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The Emptying Out of Rural Kansas: An Interview with Corie Brown

The Emptying Out of Rural Kansas: An Interview with Corie Brown

In this podcast episode, Chuck interviews Corie Brown, Zester Media co-founder and a writer on the food system, about the depopulation of rural Kansas, as mechanized agriculture reduces the need for farm labor, and the social toll that it is taking in isolated, shrinking towns.

The Case for Community Gardens

The Case for Community Gardens

The idea of a community garden isn’t a new one. Now, when modern life seems to be more stressful and uncertain than ever, community gardens could prove to be the salve that heals our hurting communities.

You Can't Have It All, but You Can Have Most of What Matters

You Can't Have It All, but You Can Have Most of What Matters

We have chosen a rural life—who pays for our infrastructure? The short answer is: we don't have much of it, but we take care of our own needs. Strong towns require strong citizens: people who learn to take control of their lives and do for themselves things that are doable.

Evolution of the Corner Store

Evolution of the Corner Store

Gas stations and dollar stores have taken the place of the corner store in most neighborhoods. Can this ship be turned around?

Podcast: The Making of a Market

Podcast: The Making of a Market

In this podcast, Rachel Quednau interviews Alfonso Morales, a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about public markets and what makes them succeed or fail.