Episode 102: Putting "The Farm" in The Farm Cooking School

In our second episode we take you into the fields - literally.  The Farm Cooking School is unique because we work alongside  two other businesses: Roots to River Farm and Locust Light Herb Farm.  Out of this world organic produce and herbs.

We’ll talk with Malaika Spencer, the owner/founder of Roots to River,  who manages her team and fields with honest love and compassion (1:56).  The result is a smorgasbord of heirloom and exotic organic vegetables that call people from miles and miles away.  Then we chat with Amanda Midkiff, owner of Locust Light Farm, an herbalist, poet, and definitely a “good” witch (11:02).  She’s part natural nurturer, part earth whisperer. These two women know grit. They know dedication and hard work.  And of course, they also know what tastes good!  For our In The Kitchen segment (20:46), Chef Shelley, utilizes Roots to River’s zucchini - both seconds and non - and herbs from Amanda’s culinary garden to teach us how to make Greenspacho and Zucchini Carpaccio.

Segment 1: An Interview with Malaika Spencer (1:56)   One of the things we admire most about Malaika is how grounded she is. She’s a calculated risk taker and at any moment you’ll find her either planting seedlings or fixing a busted irrigation pipe. Malaika doesn’t just grow food, she literally grows community.

Segment 1: An Interview with Malaika Spencer (1:56)

One of the things we admire most about Malaika is how grounded she is. She’s a calculated risk taker and at any moment you’ll find her either planting seedlings or fixing a busted irrigation pipe. Malaika doesn’t just grow food, she literally grows community.

Segment 2: An Interview with Amanda Midkiff (11:02)   The plot thickens. Malaika’s best friend - and her original right-hand-woman at R2R - is Amanda Midkiff who now runs Locust Light Herb Farm and Apothecary. Amanda is our resident spirit guide and witch doctor - just listen, you’ll understand.

Segment 2: An Interview with Amanda Midkiff (11:02)

The plot thickens. Malaika’s best friend - and her original right-hand-woman at R2R - is Amanda Midkiff who now runs Locust Light Herb Farm and Apothecary. Amanda is our resident spirit guide and witch doctor - just listen, you’ll understand.

Segment 3: Seconds and Non (20:46)   In our third segment, Chef Shelley gives listeners a quick lesson on a farmer’s seconds (and non-seconds). She takes what might not sell at market and makes Greenspacho with seconds ...and a Zucchini Carpaccio with some not-seconds.

Segment 3: Seconds and Non (20:46)

In our third segment, Chef Shelley gives listeners a quick lesson on a farmer’s seconds (and non-seconds). She takes what might not sell at market and makes Greenspacho with seconds ...and a Zucchini Carpaccio with some not-seconds.


Next time on our podcast, we introduce you to the greater cooking school community of teachers, collaborators and farmers.  We talk wine, butchering, and animal husbandry with some of our good friends. Til then be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @thefarmcooks.  Check out our website for all the good stuff in this episode and to see upcoming classes..  Questions? Send them to Kendra kendra@thefarmcookingschool.com.  Like the podcast? Subscribe on iTunes!!

Episode 102 Credits

Malaika Spencer

Amanda Midkiff

Shelley Wiseman

Editor: Andrew Applegate

Co-Hosts: Kendra Thatcher & Karl Wagner

Producer: Kendra Thatcher

Til next time - cook well and eat your vegetables!