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April 8, 2013: Peter Shea, Bat of Minerva and Site and Incitement: Solar’s Real Food, Springfield MN

Brown bag lunch with Peter Shea, Director and Producer of the Bat of Minerva interview series Mondays, April 8, April 22 and May 6, 2013 12 – 1:30 pm 235 Nolte April 8: Peter Shea hosts a Site and Incitement discussion of his recent interview with Steve and Deanne Bryce of Solar’s Real Food in […]

4/1/13 Steve and Deanne Bryce: Solar’s Real Food, Springfield, MN

Steve and Deanne Bryce of Springfield, MN talk with Peter Shea about food, cuisine, preparation, allergens, menus, changing perceptions and behaviors, and much more.  Solar’s Real Food Kitchen and Cafe and Solar’s Real Food on twitter. Available for download as audio (.mp3, 54.1MB) or video (.m4v, 301.9MB). A transcript of this interview is available as Word […]

4/1/13 Tom Nuessmeier

Tom Nuessmeier operates the Nuessmeier family farm, located five miles east of LeSueur and the Minnesota River Valley, which produces Pig in the Patch brand pork. Available for download as audio (.mp3, 53.6MB) or video (.m4v, 302.7MB).

Ernesto Velez Bustos, November 2012

Ernesto Velez Bustos is the director of Centro Campesino in Owatonna, Minnesota.  In this interview he talks about the processes that led him to Minnesota, as well as his work with Centro Campesino to improve the situation of Hispanic workers in Minnesota. He talks about the dynamics of the community. This interview is also available […]

Jose Herrera and Krystal Spinler, November 2012

In this interview Jose Herrera and Kristal Spinler talk about their work as restaurant owners. Herrera owns two Mexican restaurants in Owatonna, and Spinler owns a Mexican restaurant in Madelia. The two of them talk about their passion for restaurants and for food. They also talk about the mechanics and dynamics of running small businesses […]

Krystal Spinler, November 2012

Krystal Spinler is the owner of La Plaza Fiesta restaurant in Madelia, in southwest Minnesota. In this interview she talks about her passion for the restaurant business.  She also talks about the role La Plaza Fiesta plays in the construction of a multicultural community in Madelia. This talk is also available as an audio download (.mp3 […]

October 10, 2012: Food Stories: Growing, Eating, Thinking about Food in Southwest Minnesota

A discussion with Peter Shea and Valentine Cadieux October 10, 2012, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM 235 Nolte Center for Continuing Education Under a Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Grant, Peter Shea has been traveling in the area around Windom, Minnesota this summer, talking to farmers, gardeners, a restaurant owner, food shelf administrators: people who having new […]

Kate Roberts, July 10, 2012

Kate Roberts coordinates senior and retired volunteers in Cottonwood County, MN. She works with hunger and related issues such as transportation.  Kate also works with the Southwest Regional Development Commission Aging Agency, which provides services to the elderly within the 27 county Southwest Planning and Service Area under contract to the Minnesota River Area Agency on […]

Terese and Daniel Hall, October 4, 2012

Terese and Daniel Hall own “Halls Across the Prairie” and are producers of grass fed meat near Butterfield, MN. They married in 1977, built the “big white house” by 1980, lost it in 2006 to the tornado. They survived the challenges of the market in the 80s by eventually liquidating everything. Their story includes their […]

Joe Domeier, September 17, 2012

Joe Domeier is a Farm Manager for the Blue Earth County Community Farm, Three Rivers Resource Conservation and Development. With experience in both conventional and sustainable agriculture he has worked in the non-profit sector to find ways these groups can find common ground to improve the environment and economy of rural areas. This talk is also available […]

Harry Baulisch September 18, 2012

Harry Baulisch is the manager of the Mary and Martha Food Shelf in Westbrook, MN.  Mary and Martha is part of the Western Community Action Partnership, a group of food shelves that utilize volunteers to provide nutrition assistance to individuals and families using the “client choice” model.  People are able to select the foods that they […]

