Podcast 27: Heather Hyden, Cubaka Mutayongwa:HWC-2016-03-29

We learned so much from guests Heather Hyden and Cubaka Mutayongwa about fantastic, transformational food opportunities sprouting in Lexington and involving nearby farms. They described the planning and organizing now underway to sustain three 2016 Fresh Stop Markets in Lexington.

Two of the markets, one in East End and one in Winburn, will be new this year. Cubaka, an 18-year old high school student who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and moved to Lexington four years ago, is the volunteer in charge of outreach for the new Winburn Fresh Stop.

Fresh Stop Markets address two problems and turn them into one brilliant idea. The problems: fresh food costs too much for some buyers, and farmers who grow fresh food often struggle to make enough money. By recruiting at least 40 members—roughly 75 percent low income—for each Fresh Stop, and by training and sustaining a sizable volunteer corps, each Fresh Stop will make several things happen. Good, fresh food will get to more Lexington families, reliable income will reach more growers of good food, and beautiful connections will flourish among the rural-urban participants.

We missed usual co-hosts Ouita and Chris Michel, who were taking a sweet spring break, and will be back on April 2. Our guests that day will be the chefs from Lockbox in Lexington and Proof on Main in Louisville, two 21c restaurants.

Our show starts at about minute 4:00, after a little bonus Bob Dylan.

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