By Lisa Morehouse
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For California Foodways, reporter Lisa Morehouse spends a lot of time in her car. She’s on a kind of mission: to travel to every county in the state, finding stories about food, agriculture, and -- most importantly -- the people that make both possible.
||CleanInvasive 20-lb Rodent Could Wreak Havoc on Ca Ag||Merced County is California’s sweet potato capital. In this story, co-reporter Angela Johnston and I meet a sweet potato farming family that’s facing a crisis that could wreak havoc on the entire agricultural industry. It weighs 20-pounds,||1/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA California Tribe Bets on Olive Oil||The Capay Valley is pretty serene, except for the cacophony inside its most lucrative business: the Cache Creek Casino. Up to 2,000 visitors a night swell the valley’s population and traffic, causing tension between local farmers and the tiny tribe t.||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMilking Cows...In Prison?||Making license plates is the stereotypical job for a prisoner, but there’s a group of inmates in the Central Valley have very different work. They supply milk to almost all the prisons in the state system.||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Pop-Up Coffeehouse on the Pacific Crest Trail||The thru-hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail start in Mexico, traversing 2650 miles into Canada. The lazier among us might have just read Wild, Cheryl Strayed’s PCT memoir. But the hikers, their toenails fall off, and their feet can swell whole sizes.||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Forgotten Filipino Pioneers of the Delano Grape Strike||At the beginning of September in 1965, one of the most significant movements in modern day labor history -- the Farmworker Movement -- began in California's Central Valley. You’ve probably heard of the United Farm Workers and know the name Cesar Chav.||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Bear Feeding Shows to Bear-Proof Containers||When you camp in Yosemite and other parks with bears, you can’t just leave your food out on the picnic table or in your car overnight. Anything with a scent has to be stored in bear-proof containers: bear lockers for car-campers,||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrucks, Planes, and Flying Fish||If you are driving along the striking Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra, chances are you’ve come to fish for trout in one of the area’s alpine lakes. Fishing is synonymous with life in the communities that dot the highway,||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Farmworker to Restaurant Owner||Rosa Hernandez left Oaxaca when she was 20 to work in the fields in Madera, California. Now, she co-owns a restaurant, cooking the food of her homeland for the many indigenous Mexicans who live in the area. She did it, she says,||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan Agricultural Development And Wildlife Coexist? Rice Farmers Think So||California grows a lot of rice, second only to the Mississippi Delta. But like a lot of agricultural development, rice cultivation took away a lot of habitat for native wildlife, including key resting spots for migrating birds along the Pacific Flyway.||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSo Much More Than Tacos||The Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino is proof that sometimes a restaurant is more than just a restaurant. It’s the first stop in this new podcast: California Foodways. I'm Lisa Morehouse, and I'll be travelling county by county,||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 1 Trailer||California Foodways producer Lisa Morehouse spends a lot of time in her car. She’s on a kind of mission: to travel to every county in the state, finding stories about food, agriculture, and — most importantly — the people that make both possible.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Despite my passion for local food and agriculture, I found so much to learn about - and savor! - in Lisa’s podcast. More, please!
It's finally here!
I've been listening to these stories on The California Report for years and I'm so glad I can finally subscribe and listen as a podcast! These stories are a like hidden gems of California history and culture.
A series with soul
This series has so much soul. Having listened to many of the episodes on KQED's The California Report, it's refreshing to learn about the real people behind California's food system. No celebrity chefs, no fluff. It's all about the unsung heroes from across the state. I think we can all benefit from connecting with the people who make our food, and California Foodways helps us do that.