Action’s campaign
Headwaters: For Bees and For People
Feb 9 2021
Headwaters: For Bees and For People
This week on Nourish by MN350 volunteer host and author of the Headwaters Community Food & Water Bill, Marita Bujold, welcomes LaChelle Cunningham and Erin Rupp for a conversation that reveals the connection between the essential labor of bees and the racially-just, resilient food economy we need to nurture health and well-being of all our communities.LaChelle is a chef, educator, and the founder of the Healthy Roots Institute who began her culinary career by launching Chelle’s Kitchen in 2012 and soon after was recognized for her creativity and social justice work as the founding Executive Chef of the Breaking Bread Café in North Minneapolis. In 2018, LaChelle began building the Healthy Roots Institute with a mission to focus on healing and social justice through food education, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship.Erin is an educator, beekeeper and founded Pollinate Minnesota in 2015 to connect community members of all ages to the science, policy and media story of pollinator decline. Throughout the conversation, a common thread emerges: the direct link between the health of pollinators and the health of our communities, and the crucial need to create a robust, just food economy designed to nurture and maintain that connection. This is the economy created by the Headwaters Community Food & Water Bill. MN350 Action is actively promoting this bill as a strategic climate solution.* Listeners will not want to miss this compelling conversation with LaChelle and Erin-two remarkable leaders whose stories reveal invaluable insights that we need understand to create the just, resilient food economy we need to care for bees and people. * MN350 Action is excited to announce that the House Select Committee on Racial Justice Report to the Legislature recommends supporting the economic resiliency program created by the Headwaters Community Food & Water Bill. (Environmental Justice. p.43) Full episode transcript available here.
The Headwaters Community Food and Water Bill
Jan 26 2021
The Headwaters Community Food and Water Bill
This week on Nourish by MN350, volunteer host Rory Coleman discusses the Headwaters Community Food and Water Bill with fellow Food Systems volunteer and author of the bill, Marita Bujold. They are joined by MN350’s very own Sam Grant, who discusses MN350’s campaign to support the bill, as well as MN350’s mission to address climate justice in the food system, transportation and divestment from fossil fuels. The Headwaters Bill is a visionary piece of legislation that will create and maintain a decentralized food web economy across the state: a source-to-table model that's actually designed to meet the demands of food, water and climate. This wide-ranging conversation explains the many ways in which the publicly-funded industrial food system fails our communities - extractive of the earth, and destroying the health of ecosystems and communities - especially communities of color. Marita and Sam offer examples of North Minneapolis community members and organizations whose work has shifted food policy, and given people access to land and healthy food. Together, they put forth a vision in which, through investment in rural and urban communities, it is possible to create a food system that can sequester carbon as well as a point of connection and healing across Minnesotan communities.Organizations Mentioned in this episode Northside FreshAppetite for ChangeBreaking Bread CafeNorth Minneapolis Farmers MarketHomegrown Minneapolis Food CouncilFinland Food ChainFull episode transcript available here.