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Today we’re chatting with Andrea McAdow, owner of Rosebird Farms located in Kingman, Arizona. Nestled in the Cerbat Mountains on just over 2 acres, Rosebird is a certified naturally grown farm growing over 20 varieties of produce any given season. They use high density planting with a focus on soil health in order to get the most out of the land. Andrea came into farming after starting her career in civil engineering and construction management. She felt she needed to give back to the Earth and the community, which led her to the farm life! Hear the tale of a drastic yet dedicated and passionate (and of course, thriving) career shift on today’s episode!   You’ll hear: Why Andrea shifted from civil engineering to farming 1:23 How Rosebird Farms got customers at the beginning 4:17 How they advertise 6:17 How Rosebird handles their flower production 9:50 How they sell their flowers 18:26 How Andrea handles the CSA 22:41 How Andrea communicates with other farmers regarding business prospects 26:12 How their products are priced 28:44 What lessons Andrea learned along the way to becoming a thriving farmer 29:25 Andrea’s advice for those looking to get started on the farming journey 31:51About the guest:Andrea McAdow is the owner of Rosebird Farms, a certified naturally grown farm located on 2 acres in the high desert of Northwestern AZ. After starting her career in civil engineering and construction management, Andrea began farming to explore her passion for working with nature and serving her community. Rosebird Farms grows produce and cut flowers for their CSA and year-round farm stand. They also work with other regional farmers and value-added producers to aggregate and distribute a full line of local products throughout Mohave county.   Resources: Website - https://www.rosebirdfarms.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/rosebirdfarms Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rosebirdfarms/   Harvest Hosts Resources: If interested in being a host, please be sure to mention ​​Thriving Farmer Podcast on your application! Harvest Hosts Facebook  Harvest Hosts Instagram  Become a Host Information We are Harvest Hosts, a platform that connects over 180,000 RVers to local businesses and attractions. Based on our recent survey, Harvest Hosts members spend an average of $50 per night at each Host Location they visit; well-established Hosts are reporting an average of $13,000 in additional annual revenue. Our model is a cost-free opportunity for hosts to share their offerings with our members by opening up space for an overnight stay. We simply tell our members about you and they schedule their visit in advance. In exchange for the overnight stay, Harvest Host members are encouraged to make a purchase of at least $20 at each host location they visit. We hope to see you as a new host location of ours soon. ​If you have additional questions, please contact our Account Executive, JD at jd@harvesthosts.com  ​Don't believe us? Hear more from a host!
Today on the Thriving Farmer Podcast we’re happy to be hosting Aubrey and Ben Thompson, owners of Fair Curve Farm, a thriving family farm located in Ferndale, California. Ben and Aubrey’s story began amongst standing rows of beets and kale in Ferndale during the summer of 2015. Aubrey had just moved up from the California central coast and found herself on a vegetable farm where she met Ben, a dedicated employee skilled in quick harvesting. It was there that they discovered their love and appreciation for organic, local food as well as each other. In 2017, they started Fair Curve Farm, transforming their newly-acquired 4 acres from perennial pasture to a sustainably-grown vegetable farm that was ready for production in 2018. They are committed to always striving to do better for their family, community, as well as their local ecosystem and the planet. Tune in to hear their story and practices! You’ll hear:   When Ben and Aubrey got into agriculture 1:40 What the distance between Fair Curve’s land and the markets which they sell to is 7:53 What they offer as far as flowers 13:00 How Aubrey and Ben delegate tasks to their team 18:49 What kinds of equipment they use and what their bed prep process looks like 21:01 What their harvesting process looks like 24:54 What crops they are growing in the field 26:08 What crops they are wholesaling 34:17 Who the average consumers of their products are 42:16 What Ben and Aubry’s favorite tools are 43:55   About the Guests   We are a 4 acre, family-owned, certified organic farm growing a diverse selection of vegetables, herbs, and flowers on the coast of Humboldt County in Ferndale, California. We market our produce through a free-choice, market-style CSA as well as to local grocery stores and low-income food distribution programs. We operate a bustling weekend farmstand that serves our local community and have recently shifted our marketing strategy away from farmers markets to focus on grocery store sales. We are first-generation farmers who learned to farm by working for other local, organic growers on varying scales of production. Resources   Website: www.faircurvefarm.com   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FairCurveFarm   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/faircurvefarm/    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsors!   Rimol Greenhouse Systems has been supporting local growers since 1994.  Rimol Greenhouse offers superior strength and craftsmanship with their structures and product lines. We offer multiple sizes of gothic high tunnels, gutter-connected and free-standing greenhouses. Rimol Greenhouse manufactures their diverse product line in New Hampshire, using American Steel and Aluminum.    Our knowledgeable sales staff specialize in the technology you need and are located throughout the country to better serve you. Whether you are just getting started as a Greenhouse Grower, or looking to expand your operation, Rimol Greenhouse is your industry partner. To learn more and to get a quote on your next project, visit Rimol.com   At Agrigro, we know that in today’s modern agriculture, our efforts can deplete life or add life. When you look for ways to add life, it’s sustainable and makes everything work better. The result is enhanced plant and soil health for crops, gardens, and turf, as well as improved animal health and environment for livestock and wildlife. Our products are all-natural, easy to use, and friendly to the soil, the plant, as well as the grower. AgriGro’s® formulations deliver essential plant nutrition along with an advanced prebiotic concentrate, which significantly increases the multitude of beneficial native microbial species already residing in the production environment. Through these environmentally sound technologies, we’re adding life to crop production, livestock, home, turf, and wildlife markets. You don’t have to be dependent on crop production efforts that deplete life… Just Add Life with AgriGro®.
