Harvest Public Media

5:00am

Wed April 30, 2014
The Local Food Challenge

Public, Private Partners Key To Local Food Success

Ashley Turk is a member of Food Corps, a service program that supports local food systems. In northeast Iowa, Turk and other organizers maintain a robust network that connects growers with clients.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

As Food Corps service member Ashley Turk navigates her way through a brand-new greenhouse in the courtyard at Waukon High School in the northeast corner of Iowa, she points to a robust supply of red and green lettuce leaves growing neatly in rows.

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9:56am

Mon April 21, 2014
National

What's Behind U.S. Farmer Suicide?

A 2002 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that men living in rural counties were much more likely to kill themselves than urban men.
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An alarming number of farmers in the U.S. take their own lives, according to the magazine Newsweek. And while we don’t have great statistics, some of the best numbers available suggest men on the farm today kill themselves nearly twice as often as other men in the general population.

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6:00am

Thu April 17, 2014
Science

Unlocking Prairie Secrets From A Sod House

Researchers prepare to take down a section of a sod house in Gates, Neb., in order to study the bricks made of dirt.
Credit Jackie Sojicko / Harvest Public Media

Ecologists in Nebraska are trying to find out what the Great Plains looked like when homesteaders settled there in the 19th century. To do that, they’re working with a team of archaeologists and historians dissecting a sod house, a house built out of bricks cut from dirt.

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9:08am

Wed April 9, 2014
Health

Report: Foodborne Illnesses More Likely To Come From Restaurants

Foodborne illnesses attributed to restaurants dwarfed the number of illnesses tied to in-home meals in a new report.
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You’re much more likely to get a foodborne illness eating at a restaurant than in your own home, according to a new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington D.C.-based think tank.

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6:00am

Wed April 9, 2014
Agriculture

Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future

Large banks of fluorescent lamps provide the spectrum of light that keeps the floating beds of plants alive year-round in The Plant Chicago, a vertical farming facility.
Peter Gray Harvest Public Media

Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food in urban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out.

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