April 11, 2023; 10 a.m. (Mountain)
In this webinar, we will hear about the value of seeds in our stories, our lives, and their contribution to food sovereignty.
Andi’s Podcast The “Toasted Sister Podcast” is an award-winning show documenting the Native American Food Movement. Host, Andi Murphy (Diné) started the show in 2017 and has since talked with dozens of Native chefs, farmers and individuals in the food industry who are working towards Indigenous food sovereignty. Spend time with us to increase your understanding of today’s food culture and how to integrate it into your agritourism offerings. You will learn how using the stories of seed saving and the production of traditional foods can impact food sovereignty and create awareness for this critical part of Indian Country life. “Seeds are a vibrant and vital foundation for food sovereignty and are the basis for sustainable, healthy agriculture. We understand that seeds are our precious collective inheritance and it is our responsibility to care for the seeds as part of our responsibility to feed and nourish ourselves and future generations.” – Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance.
Andi Murphy, Host/Producer of “Toasted Sister Podcast”
Andi Murphy (Diné) is the creator, host, and producer of the “Toasted Sister Podcast,” a show about Indigenous food. She’s the senior producer of the “Native America Calling” radio program, a one-hour national radio show about Indigenous issues and topics where she produces and hosts a food-focused show every month called “The Menu.” Andi grew up on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. She has a journalism degree from New Mexico State University and has worked as a journalist since 2011. She’s also a photographer, a home cook, and an amateur artist who creates all the art for her podcast, the “Toasted Sister Podcast.” She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her cats, Carrot, Lucifur, and Trout.
The “Toasted Sister Podcast” is an award-winning show documenting the Native American Food Movement. Host, Andi Murphy (Diné) started the show in 2017 and has since talked with dozens of Native chefs, farmers, and individuals in the food industry who are working towards Indigenous food sovereignty. Conversations on the podcast include topics of sovereignty, racism, sexism, politics, and health, and many personal stories about connecting with food, flavor, and culture. “Toasted Sister Podcast” took 1st place for general excellence in the radio and podcasting at the Native American Journalists Association 2019 and 2022 National Native Media awards. In September 2020, it was named a “Saveur 100” by “Saveur” magazine. At the 2021 National Native Media Awards, the podcast got second place for excellence in beat reporting and an honorable mention for best radio/podcast feature story both in the professional division II category. In March 2023, Andi was awarded a Native American 40 Under 40 prize by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
Kelli Hepler, AIANTA Agritourism Specialist
Kelli Hepler is a Colorado-based agritourism developer and marketing consultant. She has worked in tourism for 35 years running her own business promoting and developing tourism products for clients and organizations. Kelli has been an active part of agritourism development for 20 years creating award winning programs and working to create clearer paths for agritourism business. Kelli has been working with farmers and ranchers to create agritourism programs that connect their guest to the land and the food they produce. Educational tours, farm-to-table dinners, special events and product development are part of her focus.