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Dr. Geoff Shester, California Director of the Oceana Institute, is in conversation with host Robin Carpenter about Oceana's latest legal action insisting that the latest science needed to be used in a recent court case regarding forage fish. We also talked about Oceana's success in getting the California Fish and Game Commission's to adopt a new "Forage Species Policy", the Pacific Fishery Management Council's commitment to prevent new fisheries from developing. We also talked about the stance of the NPS in not operating within an ecosystem mindset when it comes to collaboration. Trevor Hunnicutt, reporter for The Point Reyes Light, joined us to update us on the latest about the Golden Gate National Recreation Area claiming to own and have control over a large part of San Francisco Bay's Herring Fishery.The main concern with that is that if it is true that the GGNRA has authority to limit herring fishing, the Fish and Game Commission should be coordinating management with them. This is an important time for herring, as they are a key forage species and the future of the fishery is a wide open question, now that the stock appears to be recovering from collapse.
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Happy Earth Day!Trevor Hunnicutt, local journalist with the Point Reyes Light co-hosted with Robin Carpenter in a conversation with, Phyllis Faber co-founder of MALT (Marin Agricultural Land Trust)and Zack Walton, the attorney for the Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture (ALSA). ALSA and Phyllis Faber filed filed suit against the California Coastal Commission this month, claiming the commission's recent orders to Drake's Bay Oyster Company exceeded the agency's authority and were not subjected to environmental review before being issued, a violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Trevor also shared details of a story he wrote about the recent objection by the Environmental Action Committee of Marin (EAC) regarding the Local Coastal Plan amendments to help local farming families. And we couldn't forget Mother Earth's waters as we heard from Dr. Geoff Shester of the Oceana Institute about their work on forage fisheries and a recent court decision.
Lena Eastes and Nicole Rease are in conversation with host Robin Carpenter about the work they are doing at the Regenerative Design Institute (RDI) in bringing the Growing Goddess, rites of passage journey for young women to RDI. It's a five day overnight camp for young women ages 11-16 that creates a culture with the support of mentors and a close connection to the earth to mark the powerful transition into womanhood. The Farm and Foodshed report covers our relationship to our Foodshed, but also reminds us that not only can well respected land nuture our physical bodies by feeding us, but it also shares its wisdom with us through out our lives if we are open to the connection.
You can learn more about Growing Goddess and their brother program for young men at http://www.regenerativedesign.org/rites-of-passage or by calling RDI at 415-868-9681.
You might also want to check out Lena's Earth Path Education organization at http://earthpatheducation.com/
A bit of local Foodshed news and a replay of The Bee's Knees!Hannah Nordhaus, the author of The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America, and infamous, fabulous American traveling beekeeper, John Miller. who is that one man. Learn more about how our bees are dying a "death by a thousand paper cuts" from pesticides to being forced to survive on monocrops.
Gibson Thomas, publisher of Edible Marin and Wine Country Magazine, joined Luc Chamberland, owner of the Saltwater Oyster Depot and Pickleweed Community Oyster Farm are interviewd in this special Spring Pledge Show celebrating KWMR and the bounty of West Marin from the Cows to the Oysters and all things artisan that are in between!
New perspectives and voices were heard when host Robin Carpenter brought together three of the "friends" who were part of an Amicus or Friends of the Court brief submitted in support of the Drake's Bay Oyster Farm on March 13th. The "Three Amigos" on the show are Patricia Unterman, owner of the Hayes Street Grill and a pioneer of the sustainable seafood movement in restaurants, Nancy McDonough, General Counsel for the California Farm Bureau Federation and Jeff Creque an Agroecologist who is on the board of the Alliance for Local and Sustainable Agriculture of Marin County. This diverse group talked in an exciting and fresh new way about the crucial role Drake's Bay Oyster Company plays both locally and beyond. It is clear that they came together because as stated in the brief, "There is no single voice that can speak for the "public interest" in keeping the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm open..."
Calling forth the spirits and the Sacred in Farming and Ranching. A conversation with Devon Strong of Four Eagles Farm who is raising Bison on his Biodynamic farm and bringing Native American Lakota traditions into harmony with the European Biodynamic practices.