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Leopold Center’s Fred Kirschenmann and a Visit to ISU’s Hort Farm


Fairfield, IA, July 12, 2011—On Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m., 100.1 KRUU-FM—the Midwest’s first solar-powered radio station—will air interviews with some of Iowa’s “greenest” agricultural advocatJames with Malcolm Robertsones. Tune in online at www.kruufm.com as show hosts Stuart Tanner and James Moore talk sustainability with Fred Kirschenmann, former Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and take a walking tour of the Hort Farm with Malcolm Robertson, ISU faculty member, Nick Howell, farm superintendent, and ag student Joe Jacobs.

“If we want to be sustainable and energy efficient in Iowa then clearly what happens in the agricultural sector is crucial,” says “Dream Green” co-host Stuart Tanner. “The Leopold Center for sustainable agriculture is the place to go to find out what is happening and what needs to be done. In this week’s broadcast, Fred Kirschenmann addresses the toughest questions on the issue of sustainability and agriculture. He has thought deeply about these issues for decades and has a practical knowledge based on running a 2,600-acre organic farm himself.”

Fred Kirschenmann, a longtime national and international leader in sustainable agriculture, shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture—a research and education center at Iowa State University in Ames. He is also President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. The Leopold Center offers statewide programs to develop sustainable agricultural practices that are both profitable and conserve natural resources.

This week’s broadcast also takes listeners on a walking tour of Iowa State University’s Hort Farm, north of Ames.

“We enjoyed the walking tour at Hort Farm, a facility with a storied tradition in ISU's Horticulture Department," said “Dream Green” co-host James Moore. “Faculty member Malcolm Robertson showed us a class on fruit and vegetable management that challenges students to make appropriate seasonal food choices based on research and then actually grow them—not as a hypothetical, but in real time and place—to sell in the marketplace. Talk about hands-on farm-to-food experience.”

Thursday’s program is the seventh installment in KRUU-FM’s “Dream Green” series, a showcase of Iowa’s statewide sustainability efforts. Listen online at www.kruufm.com this Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. (Rebroadcast Monday, July 18 at 7am. Archives available at greeniowa.org.)