Rocks To Roots

Spokane Conservation District

There used to be one way to do good conservation: Save a species and protect some land and water… but as we are in the midst of a pandemic, a climate crisis, and we are seeing an increase in chronic disease, conservation has, not surprisingly, shifted and it has never been more important to bring back economic success and life to our lands and our farms. So, what is conservation really? Why has this been such a hard subject to speak on? The Spokane Conservation District out of Spokane, Washington will speak directly to growers, managers, and consumers in the Pacific Northwest region to get to the root of why we need to connect economic incentives of consumers – to growers – to drive full system regeneration.

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In this episode, we sit down with the Executive Director of Beavers Northwest, Elyssa Kerr. We talk about how her organization came about, what to do if Beavers move on to your property, and the positive effect the speices has on the ecosystems they share there home with. All that and more on the latest episode of Rocks To Roots.

Nov 17

1 hr

In this episode, we talk with Annie Wissmiller of Measure Meant, a local agency that specializes in helping companies who care about equitable and sustainable business practices. Annie discusses the opportunities for local businesses to evaluate their social and environmental impacts as well as an organization's benefits to becoming B Corp certified.

Nov 3

44 min 33 sec

Chrys Ostrander wears many hats when it comes to advancing policies and initiatives that foster a resilient food system here in Spokane County. Chrys is a member of the Spokane Food Policy Council, Convener for Spokane Farmland Preservation Working Group as well as the Publisher for Inland FoodWise Online. In this episode, he talks to us about the work being done with the Spokane Food Policy Council as well as the other entities he is associated with.

Oct 27

1 hr 27 min

On this special episode, we talk with Ray Archuleta, Soil Health Pioneer, and our keynote speaker for the Farm and Food Symposium! The Farm and Food Symposium is a two-day event where farmers, ag industry professionals, conservation partners and consumers will gather to gain a deeper understanding of the ecological practices and economic incentives of regenerative farming. Ray talks to us about his extensive background in agriculture and the subjects he plans to bring to the conference on November 5th and 6th 2021 here in Spokane, WA.

Oct 20

37 min 59 sec

Meet Lisette, Brittany, Rachel, Bri, the ladies that make Four Roots Farm. We discuss their upcoming goals regarding the WSDA food box program and why they have decided to take on this task. They also let us in on some of the exciting programs they are facilitating including potential subscription boxes, workshops related to food, and much more!

Oct 14

52 min 42 sec

Get to know Growing Neighbors! Director, John Edmondson tells us all about this local collaborative and its mission to grow healthy neighborhoods through urban farming and community development. Growing Neighbors achieves their work by partnering with local organizations to grow relationships and produce with neighbors to encourage healthier lifestyles. Find out how you can turn your yard into a farmyard and other opportunities to promote a more sustainable food system here in our region.

Oct 6

49 min 30 sec

Let’s talk trash! In this episode, we sit down with the Education Coordinator for the City of Spokane Solid Waste Department, Kris Major. Do you know where your household waste is going? Are you throwing that item in the correct bin? Have you heard about the Spokane Master Composters and Recyclers Program? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then make sure you tune in. In addition, you will learn about all the great programs and resources the Department offers our community to improve how we manage solid waste.

Sep 23

1 hr

In this episode, we sit down with Mariah McKay, Founder and Executive Director of the Spokane Independent Metro Business Alliance (SIMBA). McKay discusses the emergence of SIMBA and its mission to organize consumers, businesses, and partners to create a more equitable, resilient local economy. In addition, we discuss the recent launch of Live Local INW – a community-driven Buy Local campaign and her work as the Community Relations Manager for Spokane Cohousing.

Sep 15

1 hr 13 min

Meet Rose Richardson, Stewardship Manager for the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy. Rose tells us all about INLC and their mission to protect private and public lands in the Inland Northwest. We discuss on-going an future projects, what conservation easements mean and opportunities to get involved with their organization.

Sep 8

43 min 24 sec

In this episode, we sit down with Natalie Tauzin of the Spokane Regional Health District to discuss the Spokane Food Security Coalition. Natalie, a registered dietitian with a master's degree in public health, formed the Spokane Food Security Coalition in March 2020 to bring together organizations in the county aware of the increase in food insecurity. Natalie shares some of the statistics regarding food insecurity in Spokane County and discusses the groups' ongoing work to raise awareness and address hunger in our community.

Sep 1

47 min 43 sec

CasaCano Farms is a vegetable and livestock farm in Valleyford, WA just 12 miles south of Downtown Spokane. In this episode, owners Jorge and Madyson talk to us about the regenerative practices they have established on their farm and how these practices have enhanced their production and the quality of the food they raise and grow. We also discuss their relationship with local restaurants and how they have been able to supply farm products for several different menus around town.

