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Good Food, Roses and Spring (full show, 59 min.)
Jim Slama, founder and president of FamilyFarmed, talks to Mike about the Good Food Festival & Conference in Chicago. The original local sustainable food trade show in America presents the business, health and fun of food. Then Mike stops by the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, chatting with landscape architect Scott Mehaffey , who designed one of the show's rose gardens, and Dan Kosta from Vern Goers Greenhouse, who has gardening advice for spring. Finally, he asks Bren Haas why she started an online Twitter event called #gardenchat .
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Hedgerows and Grassfed Meat (full show, 59 min.)
Dave Coulter appeared on the program in 2014 to extoll the virtues of what he calls the post modern hedgerow ahead of a confererence of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration , where this issue will be discussed. Raya Carr is part of the family-run Mint Creek Farm , which is produces humane, sustainable meat products, and which will be participating in The Good Food Festival and Conference this weekend at the UIC Forum.
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Dave Coulter on the Creation of the Post-Modern Hedgerow (23:10 min.)
Arborist Dave Coulter is an advocate for what he calls the post-modern hedgerow--a linear assemblage of plants in landscapes and fields that could increase biodiversity and protect pollinators, endangered species and more.. The Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration will include a discussion of hedgerows in their 2015 chapter meeting,Cultivating Ecological Restoration within Human Dominated Landscapes, at the Chicago Botanic Garden March 27-29.
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Mint Creek Farm and the Ethics of Sustainable Meat (23:34 min.)
Raya Carr is sales manager for Mint Creek Farm, a family-run business that raises premium, grassfed meats for the Chicago area on Certified Organic central Illinois pasture. They are also part of the FamilyFarmed Good Food Business Accelerator and are participating in the Good Food Festival & Conference this week at the UIC Forum. She talks about having grown up on the farm and what separates it from so-called conventional meat operations.
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Big Jones . . . Southern and Sustainable. (full show, 59 min.)
Mike travels to Big Jones Restaurant in Andersonville to sit down with Chef Paul Fehribach , who is receiving the Good Food Chef of the Year Award at the Good Food Festival and Conference . They talk southern cooking, sustainability and heirloom sourcing. Dennis Dreher of Geosyntech Consultants will be speaking at the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance (MELA) conference on March 12 at College of DuPage and he discusses storm water management.
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Angel Azul...or Can Art on the Bottom of the Sea Save our Coral Reefs? (28.46 min.)
Marcy Cravat is the producer-director of Angel Azul, a documentary about visionary and environmentally-minded artist Jason deCaires Taylor, who is causing people to look at the world's endangered coral reefs in a new way by creating sculptures that are displayed on the bottom of the ocean.
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Cook County Steps Up to Keep Demolition Debris Out of Landfills (16.27 min.)
Bryant Williams is Manager of Engineering Services for the Cook County Department of Environmental Control . He is promoting a webinar on March 5 about the county's Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance , which, since 2012, has kept more than 500,000 tons of material away from landfills.
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