EPISODE 31 | January 19, 2020

Citrus…Local??? Yes!

This episode of ORIGINS features New Jersey citrus growers Vivek and Seema Malik along with their daughter and baker Simran…

EPISODE 30 | October 15, 2019

Is It Now Or Never For Local Farms?

Thanks for joining us tonight for a very important topic –our local farms.  Today we learned that a local institution,…

EPISODE 29 | March 28, 2019

Building a Healthy Food Retail Environment: Strategies to Improve Food Insecurity

Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life…

EPISODE 28 | January 10, 2019

Medical Marijuana

This episode This episode of ORIGINS features three representatives from the Evermore Cannabis Company located in Baltimore, Maryland. Medical marijuana…

EPISODE 27 | September 27, 2018

The Economics of Sourcing and Buying Locally, Part 2

This episode of ORIGINS continues the conversation we started on Thursday, September 20th about the economic impact of buying and…

EPISODE 26 | September 20, 2018

The Economics of Sourcing and Buying Locally, Part I

The intent behind ORIGINS, a speaker series, was to highlight the farmers, fisherman, producers, and makers behind the local food…

EPISODE 25 | June 21, 2018


This episode will be on foraging in the mid-Atlantic area and features two longtime foragers, Jeff Long and Tom Mueller….

EPISODE 24 | May 17, 2018

Aquaculture: Farming our Fish for the Future

This ORIGINS episode will be about the future of fish farming as well as its current status. Our panel consists…

EPISODE 23 | February 15, 2018

Natural Sweeteners

Our discussion tonight will be on natural sweeteners. We are delighted to welcome Joseph and Margaret-Ann Burkholder, who are the…

EPISODE 22 | January 18, 2018

Michael Twitty

Michael is a noted culinary and cultural historian and the creator of AFROCULINARIA, the first blog devoted to African American…

EPISODE 21 | October 19, 2017

Coffee: A View from Two Continents

Tonight’s episode will take a look at coffee, the drink that fuels most us every day. Our panelists are Miguel…

EPISODE 20 | January 8, 2018

Let’s Have That GMO Conversation! with McKay Jenkins

McKay Jenkins has been writing about people and the natural world for 30 years. His new book is Food Fight:…


Too Many Cucumbers – Preserving, Pickling and Fermenting

Our panelists include Sarah Gordon and Sheila Fain, owners and founders of Gordy’s Pickle Jar; Meaghan and Shane Carpenter, the…


Reading, Writing and Arugula: A Look At Local School Farms

Panelists: Beth Mathie, Farm Educator, Great Kids Farm Sharon Hood, Director of Roots Farm at McDonogh School Dan Schocor, Executive…


Distilling it Down: Spirits in the Mid-Atlantic

Our four panelists are Janna Howley, Director of Operations, Grow and Fortify: Alex Weiss, Sales Director, Caledonia Spirits; Monica Pearce…

EPISODE 15 | July 10, 2017

2nd Anniversary of ORIGINS

ORIGINS is celebrating its 2nd anniversary with a one on one conversation between Chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen in…

EPISODE 14 | May 9, 2017

A Look at Local Orchards & Fruit Trees

In this episode of ORIGINS, we take a look at local orchards, orchardists and a cider distillery. Our first panelist…

EPISODE 13 | January 31, 2017

Women Who Farm

In this episode of ORIGINS, we’ll take a closer look at women who have chosen farming as a career and…

EPISODE 12 | January 2, 2017

So…Was It the Chicken or the Egg?

The 12th program in the ORIGINS speaker series features a conversation with 3 local chicken farmers from Maryland and southern Pennsylvania….

EPISODE 11 | July 31, 2016

The Local Pantry: Oil, Vinegar, and Salt

The 11th program in the ORIGINS series is about locally made items for your pantry – salt, vinegar and cooking…


The South You Never Ate: Virginia’s Eastern Shore

The 10th program in the ORIGINS series features a conversation with Bernie Herman, the department chair and George B. Tindall Professor…

EPISODE 9 | May 23, 2016

Sustainable Seafood in the Chesapeake Watershed

The 9th program in the ORIGINS series is about sustainable seafood.  With the Chesapeake Bay at our doorstep, it is important…


Baking & Local Grains

The 8th program in the ORIGINS series is about sourcing and baking with local whole grains. We are pleased to welcome…

EPISODE 7 | January 8, 2016

A Conversation with Dr. William Woys Weave

A conversation with Dr. William Woys Weaver, an international food historian, author, teacher, gardener, and epicure.  Dr. Weaver is the founder…


The Importance of Bees, Honey and Pollinators

Discussion about pollinators and honeybees and their critical role in our food production. Panelists include Dr. Dennis van Englesdorp, Assistant…


Maryland Cheese – Cow, Sheep & Goat

Local Cheese: Discussion about local Maryland cheese featuring 3 artisanal cheesemakers representing 3 different animal sources — cow, sheep and…

EPISODE 4 | June 1, 2015

Drink Local

Local Beer and Wine: Discussion about the rise of the Maryland wine and beer industry. Speakers include the Director of…


Farmer to Butcher to Consumer

Discussion about the economics of producing high quality pork and beef on local farms. Speakers include a butcher, a processor,…


Maryland Produce

Local Produce: Discussion about local produce and how the Baltimore City School System is incorporating produce into their lunch programs….


Oysters and Aquaculture

Oysters: Discussion about oysters, aquaculture and an overview of the industry in the region. Speakers include an award-winning Chesapeake Bay…