Have you explored the options offered by email marketing for your farm?    Today we’re doing something a little different with our guest, Bobby Klinck, email marketing extraordinaire and author of Email Marketing That Doesn't Suck: Have Fun Writing Emails Your Subscribers Will Want to Read (and That Will Actually Make You Money!). Based in Washington DC., Bobby is not willing to be boring to fit the status quo. The fun readability of his templates comes from his need to reach beyond the standard, boring norm, and as he borrows from the famous Saturday Night Live skit, add “more cowbell.” Join us today to learn all about how you can add more cowbell to your marketing!  You’ll hear:   How Bobby got started in email marketing 2:13  What gave Bobby the idea to write a book about email marketing strategy 6:20 What the “proper” amount of emails really is 15:34 Why headlines are important, and why you should think about it differently 21:51 What the connection between telling stories and sales is 34:33 What’s the best way for a new farmer to get started with an email list 45:54 How you can construct an effective welcome sequence 49:44 What tips Bobby has for those looking to start an email newsletter 52:40   About the Guest   Bobby is a Harvard Law Grad turned entrepreneur who built a thriving multiple six-figure business selling the most boring thing ever (legal templates) primarily through email. In the process, his emails have built a cult following because they're actually fun to read.   People have compared his sales sequences to "murder mysteries" that you just can't put down... and people actually email him concerned that they've missed something awesome on the rare weeks that he doesn't email his list.   Bobby has distilled his email wisdom into a snark-filled book titled Email Marketing That Doesn't Suck: Have Fun Writing Emails Your Subscribers Will Want To Read (And That Will Actually Make You Money!)" Resources:   Website: https://bobbyklinck.com   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BobbyKlinckPage   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bobbyklinck/    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsors!   Rimol Greenhouse Systems has been supporting local growers since 1994.  Rimol Greenhouse offers superior strength and craftsmanship with their structures and product lines. We offer multiple sizes of gothic high tunnels, gutter-connected and free-standing greenhouses. Rimol Greenhouse manufactures their diverse product line in New Hampshire, using American Steel and Aluminum.    Our knowledgeable sales staff specialize in the technology you need and are located throughout the country to better serve you. Whether you are just getting started as a Greenhouse Grower, or looking to expand your operation, Rimol Greenhouse is your industry partner. To learn more and to get a quote on your next project, visit Rimol.com   At Agrigro, we know that in today’s modern agriculture, our efforts can deplete life or add life. When you look for ways to add life, it’s sustainable and makes everything work better. The result is enhanced plant and soil health for crops, gardens, and turf, as well as improved animal health and environment for livestock and wildlife. Our products are all-natural, easy to use, and friendly to the soil, the plant, as well as the grower. AgriGro’s® formulations deliver essential plant nutrition along with an advanced prebiotic concentrate, which significantly increases the multitude of beneficial native microbial species already residing in the production environment. Through these environmentally sound technologies, we’re adding life to crop production, livestock, home, turf, and wildlife markets. You don’t have to be dependent on crop production efforts that deplete life… Just Add Life with AgriGro®.
What are the benefits and nuances of running a pasture grazed farm?   Today on the show we are hosting Juliann Janies, scientist turned sustainable farmer and Co-Founder of Red-Tailed Farm, located in Burgaw, North Carolina. After an extensive search for affordable and usable land, Juliann and her partner Gregory, settled on a 14-acre lot with a nearly 100 year old transplanted beach house. They started the farm business by first producing eggs from hens out on pasture, and began rotating them around the property in order to fertilize the soil. Soon they had quite the customer demand for their eggs, and were able to use the profits to buy their first piglets. Things grew naturally from there, and before long, they also had a flock of sheep and goats, rabbits, turkeys, ducks and a market garden. After earning her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University, Juliann worked in scientific research for nearly a decade developing new vaccines. In 2013 she left that career behind to pursue her true passion. Tune in to hear all about Juliann’s journey into pasture grazed farming! You’ll hear: Juliann’s decision to work with science and animals 1:24 What kind of vaccines Juliann worked with 3:20 What caused her to change fields 5:39 What Juliann believes would improve the way typical farms do their internship programs 13:04 What was behind the choice to make a pasture-grazed farm 14:53 Red-Tailed’s enterprises ranked in order of size 23:24 How Juliann and Gregory found the property for the farm 25:25 Why so much cleanup necessary when the farmland was initially purchased 31:48 How long it took to get the desired infrastructure in place 34:40 What type of marketing works for Red-Tailed Farm 35:33 What kinds of events they host 39:28 How Juliann handled the fears of leaving her lucrative career and going into farming 45:22 What advice Juliann has for those looking to start a farm 46:55   About the Guest   Juliann Janies is a former research scientist who quit her career 9 years ago to pursue her lifelong dream to become a farmer. She’s always been obsessed with animals of all kinds, and her goal is to better understand them so that she can help everyone improve the way we coexist with other species. In 2015 Juliann founded Red-Tailed Farm, a diverse, pasture-based livestock farm with a focus on sheep and goats.  Resources   Website: www.redtailedfarm.com   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RedTailedFarm   Instagram: https://instagram.com/redtailedfarm    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsors!   Rimol Greenhouse Systems has been supporting local growers since 1994.  Rimol Greenhouse offers superior strength and craftsmanship with their structures and product lines. We offer multiple sizes of gothic high tunnels, gutter-connected and free-standing greenhouses. Rimol Greenhouse manufactures their diverse product line in New Hampshire, using American Steel and Aluminum.    Our knowledgeable sales staff specialize in the technology you need and are located throughout the country to better serve you. Whether you are just getting started as a Greenhouse Grower, or looking to expand your operation, Rimol Greenhouse is your industry partner. To learn more and to get a quote on your next project, visit Rimol.com   At Agrigro, we know that in today’s modern agriculture, our efforts can deplete life or add life. When you look for ways to add life, it’s sustainable and makes everything work better. The result is enhanced plant and soil health for crops, gardens, and turf, as well as improved animal health and environment for livestock and wildlife. Our products are all-natural, easy to use, and friendly to the soil, the plant, as well as the grower. AgriGro’s® formulations deliver essential plant nutrition along with an advanced prebiotic concentrate, which significantly increases the multitude of beneficial native microbial species already residing in the production environment. Through these environmentally sound technologies, we’re adding life to crop production, livestock, home, turf, and wildlife markets. You don’t have to be dependent on crop production efforts that deplete life… Just Add Life with AgriGro®.
