TLC Todd-versations

TLC Todd-versations

Come hang out with us as we talk with people who shape our food experience. Expect to be inspired as we hear about people, brands and cutting edge ideas making a difference in our lives and for our planet. www.tlc.organic

Episodes

August 10, 2022 41 min

Southern Innovations may be a misnomer.

Contrary to what the name might imply, this show, put on by the Southeast Produce Council, is farm from regional. Listen as Todd chats with the chair, Raina Nelson, and the heir to that position, Tim Graas. This group of problem solvers is willing to invest in innovation, research, and discovery of areas of interest with water and energy supplies, food insecurity, ag technology, and regenerati...

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“It was cash and guns; bruised knees and hurt egos were a part of the climb.”

This episode is way more than a produce retrospective. Listen as Todd chats with Darrell Beyer, founder of The Beyer Company, Bluebird Mountain Organics, Naturally Grown Organics, and House of Dates. 

Darrell is a champion for the produce industry, has the heart of a lion, and has the genuine spirit of fellowship. These gents discussed the pirate ship that ...

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"Issues like labor and immigration are treated with a band aid instead of being viewed as an opportunity for change." Todd Linsky

"Get invovled." Tom Stenzel

It's a call-to-action moment between two produce powerhouses, Tom Stenzel and Todd-versations', Todd Linsky. Listen to this highly impactful discussion about the fresh produce industry. They challenge us to participate and share our opinions on everything...

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"I want to make sure that our say-do ratio is very high." Brian Kocher, President and CEO of Calavo Growers.

Get your seatbelt on and come along for the ride.

Don't miss this chat. Todd-versations open the door to a conversation between two industry optimists. Todd and Brian discuss topics ranging from transparency, communication, competition, sustainability, and more.

And don't miss the ending. The bonus round includ...

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There is no profit in curing the body, if in the process we destroy the soul. Samuel Golter

Where do you look for hope?

Todd-versations is honored to share a glimpse into the good work done at City of Hope, partly in thanks to their collaboration with the produce industry, specifically the Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s Team Produce.

The opportunities and the need to duplicate these efforts are endless. The produce industry is g...

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My job is to lift people up.

Our industry’s job is to keep food out of furrows and landfills.

We are in a relationship-based business.

There is a tremendous amount of ground covered in the conversation between Todd and Michael Schutt of Raley’s. We chatted about the paradigm shift in our relationship with food, the challenges of feeding people good food at a reasonable price, and their commitment to nourish people, communities, and ...

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Make fresh fruit and vegetables easy!

Listen as Todd and Jeremy Taylor of DNO Produce bounce back and forth on topics. What is local; what will it take to get more fresh fruit and vegetables in schools: how has social media opened the doors for what you do? 

What else? Well, you’ll have to listen in to find out, because “we’re hiding the spinach in the soup”!

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Fall in love with the problem, not the solution. (Uri Levine, waze Co-Founder) 

If your focus is solely on finding the solution you will never get started. (Todd Linsky)

Rich Dachman of Brighter Bites  has delivered a call to action for the fresh produce industry that is hard to set aside. Listen as he chats about how they are working to change the behavior of families and communities, one school at a time. Brighter Bites believes th...

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There are no shortcuts to success. 

And in the Controlled Environment Agriculture world, Abby Prior of Bright Farms can testify. Things that could cripple almost any operation were experiences and opportunities for Abby and her Brightfarmers to learn, plan, and face the future head-on. Listen as Abby graciously answers Todd's questions and shares about things that stood in their way and how they overcame and triumphed on their B...

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What does the perfect marriage of science and nature look like? 

It looks verdant, with endless opportunities for growth in the produce and floral categories. Listen as Todd-versations chats with Gordon Robertson of Verdant Technologies about their science of freshness.

They are upping the game from field to table for freshness and sustainability!

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The power of fermentation. It’s not just about your home brew beer anymore.

The Better Meat Co. is on a mission to revolutionize the meat industry by creating a new and better way to make meat by harnessing the power of fermentation. In this episode, Paul Shapiro CEO shares with Todd-versations that they want to make a meat experience that is delicious, satisfying, and affordable. 

Lots to learn and explore as we hear the benefits of...

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Like the superheroes they are…

AgroThrive’s mission is to improve the health of our soils, seas, and skies by safely repurposing nutrient-dense organic wastes into sustainable bio-fertilizers.

Todd-versations chats with Will Daniels about how their Progressive Digestion Process (PDP) marries perfectly with a growing population’s need to decrease its food waste footprint, rebuild soil ecology, and protect our waterways and oceans of t...

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What do you call a force of nature?

You call it Karen Archipley, co-mastermind of Archi's Acres. What hasn't she done, and how many thousands of lives have the dream she and her husband Colin started in 2005 changed?

Do not miss this chat! Karen wears the softest gloves ever, but her punch packs a wallop. Nothing is off the table for this discussion about organic decertification for hydroponic, Post-traumatic Stress (no D bec...

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Is there such a thing as too many "Os”?

Not when it comes to the trifecta of OPN (Organic Produce Network), OPS (Organic Produce Summit), and OGS (Organic Grower Summit). Listen as Todd-versations chats with Matt Seeley, CEO and wearer of many hats, about the impetus for each one, what they cover, and who they serve. 

Names dropped, dates given, and predictions made. Don't miss Todd and Matt in action.

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Starting in 1858 in Victoria, British Columbia, amid the Canadian Gold Rush, Oppy has always been a champion of innovation and opportunity.

Here is the evidence. Oppy established Vancouver's first produce warehouse in 1887. Their founder, David Oppenheimer, was mayor from 1888 to 1891 and was credited with developing the city's infrastructure. They imported the first mandarin oranges from Japan in 1891, the Granny Smith in ...

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"SAVRpak is more of a mission than a product. The product is just the vehicle."

We are talking to another push-the-initiative, problem-solving company and individual on Todd-versations. The folks this month are all solution-oriented. Meet Grant Stafford from SAVRpak. He is part of a problem-solving team working to eliminate waste one carton, one shipment, one meal, and one bouquet at a time.

When asked, "what is SAVRpak,&...

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When you think of honey, what comes to mind? 

Would it be money laundering, fraud, and deception? Or would it be golden sweet nectar, buzzing bees, and a field of wildflowers? Unfortunately, the answer is all of the above.

We need to recognize that there is a positive cost of food and cheap has a hidden cost. What we avoid today will come back to haunt us in the future as a dwindling food supply, crops no longer being viable, and dec...

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"Every neighborhood is different. Our goal is to be a part of the community by being a part of the solution, whether providing the right product mix or lending a hand with one of our outreach programs. We recognize that it is about the people we serve in the communities in which we live."

As you watch this episode, listen as Jeff Cady shares from his heart about the company he loves, the co-workers he takes great pride in wo...

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"It’s not over when you lose. It’s over when you quit." 

Listen as Todd-versations chats with Austin Kirtley, Founding Partner of KESI Management. Talk about optimizing making lemonade from lemons. This chat rocks because it spotlights another company doing good and helping their clients win the day. 

You might think talking about operational workflow, supply chain integration, and trickle-down scalability is a snore-fest, bu...

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What happens when a legacy brand joins forces with tech startup? Success for the company, the consumer, and the planet. As Brian shared, Pete’s and Pete’s Living merged with Local Bounti in what one employee described as a zipper coming together with all the teeth fitting in place. 

Listen as Todd-versations chats with Brian Cook, president of Local Bounti about their commitment to doing good, transforming the definition of local, a...

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