Harvest Public Media

Harvest Public Media is a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field. Based at KCUR in Kansas City, Harvest covers these agriculture-related topics through an expanding network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest.

Most Harvest Public Media stories begin with radio- regular reports are aired on member stations in the Midwest. But Harvest also explores issues through online analyses, television documentaries and features, podcasts, photography, video, blogs and social networking.  They are committed to the highest journalistic standards. Click here to read their ethics standards.

Harvest Public Media was launched in 2010 with the support of a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Today, the collaboration is supported by CPB, the partner stations, and contributions from underwriters and individuals.

Tri States Public Radio is an associate partner of Harvest Public Media.  You can play an important role in helping Harvest Public Media and Tri States Public Radio improve our coverage of food, field and fuel issues by joining the Harvest Network.  Learn more here and sign up here.

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Harvest Public Media
6:35 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Redefining the Co-op in Ways Big & Small

A new grocery co-op opened in Elwood, Neb., this spring. The town went without a store for more than a year.
Credit Hilary Stohs-Krause (Harvest Public Media)

One in five adults over age 15 is a member of a cooperative, according to the United Nations.

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My Farm Roots
1:53 am
Wed June 19, 2013

A Song in Her Heart

Retired professor Jackie Dougan Jackson lives in Springfield, IL, but devotes a lot of time reflecting on her childhood growing up on a farm near Beloit, WI.
Credit Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media

Jackie Dougan Jackson keeps a pretty thorough log of her life.

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Harvest Public Media
5:35 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

The Business of Running a CSA

Michael Baute farms three acres in Fort Collins, Colo. One-third of Spring Kite Farms goes to the farm’s CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, clients.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

In a two-part series, Harvest Public Media explores the challenges facing Community Supported Agriculture operations, or CSAs.

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My Farm Roots
10:33 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Growing Food Up on the Roof

Monica Johnson in the rooftop garden in Brooklyn
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson

The farm roots for Monica Johnson, 36, are in Moundville, Mo., a 124-person town near the Missouri-Kansas border. Although she grew up in Missouri’s capitol, Jefferson City, her father Sherril was raised on the family farm, which consisted of a small herd of cattle, 600 acres of soybeans, wheat and corn and 200 acres of timber.

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My Farm Roots
2:04 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Lessons from the Farm Crisis

Mark Kenney

Mark Kenney and his family lived through the farm crisis of the 1980s, when the bottom dropped out of the U.S. economy and collapsing global food markets forced many farmers out of business.

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