Where and how did you receive your education as a farmer?    Today on the Thriving Farmer Podcast we’re joined by Blair Thompson, Farm Manager and agriculture expert at Warren Wilson College, located in Asheville, North Carolina. Blair spent over 15 years in a diversity of agricultural operations around the country before landing at Warren Wilson. He strives to help students become leaders who have an ecosystems-approach to agriculture that focuses on building farming enterprises suited to each landscape and community. Blair is committed to bringing the classroom into the field, so crew members are able ground their thoughts in the act of work and are prepared to take the lessons of the college farm into the broader world of food and agriculture. Check out today’s episode if you’re interested in how future farmers of America are learning to hit the field! You’ll hear:   Types of farms Blair has dealt with throughout his agriculture career 1:38 Types of education offered at Warren Wilson College 3:54 Warren Wilson College’s work requirement  9:33 The different enterprises on the farm 11:34 How Warren Wilson conducts marketing? 18:59 What aspect of his position Blair most passionate about 26:01 What Blair’s views are for the future of the farm 33:48 What Blair sees as the future of agriculture 37:28 What Blair’s favorite farming tool is 39:44   About the Guest   Blair spent over 15 years in a diversity of agricultural operations around the country before landing at Warren Wilson College. It was while working on these farms that he encountered Warren Wilson graduates and knew the college farm was turning out skilled and passionate land managers. He strives to build students into leaders who have an ecosystems-approach to agriculture that focuses on building farming enterprises suited to each landscape and community. Blair is committed to bringing the classroom into the field, so crew members are able ground their thoughts in the act of work and are prepared to take the lessons of the college farm into the broader world of food and agriculture.   Resources   Website: https://www.warren-wilson.edu/about/land-innovation/   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warrenwilsoncollege Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/warrenwilsoncollege/   The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsors!   Rimol Greenhouse Systems has been supporting local growers since 1994.  Rimol Greenhouse offers superior strength and craftsmanship with their structures and product lines. We offer multiple sizes of gothic high tunnels, gutter-connected and free-standing greenhouses. Rimol Greenhouse manufactures their diverse product line in New Hampshire, using American Steel and Aluminum.    Our knowledgeable sales staff specialize in the technology you need and are located throughout the country to better serve you. Whether you are just getting started as a Greenhouse Grower, or looking to expand your operation, Rimol Greenhouse is your industry partner. To learn more and to get a quote on your next project, visit Rimol.com   At Agrigro, we know that in today’s modern agriculture, our efforts can deplete life or add life. When you look for ways to add life, it’s sustainable and makes everything work better. The result is enhanced plant and soil health for crops, gardens, and turf, as well as improved animal health and environment for livestock and wildlife. Our products are all-natural, easy to use, and friendly to the soil, the plant, as well as the grower. AgriGro’s® formulations deliver essential plant nutrition along with an advanced prebiotic concentrate, which significantly increases the multitude of beneficial native microbial species already residing in the production environment. Through these environmentally sound technologies, we’re adding life to crop production, livestock, home, turf, and wildlife markets. You don’t have to be dependent on crop production efforts that deplete life… Just Add Life with AgriGro®.