Jun 30

1 hr 6 min

We sit down with Adam and Emily Powell to discuss their hyper local farm Lilac City Harvest located right here in the Spokane Valley. Adam and Emily talk to us about the purchase and cultivation of their eight acre property and some of the tools and techniques they utilize to grow organic produce.

Jun 9

56 min 1 sec

In this episode, we learn all about Business Impact Northwest – a company that strives to help small businesses grow so local communities can thrive here in the Northwest area.

Jun 2

56 min 53 sec

Meet Jeff and Diane Reid, a grass-roots power couple committed to dynamic soil development for advanced soil health and organic pest defense! As a graduate in horticulture, nursery production, and permaculture, Jeff has over 30 years of experience in the gardening, medicinal, and organic food production industries, along with extensive studies in soil sciences. Diane is a registered nurse, with over 27 years in the field of nursing. She has been witness to what poor nutrition and the ramifications of ingesting toxic foods and poisonous exposure can do to the human body. Together, they developed the product SlowDirt - an effective balance and integrated defense system for soils that nourish our food and ancient medicines.

May 19

1 hr 8 min

We love these guys so much we had to bring them back for season two! On this episode we catch up with the managers of Vets on the Farm. They fill us in on some of the new best management practices (BMP’s) they have integrated at the farm this year and tell us what we can expect to purchase at this seasons farm stand.

Mar 24

57 min 50 sec

Director of Outreach, Sheryl Wiser and Statewide Education Project Manager, Erin Murphy, Tilth Alliance On this episode, we talk with Outreach Director, Sheryl Wiser and Statewide Education Project Manager, Erin Murphy from Tilth Alliance. Sheryl chats with us about Eat Local First, the Washington Food and Farm Finder, and other online programs that Tilth has opened to people around the state. Later in the episode, we talk with Erin about the new Farm Walks Podcast and some of the other resources associated with the Tilth Farm Program.

Mar 18

1 hr 5 min

Jerry Scheele has served as a Spokane Conservation District Board Member for 28 years! Jerry discusses the primary roles of being a board member, some of the stand-out projects he has helped lead at the district, and the first time he became interested in conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources growing up on the family farm in Waverly, WA.

Mar 10

1 hr 15 min

Tim Kohlhauff is the Urban Horticulture Coordinator for the WSU/Spokane Extension Office. Tim talks with us about the great resources the extension office has to offer including the Master Gardeners program and the Cabin Fever virtual event happening this month. Tim also shares with us some basic concepts and practices that can help gardeners maintain their natural resources.

Feb 24

1 hr 1 min

On this episode, we sit down with WSU Extension Forester, Sean Alexander for the North Eastern area of Washington. Sean talks with us about the extension office and some of the programs they have to offer including the Washington Forest Owners winter School that will take place on February 27th and the highly notable Coached Planning Forest stewardship course that will kick off in March.

Feb 11

1 hr 1 min

On this episode we sit down with SCD forester, Ben Peterson to discuss the Spokane Conservation Districts Annual Tree Sale. Ben tells us about some of the species being offered this year, shares his tree care and planting tips, and answers some customer questions!

Feb 1

50 min 35 sec

In this episode, we sit down with Joni Kindwall-Moore the founder of Snacktivist Foods. Joni is also a registered BSN-RN nurse and has worked as a Diabetic Educator for many years. Her brand Snacktivist Foods contain ancient grains like Teff, Millet, and Sorghum. It’s more than just a culinary adventure! It contributes to an agricultural movement away from GMO, government-subsidized, mono-crop farming. Joni educates us on the history of our food system and tells us how her brand is a critical link in the value chain that develops flavorful, healthy foods from crops that are vital to developing a diversified and ecologically sensitive farming system for the future.

Nov 2020

1 hr 13 min

On this episode of Rocks to Roots, we sit down with Owner and Chef of the Eat Good Group, Adam Hegsted. Adam tells us about the Eat Good Group and its focus to celebrate the Inland Northwest by utilizing local growers, foragers, farmers, and artisans products in every plate amongst the various establishments. We also discuss Share.Farm, an online marketplace that connects consumers to local farmers year-round with an added component that teaches shoppers to eat like a chef with local food.

