January 2011

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Dice Tomatoes – What Is (CSA) Community Supported Agriculture?

During this interview with Laura Bledsoe, owner of Quail Valley Farms, located in the green lush Moapa Valley, only an hours drive north of Las Vegas, we discuss a wide range of topics including her thoughts about what food, natural food use to taste like, what’s happened, and how our movement here in Southern Nevada, and others around the country are making it possible for us to return to eating a peach or tomato that actually tastes like nature intended.

So what is CSA, Community Supported Agriculture?  Well, it started in Japan, and you’ll just have to listen to Laura explain how a fresh basket of her farms wonderful products reach the tables of Las Vegas residents each week.  This is really wonderful.

Listen in, and Laura’s passion and love the earth, like so many of her Southern Nevada counterparts, will win you over and you’ll look forward to hearing more from her right here, on Dice Tomatoes Radio.

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Dice Tomatoes – Kerry Clasby – Our Intutive Forager

Who is this woman, why is she always so upbeat, happy and motivated, and how in the world can she be all those things and still drive 1,500 miles a week? 

 That’s right, not a month, but a week.

In a crowd of shoppers , like any Thursday at the Bet On The Farm farmers market, Kerry stands out.  In a line up of 50 people if asked to pick the one person who looks most connected to the earth and who lives and breaths supporting small organic farms, Kerry, would be selected hands down.

If you’re even a little down, feeling a little tired or lacking motivation in your life, just go talk to Kerry for five minutes, if you can corner her for that long.  You’ll come away from that experience pumped and ready to restart your engine.

I know, we’re talking food, but when you listen to this interview with Kerry, you’ll understand that this subject of sustainable food not only requires the right mix of nutrients, soil and seeds, it needs a person with Kerry’s complete dedication to make it possible for you and me to wander into a farmers market and pick the best of the best, right from the field, to bring to our family tables.

Kerry Clasby is force to be reckoned with.

John Donovan
Dice Tomatoes

Dice Tomatoes – Meet Don Parnall – Las Vegas Photographer

January 28, 2011
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Dice Tomatoes – Meet Don Parnall – Las Vegas Photograhper In this segment of Dice Tomatoes radio coming to you from Bet On The Farm farmers market you’ll meet a man who not only creates images, he creates masterpieces.  His skills with a camera are remarkable and he supported our efforts this week at the […]

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018 Dice Tomatoes – Hy-Desert Produce – It Starts With Seeds

January 26, 2011
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There’s nothing going on down there. At least that’s what I thought having flown in to Vegas from the Bay Area for years. I would look out the plane’s window just a few minutes before crossing over the Spring Mountains just south of Mr. Charleston, see a small population center apparently miles from Vegas, and […]

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017 Dice Tomatoes – Herbs By Diane – Boulder City Nevada

January 24, 2011
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I see her each week and she knows that I’m on a mission.  Others that crowd around her table are purchasing from a beautiful eclectic mix of organic grown herbs and greens. But before I examine these colorful offerings I have to know…..does she doesn’t have what I came for?  If the answer is yes, when I […]

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016 Dice Tomatoes – Herbs Are Bloomin’ In The Desert

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 Photo Credit: Costellophoto Las Vegas (Don Parnall )  One of the many benefits of supporting sustainable food and buying field fresh product from Bet On The Farm farmers market is getting to know the people whose product will end up on your family table or served at the best restaurants in Vegas.  Rosalind and Randy Gibson, owners […]

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015 Dice Tomatoes – First Broadcast From “Bet On The Farm”

January 21, 2011
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Photo Credit:  Costellophoto Las Vegas (Don Parnall ) It’s a beautiful winter day on Jan 20, 2011 in Las Vegas, and we arrive at Bet On The Farm farmers market an hour before opening and start to unload all the equipment necessary to produce a four (4) microphone radio show. This is it, the start of […]

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Dice Tomatoes: Inaugural Broadcast From Bet On The Farm

January 21, 2011
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Photo Credit: Costellophoto Las Vegas (Don Parnall ) Quick Update On Thursday, Jan 20, 2011, Dice Tomatoes began broadcasting our radio show from the Bet on The Farm famers market. We shunned promoting or marketing this ‘soft’ opening to the public to give us time to get the lay of the land, check out our […]

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Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and T-Bone Steaks

January 16, 2011

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE FEBRUARY 2011 EDITION OF LA VOCE ITALIAN AMERICA NEWSPAPER Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and T-Bone Steaks By:  John V. Donovan As this article goes to press a major story is unfolding.  The German Government has shut down 4,700 farms and stopped the slaughter of animals due to a scandal […]

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014 Dice Tomatoes: The Bar 10 Ranch Wants To Be Your Rancher

January 12, 2011
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In the pharmaceutical, medical device and aviation business it’s called traceability.  That pill, the component parts of that heart valve or the metal flange on an aircraft’s fuselage, can be traced back through the manufacturing, assembly and distribution process, tracking every single person that ever touched it and every single process back to its raw materials.  Perhaps even the name of the […]

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