Local Leader Starts a Food Podcast

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Amber Stott, the founder of Sacramento’s Food Literacy Center, has started a national podcast called “Raising Kale,” to discuss solutions to the nation’s fractured food system.

Stott will interview food thought leaders, including chefs, farmers, doctors, policymakers, activists and other experts. Since starting the podcast on March 10, she’s already interviewed Alice Waters, the owner of Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, who started the Edible Schoolyard program and is one of the leading figures of the global slow food movement.

Stott has also interviewed Ken Myszka, a “chefarmer” from Illinois who blends organic farming with high-end restaurant food; Krystal Oriadha, the head of policy for the National Farm to School Network, a nonprofit that focuses on school lunch; and Sacramento entrepreneur Elise Bauer, the founder of Simply Recipes, the world’s largest recipe website and food blog.

Stott will use the podcast to talk to “kale raisers” who use food to make the world a better place. “We wanted to create a podcast to tell the stories of our multilayered food system by talking to inspiring kale raisers on the ground who are solving problems and making change happen,” she said in a press release. “They’re the ones ensuring we end hunger, build stronger farms and improve the lives of Black school kids through school lunch.”

The podcasts, which are hosted on Radio.com, run about 30 minutes each. Subscription is free.

The Food Literacy Center is a nonprofit that inspires children in low-income elementary schools to “eat their vegetables” through cooking, nutrition and gardening programs. Stott founded the center in 2011. She has since been named a Food Revolution Hero by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, one of Food Tank’s 10 Innovators Protecting the Planet, an Outstanding Woman Leader by the National Association of Women Business Owners, and a TEDx Sacramento Fellow. For more information, go to www.foodliteracycenter.org.