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Cal Ag Roots unearths stories about farming history that challenge us to think deeply about the struggles, breakthroughs, battles and innovations that have shaped California agriculture. Tune in to learn the surprising histories behind the ways we produce food today. You might never look at your grocery aisle in the same way again!

Cal Ag Roots unearths stories about farming history that challenge us to think deeply about the struggles, breakthroughs, battles and innovations that have shaped California agriculture. Tune in to learn the surprising histories behind the ways we produce food today. You might never look at your grocery aisle in the same way again!

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United States

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Cal Ag Roots unearths stories about farming history that challenge us to think deeply about the struggles, breakthroughs, battles and innovations that have shaped California agriculture. Tune in to learn the surprising histories behind the ways we produce food today. You might never look at your grocery aisle in the same way again!

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@calagroots

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English

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5307566555


Episodes

We Are Not Strangers Here Ep. 6: “Still Here"

3/16/2021
We Are Not Strangers Here Ep. 6: “Still Here Black Farmers & Agricultural Stewardship in the Modern Age” Relationships to the land can be seen throughout African American history and culture. However, Black Californians haven't just long been connected to the natural world in the past. In our sixth and final episode of this series, discover how Black people's connection to the natural world continues to this day in urban and rural spaces across the state. (Photo: Will Scott Jr. at work on...

Duration:00:32:04

Sneak Preview: We Are Not Strangers Here Episode 6

3/12/2021
Sneak Preview: Episode 6, our final episode of the Cal Ag Roots six-part We Are Not Strangers Here series, “Still Here: Black Farmers & Agricultural Stewardship in the Modern Age” premieres March 9, 2021. Relationships to the land can be seen throughout African American history and culture. However, Black Californians haven't just long been connected to the natural world in the past. Discover how their connection continues to this day in urban and rural spaces across the state. (Photo: Will...

Duration:00:03:05

We Are Not Strangers Here Ep 5: Back to the Land: Allensworth and the Black Utopian Dream

3/9/2021
In 1908, African American pioneers established the town of Allensworth forty miles north of Bakersfield as part of the broader Black Town Movement. Discover how these settlers not only built buildings, established businesses, and planted crops--they also inspired the imagination as they tested what was possible in rural California. (Photo Credit: Teachers at the Allensworth School, c. 1915 [090-2156]. Courtesy California State Parks). This project was made possible with support from...

Duration:00:30:35

Sneak Preview: We Are Not Strangers Here Episode 5

3/6/2021
Sneak Preview: Episode 5 of the Cal Ag Roots six-part We Are Not Strangers Here series, “ Back to the Land: Allensworth and the Black Utopian Dream" premieres March 9, 2021. In 1908 African American pioneers established the town of Allensworth forty miles north of Bakersfield. Part of the broader Black Town Movement, discover how these settlers not only built buildings, established businesses, and planted crops--they also inspired the imagination as they tested what was possible in rural...

Duration:00:03:08

We Are Not Strangers Here Ep. 4: Independent Settlements

3/2/2021
WE ARE NOT STRANGERS HERE EPISODE 4 “Independent Settlements: Building Black Communities in Rural California." Starting as early as the 19th century, Black communities--large and small, loosely organized and formal took shape across rural California. Discover the undertold history of California’s Black rural settlements including how these communities represent the tension between the promises and the challenges of living in the Golden State. (Photo Credit: Goldie Beavers, playing on a rope...

Duration:00:25:13

Sneak Preview: We Are Not Strangers Here Episode 4

2/26/2021
Sneak Preview: Episode 4 of the Cal Ag Roots six-part We Are Not Strangers Here series, “Independent Settlements: Building Black Communities in Rural California" premieres March 2, 2021. Starting as early as the 19th century, Black communities--large and small, loosely organized and formal took shape across rural California. Discover the undertold history of California’s Black rural settlements including how these communities represent the tension between the promises and the challenges of...

Duration:00:03:34

We Are Not Strangers Here, Ep 3: Cultivating Change

2/23/2021
WE ARE NOT STRANGERS HERE EPISODE 3 “Cultivating Change: African American Homesteaders, Innovators, & Civic Leaders." Black people have long cultivated the land in rural California. And in doing so, they’ve contributed to what we grow and how we grow crops in the state. Discover how early African American farmers and ranchers didn't just grow crops and raise livestock throughout the Golden State. They also cultivated societal change that helped make California what it is today. (Photo...

Duration:00:27:07

Sneak Preview: We Are Not Strangers Here Episode 3

2/21/2021
Sneak Preview: Episode 3 of the Cal Ag Roots six-part We Are Not Strangers Here series, “Cultivating Change: African American Homesteaders, Innovators, & Civic Leaders" premieres Feb. 23, 2021. Black people have long cultivated the land in rural California. And in doing so, they’ve contributed to what we grow and how we grow crops in the state. Discover how early African American farmers and ranchers didn't just grow crops and raise livestock throughout the Golden State. They also cultivated...

Duration:00:03:08

We Are Not Strangers Here Ep 2: Hidden Roots

2/16/2021
Episode 2 of the Cal Ag Roots six-part We Are Not Strangers Here series is "Hidden Roots: Uncovering the Legacies of African American Homesteaders in California" premieres Feb. 16, 2021. One of the most impactful ways we come to know about places is through the stories we tell about them. Discover how Black people in rural California have been remembered--and forgotten--in the stories and landmarks that tell the beginnings of the Golden State. (Photo Credit: Farmhand and horse standing next...

