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A weekly, interview-driven podcast connecting you with the people, the stories and the energy of Denver's local food movement. Hear from pioneering chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, gardeners as well as non-profit, government and business leaders, all working to build the Mile High City’s local food ecosystem. Mile High Locavorist champions everything produced and processed in the Denver region from fruits and vegetables to meat and dairy, as well beer, wine and spirits, baked goods and other products with an emphasis on organic and sustainable as much as possible.

Latest Episodes

From Gourmet Mushrooms to Permaculture Homestead w/Liz & Michael Nail | Mile High Fungi

If you went to the Union Station Farmers Market in the 2016 season, you saw an adorable couple running a stand stocked with gorgeous gourmet mushrooms. That’s Liz and Michael Nail and they are Mile High Fungi. Liz and Michael are “both passionate about fungus.” They’re pioneering the locally grown gourmet mushroom business here in the Mile High City. Not only that, they’ve already embarked on their next major effort, building what will become a full permaculture homestead. Liz and Michael both hail from the Pacific Northwest and studied sustainable agriculture and environmental science, earning degrees from Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Together, they spent many days foraging for wild mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest. Let me quote from their website; “For us, mushrooms just make sense. They blend our desire to provide healthy, local produce with finding creative solutions to harnessing the city’s organic waste stream. In this time of environmental instability, we ...

27 MIN2017 APR 5
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From Gourmet Mushrooms to Permaculture Homestead w/Liz & Michael Nail | Mile High Fungi

Focus on Denver In Fight Against Food Waste w/Brendan McCrann and Reuben Gregory | Future Pointe

It's a big enough problem that is touching enough of these different segments of the industry: restaurant, retail, consumers, institutional, farm...that here in the Denver Metro area, there’s room for a lot of solutions...” – Brendan McCrann, Future Pointe Food waste. Over the last year or two, this issue has been finding its way into the headlines more and more, both at home and abroad. From features on John Oliver’s HBO showLast Week Tonightto major national initiatives in Europe, food waste has reached the mainstream consciousness. And Denver, of all places, is becoming a focal point for solving our food waste problem here in the US. In this episode, we’re going to talk about what’s happening now in food waste at the national, state and local levels as well as what we might see in the future. Exactly where we’ll go is unclear, as it’s still early days, but significant efforts are starting to come together and again, with Denver as a national focal point. Brendan McCrann i...

31 MIN2017 MAR 4
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Focus on Denver In Fight Against Food Waste w/Brendan McCrann and Reuben Gregory | Future Pointe

Talking Turkey - A Marketplace Full of (Confusing) Choices

Natural. Organic. Local. Heritage. Heirloom. In this episode, I explore the confusing, even misleading range of choices we often face in the marketplace through the experience of buying an 18-pound turkey for my family's Thanksgiving celebration. I also delve a bit into the history of how today's modern turkey was created. Did I make the right choice? What would you have done? Let me know at nate@milehighlocavorist.comor at the website, www.milehighlocavorist.com. – THANKS FOR LISTENING– Thisepisode (#26)comes fromMile High Locavorist.

29 MIN2017 JAN 5
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Talking Turkey - A Marketplace Full of (Confusing) Choices

Make the Most of Mid-Season Produce | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

It’s August in the Mile-High City which means we’re in the middle of the harvest season in the Denver region. I’m pleased to welcome back Chef Elizabeth Buckingham of Moveable Feast Colorado to the second in a series of three episodes designed to help us get the most of the locally-grownfruit and vegetableswe’ll see in the early, mid and late-harvest seasons in the Denver region. Check out the firstepisode in the series on early-season produce, some of which we are still seeing (leafy greens, herbs):Episode 22: Make the Most of Early Season Produce. In the mid-season, we’re seeing: The Holy Trinity: Tomatoes, peppers and summer squash Colorado’s best fruit: Melons from the Arkansas River Valley and peaches from the Palisaderegion Sweetcorn from the Olatheregion Chef Elizabeth is going to talk us through: What we’re going to see in the mid-season What to look for whenwe buy How to best store it before we’re ready to use it How toprepare it Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Color...

32 MIN2016 AUG 25
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Make the Most of Mid-Season Produce | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

Reshaping Emergency Food Assistance with Turner Wyatt | Denver Food Rescue

“We’re a health equity organization before we’re a food security organization so we’re not going to deliver someone a totally unhealthy meal just for the sake of filling their stomach.” – Turner Wyatt Increasing healthful food access is an effort that has grown in prominence over the last few years. It’s a complicated issue. So many factors influence healthful food access – the built environment, food costs, shelf-life, government regulation, nutrition, even social norms and stigmas. Denver Food Rescue is a young organization meeting the challenge of expanding healthful food access with a unique operating model featuring bicycles, fresh local produce and a “no-cost grocery” concept. In 2015, they delivered enough food for 175,000 healthy meals with a focus on health, not just calories. “Denver Food Rescue is a health equity nonprofit that uses an innovative bicycle-based delivery system to increase the nutritional value in the emergency food assistance system.” And while...

