Grounded Hope

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The Grounded Hope podcast is a series that collectively introduce the people of Ohio to the past, present, and future of Ohio agriculture. Listeners will learn how historical farming practices--including those of indigenous people and early Black farmers--hold ideas for how our degraded soils can be regenerated. They will travel Ohio cities and back roads to meet current farmers and learn how they are rebuilding local food systems that can be resilient in the face of pandemics and climate change. They will hear about unusual crops and the hope they hold for new products--including fibers, medicines, and foods. And they will be invited to examine how Ohio economics is embedded in agriculture and how that both supports and challenges the state and its communities.

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Caption: Seeds from a Mexican sunflower plant held by seed saver and educator Beth Bridgeman, who grows the plants on her rural property in Greene County, Ohio., Credit: Lauren Shows
When we think about a seed, what do we imagine? A possibility, maybe — a discovery. Waiting beneath the soil to unfold into something new, our seed...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2021
  • Length: 25:16
Caption: The Great Miami River as seen from downtown Dayton’s RiverScape Metro Park. This area of Dayton would have been about 20 feet underwater in 1913 following the Great Dayton Flood. , Credit: Lauren Shows
Water has a power unlike almost any other element on Earth. In large enough quantities or with enough force behind it, water can effectively lay wa...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2021
  • Length: 22:05
Caption: Dr. Craig Schluttenhofer measuring hemp plants at the Central State University research plots, Credit: Renee Wilde
Hemp seeds were first introduced to North America by European colonists and were grown to produce everything from rope and canvas, to paper, paints...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2021
  • Length: 21:33
Caption: Heritage Oberkulmer Spelt and Einkorn Wheat from Tom and Mary Klein & Son’s Organic Farm in Carey, Ohio. , Credit: Renee Wilde
Today’s grocery store wheat comes from a variety of grains that were crossbred in the 1960’s to produce a higher yielding and lower cost crop. Th...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2021
  • Length: 19:48
Caption: Aullwood naturalist Sam Romeo with cicada, Credit: Renee Wilde
Industrialized monoculture tends to treat insects as pests to be exterminated. What can we do to make them partners? For starters, listen. In this ...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2021
  • Length: 20:51
Caption: Guided By Mushrooms owner Audra Sparks holding Golden Oyster mushroom, Credit: Renee Wilde
Today we turn to the ground beneath our feet to bring you stories from 2 agricultural pioneers in Ohio. One is a farmer that turned to cover crops ...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2021
  • Length: 20:49
Caption: Trail Marker at United Plant Savers Sanctuary In Rutland, Ohio, Credit: Renee Wilde
Herbalism is seeing a huge rise in popularity, as more and more people turn to natural remedies to keep their bodies healthy. In this episode of Gr...

  • Added: May 11, 2021
  • Length: 17:38
Caption: Chicken Tractor at the Raven Rocks Quaker farm in Beallsville, Credit: Renee Wilde
Regenerative agriculture is more than a human-centered enterprise: it means working with nature and alongside other creatures, to accomplish larger...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2021
  • Length: 23:34
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This month, when the maple sap is flowing, we have three different stories about the importance of trees and our interaction with them. We’ll meet ...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2021
  • Length: 19:53
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The number of Black-owned farms has drastically declined since the 1920s, and now make up less than two percent of total U.S. farmland. In this epi...

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2021
  • Length: 21:23
  • Purchases: 1