We're all talking about our relationship to food lately, thanks to everyone from Michael Pollan to Oprah (even Michael Pollan on Oprah). Fast food, slow food, smart food, food miles, food pyramids, food security. Yes, we're joining the fray, but turning the tables a bit to look at how food and food movements are a medium for forms of change—personal, social and otherwise—especially in the big city, where we so often rely on others for our food. We take the show to San Francisco, visiting the foggy gardens of the Sunset and the sunny fruit stands of the Mission, and even the rooftops in the Tenderloin. We talk to a new breed of urban farmers and we meet an earth scientist, a chef, a salvadorian emigrant, a city rat, a country mouse, and a whole class of third graders to figure out how urban farming has become a medium for profound changes in the daily life of urbanites. In our last segment we return to Stanford to find out how students are changing their own relationship to the their environment through our new favorite medium, food.
HOST: Natacha Ruck
PRODUCERS: Natacha Ruck, Charlie Mintz
MUSIC: Bibio, Alessandro Ricciarelli, Gerd Baumann, Ken Grobe
Our second story takes us to one of San Francisco's toughest neighborhoods, to look at tender shoots growing on the rooftops of the Tenderloin. By tender shoots we mean ﬁfth graders, who are learning to grow and prepare their own food.
For our fourth story, we explore how urban farmers in the Mission District in San Francisco, are trying to create a new kind of exchange with their neighbors using brussels sprouts, salsa and seedlings.
The Storytelling Project is supported by the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford Introductory Studies, Stanford Continuing Studies, and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.