28 MIN2016 AUG 13
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Reshaping Emergency Food Assistance with Turner Wyatt | Denver Food Rescue

What is Permaculture with Creighton Hofeditz | Denver Permaculture Guild

“Permaculture is the best toolkit we have to craft a truly sustainable future.” –Creighton Hofeditz Permaculture – just what is it, exactly? Here to tell us is Creighton Hofeditz,a CO native, permaculturalist, food educator and Board Member of the Denver Permaculture Guild. The Denver Permaculture Guildis a vibrant, sizeable and still growing group of folks focused on growing the practice and growing practitioners of permaculture in Denver. They also bring in some internationally recognized speakers from time to time and have a very active online community. This episode is broken in to two parts. Part 1 – What is permaculture? and Part 2 – What is theDenver Permaculture Guild? – IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN – The origins of permaculture The major elements and principles of permaculture design Why permaculture is necessarily customized to each place it’s applied How permaculture works with food production and with animals How you can get involved, in a big or small way, wi...

30 MIN2016 JUL 14
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What is Permaculture with Creighton Hofeditz | Denver Permaculture Guild

Make the Most of Early Season Produce | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

“I want people to know that fresh is a flavor and should be considered as such.” – Chef Elizabeth Buckingham We’re entering mid-June, the early harvest season in the Denver region. I’m pleased to welcome back Chef Elizabeth Buckingham ofMoveable Feast Coloradoto the first in a series of episodes to help us get the most of the produce we’ll see in the early, mid and late harvest seasons. In the early season, we’re expecting: Salad greens: lettuce, kale, chard, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens Herbs: mint,arugula, flat-leaf parsley Radishes Early onions: chives, scallions, walking onions Green garlic and garlic scapes Really limited time veggies like fava beans and early-season peas Chef Elizabeth is going to talk us through: What we’re going to see in early season What to look for when buying it How to best store it before we’re ready to use it How toprepare it Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A sp...

31 MIN2016 JUN 17
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Make the Most of Early Season Produce | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

Launching Union Station Farmers Market with Brian Coppom | Boulder County Farmers Market

“…What the markets offer in this growers-only context is an opportunity to reconnect to the food in a very meaningful way and ithappens really simply by actually having thatauthentic connection to the source.” –Brian Coppom The heart of Denver finally has its own farmers market! Union Station Farmers Market will launch on Saturday, June 6 and run weekly until October 22nd. Union Station Farmers Market is operatedby Boulder County Farmers Markets (BCFM), thenon-profit thatalready runs the very well-respected and established farmers markets in Boulder and Longmont. According to their website,“We are a nonprofit organization operating producer-only farmers markets in Colorado since 1987. Our mission is to support, promote and expand local agriculture, making fresh products accessible to our community and strengthening relationships between local food producers and food consumers.” Brian Coppom is Executive Director of Boulder County Farmers Markets. Brian, his team at BCFM and al...

27 MIN2016 MAY 30
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Launching Union Station Farmers Market with Brian Coppom | Boulder County Farmers Market

10 Tips to Empower Beginner Cooks | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

“There is literally no one thing that you can do that’s more beneficial to your health, both physically as well as financially, than cooking at home.” –Chef Elizabeth Buckingham Engaging with local, whole foods requires a skill and that skill is cooking. For many of us, it’s a skill we haven’t mastered but for all of us, it’s a skill we can master. It takes practice, confidence and a few tips from an expert chef and teacher. Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Coloradothrough which she offers all kinds of fun and useful services from in-home classes to edible ...

36 MIN2016 APR 30
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10 Tips to Empower Beginner Cooks | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

Building the Denver Food Plan Together with Blake Angelo | Denver Office of Economic Development

“We’re starting to hear ideas that I’ve never envisioned or never imagined coming out of these plans and that’s really theexciting part of a community process like this. We hear what our businesses really need. We hear what our residents really need to have successful lives and we’re able to say, “How do we bake that in to a longer term vision and then how do we turn that in to immediate action…” – Blake Angelo (Welcome toSeason 2!!) The City and County of Denver are in the process of creating a city-wide food plan called the Denver Food Plan. This subtly-titled document will help shape Denver’s food future through the year 2030. Community Listening Sessions are running from March through early June, 2016. These well-run meetings are YOUR CHANCE to offer your thoughts on what Denver’s food system should look like. What are your priorities? What’s your vision? Let your governmentknow! While the creation of the Denver Food Plan involves many people and organizations, in th...

