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One to Grow On

60 EpisodesProduced by Hallie Casey, Chris CaseyWebsite

Understanding how food production impacts us and our world

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45: How Plants Use Water

September 22nd, 2020


In this episode we dive into the weird world of plant biology and answer the question of how plants use water. We learn about the xylem, the phloem, …

44: Bananas

September 8th, 2020


This week we talk about bananas! The banana has quite a turbulent history. And while there are multiple varieties, the one we most commonly eat are …

43: USDA COVID-19 Relief Programs

August 25th, 2020


Chris and Hallie discuss USDA policies focused on COVID-19 response and relief. They talk about the CARES act, CFAP, the Farm to Families Food Box …

42: COVID-19 and the Food Supply

August 11th, 2020


Chris and Hallie discuss how COVID-19 has caused disruptions to the US food supply. We learn about swine, milk, and potato supply chains and how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted them. Also, who originally decided …

41: How Plants Communicate

July 28th, 2020


This week, Hallie and Chris explore the fun-filled world of fungi! We learn about the ways the fungi support plant-life, how they make it possible for plants to communicate with each other, and what these relationships …

40: Houseplants

July 14th, 2020


In this episode, Hallie and Chris discuss houseplants. They discuss a brief history of houseplants, as well as some of Hallie’s favorite varieties and tips for keeping them! Also, Hallie clearly knows much more about …

39: Good Food and Supply Chains with FamilyFarmed

June 30th, 2020


For the third part in our local food series, Hallie and Chris sit down will Anna Crofts and Bob Benenson from the Chicago Good Food non-profit FamilyFarmed. They discuss the Good Food movement, what it means to bring …

38: Farmers’ Markets with Amy Gallo

June 16th, 2020


This week Hallie and Chris sit down with Amy Gallo, the Farmers’ Market Programming Manager at the Sustainable Food Center. They discuss how farmers’ markets impact consumers and their communities, as well as what …

Black Lives Matter

June 9th, 2020


We stand with the protestors.

Black lives matter.

White silence is violence.

Act Blue:

Read …

37: Urban Farming with Sophia Buggs

June 2nd, 2020


This week we kick off our series on local food and talk about the adventures of urban farming! Find Sophia on instagram,, or watch her TEDx talk!

36: Vegetable Gardening

May 19th, 2020


It's time to get our garden on! This week, Hallie and Chris discuss vegetable gardening, including how they started and how to do your own. We learn …

35: Agritourism

May 5th, 2020


This week Hallie and Chris are discussing agrotourism, the practice of combining farms and tourism, what it is, both farmers and non-farmers love it, and how it works. We learn all about the agrotourism industry, as …

34: Super Foods V – Wheatgrass, Avocado, Bee Pollen and Spelt

April 21st, 2020


It's super foods time again! This week, Hallie and Chris discuss the health claims and realities of wheatgrass, avocado, bee pollen and spelt. We …

33: Persimmons

April 7th, 2020


We're back to our regularly scheduled programming! This week, Hallie and Chris discuss persimmons and what makes them so great. We learn exactly what …

#AskOnetoGrowOn 6: COVID19 Edition

April 6th, 2020


On this maxisode-length edition of Ask One to Grow On, three-quarters of the Casey family (Hallie, Chris and Joanna) discuss how the COVID19 outbreak …

Oysters: Real Oyster Cult: American Folk Revival (Sourceress)

March 24th, 2020


In the last week of our agriculture exchange, we're bringing you an episode from Sourceress. Hosts Colleen King and Carolyn Kissick interview Sims …

Native Farmers in New Mexico (Toasted Sister)

March 10th, 2020


In the second week of our agricultural exchange, we’re bringing you Native Farmers in New Mexico from Toasted Sister. Host Andi Murphy interviews …

Amaranth to Zinnias with Gretchen O’Neil (Hothouse)

February 25th, 2020


We're kicking off our agricultural podcast exchange with a fellow Austin podcast: Hothouse. In this episode, host Leah and her guest Gretchen discuss …

32: Plant Propagation

February 11th, 2020


It's time to learn where plants come from! In this episode, Hallie and Chris discuss all the different ways plants make new plants and how we help them along. We learn how plant propagation works, how many kinds of …

31: Water – Modern Challenges

January 28th, 2020


It's time to learn more about water! This week Hallie and Chris are tackling some of the issues facing both modern farmers and everyone who uses water. They discuss the impacts of climate change, overuse, and new …

30: Water – History of Irrigation

January 14th, 2020


In the first of a two-part series on water, Hallie and Chris discuss the history of irrigation, how it's used and why it's so important.