What is regenerative agriculture, and what are your options to becoming regenerative as a farmer?    On today’s episode we’re featuring Jesse McDougall of Studio Hill Farm, located in southern Vermont. Studio Hill Farm’s primary goal is to strengthen the land's natural water, carbon, and nutrient cycles so that they may restore the abundant ecosystem of their 5th-generation family farm. To achieve this goal they: raise livestock on pasture using holistic land management practices, use no-till gardens for their annual vegetable and flower production, are in the process of building a 4-acre perennial food forest, and keep bees. Jesse is an accredited professional with the Savory Institute, serves on the advisory board for Soil4Climate, and was the author of the first regenerative agriculture legislation. Join us today to hear all about how Jesse, his wife and their team accomplishes all of this and thrives while doing it! You’ll hear:   How Jesse became attracted to farming 1:07 What the different enterprises on Studio Hill Farm are 7:49 What major changes Jesse and his wife have made to the farm since taking over 12:15 How Studio Hill monetizes their sheep 18:52 How Jesse authored the first regenerative agriculture legislation 23:05 How Studio Hill implements their education programs 43:34 What’s going on with Studio Hill’s funding campaign right now 53:29   About the Guest   Jesse McDougall is a farmer at Studio Hill--a 4th-generation family farm in Vermont and Savory Influencer Hub. He is also co-founder of Regenerative Food Network, Inc., and CEO of Southshire Meats.   Resources   Website: https://studiohill.farm   Instagram: https://instagram.com/studiohillvt   The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsors!   Rimol Greenhouse Systems has been supporting local growers since 1994.  Rimol Greenhouse offers superior strength and craftsmanship with their structures and product lines.  We offer multiple sizes of gothic high tunnels, gutter-connected and free-standing greenhouses.  Rimol Greenhouse manufactures their diverse product line in New Hampshire, using American Steel and Aluminum.  Our knowledgeable sales staff specialize in the technology you need and are located throughout the country to better serve you. Whether you are just getting started as a Greenhouse Grower, or looking to expand your operation, Rimol Greenhouse is your industry partner. To learn more and to get a quote on your next project visit Rimol.com   At Agrigro, we know that in today’s modern agriculture, our efforts can deplete life or add life. When you look for ways to add life, it’s sustainable and makes everything work better. The result is enhanced plant and soil health for crops, gardens, and turf, as well as improved animal health and environment for livestock and wildlife. Our products are all-natural, easy to use, and friendly to the soil, the plant, as well as the grower. AgriGro’s® formulations deliver essential plant nutrition along with an advanced prebiotic concentrate, which significantly increases the multitude of beneficial native microbial species already residing in the production environment. Through these environmentally sound technologies, we’re adding life to crop production, livestock, home, turf, and wildlife markets. You don’t have to be dependent on crop production efforts that deplete life… Just Add Life with AgriGro®.
As a farmer, how much care do you put into making certain your crops have a healthy, bounty-producing foundation?    Today we’re joined by Brad Morgan, Founder and Owner of Morgan Composting and Dairy Doo, located in Sears, Michigan. Morgan Composting Inc is a family business that was started in 1996. The Morgans began composting as a solution to a manure problem on their dairy farm. Morgan Composting’s goal is  to be a driving force in Agribusiness that promotes sustainable practices, and to be an innovative provider of economical soil health products. Their mission is to strive for excellence in their service to customers, their community, and the environment. Tune in today to hear all about the fine art of composting from a seasoned compost master! You’ll hear:   Brad’s method of disposing of manure on the farm 1:25 What’s offered in Brad’s product line expansion 7:19 How the greenhouse products are different 17:06 How the flower mix differs from the Seed Starter 101 19:40 What Brad’s desire for growth (if any) is with Dairy Doo 25:32 Where they source from 31:07 What Brad’s advice is for composting/fertility for a newer farmer 38:43   About the Guest:   Morgan Composting is a family business that was started in 1996, by Brad Morgan and his father, Dale. Brad began composting as a solution to a manure management problem on his 200-head dairy operation. Now the cows have been sold and Morgan Composting designs, manufactures, and distributes powerful and organic soil amendments, fertilizers, and potting soil mixes for the homeowner and agriculture sectors under the DAIRY DOO brand.   Resources:   Website: https://dairydoo.com/   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DairyDoo   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dairy_doo/   The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsors!   Rimol Greenhouse Systems has been supporting local growers since 1994.  Rimol Greenhouse offers superior strength and craftsmanship with their structures and product lines.  We offer multiple sizes of gothic high tunnels, gutter-connected and free-standing greenhouses.  Rimol Greenhouse manufactures their diverse product line in New Hampshire, using American Steel and Aluminum.  Our knowledgeable sales staff specialize in the technology you need and are located throughout the country to better serve you. Whether you are just getting started as a Greenhouse Grower, or looking to expand your operation, Rimol Greenhouse is your industry partner. To learn more and to get a quote on your next project visit Rimol.com   At Agrigro, we know that in today’s modern agriculture, our efforts can deplete life or add life. When you look for ways to add life, it’s sustainable and makes everything work better. The result is enhanced plant and soil health for crops, gardens, and turf, as well as improved animal health and environment for livestock and wildlife. Our products are all-natural, easy to use, and friendly to the soil, the plant, as well as the grower. AgriGro’s® formulations deliver essential plant nutrition along with an advanced prebiotic concentrate, which significantly increases the multitude of beneficial native microbial species already residing in the production environment. Through these environmentally sound technologies, we’re adding life to crop production, livestock, home, turf, and wildlife markets. You don’t have to be dependent on crop production efforts that deplete life… Just Add Life with AgriGro®.