32 MIN2016 APR 18
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Building the Denver Food Plan Together with Blake Angelo | Denver Office of Economic Development

Latest Episodes

From Gourmet Mushrooms to Permaculture Homestead w/Liz & Michael Nail | Mile High Fungi

If you went to the Union Station Farmers Market in the 2016 season, you saw an adorable couple running a stand stocked with gorgeous gourmet mushrooms. That’s Liz and Michael Nail and they are Mile High Fungi. Liz and Michael are “both passionate about fungus.” They’re pioneering the locally grown gourmet mushroom business here in the Mile High City. Not only that, they’ve already embarked on their next major effort, building what will become a full permaculture homestead. Liz and Michael both hail from the Pacific Northwest and studied sustainable agriculture and environmental science, earning degrees from Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Together, they spent many days foraging for wild mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest. Let me quote from their website; “For us, mushrooms just make sense. They blend our desire to provide healthy, local produce with finding creative solutions to harnessing the city’s organic waste stream. In this time of environmental instability, we ...

27 MIN2017 APR 5
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From Gourmet Mushrooms to Permaculture Homestead w/Liz & Michael Nail | Mile High Fungi

Focus on Denver In Fight Against Food Waste w/Brendan McCrann and Reuben Gregory | Future Pointe

It's a big enough problem that is touching enough of these different segments of the industry: restaurant, retail, consumers, institutional, farm...that here in the Denver Metro area, there’s room for a lot of solutions...” – Brendan McCrann, Future Pointe Food waste. Over the last year or two, this issue has been finding its way into the headlines more and more, both at home and abroad. From features on John Oliver’s HBO showLast Week Tonightto major national initiatives in Europe, food waste has reached the mainstream consciousness. And Denver, of all places, is becoming a focal point for solving our food waste problem here in the US. In this episode, we’re going to talk about what’s happening now in food waste at the national, state and local levels as well as what we might see in the future. Exactly where we’ll go is unclear, as it’s still early days, but significant efforts are starting to come together and again, with Denver as a national focal point. Brendan McCrann i...

31 MIN2017 MAR 4
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Focus on Denver In Fight Against Food Waste w/Brendan McCrann and Reuben Gregory | Future Pointe

Talking Turkey - A Marketplace Full of (Confusing) Choices

Natural. Organic. Local. Heritage. Heirloom. In this episode, I explore the confusing, even misleading range of choices we often face in the marketplace through the experience of buying an 18-pound turkey for my family's Thanksgiving celebration. I also delve a bit into the history of how today's modern turkey was created. Did I make the right choice? What would you have done? Let me know at nate@milehighlocavorist.comor at the website, www.milehighlocavorist.com. – THANKS FOR LISTENING– Thisepisode (#26)comes fromMile High Locavorist.

29 MIN2017 JAN 5
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Talking Turkey - A Marketplace Full of (Confusing) Choices

Make the Most of Mid-Season Produce | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

It’s August in the Mile-High City which means we’re in the middle of the harvest season in the Denver region. I’m pleased to welcome back Chef Elizabeth Buckingham of Moveable Feast Colorado to the second in a series of three episodes designed to help us get the most of the locally-grownfruit and vegetableswe’ll see in the early, mid and late-harvest seasons in the Denver region. Check out the firstepisode in the series on early-season produce, some of which we are still seeing (leafy greens, herbs):Episode 22: Make the Most of Early Season Produce. In the mid-season, we’re seeing: The Holy Trinity: Tomatoes, peppers and summer squash Colorado’s best fruit: Melons from the Arkansas River Valley and peaches from the Palisaderegion Sweetcorn from the Olatheregion Chef Elizabeth is going to talk us through: What we’re going to see in the mid-season What to look for whenwe buy How to best store it before we’re ready to use it How toprepare it Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Color...

32 MIN2016 AUG 25
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Make the Most of Mid-Season Produce | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

Reshaping Emergency Food Assistance with Turner Wyatt | Denver Food Rescue

“We’re a health equity organization before we’re a food security organization so we’re not going to deliver someone a totally unhealthy meal just for the sake of filling their stomach.” – Turner Wyatt Increasing healthful food access is an effort that has grown in prominence over the last few years. It’s a complicated issue. So many factors influence healthful food access – the built environment, food costs, shelf-life, government regulation, nutrition, even social norms and stigmas. Denver Food Rescue is a young organization meeting the challenge of expanding healthful food access with a unique operating model featuring bicycles, fresh local produce and a “no-cost grocery” concept. In 2015, they delivered enough food for 175,000 healthy meals with a focus on health, not just calories. “Denver Food Rescue is a health equity nonprofit that uses an innovative bicycle-based delivery system to increase the nutritional value in the emergency food assistance system.” And while...

