By Cindy Hadish/for Radish Magazine As experts debate how to feed the world’s growing population into the future, Andrew Freitag has taken action. The Davenport man opened Friday’s Fresh Market – an indoor hydroponic farm – with lofty goals: to grow the healthiest plants on earth and drastically reduce water consumption, soil erosion and the […]
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Sonia Kendrick works to Feed Iowa First
By Cindy Hadish/for Radish Magazine When Sonia Kendrick came to understand the issues with Iowa’s food system, she rolled up her sleeves and worked to make changes. Kendrick, 38, of Cedar Rapids, founded Feed Iowa First in 2011 to address the challenge of people going hungry in a state that prides itself on being able […]
“Tears in her eyes” as holiday tradition
By Cindy Hadish/For Radish Magazine CEDAR RAPIDS — The power of traditions, especially during the holidays, became particularly apparent to Dell Mills during a “Svatý Mikuláš” celebration, a Czech version of St. Nicholas Day. While a visitor and her daughter enjoyed the event, at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, […]
Natural nut butters spread from base in ...
By Cindy Hadish/for Radish Magazine The six-month shelf life of Tracey Norman’s nut butters likely hold little consequence to most of her customers. Jars of the natural nut butters — in tantalizing flavors such as white chocolate almond; salted cashew; cappuccino peanut butter and dark chocolate hazelnut — are typically eaten long before the expiration […]
Wild Woods Farm: how a young engineer tu...
By Cindy Hadish/For Radish Magazine SOLON — Kate Edwards was on her way to a successful engineering career when she realized her career goals didn’t align with her passions. “I could see myself on that trajectory and saw myself at retirement,” Edwards said. “I was walking to work one day and found myself wishing I […]
What’s all the hubbub about food hubs?
By Cindy Hadish/for the Radish Magazine The word “food” can easily evoke a mental image, while the term “food hub” is a bit more nebulous. Still, more people are becoming familiar with food hubs as a way to bring food from the farm to the table, and a new report shows food hubs are playing […]
Find the “missing link” to health at far
By Cindy Hadish/For Radish Magazine My hometown hosts one of the largest farmers markets in the Midwest, but the Downtown Cedar Rapids market’s sea of people, produce, products and pets isn’t for everyone. The crowds that keep some people at bay, however, serve as a boon to the 200-plus vendors, many of whom tell me […]
Experts recommend these six native trees...
By Cindy Hadish/For Radish Magazine Just as the shady canopies of American elm trees gave way to Dutch elm disease in the last century, the ubiquitous ash tree, a staple throughout the Midwest, is succumbing to emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that kills all varieties of ash. The lesson from both is one that […]
“Down to Earth” Jason Grimm serves as a
By Cindy Hadish/For Radish Magazine People seeking information about Iowa’s local foods scene often turn to Jason Grimm. “He knows everyone,” said Les Beck, Linn County Planning & Development Director, who has served on several conference panels with Grimm. “Whenever I introduce him, I say he is one of the most connected people in Iowa, […]
Wintertime offers outdoor opportunities ...
By Cindy Hadish/for Radish Magazine Watching a bald eagle gracefully soar over meandering waters is one of the prime reasons to take a wintertime walk on the Sac & Fox Trail. The trail stretches just over 7 miles along the Cedar River and Indian Creek in southeast Cedar Rapids, where you can feel immersed in […]