What has Africa brought to the United States in terms of produce and farming knowledge?   Today on the Thriving Farmer Podcast we’re proud to be hosting Karen Washington, Founder of Rise & Root Farm, located in The Bronx, New York. Rise & Root Farm is a women owned and collectively run farm. They grow top notch vegetables, flowers, herbs & seedlings. Since 1985 Karen has been a community activist, striving to make New York City a better place to live. As a community gardener and board member of the New York Botanical Gardens, Karen worked with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens.  She also co-founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Join us today to hear about Karen’s long journey improving her community with pure, nutrient rich produce! You’ll hear:   How Karen got into agriculture 1:44 What prompted Karen to start Rise & Root Farm 2:55 What food insecurity looks like in the Bronx neighborhood 5:36 How American history has impacted the African American community’s role in farming 14:07 What crops were brought to America from Africa 18:06 What plants Rise & Root Farm raises 30:51 What marketing strategies does Rise & Root employ 38:55 What Black Urban Growers is all about 45:25 What advice Karen has for newer farmers 55:40 What Karen does in addition to farming 56:34   About the Guest:   Karen is a farmer and activist. She is Co-owner/Farmer at Rise & Root Farm in Chester New York. An activist, food advocate; in 2010, Co- Founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS) an organization supporting growers in both urban and rural settings. In 2012, Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country and in 2014 was the recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award. Karen serves on the boards of the New York Botanical Gardens, Mary Mitchell Center, SoulFire Farm and Black Famer Fund.   Resources:   Website: www.riseandrootfarm.com    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karwasher   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karwasher/
What is a pragmatic farming approach in a high precipitation climate?   Today on the show we’re hosting David Haakenson, 2nd generation owner of Jubilee Farm, located in Carnation, Washington. Jubilee Farm is proud to provide the greater Seattle area with a diverse selection of nutritious vegetables, fruits, meat, & flour, all of which are cultivated using organic farming practices. Jubilee’s produce is available through its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription program, in which members of the public support the farm by committing to purchase shares of its produce for a season. About half of Jubilee Farm previously had been conserved by the King County Farmland Preservation Program. When there was an opportunity to partner with King County to preserve the remaining half through the County’s Transfer of Development Rights Program, PCC Farmland Trust jumped at the chance. Tune in today to hear about Jubilee’s interesting history in the particularly wet Washington climate!   You’ll hear:   What David does on Jubilee Farm 1:08 How many acres of cropping takes place on Jubilee 6:08 How Jubilee Farm manages the high precipitation Northwestern climate 12:27 What kind of on-farm commerce is facilitated by Jubilee 36:37 How David structures his team to ensure all integral tasks get completed 38:32 Jubilee’s spring plant sale 50:40 What David would change if he could return to the beginning of his farming journey 57:09   About the Guest   David Haakenson (pronounced “Hawkinson”) is a second generation farmer in Carnation, WA.  He and his family run and live on the farm his parents started when David was a child, with no experience in farming! After spending time learning what didn’t work, David’s father learned about the CSA model and soon became the second CSA in the region and is still successfully operating today.   Resources:   Website: https://jubileefarm.org   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jubileefarmcarnation   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jubilee_farm/ 
Today on the show we’re joined by Seth Shaffer of Red Clay Farm, located in Cleveland, Tennessee. Red Clay Farm is a 24.5 acre farm dedicated to certified organic farming methods and growing without any traces of GMO seeds. Their crops rotate with luscious strawberries, lovely arugula, mixed salad greens, kale, lettuce, broccoli, swiss chard, potatoes, green beans, a variety of organic micro-greens and more. Join us to learn more about Seth’s journey to becoming a farmer! You’ll hear:    How Seth got interested in agriculture 1:37 What the current setup of Red Clay Farm looks like 12:00 How the grains on Red Clay Farm are cultivated 17:54 What is happening with their sorghum production 20:41 Why sorghum syrup fell out of favor 22:58 How Red Clay Farm sells their grains 30:54 What kind of education services Seth offers 34:35  How Seth manages his time between teaching and farming 42:03 What Red Clay Farm is doing with turmeric and ginger 45:05 What Seth’s advice for someone thinking about getting into agriculture is 53:41    About the Guest   Seth Shaffer is a farmer from Southeast TN where he and his family own and operate Red Clay Farm, a certified organic farm.  Seth obtained his master’s degree from Green Mountain College in Sustainable Food Systems. For the past 7 years he has taught the Sustainable Agriculture class at Southern Adventist University.   Resources Website: https://www.facebook.com/Red-Clay-Farm-152851461506253/
Where do you turn for the comprehensive permaculture information you need as a farmer? Today on the Thriving Farmer Podcast we’re happy to have Nick Ritar, Cofounder of Milkwood, located all the way down in Tasmania, Australia. Milkwood is dedicated to sharing permaculture skills for living like it matters. Online, in print, via their renowned courses, whatever it takes to get you inspired, Milkwood is here to help people learn. They acknowledge that permaculture owes the roots of its theory and practice to traditional and Indigenous knowledge from all over the world. The education offered by Milkwood covers everything from permaculture design to market gardening, natural building and mushroom cultivation, to help create resilient and abundant households and communities. Are you ready to boost your farming and permaculture know-how? Stick with us! You’ll hear: How long Nick has practiced permaculture 2:27 What drove Nick to write his book, Milkwood: Real Skills for Down-to-Earth Living 7:52 How Milkwood operates their education courses 19:16 What is covered in Milkwood’s Permaculture Living Course 22:35 