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Environment
1:47 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Louisville Food Distributor Grasshoppers Will Close by Friday

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Grasshoppers Distribution won’t exist after Friday, according to an email the local food distributor sent to its members.

Based in Louisville's Portland neighborhood, Grasshoppers was founded in 2007. As city officials have talked about growing the city’s local food movement, the company was often held up as a success story and a model for future local food infrastructure in Portland.

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Food & Drink Week
7:50 am
Sun November 24, 2013

Why and How We Might Eat Local for Thanksgiving

Heritage turkeys
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Thanksgiving day will send cooks to kitchens and eaters to table across Louisville and the rest of the U.S. For Richard McCarthy, it's a good reason to not just eat the food, but to think about where each ingredient and dish comes from and what it means to us personally.

McCarthy is the executive director of Slow Food USA, a national network  that supports, in their words, "good, clean and fair food for all." He was recently in Louisville and stopped by the WFPL studio. We talked about why and how Thanksgiving cooks can use local foods in their dishes.

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Environment
6:14 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Louisville's New Roots is Finalist for TEDx Manhattan

Volunteers at New Roots' Shawnee Fresh Stop this summer.
Erica Peterson WFPL News

A Louisville non-profit is competing with four others from around the nation to give a public TED-style talk in Manhattan next year.

There are five finalists in the TEDx Manhattan challenge. All are non-profits, and all deal with issues of food inequality and access to healthy foods. And whichever group wins the popular vote will deliver a talk in New York City next March.

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Environment
7:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Growing Food in Cities Brings Benefits Other Than Healthy Eating

Valerie Magnuson of Louisville Grows
Erica Peterson WFPL

In Louisville, the movement to grow more of the city’s food in urban areas is small, but growing. Creating pockets of agriculture in areas that are often contaminated is a new puzzle for policymakers to solve. But putting this puzzle together will do more than just feed the community…it’ll have environmental benefits, too.

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Within Louisville City Limits, Farm Seeks to Introduce Teens to Agriculture

Fiona Grant WFPL

Across rows of plant and grasses, in the midst of bright, skipping finches, three huddled pairs of teenagers are bent at the waist, up to their elbows in leafy green bean plants. They snap the beans from their stems and toss them into baskets.

But just beyond this pastoral scene are the golf courses of a country club.  It’s hidden from the fields by a barrier of trees, but I-64 rumbles in the background.  This thin strip of farm—green and buzzing with summer life—is inside the Louisville city limits.

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Environment
7:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

In Louisville, Urban Agriculture Could Satisfy Hunger for Local Food

Pam Faulkner
Fiona Grant WFPL

Louisville likes local food. And according to a study that was released earlier this year, Louisvillians are willing to buy more local food than is currently available.

But when people talk about local food, they usually mean crops grown in nearby rural counties...but there's also an untapped agricultural potential in Louisville’s urban core.

Pam Faulkner is on her knees in the middle of her garden.

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Environment
2:01 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Farmers from Louisville, Berea, Russellville Named 'Local Food Heroes'

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Three farmers from around the state have been named Kentucky’s “Local Food Heroes.” They are Mike Lewis of Berea, Clay Turner of Russellville and Ramsi Kamar of Louisville.

The contest was sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Louisville Metro Government and Seed Capital Kentucky, and encouraged residents around the state to go online and vote for their favorite farmer. More than 2,500 votes were cast on the Seed Capital Kentucky website.

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Environment
7:10 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Scholarships Available for 3 International Students to Study in Berry Farming Program in Kentucky

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St. Catharine College in rural Washington County, Ky., is looking for three international students to join the school’s nascent Berry Farming Program on scholarships.

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Environment
4:35 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Five Takeaways From a Conversation Between Michael Pollan and Wendell Berry

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Kentucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry interviewed food journalist Michael Pollan last night in Louisville. (Pollan stopped by the WFPL studios earlier in the day for an interview as well). Over the course of the evening, they discussed Pollan's new book "Cooked" and the bigger issues it raises. Here are five takeaways from the interview:

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Environment
5:31 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Listen: Michael Pollan Visits WFPL to Talk Food and Cooking

Gabe Bullard

Food journalist Michael Pollan says we should cook. That's the thesis he outlines in his latest book--the appropriately titled Cooked. Pollan visited the WFPL studios earlier today for a news special.

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