Episode 65: Sustainable and Local Food with Special Guest Jessica Parks

Welcome to the Rooted Mind Podcast!

Episode #65: Sustainable and Local Food with Special Guest Jessica Parks

Your Host: Shelby


[0:47] Welcome and introduction of Jessica Parks

[1:16] Shelby: What are you doing to take care of your mental health and root your mind?

[1:57]  AD: Take Root Cafe

[3:16] Shelby: Tell us about your story

[3:36] Jessica: It started with growing backyard tomatoes

[8:18] Jessica: Take Root Cafe started with seeing a need in our Missouri community

[9:24] Shelby: It’s encouraging to me that growing food can be learned

[10:25] Jessica: Soil-care and bio-diversity is key to growing good food

[11:50] The least-invasive gardening/farming method is the most sustainable

[12:06] Jessica: We do no-till gardening

[12:47] Using animals to heal soil

[14:23] Jessica: Customers feel fuller and healthier after eating Take Root’s nutrient-dense food

[15:12] Getting back to real food

[16:05] Learning how to prepare and enjoy real food

[18:37] AD: Coleman Farms

[19:37] Shelby: How is the model of Take Root different than a Soup Kitchen?

[23:00] Shelby: How long has Take Root been open and what is your vision moving forward?

[28:11] Shelby: What are some of the challenges you’ve faced with Take Root?

[32:00] Jessica: Our community is generous and always comes through for Take Root

[36:01] Bridging the gap of convenience and cooking healthy food

[36:46] Jessica: Take Root has applied for a grant allowing us to teach cooking classes and give out boxes of locally sourced food

[38:08] Shelby: I get so many benefits from knowing my local farmers

[38:34] AD: U.S. Wellness Meats

[39:36] Shelby: How can people get involved with Take Root?


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U.S. Wellness Meats: U.S. Wellness Meats was founded in 2000 in Monticello, Missouri (pop. 98) by visionary farmers, who saw that big-business cattle-raising practices were taking a toll on our animals and our health. By returning to rotational grazing practices that are good for the planet and good for our cattle, we led the way in introducing a new generation to the unmatched taste, tenderness, and healthiness of grass-fed beef. Click here to shop. Use code “Grassland” to save 15% off your order.


Coleman Farms: Coleman Farms provides high-quality grass-fed beef for families. Our beef has no added hormones, steroids, or antibiotics. Cattle are rotationally grazed in a stress-free environment to provide the best variety of forage for our animals and leave the smallest environmental impact possible. Click here to shop.


Take Root Cafe:  Our mission is to alleviate hunger and promote health by offering nourishing, high quality, local food on a pay-what-you-can basis. We are changing the way people eat and interact with their food. Take Root is joining over 60 other cafes in the U.S. dedicated to ending hunger in our nation.

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