'The Gleaning' is an independent radio show and podcast about food, culture and resiliency, co-founded by Ali Berlow and Viki Merrick.
Ali Berlow is the co-founder of 'The Gleaning’ and the author of two books: 'The Food Activist Handbook: Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community' (foreword by Alice Randall, Storey Publishing 2015) and 'The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse: Building a Humane Chicken Processing Unit to Strengthen Your Local Food System' (foreword by Temple Grandin, Storey Publishing 2013).
Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, food has always been a passion of Ali's. During her college days at the UW-Madison, Ali cooked for cash at fancy catered gigs and flipped burgers at Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry. Wanderlust and fluency in Swahili sent her abroad to Kenya and Somalia. Finding her way back to America, pit stops included her ancestral lands of Northern Germany and France, Italy and various Caribbean isles. Married, three boys, a rescue pup, some pigs and a few cats later — Ali is home and lives between the island of Martha’s Vineyard and Vermont. She cooks to nurture, to create. She writes passionately about food and all that it means — delving deep into our senses and our emotions.
As the former founding Executive Director of Island Grown Initiative, a non-profit that supports the small family farms and farmers of the island, Ali is committed to raising awareness + raising consciousness about the food that we feed to our families.
Her essay series A Cook's Notebook airs periodically on NPR member stations, though its home station is WCAI, local public radio for the Cape, the Coast and the Islands. All essays can be licensed and downloaded from the Public Radio Exchange (PRX.org). Ali is also a lecturer, speaker, freelance writer, editor and radio producer, currently co-hosting The Local Food Report, produced by Viki Merrick of Atlantic Public Media and airing weekly at WCAI.
Ali and her husband Sam Berlow, launched Edible Vineyard in April ‘09. A quarterly print magazine, EV is dedicated to the local community on Martha’s Vineyard, featuring stories and recipes from the Island. Freelance work includes Acres USA, Cape Cod Life, Edible Cape Cod, The Vineyard Gazette.
Viki is an independent radio producer and editor. She began as a radio stringer for ABC News in Rome, Italy, while working as a location/production manager for film documentaries. Since the founding of Atlantic Public Media in 1995, she has produced essays and features for national broadcast on NPR and for the Cape and Island public radio stations. Viki is the Senior Producer and editor for Transom.org, and a collaborator on four Peabody Award-winning series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project, Transom.org and The Moth Radio Hour. She was the Senior Editor on the NPR series This I Believe and currently produces The Moth Radio Hour with Jay Allison.
Hayley Fager is the producer of Postcards Home, an audio postcard series that will share stories from immigrants in the U.S. with family and friends in their home countries. Each postcard offers an intimate snapshot of that immigrant's life through everyday sounds and stories, with a focus on food scenes from kitchens and dinner tables, farms, ranches, and fishing boats. Hayley is an independent producer. She was the host and producer of Eco Chicago, an environmental news radio show on WLPN 105.5 FM Chicago from April 2016-April 2017. Hayley is currently working with Atlantic Public Media to produce content for broadcast on WCAI - The Cape, Coast and Islands NPR station.