Edible Activist Podcast
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Edible Activist is a podcast where dynamic people of color in the food and agriculture space share personal food journeys, stories and perspectives that stem from the land. Hosted by Melissa L. Jones, she interviews a diverse group of everyday growers, farmers, artists, healers, and other extraordinary individuals, who exemplify activism in their own edible way.

This show records and broadcasts LIVE on Full Service Radio from the lobby of the LINE DC in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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    #028 Ancestral Conversations

    Acupuncturist and herbalist, Geoff Edwards brings his wisdom back to the show talking all-things ancestry and herbal healing. He has deepened his work, navigating this ancestral journey even further through the exploration of medical herbs, traveling to Costa Rica and Jamaica connecting with indigenous roots and farmers, and applying this to his Nu Healing Arts practice. In this episode, listen to Geoff speak on the importance of knowing what our grandparents grew, and what their parents grew, as a way to connect with our ancestors and to incorporate a diet that reflects our ancestral DNA.

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    #027 City Blossoms

    Rebecca Lemos-Otero has dedicated her career to making safe green spaces where children and youth are the main stewards and cultivators. As co-founder and Executive Director of City Blossoms, Rebecca gets to combine her interests in community development, entrepreneurship, horticulture, the arts, and working with youth. In this episode we dig into her D.C. roots, growing up in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, learn how green spaces create explorative and experimental spaces for youth, and how entrepreneurship is an important part of City Blossom's model. Tune in!

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    #026 Food on the Stove

    Food On The Stove is a dynamic organization, founded by EMT and firefighter, Jonathan Tate of Engine 11 Truck 6 in D.C., as a way to address the #1 cause of firefighter deaths which is heart disease. In this episode we explore Jonathan's personal relationship to food prior to becoming a first responder, learn about FOTS's initiative, Local Food for Local Heroes, and how they are bringing fresh food from the field to the firehouse to promote healthy lifestyle changes for firefighters in the city!

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    #025 The Vegan Fiesta

    It's a Vegan Fiesta and Dominique Evans is the dynamic woman behind it all! In this episode, learn how one documentary changed the trajectory of her diet lifestyle and why she advocates for the safety of animals who endure harsh treatment at factory farms. Dominique's online platform, The Vegan Fiesta, showcases her colorful and well-crafted vegan creations (even animal print donuts), pulling inspiration from her own artistic capabilities and curiosity. Tune in!

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    #024 Cultivate the City

    From rooftop gardens to elementary school vegetable beds, Niraj Ray is on a mission to "cultivate the city" with green spaces. He is the founder of Cultivate the City, an organization based in Washington, D.C. that was created to inspire healthy and sustainable living by empowering communities with tools and training for urban agriculture. In this episode learn about Niraj's environmental science background, how his Indian family inspired his green thumb, the advantages of vertical farming, and how he created 25 urban farms (yes, 25)!

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    #023 Where's WANDA?

    Where's WANDA? Tambra Raye Stevenson is taking her all over the world to inspire little girls to become food sheroes. She founded Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Nutrition to empower women & girls to lead and create healthy communities in Africa and the Diaspora. She is a world traveler, international speaker, mom and amazing cook. Listen in as she defines divine feminine power, speaks on how Western food has failed us, and finding her fulani roots in Nigeria.

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    #022 AFRO Beets

    AFRO Beets embodies soul and culture. Chris Riddick is a vegetable gardener and plant-based soul food cook who specialzes in growing foods that are, what he calls, building blocks of soul food. Listen in as he shares the importance of food and identity and how he creates small edible spaces without a backyard or porch!

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    #021 Soilful x Horace Pippin

    Soilful: the feeling when mind, body, and spirit connect with the earth. In this episode, Xavier Brown shares defining moments and perspectives in agriculture. His belief is that everyone should embody a "soilful" lifestyle and highlights the importance of black people defining their place in agriculture. We also honor the legacy of Horace Pippin, a black veteran, artist and seedkeeper, and talk through how Xavier has created a system to support black farmers through the production of fish peppers to create his infamous Pippin Sauce.

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    #020 The Waterhole

    The WaterHole is a gem in the Mt. Rainer community where residents, artists, and moms of toddlers come to nourish their minds, bodies and souls with organic, cold-pressed juices. Lisa Harris, an artist and resident herself, is the owner and operator who started the juice bar after the passing of her dad back in 2013. TWH is the first and only juice bar in Mt. Rainer, a quaint and hippie town nestled in between northeast D.C. and Hyattsville, which is also home to many creatives. Lisa is not only making history as an African-American entrepreneur in her town, but she is truly passionate about health and wants her neighbors to "live organically."

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    #019 Dreaming Out Loud

    Dreaming Out Loud is what everyone should be doing, right? Founder and executive director Chris Bradshaw thinks so and believes that everyone should feel empowered to "dream out loud." Chris' organization has been working to fix a broken food system for the last decade, realizing that the systematic structures at-large are no accident. He wants marginalized communities to be in a space where they can dream into reality and have access to better jobs, food, education, and more. Listen in as you hear Chris share why our food and economic system is so jacked up, the work that DOL is doing in wards 7 & 8, along with him recounting a story from his lineage-- one of death and escape from Rosewood, Florida.

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