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KAXE Programs - Local Foods

Wednesdays at 7:20am
People have become more and more interested in where their food comes from.  For many years, KAXE's General manager has not only been paying attention to what she eats and where it comes from she's been having conversations with the people who produce it.  For several years, Jane Grimsbo-Jewett from the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) and owner of Willow Sedge Farm in Palisade has helped KAXE produce the local food program.
Some producers allow community members to invest in their farms through Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs). In payment for this investment they receive shares of the food that the farm produces.
Other people are involved in local farm markets or help organize sustainable agriculture events and training sessions. They work in schools and food co-ops. Some are involved in food sovereignty groups. Others are trying to find ways to process local food so people can use it more easily.
They have wonderful stories to tell, about the land, their families, animals and plants. Many are highly inventive and entrepreneurial. All of them work very hard.
Listen to "Local Food" Wednesday mornings on KAXE!
Audio highlights
Stuart Lavalier
Stuart Lavalier from Lavaliers Berry Patch talks with Scott Hall and Robert Saxton about picking blueberries this week.
Jennifer Knutson  Jennifer Knutson, Master Gardener from Nisswa, talks with Maggie Montgomery and Robert Saxon about the idea of building a moon garden. You can see the list of plants discussed here.
Ron Block  Ron block operates Block's Balsam Lake Farms in Bovey and sells his produce and meat at several local farmers markets. Recently he talked with Maggie Montgomery and Robert Saxton about how he became a farmer.
Cathy Peck - Pollinators  Cathy Peck is a Master Gardener from Beltrami County. She talks with Maggie Montgomery and Robert Saxton about pollinators, plants and what the local gardener can do to help with decline of pollinators. Here is list of pollinator plants.
Beez Kneez  Dan Houg and Robert Saxon talked with Kristy Allen and Erin Rupp about community supported bee keeping and the health of bee colonies. You can find out more about them here.
Cheryl Krystosek-Bemidji Cheryl is a local vendor, ChillCreekRidge, and market coordinator for the Bemidji Farmers market.
Alan Cunningham-Brainerd Allan is the market manager for Brainerd area farmers market and runs Natural Spring farm near Brainerd.
Melissa Roach-Cook Melissa is a vendor at Cook. She co-owns Bear River Farm.
Janna Goerdt-Embarrass Janna runs the Fat Chicken Farm in Embarrass.
Tam Wilder-Walker Tam is the manager of the Greenscene store in Walker.
More info on Minnesota Grown Foods and local farmers markets.
Aitkin:sat 8 - noon, 301 Minn Ave N, aitkin,mn
Ely: (218) 365-6072
Grand Rapids
Virginia: Market8th St. South, Armory parking lot Virginia, MN (218) 865-4732
Minnesota Grown
Northern Community Radio 800-662-5799
KAXE260 NE 2nd Street • Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744 • 218-326-1234 • FAX: 218-326-1235
KBXE 305 America Avenue NW • Bemidji, Minnesota 56601 • 218-333-9005
Grand Rapids - 91.7 FM • Bemidji - 90.5 FM • Brainerd - 89.9 FM • Ely - 103.9 FM