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Small farms under threat from the FDA in "Farmageddon" listen

08/12/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Federal and state laws can create hurdles for small farmers, who face raids and arrests for such things as selling raw milk to customers. A new film, called Farmageddon, documents the struggles of independent farmers. Hundreds of people attended sold out screenings in Tampa.

Many viewers were shocked to find that all over the United States, federal food regulators are shutting down businesses, throwing fresh food in the garbage, and raiding families’ homes...

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Preview of the film Farmageddon

08/08/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s Sustainable Living Program we hosted the producer of the documentary film Farmageddon, which brings to light incidences of government interference into our ability to produce and purchase healthy foods for our families. Kristin Canty joined us by phone, while our local chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Sarah Pope, was in the studio to discuss the new film. Farmers and buying clubs across the county are being targeted by the government for providing raw milk and d...

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Growing food for hungry citizens in Hernando County listen

07/22/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Access to healthy food can be difficult around the world, and here in the Tampa Bay area. A workshop will address the growing hunger problem in Hernando County.

The plan is to create awareness of the unsettling poverty situation in Hernando and other counties in Florida. According to Green World Path Inc., a large number of people in Hernando especially are struggling because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their ...

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Community gardens grow in Tampa Bay listen

07/14/11 Aaron Dalley
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Community gardens have been sprouting up across Tampa Bay for the last few years. At one in South St. Petersburg, some of the local and global benefits of urban gardens are evident.

The Bartlett Park Community Garden in St. Petersburg has been in-bloom for 3 years now and counts tomatoes, black-eyed peas and a variety of herbs among its seasonal offerings. Ashley Spalding has a plot there and has also been helping organize the garden since last fall. She says what make this and other commu...

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Six more Orlando Food Not Bombs arrests listen

06/17/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Wednesday Orlando police arrested six more people in Lake Eola Park for sharing food with the hungry. That brings the total number of people arrested in conjunction with the Orlando Food Not Bombs events to twenty-one. This comes a week after there was talk of compromise between Food Not Bombs and the city. Keith McHenry is co-founder of Food Not Bombs. He said the city doesn’t look like it’s going to budge.

Fast-forward to Wednesday, when the group conducted its regular food-sharin...

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Local sustainability activists

05/30/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our very special guests on today’s program were two of the best local sustainable living activists. The founder of Code Green Community, a green transitions group, Eric Steward and a teacher with Fire of Hope, a permaculture design group, Matt Fahy, both joined the show. Matt talked about our local area and how it’s very similar to where human civilization started and the diversity of human diets. Eric talked about the Transitions Movement based on Rob Hopkins book “Transitions”. Eri...

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Local Permaculture

05/02/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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To start today’s program the Deputy Director of the Ocean Conservancy’s Fish Conservation Program Libby Fetherston join the program to talk about new limits on Grouper fishing in the Gulf. Their will be a public meeting at the Carlyon Hilton in St Pete on May 3 starting at 6:30 PM. To look at the agenda you can check out the www.oceanconservacy.org web site.

Next up a local Permaculture Design Robert Segundo join the program to talk about some general...

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Bees, fermented food & eating local

04/04/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s Sustainable Living program our first guest was Rebecca “The Bee Keeper” Conroy. She’s a bee keeper and food fermentor, and this month The Tampa Bay Beekeepers are having their annual bee workshop at Upper Tampa Bay Park on Saturday April 17 starting a 9 a.m. Rebecca successfully has bees in urban areas of Pinellas and says in this setting they do better than in natural areas. She talked about some of the basic of beekeeping as hive cost, aggressive bees and the benefits of...

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Vegetable Gardening

03/07/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our guests on today’s program were all local vegetable gardeners. The farm manager from Sweetwater Organic Farm in west Tampa, Roberto Saenz; owner of Scotty’s Produce in northern Polk County, Jeff Campbell, and bio-intensive northeastern Hillsborough County farmer, Tom Carroll, all joined the show to answer local gardening questions.

Scotty teaches vegetable gardening at his place and will be starting new classes soon. You can find out more at th...

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Supporters ask Hillsborough County to support zoning for Sweetwater Organic Farm listen

02/16/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Sweetwater Organic Farm in Tampa was recently issued a code violation for conducting agricultural activities on residentially-zoned property. The non-profit farm has been operating since 1995 and has received an agricultural exemption. Tuesday night, the farm asked Hillsborough County for the property to be rezoned in order to continue their organic farming.

About fifty supporters of the Sweetwater Organic Farm showed up at the zoning hearing and stayed for hours until it was time to pres...

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