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#AskOnetoGrowOn 5: Do I have the right Aloe?

January 7th, 2020


In this mini-episode, Hallie explains what Aloe is and which we kind we use for what.

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29: Superfoods IV – Bok Choy, Wheat Germ, Ginger and Seaweed

December 31st, 2019


In our latest superfoods episode (and last episode of the decade), Hallie and Chris take on bok choy, wheat germ, ginger and seaweed. The stakes are a little bit higher this week though because there's a brand new …

28: The American Chestnut

December 17th, 2019


This week we're focusing on just one plant: the American chestnut. Hallie and Chris discuss the cultural and ecological history and death of the …

“What is Compost?”

December 3rd, 2019


It's another Catherine episode! This week Hallie and Catherine discuss what compost is, how it works, and why it's good. We learn the chemistry …

27: Navajo Food Sovereignty with Andi Murphy

November 19th, 2019


In part two of our series of on Navajo food sovereignty, Hallie interviews Andi Murphy, host of the podcast Toasted Sister and producer of the radio …

26: Navajo Food Sovereignty with Nate Etsitty & Felix Earle

November 5th, 2019


This week, Hallie brings us an interviewe with two Navajo growers and activists: Nate Etsitty and Felix Earle. Our guests share their perspective on farming and why they do it, discuss food sovereignty and its …

25: Foods that Can Kill You

October 22nd, 2019


Are you ready to get spooky? We are! For this creepiest of seasons, Hallie and Chris discuss foods that are rumored to kill you and whether or not they're actually as scary as they're made out to be. We learn about …

24: Youth Organizations (4-H and FFA)

October 8th, 2019


This week we're talking about kids and agriculture. Hallie and Chris discuss the agriculture youth organizations 4-H and FFA. We learn the history of …

#AskOnetoGrowOn 4: What is vermiculite? What is perlite?

October 1st, 2019


In this mini-episode, Hallie explains the difference between perlite and vermiculite, what they're good for, and when to use them.

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23: Turfgrass with Vikram Baliga

September 24th, 2019


This week Vikram Baliga of Texas Tech university joins Hallie and Chris to talk about turf grass. We learn where it comes from, what it does, and just how high some grasses can grow.

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#AskOnetoGrowOn 3: Lobster and Fish Byproducts?

September 17th, 2019


In this mini-episode, Hallie discusses fish emulsion, fungicidal chitan, and edible films made from lobsters.

The post #AskOnetoGrowOn 3: Lobster and …

22: Superfoods III – Microgreens, Steal-cut Oats, Mangosteen, Ginko

September 10th, 2019


Who's ready for more superfoods? We sure are! This week Hallie and Chris evaluate microgreens, steel-cut oats, mangosteen and ginko. We learn which fruit is the "queen of fruit", which plant is highly nutritious, and …

21: Earthworms

August 27th, 2019


This week we're digging into all things small, skinny and wiggly: worms. Hallie and Chris discuss worms, what they are, why they're so important and their appearance in sci-fi movies. We learn how worms help the soil, …

#AskOnetoGrowOn 2: What is a berry?

August 20th, 2019


In this mini-episode, Hallie says, once and for all, what a berry is. | One to Grow On is an podcast that digs into the questions you have about …

“How Does a Farm Work?”

August 13th, 2019


It's another Catherine episode! This week, Catherine and Hallie discuss farm production, employment and revenue. We learn about small scale versus large scale production, the practicalities of different crops, and the …

#AskOnetoGrowOn 1: What is ‘Certified Transitional’?