Why we need to respect indiginous knowledge when it comes to permaculture 30:54 How Milkwood came to be the trove of information that it is 39:15 What Nick does with waste mushroom cultivation 44:58 How Nick describes the lifestyle promoted by Milkwood to someone with an outside perspective 50:23 About the Guest: Nick Ritar is co-director of Milkwood - an education enterprise dedicated to teaching skills to regenerate the earth. Since 2007 Ritar, with his partner Kirsten Bradley, have given over 15,000 students the opportunity to learn from the world's best sustainable farmers, market gardeners & permaculturists. Their first book ‘Milkwood - real skills for down to earth living’ was released in Sept 2018. In 2019 Milkwood launched their first online course 'Permaculture Living' a 12 week intensive course with the co-originator of Permaculture David Holmgren and they have recently launched their second online course on Home Mushroom Cultivation. Resources: Website: https://www.milkwood.net/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Milkwood Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milkwood/
What opportunities does the digital world offer your farming business?  Today we’re joined by Margie Paskert, a market gardener, online produce e-commerce specialist, and owner of Lazy Ox Farm, a small family farm operating out of Olathe, Colorado.  Margie has been growing and selling sustainably raised plants and veggies for more than 22 years, first in northern Idaho, then for 10 years in southern Missouri. She is now operating on the beautiful west slope of Colorado, and has been since 2019. Focusing primarily on online sales, Margie says that Etsy has allowed her farming operation to be what it is today. Her business has well exceeded her expectations, and even desires. You know if you have grown beyond what you even wanted, you’ve done something right! Join us today to hear all about how Margie and her team have achieved this huge level of productivity!   You’ll hear: What business model works best for Margie 1:18 The size of Margie’s team 4:35 What products Margie ships 7:34 How Margie manages pests in the greenhouse 8:59 The benefits and challenges of growing and producing in Colorado 16:29 How Margie finds help willing to work the necessary schedule 19:56 How her business outgrew her expectations and desires 23:34 What Margie would change in the business, given the opportunity 30:50 What platforms Margie uses to achieve the desired volume of sales 33:49 What advice Margie would give to a new farmer to have a good and productive first year 36:52 What words of encouragement Margie would give herself as a new farmer 38:31 Margie’s favorite farming tool 38:44 What Margie thinks about the prospect of starting a farm now 41:40   About the Guest: Margie started in market gardening 25 years ago in Northern Idaho, doing mixed veggies and a few plant starts that she sold through a CSA and at Kootenai County Farmers Market. Margie moved to rural Missouri in 2006 and tried to do the same thing, but the business model did not work there so she switched to online sales of plants only, and her business has grown steadily since then, and rapidly since covid. Margie moved to Colorado 3 1/2 years ago because, why not? This business model is location independent!   Resources: Website: www.lazyoxfarm.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lazy-Ox-Farm-250334001645386
On this final episode in the Elderberry Workshop Series, we’re joined by Andrew Thomas, Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Missouri,  Master of Science in Agronomy from Iowa State University, and Director of Ozark Regional Land Trust. Andrew enjoys conducting research on a wide variety of horticultural and agroforestry crops and crop production techniques. His main research interests include the development of overlooked native fruit and nut crops with commercial potential, but he also studies aspects of mainstream horticultural crop production. Andrew has built a 24 year (and running strong) knowledge of the elderberry, so if you’re looking to delve a bit deeper into the elderberry rabbithole then look no further!    You’ll hear: When Andrew first learned about elderberries 2:10 About the process for Andrew to get his latest elderberry grant 6:28 The differences between the impact of elderberry juice vs. elderberry syrup 17:29 How Andrew approaches pollination of elderberry crops 19:22 Why European elderberries are more difficult to mechanically harvest 23:21 The use cases of elderberry skins and/or seeds 26:28 Where you can learn more about Andrew and his work with elderberries 31:59   Resources: Sign up for our free Elderberry workshop series - https://www.elderberryworkshop.com
Today we are joined by Dax Funderburk, owner of Beets Workin’ Farm. Beets Workin’ Farm is a small family farm located in beautiful Northeastern Vermont, where they focus on growing dozens of unique varieties of garlic, available online at HardneckGarlic.com and numerous festivals throughout the Northeast USA.   After years of growing garlic and four season produce in Southeastern PA, they purchased 250 acres on the Lamoille River in Greensboro Bend, Vermont in 2017 with the intent of relocating the garlic farm. After several years of focusing on improving soil fertility and health, their entire garlic crop is now Vermont grown on the banks of the Lamoille. Tune in today to hear all about Dax’s journey from business to garlic!    You’ll hear:  How Dax got into farming 1:20 How many times a year Dax moves the tunnels on the farm 8:42 What prompted Dax’s transition to garlic 19:12 What the current business model is at Beets Workin’ Farm 21:48 How Beets Workin’ has acquired over 75 varieties of garlic 31:44 What a typical year on a garlic farm entails 42:01 What Dax has brought to farming from his background in business 1.00:36 About the future of Beets Workin’ 1.21:12 Dax’s favorite farming tool 1.24:52 Where you can learn more about Dax and Beets Workin’ Farm 1.26:03   About the Guest: Dax Funderburk, Owner & Operator of Beets Workin Farm & HardneckGarlic.com, now located in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, focuses exclusively on growing 90+ varieties of hardneck garlic, available online and at numerous festivals throughout the Northeast. Beets Workin Farm was founded in 2010, growing year round produce in SE Pennsylvania, after spending 20+ years in the cable & satellite industry. After almost a decade of growing produce, the farm transitioned to only garlic in 2019 and relocated to Greensboro Bend, Vermont.     Resources: Website: https://www.beetsworkinfarm.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hardneckgarlic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hardneckgarlic
