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Teen acres [VIDEO]

This week's installment finds us in Portland, Ore., where I really wanted to make a Portlandia-inspired episode. It didn't quite happen, but there were plenty of moments that reminded us of the show -- like getting free valet parking because we were driving a hybrid. We also decided to visit an ultra-practical and amazing farm project called Janus Food Works, where we found young people from Portland getting paid to farm (it's about time) and selling the produce they'd grown. After filming with the kids, we created a meal with their crop for the Plate and Pitchfork farm dinner series. …

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The good shepherd [VIDEO]

The way we eat seems to be in constant flux: Eat no meat, eat lots of meat -- everyone has his or her own opinion. But when a family that actually raises sheep for meat suggests we change our meat consumption, we should listen up. At Magnolia Farm, Elissa Thau raises her sheep with such love and attention that each death is a challenge. Meanwhile, the price of this coddled meat makes it a rare treat for most people. We filmed this short video on our way across Oregon, and while episodes usually comprise a couple of days of filming; …

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Perennial Plate: The story so far [VIDEO]

California sea-urchin fishing, urban gardening in New Orleans, Mississippi catfish noodling, frog gigging in Arkansas, Gulf of Mexico shrimping, and banjo pickin' in the Ozarks: These are just a few of the stories that make up season two of The Perennial Plate. Currently at halfway through a six-month film shoot/real food expedition across the country, this video shares unseen footage, favorite moments, and sneak peeks. Take a glimpse into the lives of food heroes across the country -- along with the beautiful sights and flavors along the way: 

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California gleaning [VIDEO]

Northern California is a land of plenty -- so plentiful, in fact, that there are often leftovers. This isn't uncommon for most farms; in order to make way for bad yields, bad weather, and unexpected disasters, (or just to make sure they have enough to satisfy their customers), most farms will end up with more than they can sell. What happens to all that extra produce? One town has it figured out: In Healdsburg, Calif., an organization called Farm to Pantry picks it, packs it up, and delivers it to several in-need locations. It's selfless, necessary, and wonderful. Watch this …

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Three farms, one dinner [VIDEO]

On a recent visit to San Francisco, we had the great pleasure of preparing dinner with Samin Nosrat of the famed Tartine Bakery. While it doesn't regularly operate as a restaurant, once a month the bakery closes and Nosrat throws an epic dinner party. For this special after-hours event, we harvested ingredients from a diverse group of farms that showcase the bounty of the Bay Area: Riverdog Farm, Sunny Slope Orchard, and Pluck and Feather. Watch the delicious results:

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Sea-urchin fishing, crab tacos, and the delicious rewards of hard work [VIDEO]

Its not every day that you meet someone like Jason Woods. He is one of those people who would succeed at whatever he tried. In his case, he has loved to fish ever since he was a young boy. Over the years, he's tried his hand at most styles of commercial fishing and found his current setup to be the most humane. Jason doesn't waste anything; bycatch is not a part of his process. On many fishing operations, hundreds or thousands of pounds of fish will be killed or discarded in order to catch a few. With Jason, he hand-selects …

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Twins' desert solitaire with organic veggies [VIDEO]

Talk about your desert solitaire: We weren't sure what to expect when we drove 12 miles into a canyon in Utah to meet 70-year-old twins who live off the grid, grow organic vegetables, and give tours of the hidden Anasazi ruins carved into red rock. I've spent years pursuing pioneers and sages of organic food, but Bill and Bob Stone are among the most interesting people I have ever met. We spent two days with the brothers, sharing the rich life they've carved from the heart of the desert.

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Foraging in the Land of Enchantment [VIDEO]

After a turbulent hog-hunt in Texas, I'm happy to slow it down with a man who I aspire to be: John Duncan lives and camps out of his truck, but he also lectures on foraging for wild greens and mountain subsistence for the University of New Mexico. Wash off your city pressures and follow me as I join Duncan on a peaceful yet no-less-exciting search for the flavors of the montane forest:

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Hunting feral pigs in Texas [VIDEO]

Forget Porky Pig and Miss Piggy: In Texas, nonnative feral pigs are not looked fondly upon. There are millions, they breed rapidly, and each year they cause millions of dollars in damage to the agriculture industry and property. Plus, they trash natural ecosystems and threaten native species with their voracious appetite. The answer so far in Texas is to hunt them in any way possible -- even from helicopters. The long-term answer may lie in a balanced ecosystem, or perhaps by making it easier to sell their meat. But until then, they'll keep solving the problem with an old-fashioned, Texas-style …

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Gulf shrimping after the BP oil spill [VIDEO]

This second episode in New Orleans started with an early wake-up for a drive out to the tip of Louisiana. As we approached our destination, I noticed that many buildings were new -- storms had simply wiped out so much. Finding someone to take us out fishing was difficult: Gas is expensive, and it makes little sense for your average fisher to go out for less than a few days. Luckily, we found Sinh Pham, a Vietnamese fisherman eking out a living despite low dock prices for his shrimp, high fuel prices, and the uncertainty of the BP oil spill …

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