August 6th, 2019


In this mini-episode, Hallie defines certified transitional agriculture, explains why it exists, and talks about why it isn't standardized by the …

20: Zoonotic Disease With Dr. Sara Packebush

July 30th, 2019


We're finally talking about animals! This week special guest Dr. Sara Packebush joins Hallie and Chris to talk about zoonotic diseases, how they spread to humans and how to keep yourself healthy. We learn about …

19: Organic Agriculture, Part 4

July 16th, 2019


In the final episode of our organics series, Hallie and Chris discuss both large and small scale economic impacts of organic agriculture, how …

18: Organic Agriculture, Part 3

July 2nd, 2019


It's time to learn more about organics! In part three of the series, Hallie and Chris discuss how organic agriculture impacts farms, farmers, and …

17: Organic Agriculture, Part 2

June 18th, 2019


We're back with more information about organic agriculture! This week, Hallie and Chris tackle the environmental tradeoffs of organic versus …

16: Organic Agriculture, Part 1

June 4th, 2019


Welcome to the first episode of our Organics series! Organic agriculture is such a big topic we had to take four episodes to talk about it. This …

15: Superfoods II – Flax, Charcoal, Cocoa and Moringa

May 21st, 2019


We're back with more superfoods! This time Hallie and Chris tackle flax, charcoal, cocoa and moringa. We learn which foods are connected to a decreased risk of cancer, which are mostly useless, and what to do if you've …

14: Beekeeping with Julia Wentzel

May 7th, 2019


Julia Wentzel joins Hallie and Chris this week for One to Grow On's very first special guest episode, in which she discusses bees, beekeeping, and …

13: Plant Taxonomy

April 23rd, 2019


This week Hallie and Chris examine plant taxonomy including how plants are named how and why that matters. We learn when people started categorizing plants, how they do it, and why Hallie is currently feuding with the …

“What Is Processed Food?”

April 9th, 2019


It's another Catherine episode! Hallie and Catherine discuss what exactly a processed food is, how they started, and if they're good for you. We learn what food processing has to do with urban growth, how the military …

12: Farmworkers Rights

March 26th, 2019


*Content warning: this episode mentions sexual violence and traumatic death* In honor of Cesar Chavez day this coming Sunday, Hallie and Chris talk …

11: Sustainable Agriculture and the Green New Deal

March 12th, 2019


The Green New Deal has been in the news a lot lately, but how does it impact agriculture? This week Hallie and Chris dive into the text of the Deal …

10: Biodiesel

February 26th, 2019


Does biodiesel dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Does it do more harm than good? Does it make exhaust smell like french fries? Hallie and Chris discuss all these questions and more in this week's episode. We …

9: Floral Design

February 12th, 2019


Just in time for Valentine's Day, Hallie and Chris bring us the history and intricacies of floral design and the floral industry. We learn about how the internet has affected florists, the crazy auction process for …

8: The Shutdown

January 29th, 2019


One to Grow On is getting topical! This week Hallie and Chris discuss the impact of the government shutdown on farmers, agricultural research and …

“Is a Tomato a Fruit?”

January 15th, 2019


This week we're changing it up! Hallie and Catherine discuss what makes something a fruit, vegetable or both, as well how these categories came to be, and what to do if you have a campfire during a burn ban. If you've …

7: Green Revolution

January 1st, 2019


This week Hallie and Chris talk about one of the most fruitful and complex movements in agriculture. We learn about how the green revolution changed …

6: Superfoods I – Quinoa, Acai, Goji Berries, Chia seed and Kefir

December 18th, 2018


What makes a superfood so special? Are they actually good for you? Is it worth the hype? Hallie and Chris answer all these questions (and more) in this episode's discussion of superfoods. Do you know which superfood has …

5: Extension

December 4th, 2018


In this episode, we learn about agricultural extension, the seemingly radical, government supported method of ensuring that farming keeps up with …

4: Thanksgiving Special

November 20th, 2018


In One to Grow On's very first holiday special, Hallie and Chris talk about origins and some fun facts about common Thanksgiving foods. We learn …

3: Haber-Bosch

November 6th, 2018


*Content warning: this episode mentions suicide in relation to a historical figure*

This week, Hallie and Chris talk about the most important …

2: Soils

October 23rd, 2018


This week, Hallie and Chris discuss what soil is, how it is different from dirt, and why it is important. We find out about who crazy soil people are and hear a dope, nerdy song. We also learn about how we think about …

1: Food Waste

October 9th, 2018


Welcome to the inaugural Episode of One to Grow On! This week, Hallie and Chris discuss how and why food goes to waste. We find out why that's bad, and how we convince ourselves we're not the bad ones. We also learn …

Coming Soon!

September 26th, 2018


Coming October 9th, One to Grow On will try to understand how food production impacts ourselves and our world. With hosts Hallie Casey and Chris Casey, and producer Catherine Arjet, laugh and learn as they dig into …

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