Have you prepared your land for a bountiful elderberry harvest? What are your elderberry options if you haven’t?  For the second installment of our special Elderberry Workshop Series we’re hosting Taylor Clark of Boulder Berry Farms, located in southwest Ohio. Boulder Berry Farms offers USDA Certified Organic elderberries; fresh, frozen, dried, and freeze dried. They also have a herd of purebred KuneKune pigs, a docile grazing farm animal perfect for smaller homesteads. In late 2019, they cut their first rows of elderberries and purchased hundreds of cuttings. From there, the rest is history…which you can hear in this episode!   You’ll hear: Who Taylor is and how he got into elderberries 1:12 What role water plays in the farming of elderberries 3:31 About land preparation for Boulder Berry Farms 6:24 How you can grow elderberries if you don’t have your land prepped in time 10:12 The typical yield per acre on Boulder Berry 17:00 How Boulder Berry has refined their practices over time 23:25 The vision for the near future of Boulder Berry Farms 28:41 Where you can find out more about Taylor and Boulder Berry Farms 31:00Resources:Sign up for our free Elderberry workshop series - https://www.elderberryworkshop.com Boulder Berry Farms website - https://www.boulderberry.com Boulder Berry Farms Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/boulderberry
What opportunities does a farmer have today in the elderberry market?  On this first episode of our Elderberry Workshop Series, we’re excited to have with us Trisha Jackson of Trisha’s Elderberries. Hailing from Ohio, Trisha’s Elderberries is an artisanal, upscale online wellness boutique focused on crafting the very best natural wellness remedies. Their elderberry products are handmade and use only the best of organic ingredients. Their elderberry syrup is renowned for it’s Christmas-like flavors and unparalleled effectiveness. Trisha’s Elderberries is recognized as the #1 elderberry syrup brand in Ohio by integrative wellness practitioners, functional MDs, chiropractors, pediatricians, and pharmacists too. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a proven elderberry master!    You’ll hear: Who Trisha Jackson is and what she does 1:35 How Trisha got into the Elderberry business 2:03 About Trisha’s wholesale partners 5:59 The typical shelf life of these products 9:15 About overall opportunities to sell in the elderberry business 10:43 About retail opportunities for elderberry farmers 14:20  What Trisha offers with her Grow Your Elderberries Products Business Group 20:25 Where you can find out more about this group 21:52 Resources: Sign up for our free Elderberry workshop series - https://www.elderberryworkshop.com Trisha’s Elderberries website - https://trishaselderberries.com/ Trisha’s Elderberries Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/trishaselderberries Trisha’s Elderberries Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/trishaselderberries/
Today we’re lucky to be hosting Stephen Smith, President of AgriGro, and Luke Hammond, VP of small farms and home and garden product lines at AgriGro. The mission of AgriGro is to provide sustainable, environmentally sound technologies that maximize biological performance, return a profit to the user, and improve the world in which we live. For nearly 40 years, AgriGro has established a tradition of excellence, manufacturing an ever-growing line of innovative technologies that offer superior performance and unmatched value in the global marketplace. Grounded in humble beginnings, their family-owned biotechnology company seeks to build upon those principles, and expand the tradition of excellence beyond the scope of business. Stephen and Luke are both dedicated and passionate about AgriGro’s vision, principles, and processes, and thus have become masters of the craft. Listen in today to hear about their journeys!   You’ll hear: What Agrigro does 2:03 What products Agrigro offers 13:15 What prebiotics are 18:49 Agrigro’s mission, in Luke’s words 23:52 Some common myths about soil that Stephen and Luke can debunk 43:17 How prebiotics can help build organic matter 53:19 What a farmer should think about before getting started with the AgriGro program 56:18 What kind of ratio of their product a typical market gardener would apply to their crops  1.02:56 Some different ways Stephen and Luke apply the prebiotic 1.10:00 How Stephen envisions the future of agriculture 1.19:11 Where you can learn more about Stephen, Luke, and AgriGro 1.22:03   About the Guests: Luke Hammond Luke is a farmer, a father and a guy that loves food about as much as the ground that it grows on.  It doesn’t take long for anyone who meets him to know that he is deeply passionate about all things farming. Small-scale regenerative agriculture consumes his waking hours and has for the past 7 years. Luke is on a mission to come alongside other farmers to learn together from other's farming experiences. Together, they can focus on the restoration of our communities, save our planet, and make a profit one location at a time.    Stephen Smith Stephen has been employed with AgriGro since 1988 and has served as President of the Company since 2005.  He is now a 2nd generation owner of the company in partnership with his brother, Shannon.  Growing up on the family farm, Stephen began his career working beside his father who founded the company in 1980 and has been part and witness to the growth and  transformation that has taken place since its beginning. Stephen has helped lead the expansion of AgriGro from its humble beginnings and focussed his career on branding and building a prebiotic line of products that work in harmony with nature to improve the world we live in for generations to come. As a result of his efforts, AgriGro has grown from a single product offering to a growing line of Nutritional and Prebiotic technologies. Today these products are distributed around the globe to improve Soil Health, Crop Production, Livestock Nutrition, Wildlife management, Home and Garden plant care and Commercial Waste Management.   Resources: Website: https://agrigro.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/agrigroinc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/agrigrocrops/