Nov 2020

1 hr

In this episode of Rocks to Roots, we sit down with Partnership Director, Brian Estes of LINC Foods. Local Inland Northwest Cooperative (LINC) is a worker and farmer owned food hub based here in Spokane, WA. Since 2017 this cooperative has worked to build a regional, sustainable food system by linking local farmers to new markets and ensuring the highest quality products for consumers. Brian talks to us about the cooperatives' emergence, who they serve, and how the cooperative is assisting in building a resilient food economy for our local area. Plus, hear about all the great produce, meat, and more they have available just in time for the holidays!

Nov 2020

1 hr 18 min

Check out this two-part interview with Thom Foote, owner of Footehills Farm. Thom discusses his lifetime of being a gardener and farmer. He has a wealth of knowledge that has allowed him to take his piece of land from rocks to roots – literally! Thom is a dynamic speaker in sustainable agriculture, soil building, remediation, regeneration, and how to plan a successful market garden. He truly is a permaculture extraordinaire! Tune in and find out how he is growing quality food, rebuilding soil, and making it accessible for everyone!

Oct 2020

58 min 37 sec

Check out this two-part interview with Thom Foote, owner of Footehills Farm. Thom discusses his lifetime of being a gardener and farmer. He has a wealth of knowledge that has allowed him to take his piece of land from rocks to roots – literally! Thom is a dynamic speaker in sustainable agriculture, soil building, remediation, regeneration, and how to plan a successful market garden. He truly is a permaculture extraordinaire! Tune in and find out how he is growing quality food, rebuilding soil, and making it accessible for everyone!

Oct 2020

1 hr

Let us introduce you to Pat Munts, the program coordinator for WSU Food Systems. Pat has been educating and promoting our local food and farming scene for 20+ years! Pat has extensive work in our local community gardens and various other programs around Spokane County. In this episode, we discuss the importance of a resilient food system in our community, and we talk about Cultivating Success: Whole Farm Planning, a 9-week, step-by-step course to help you prepare a well thought out plan for your land, life, and farm business that kicks off October 20th!

Oct 2020

57 min 31 sec

Meet Lisette Alent, the executive director of the Inland Northwest Farmers Association! Lisette tells us all about the INWFMA organization including their latest work distributing over 7,768 boxes and 155,360 pounds of local, quality food over the past four months to Spokane area families in need with the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Find out how you can support INWFMA and help them continue this very important program in our community.

Oct 2020

1 hr 5 min

Garth Davis and Ben Peterson of the Spokane Conservation Districts Forestry Department know a few things about trees. In this episode, we discuss the recent wildfires in our region, tree management, and the various technical assistance they provide to Spokane County residents including a program called Firewise. Plus, we discuss the Annual Tree Sale, and we get a sneak peek as to what we can expect at the sale in 2021!

Sep 2020

1 hr 3 min

On this episode of Rocks to Roots we talk with Spokane Conservation District’s Water Resources Manager, Walt Edelen. Walt talks to us about the natural resource concerns within this vast department and the technical assistance they offer landowners. We also discuss the departments continued work on the Hangman Creek Watershed, and we get a glimpse of what’s to come for the largest department at the district.

Sep 2020

53 min 27 sec

Meet your soon to be favorite flower farmer Beth Mort, Owner of Snapdragon Flower Farm and Zinnia Designs. Beth fills us in on all things flowers, how she started her farm, her newest pollinator project, and how even the greenest of thumbs can start their own “addiction plot.”

Sep 2020

1 hr 31 min

On this episode of Rocks to Roots, we talk with the Farm Managers Grant Weber and Duane Zbranek from Vets on the Farm, a hyper-local, organic farm located just south of I-90 in Spokane and east of the Palouse Highway. Grant and Duane tell us all about the Vets on the Farm program and how they facilitate ways for Veterans to connect with people in the agricultural industry, fellow Veterans, and financial and technical resources. Plus, they let us in on some of their farming practices and why their commitment to producing nutrient-dense food for our community is so important. The views and opinions expressed on Rocks to Roots are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Spokane Conservation District. Any content provided by our Guests are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

Aug 2020

48 min 37 sec

Meet Vicki Carter, Director of the Spokane Conservation District. Vicki shares with us some of the history behind conservation districts and their role nationwide. Plus she lets us in on the various programs SCD has to offer, what projects they are currently working on, and BIG plans for the future! Not sure what a conservation district is? Well, this is the episode for you! The views and opinions expressed on Rocks to Roots are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Spokane Conservation District. Any content provided by our Guests are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

Aug 2020

1 hr 11 min

Meet your host, Hilary Sepulveda, Outreach Specialist for the Spokane Conservation District and get the scoop on why the Spokane Conservation District decided to start a podcast. The views and opinions expressed on Rocks to Roots are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Spokane Conservation District. Any content provided by our Guests are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

Aug 2020

14 min 30 sec