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Chatting with Young Farmer Nathan Dennis of Cormack
06 Dec, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

Maybe you’ve heard the statistics about the median age of farmers in our country these days? As a whole, it is somewhere between 55 and 56, and in our province, it is about a year or so older. (Of course, this is influenced by how we define who is a farmer, but don’t get me off track here.) To show...
Visiting St. Anthony Bight with Renee Pilgrim
29 Nov, 2021 | 0:29:59 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

One of the subtexts of this program is a passion for rural life. You may have noticed. You see, the link between food and rural is a part of my DNA. Sure, cities grow food too, and I often celebrate that. But rural regions will still provide most of our food for the foreseeable future. And so when I visit...
Visiting Birchbark Farm in Pasadena
22 Nov, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

Is farming a vocation? A calling? An occupation? A l ifestyle? Maybe all of these things? What draws people to farming? Is it the comforting assurance at the start of a day that you have more work ahead of you than you can manage? And that something will happen today that you had not expected? Today, we head to Birch...
On the Great Northern Peninsula
15 Nov, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

Today on "Fit to Eat," you’d best buckle up, ‘cuz we’re heading up the Great Northern Peninsula. (Or maybe I should say “down the Great Northern Peninsula.” It depends on what generation you come from, or where your starting point may be.) Just turn off at Deer Lake and take Route 430. And expect adventure. We’re heading for the land...
At the Farmer's Market with Susan Lester
08 Nov, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

For some folks who live in urban regions, the closest they come to a site of food production can be the farmer’s markets that populate the fringes of many cities. There they can see crops in the ground, watch the goats darting around with each other, pick a ripe strawberry, maybe even marvel at a pumpkin being shot out of...
Steve and Lisa McBride down on the homestead
06 Nov, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

This week on "Fit to Eat" we reprise a visit from a couple of years back. Join us as we go both backwards and forwards in time. We meet a couple of pioneers who have traded the streets of Vancouver (and St. John's) for the homemade and self-provisioned comforts of a homestead. But by taking this choice, which some see...
RBB Encore # 1
12 Oct, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

This is an "encore" presentation of "Routes & Branches & Beyond." The fancy radio stations use the term "encore" for "rerun." This week on the show, we focus on "Bonfires and Beyond," in recognition that this is the time of year in northern hemispheres where such things become great comfort. As for the music, I play big folk band mayhem,...
Agriculture in Iceland
12 Oct, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

Today we head to a land that experiences some of the same agricultural challenges that we do in Newfoundland and Labrador. But they have made some different choices. While we have rock, and sand - they have lava, and tephla. We both have peat. Their population is about two-thirds the population of our province. And while they are a country,...
At the Homestead in Flat Rock
27 Sep, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

Broad social changes, including enhancements in food production, take root at the individual and household level. That is what matters in the end. Waving banners and marching and chanting slogans and wearing T-shirts and applying bumper stickers is fun and all. Trust me. But to make a social movement “stick,” it has to be something that prompts changes at the...
Urban Agriculture in Canada's Most Populous City
13 Sep, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

As regular listeners know, although “Fit to Eat” is focussed on food and agriculture in Newfoundland and Labrador, the show does travel from time to time. This episode we head to Ontario (just like so many of our province’s population over the years), But just temporarily. Today we talk about Urban Agriculture. And what better place to discuss that than...
Andy Wright at the Farmer's Market
07 Sep, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

It is the time of the year when farmer’s markets, in my hemisphere, are entering that euphoric phase of the year – the time when the fruits of earlier labours are quite obvious on vines and fields and stalks, when folks are delighting in your products, and when the end of the unrelenting labour of the past is at least...
Dan and the Food Producers Forum
30 Aug, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

Part of the beauty of a healthy food system comes from the wide variety of people who are involved. Indeed, there is a glorious and productive assortment of ideas and projects and organizations. Sure, the players don’t all have the same power. And there are conflicts and bruised noses and jerking knees. But on the best of days, when the...
Remember Concerts...? #5
08 Jul, 2021 | 0:59:59 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" I have another set of the music of humans - captured live in concert. There are reggae standards done with hip hop flamenco sensibility, mournful Irish slides, Finno-Ugric warnings about choosing a wise husband, Algerian funk, Scottish tunes dragged (screaming) out of an electric guitar, and a classic from a singer who...
When Trash Becomes Treasure
06 Jul, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

What is waste? Well, that depends. If you use the word as an adjective or a noun, it may mean a material that is discarded as no longer useful, given the current levels of imagination and technology. However, as a verb, waste can mean “to use or expend carelessly.” As in, “we are wasting 60 percent of a cod fish.”...
Some Wise Words from Iceland
29 Jun, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

Today on "Fit to Eat" we head to Iceland for a couple of chats, just to see how things related to food and agriculture, and rural in general, are going there since Covid rearranged many of our plans. We meet up with Dóróthea Ármann of Friðheimar, where they produce tomatoes, cucumbers and fine horses, and operate a very popular restaurant...
The Joys of Sub-Arctic Farming
23 Jun, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

Labrador. The Big Land. The 3rd word in the official title of a province, even though its territory constitutes over 70% of the land mass of said province. The name “Labrador” was bestowed by a Portuguese explorer, João Fernandes Lavrador. "Lavrador," in Portuguese means “farmer” (or “labourer.”) So it makes sense that on today’s show, we head to central Labrador,...
Hey kid... wanna be a farmer...?!
14 Jun, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

When you were growing up, did your school guidance counsellor ever take you aside and say, in that helpful guidance-counsellor-kind-of-way, “you know, kid, you should think about becoming a farmer?” If so, you’re lucky, but you’re also unusual. Farming is one of those few essential occupations that don’t always have a clearly-marked career path, nor is it necessarily encouraged. (Kind...
Chatting with Josh and Sarah of Food First NL
09 Jun, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

This week we take a peek behind the scenes to the world of food policy and food strategy and food insecurity. It is a world of meetings and research and conversation and actions and proposals and collaboration and … did I mention meetings? And we encounter the gymnastics involved in getting food to people at their time of need, and...
The Restaurant Business in the Midst of Covid-19
31 May, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

Remember those days when, at a moment’s notice, we would drop in to a restaurant and check out the cuisine? Without masks and social distancing and without providing a full accounting of our identity and our lifestyle before we were served? Depending on where you live in the world, this may, or may not, be on its way back. But...
Iceland and Food and Covid-19
18 May, 2021 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Fit to Eat: The NL Farm and Food Show

Certain borders are starting to open up, so this week we return to Iceland on "Fit to Eat." Well, on Zoom anyways. (The internet border didn't close, even though if is often unavailable.) I have often evangelized on the value of comparing approaches to agriculture and food in Iceland and in Newfoundland and Labrador. There is a lot that can...
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