28 MIN2016 AUG 13
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Reshaping Emergency Food Assistance with Turner Wyatt | Denver Food Rescue

What is Permaculture with Creighton Hofeditz | Denver Permaculture Guild

“Permaculture is the best toolkit we have to craft a truly sustainable future.” –Creighton Hofeditz Permaculture – just what is it, exactly? Here to tell us is Creighton Hofeditz,a CO native, permaculturalist, food educator and Board Member of the Denver Permaculture Guild. The Denver Permaculture Guildis a vibrant, sizeable and still growing group of folks focused on growing the practice and growing practitioners of permaculture in Denver. They also bring in some internationally recognized speakers from time to time and have a very active online community. This episode is broken in to two parts. Part 1 – What is permaculture? and Part 2 – What is theDenver Permaculture Guild? – IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN – The origins of permaculture The major elements and principles of permaculture design Why permaculture is necessarily customized to each place it’s applied How permaculture works with food production and with animals How you can get involved, in a big or small way, wi...

30 MIN2016 JUL 14
Comments
What is Permaculture with Creighton Hofeditz | Denver Permaculture Guild

Make the Most of Early Season Produce | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

“I want people to know that fresh is a flavor and should be considered as such.” – Chef Elizabeth Buckingham We’re entering mid-June, the early harvest season in the Denver region. I’m pleased to welcome back Chef Elizabeth Buckingham ofMoveable Feast Coloradoto the first in a series of episodes to help us get the most of the produce we’ll see in the early, mid and late harvest seasons. In the early season, we’re expecting: Salad greens: lettuce, kale, chard, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens Herbs: mint,arugula, flat-leaf parsley Radishes Early onions: chives, scallions, walking onions Green garlic and garlic scapes Really limited time veggies like fava beans and early-season peas Chef Elizabeth is going to talk us through: What we’re going to see in early season What to look for when buying it How to best store it before we’re ready to use it How toprepare it Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A sp...

31 MIN2016 JUN 17
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Make the Most of Early Season Produce | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

Launching Union Station Farmers Market with Brian Coppom | Boulder County Farmers Market

“…What the markets offer in this growers-only context is an opportunity to reconnect to the food in a very meaningful way and ithappens really simply by actually having thatauthentic connection to the source.” –Brian Coppom The heart of Denver finally has its own farmers market! Union Station Farmers Market will launch on Saturday, June 6 and run weekly until October 22nd. Union Station Farmers Market is operatedby Boulder County Farmers Markets (BCFM), thenon-profit thatalready runs the very well-respected and established farmers markets in Boulder and Longmont. According to their website,“We are a nonprofit organization operating producer-only farmers markets in Colorado since 1987. Our mission is to support, promote and expand local agriculture, making fresh products accessible to our community and strengthening relationships between local food producers and food consumers.” Brian Coppom is Executive Director of Boulder County Farmers Markets. Brian, his team at BCFM and al...

27 MIN2016 MAY 30
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Launching Union Station Farmers Market with Brian Coppom | Boulder County Farmers Market

10 Tips to Empower Beginner Cooks | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

“There is literally no one thing that you can do that’s more beneficial to your health, both physically as well as financially, than cooking at home.” –Chef Elizabeth Buckingham Engaging with local, whole foods requires a skill and that skill is cooking. For many of us, it’s a skill we haven’t mastered but for all of us, it’s a skill we can master. It takes practice, confidence and a few tips from an expert chef and teacher. Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Coloradothrough which she offers all kinds of fun and useful services from in-home classes to edible ...

36 MIN2016 APR 30
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10 Tips to Empower Beginner Cooks | Chef Elizabeth Buckingham

Building the Denver Food Plan Together with Blake Angelo | Denver Office of Economic Development

“We’re starting to hear ideas that I’ve never envisioned or never imagined coming out of these plans and that’s really theexciting part of a community process like this. We hear what our businesses really need. We hear what our residents really need to have successful lives and we’re able to say, “How do we bake that in to a longer term vision and then how do we turn that in to immediate action…” – Blake Angelo (Welcome toSeason 2!!) The City and County of Denver are in the process of creating a city-wide food plan called the Denver Food Plan. This subtly-titled document will help shape Denver’s food future through the year 2030. Community Listening Sessions are running from March through early June, 2016. These well-run meetings are YOUR CHANCE to offer your thoughts on what Denver’s food system should look like. What are your priorities? What’s your vision? Let your governmentknow! While the creation of the Denver Food Plan involves many people and organizations, in th...

32 MIN2016 APR 18
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Building the Denver Food Plan Together with Blake Angelo | Denver Office of Economic Development