Ken Meter, September 7, 2012

Ken Meter, a Food Systems Analyst at Crossroads Resource Center, is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States. His work integrates market analysis,  business development, systems thinking, and social concerns.  As president of Crossroads Resource Center, Meter has more than 41 years experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building. […]

Kathleen Batalden Smith and Justin Smith, September 18, 2012

Kathleen Batalden Smith and Justin Smith of Lamberton, MN work together at Omega Maiden Oils and Smiling Tree Toys. Smiling Tree Toys began in 2010 when Kathleen and Justin returned to the U.S. after serving two years with the Peace Corps in Niger. After living in a small, strongly-knit community in West Africa, they wanted the […]

Lea Kirchner and Bryce Wolle, September 17, 2012

Lea Kirchner and Bryce Wolle are gardeners in Madelia, Minnesota. The interview can also be downloaded as a video podcast (237.8 MB) or as an audio file (.mp3 – 42.4 MB).

Tina Richards, August 13, 2012

Tina Richards, artist, art teacher, community activist in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, rents land to Hmong gardeners. In this interview, she talks about the various aspects of her outreach to her new neighbors, and about what she has learned from observing their gardening and cooking practices. This talk is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – […]

Graham Meriwether, August 6, 2012

Graham Meriwether is producer, director, and cinematographer for American Meat, a wide-ranging presentation of animal-raising practices in the United States. It took several years to make, mostly because Graham tried to be fair, which meant getting to know the farmers on all sides of the question about industrial agriculture. This striving for fairness makes the […]

Sunny Ruthchild, July 16, 2012

Sunny Ruthchild is the founder and grower of Merryweather Gardens, located just a few miles from the historic site where the Laura Ingalls family lived in a dugout near Walnut Grove in the late 1800s. Merryweather Gardens provides organically grown, chemical free meat, herbs, and vegetables Ruthchild grew up in southwestern Minnesota, left the area, and then […]

Jill Van Der Wal, July 11, 2012

Third-generation farmer Jill VanDerWal talks about the challenges and satisfactions of running a beef operation in Southwest Minnesota. The interview can also be downloaded as a video podcast (299.4 MB) or as an audio file (.mp3 – 53.6 MB). A transcript is available as a pdf or Word document.

Mari Harries, July 10, 2012

Mari Harries is a returning English major trying to make her dreams come true in Windom, Minnesota at the River City Eatery. River City Eatery is a quaint local place nestled on the beautiful historic downtown square in rural Windom, Minnesota. You can enjoy a bowl of soup, a flavorful salad, a hearty sandwich, or […]

Brian Quiring, July 31, 2012

Brian Quiring raises organic vegetables in Wilder, MN and owns the Wilder Thymes Natural Foods Store in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Wilder Thymes raises over 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, without the use of conventional chemicals or fertilizers. Some of their produce plots have never been used in conventional farming, while those that […]

Bill Brandt, July 10, 2012

Bill Brandt has farmed in Sioux Valley Township for more than 30 years, growing corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa and custom feeding hogs, lamb ewes and managing a small cow-calf herd. As the owner and operator of Brandt’s Gardens and Greenhouse, he sells flowers and vegetables at regional farmers markets. In 2010, he was the […]

Judy Harder, July 10, 2012

Judy Harder and her husband operate Jubilee Fruits and Vegetables in southwest Minnesota.  In this interview she talks about her work as an organic farmer.   She is interested in transforming the way we think about food and eating, one fine tomato at a time.  Judy talks about practicing her values and her ethical convictions in building […]

Ryan and Tiffany Batalden, August 13, 2012

Ryan and Tiffany Batalden had jobs in the city but a strong desire to farm. With the help of Ryan’s parents and some like-minded landowners, they have succeeded in making a place for themselves in organic livestock and crop farming at a time when land prices and rents make it very difficult for new farmers to […]

Gladys and Stan Friesen, Inventors of Glad Corn. July 2010

Download: audio, small video, or original. Stan & Gladys Friesen have been farming near Mountain Lake, MN for over 30 years, growing corn and soybeans. Stan’s interest in alternative energy and ethanol led him to the experiment that became Gladcorn, a crunchy corn snack that crosses corn nuts and popcorn.