On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, the last of 2016, we end with a retrospective look at Erin Fairbanks‘ work with Heritage Radio Network. Her near 5 year tenure as our Executive Director, and 7+ year run on her own podcast, The Farm Report, in which she talks to farmers and food makers, she’s come to know what it takes to run a business, and be the boss; not an easy task to herd 30+ shows on the station! Fairbanks has been able to shepherd forth policy and change through the very conversations she’s had with guests and hosts (e.g. “No Goat Left Behind” and Saxelby Scholars, a scholarship program for high school kids interested in documenting their own radio stories). From the deli counter at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to the New York City kitchens of Savoy and Gramercy Tavern, Fairbanks has the chops, and understanding to best support yourself, you have to serve your community, as seen in her latest endeavor, “Ladies Night”, a monthly women-only meet up group for women in the food world. As Fairbanks steps down from her role at HRN, she ushers in new leadership, with the appreciation and insights she’s gain from being on air, and translating those conversations back to the real world.