What type(s) of elderberries are right for your farm?  Today on the third part of our special elderberry-centric miniseries, we’re hosting Terry Durham of River Hills Harvest. Located in the Hills of Hartsburg, Missouri, River Hills Harvest supports local farmers and processors. Their growers have committed to the health and wellbeing of their produce, their farms, and their communities. Every berry that is processed has reached peak ripeness to assure the highest delivery of the health promoting qualities for which elderberries have a historical reputation. Terry has been thriving in this business for quite some time, so if you’re interested in entering the elderberry market, or advancing your elderberry game, this is not one to skip!   You’ll hear: How Terry first got involved in the elderberry business 2:03 What the elderberry growing and harvesting process look like 3:59 The differences in process and results between European and American elderberries 7:24 What types of elderberry varieties exist and how to determine which to grow 10:30 The varieties that typically do well in the southern states 21:17 About the education River Hills Harvest offers 23:49   Resources:Sign up for our free Elderberry workshop series - https://www.elderberryworkshop.com River Hills Harvest website - https://www.riverhillsharvest.com/ River Hills Harvest Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RiverHillsHarvest River Hills Harvest Instagram - http://instagram.com/riverhillsharvest
What was your reason for going organic? We’re joined today by Andrew Couzens from Terra Flora Organics, located in Chilliwack, Canada. Terra Flora Organics specializes in producing fungal dominant composts and worm castings and microbial inoculants to growers. They also produce and provide regenerative agricultural educational and consulting services to conventional and organic growers. Starting out as a software engineer, Andrew discovered he had an extreme sensitivity to Roundup, which kicked him off on a unique journey to the world of organic farming. Join us today to hear all about what Andrew and Terra Flora Organics have accomplished and where they’re headed!   You’ll hear:  Why Andrew transitioned from software engineering to organic farming 1:37 What Terra Flora Organics grows and sells 8:47 What options farmers have when using vermicompost 16:36 What compost worms like to eat 28:57 What systems Terra Flora Organics has in place for removing worm castings 34:48 What else worm castings can be used for 38:32 Why Andrew is supplying worms and worm castings to a wine vineyard 53:55 Where you can find out more about Andrew and Terra Flora Organics 1.00:50   About the Guest:  After spending two decades in software engineering, Andrew Couzens eventually arrived at the conclusion that his talents would be better spent working with nature in the physical, real world, than furthering the development of the digital one which has been demonstrated to disconnect individuals from nature in spite of never being more connected. There's never been a greater need for people to produce sustainable solutions to manage our footprint on this planet, and the need to re-localize food production has reached a climax.   Resources: Website -  https://terrafloraorganics.com Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/terrafloraorganics/ Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/terrafloraorganics
What’s it like building a farm from the ground up in a foreign country? Today we’re hosting Tim Livingstone, Owner of Strawberry Hill Farm and President of Atlantic Certified Organic. Strawberry Hill Farm is an organic family farm serving the New Brunswick community with weekly boxes, online orders, and a small store on the farm. Raised in New Hampshire, Tim moved to New Brunswick in 1997, purchased a dilapidated farm in 2011, and has since transformed it into one of the largest organic farms in eastern Canada. They now grow over 60 types of vegetables and berries plus livestock on pasture. They believe that growing food without the use of chemicals is best, from the point of view of the health of their family, their team, the environment, and for the sake of the many customers who enjoy the fresh organic products they sell. Hear how Tim and his wife accomplished this feat!   You’ll hear:  What motivated Tim to move to Canada 1:46 What happened directly after purchasing the farm 4:06 About Strawberry Hill’s fertility program 13:51 What a typical week looks like for Tim 16:54 What the scale of the farm is 27:14 How Tim ensures that all the most vital tasks on the farm get completed 36:13 Who Tim’s mentors have been throughout his farming journey 41:22 What systems Tim would’ve put in place sooner given a magic reset button 45:33 Where Tim looks to find help for the farm 51:19 How Tim allocates tasks for his workers 53:55 How Tim makes sure the farm’s products get sold 1.06:13 What demographics typically buy from Strawberry Hill the most 1.10:13 What Tim sees as the biggest mistake newer farmers make 1.12:46 What encouraging piece of wisdom Tim would give to himself in the past when he was a new farmer 1.16:25 Tim’s favorite farming tool 1.17:04 Where you can learn more about Tim and Strawberry Hill Farm 1.19:28   About the Guest: Tim Livingstone owns Strawberry Hill Farm in New Brunswick, Canada along with his wife Kirsten. Tim grew up in New Hampshire and moved to Canada in 1997. He's spent most of his life in agriculture and around greenhouses and he’s studied compost, compost teas, and the Soil Foodweb in the early 2000s. He also worked in sales and consulting for biological agriculture for everything from tree care, to turf, to large scale agriculture.  In 2011, Tim and his wife bought a run down farm and have since turned it into one of the largest organic farms in Eastern Canada - raising over 50 crops, plus pasture raised beef, pork, chicken, and eggs. Tim and his wife were the recipients of the Gerrit Loo Memorial Achievement Award in 2013, and the Agricultural Leadership Award from the New Brunswick Institute of Agrologists in 2018. Tim currently sits on the board of the directors of the Organic Federation of Canada and is president of Atlantic Certified Organic. Tim loves growing things but also loves spending time near the ocean at their island camp in the Bay of Fundy.   Resources: Website -  www.strawberryhillfarm.ca Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/StrawberryHillNB Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/strawberry_hill_farm/
Comments (2)

Ryan Slyzuk

Great content Michael! Thanks for stepping up and filling the giant void left after Chris' passing and the end of the Farmer to Farmer pod. Keep the torch lit!

Jul 9th
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Jake Caron

Great to have this podcast from In the Field Consultants! Looking forward to learning from the guests that are hosted on it.

Mar 9th
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