Duration:00:30:31

Sneak Preview: We Are Not Strangers Here Episode 2

2/12/2021
Sneak Preview: Episode 2 of the Cal Ag Roots six-part We Are Not Strangers Here series, "Hidden Roots: Uncovering the Legacies of African American Homesteaders in California" premieres Feb. 16, 2021. One of the most impactful ways we come to know about places is through the stories we tell about them. Discover how Black people in rural California have been remembered--and forgotten--in the stories and landmarks that tell the beginnings of the Golden State. (Photo Credit: Farmhand and horse...

Duration:00:03:09

We Are Not Strangers Here Ep. 1: Freedom Chasers

2/9/2021
WE ARE NOT STRANGERS HERE EPISODE 1 "Freedom Chasers: Early Black Settlers and the California Dream." Thousands of African Americans participated in the California Gold Rush. Some were still enslaved when they did like 49er Alvin Coffey. Join us for Episode 1 to learn more about Coffey's fascinating tale. (Photo Credit: Alvin Coffey, Tehama County, c. 1880s. Courtesy of the Society of California Pioneers). We Are Not Strangers Here is a collaboration between Susan Anderson of the California...

Duration:00:24:50

We Are Not Strangers Here Episode 1 Trailer

2/2/2021
Sneak Preview: Episode 1 of the Cal Ag Roots six-part We Are Not Strangers Here series, "Freedom Chasers: Early Black Settlers and the California Dream." Thousands of African Americans participated in the California Gold Rush. Some were still enslaved when they did like 49er Alvin Coffey. Join us for Episode 1 to learn more about Coffey's fascinating tale. (Photo Credit: Alvin Coffey. Courtesy of the Society of California Pioneers. Music Credit: Fingerlympics by Doctor Turtle). This project...

Duration:00:03:21

Coming in February: We Are Not Strangers Here Series!

1/27/2021
Sneak Preview: On Feb 9, 2021 we'll release Episode 1 of We Are Not Strangers Here, a six-part Cal Ag Roots podcast series shedding light on the history of African Americans in rural California. (Photo Credit: Nine young men and women sitting in a field, Tulare County, 1912. Courtesy of the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.) Music Credit: "Ride the Rails" by RorySullivan. Tribe of Noise licensing information can be found here: prosearch.tribeofnoise.com/pages/terms

Duration:00:02:17

Water Is Gold : How Central Valley Communities are Still Fighting the Drought

12/17/2020
California, the golden state, is known for many things, chief among them is its status as the breadbasket of the nation and the world. Yet, the ability to sustain agriculture and support the communities is limited by access to water. This podcast examines how access to groundwater is influenced by drought and climate change, but also, how the persistence of drought conditions can be tied to histories of human decision-making and structural racism within the Central Valley. This story...

Duration:00:55:46

Looking Back To Look Forward: How the US Forgot About Farmworkers' Right to Retire

3/10/2020
Looking Back to Look Forward asks why in California-- which has been the home of farm labor movements-- aging farm workers are not guaranteed any help in their retirement. The story centers farmworker voices and provides a historical approach to understand why little progress on this important right has been made. We dig into the history of how farm workers were excluded from key protections granted other kinds of workers in the New Deal-era National Labor Relations Act. This show was...

Duration:00:41:35

Podcast #13: All My Relations-- Tending the Land on California's Central Coast

10/14/2019
Stories of California farming history often start at the Gold Rush. Sometimes, they reach back in time to include the Mexican or Spanish eras. But very rarely do we hear about the ways indigenous Californians were tending the landscape to produce food for thousands of years before contact with colonizers. The story of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and their stewardship of the land along California’s Central Coast is a crucial part of the history of how humans have interacted with this...

Duration:00:38:54

Podcast #12: Digging Deep-- A Conversation with Nina Ichikawa

6/26/2019
Nina Ichikawa is shaping the conversation about the future of California farming in many different ways. She's the Interim Executive Director at the Berkeley Food Institute, a member of the Farmer Justice Collaborative, the great grand-daughter of influential Japanese American flower growers, as well as a writer about Asian-American food histories. And she’s one of the most insightful thinkers about current issues in California food and farming. Tune in to this Cal Ag Roots episode to find...

Duration:00:24:41

Podcast 11: Digging Deep-- A Conversation with Antonio Roman-Alcalá

2/26/2019
Antonio Roman Alcalá has a lot of ideas to share about power-building in the food movement. He’s an organizer, and a thinker, a theorizer and a farmer. Antonio strikes me as someone who manages to have his hands in the soil AND his eyes on the horizon at the same time. In our conversation at his kitchen table in his tiny Berkeley apartment, I got the impression that he’s often dreaming of possibilities for a collectively-owned, radically diversified farming future, but that he’s also deeply...

Duration:00:21:22

Podcast 10: Política Del Mole/The Politics of Mole

12/19/2018
For centuries, people have been telling other people what to eat. The paleo diet fad might be new, but the idea that some people know what food is best, or healthiest, or cleanest and that other people need to be educated about that is definitely NOT new. It might be one of the oldest ideas we’ve explored on this show. And it has surprisingly little to do with knowledge about food itself and a whole lot more to do with ideas about whose culture is “good.” Or about “living right.” Or...

Duration:00:37:12

Podcast 9: A Few Things We're Grateful For-- Tamales, Pambazos & Braceros

11/21/2018
This is a Thanksgiving podcast, featuring three tasty audio pieces that celebrate family food traditions and workers who have given their lives to fill our tables. Tune in to this 4th episode in our Borderlands of the San Joaquin Valley series to hear two student-produced audio pieces by Cindy Cervantes and Omar Gonzalez and a powerful performance by roots-blues musician and Central Valley native Lance Canales. (Photo Credit: Lillian Thaoxaochay)

Duration:00:29:29