Join Rick and Elara of Backyard Green Films as we traverse the U.S on a green adventure! We travel throughout the land in our teardrop trailer (nicknamed Lil’ Maggie), on a mission to share the stories, dedication, and wisdom of America’s stewards of

045 Dr. Blackburn and the USDA’s ARS Germplasm Vault: The Love Child of Matthew McConaughey and Brinks
Jan 13 • 40 min
We meet with Dr. Harvey Blackburn this week at the USDA’s National Animal Germ Plasm (NAGP) program in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
044 National Western Stock Show Pt 2: Go West, Young Man – But Stop in Denver, Please
Jan 6 • 18 min
It’s that time of year again – off to Colorado for the annual National Western Stock Show.
043 National Western Stock Show Pt 1: Cowboys and Longhorns and IYAK - Oh, My!
Dec 30, 2019 • 34 min
Every year since 1906, the National Western Stock Show has taken place in Denver. We wanted to give you a little peak inside.
042 The Goose: I feel the need, the need for speed…flying into the Danger Zone. Christmas, that is.
Dec 23, 2019 • 53 min
We’re meeting with John Metzer of Metzer Farms, in Gonzales, California. Ducks, geese, chickens, or pretty much anything fowl.
041 Rankin the Nankins with Special Guest Elaine Shirley at Williamsburg. Tickets now!
Dec 16, 2019 • 31 min
Join us this week, as we talk all things colonial with Elaine Shirley (okay, maybe just the livestock) at Williamsburg.
040 Seawind Meadows Farm, Annalee May: Mercy, Mercy, Me…Highlands Shape Ecology
Dec 9, 2019 • 24 min
We spoke with a young lady who is not only going places in business, but who made a big impression at the National Western Stock Show and sale with her prize heifer.
039 Wing and a Prayer Farm: Dreaming in Black and White? Go Buy Valais. (The Metal Band Poster Sheep. Thank you, Slade.)
Dec 2, 2019 • 38 min
Tammy White of Wing and a Prayer Farm talks all things fiber with us, from the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival
038 Today’s Turkey is kind of Shirky. We are Quirky, so we’ll go to Worky to find one Perky.
Nov 25, 2019 • 34 min
It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S., so of course we’re talking turkey. Heritage breeds, of course.
037 The Origin of the Donkey: It’s not the ears, honey. It’s the mileage.
Nov 18, 2019 • 45 min
He is…The Most Interesting Man in the Donkey Research World.
036 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head. And my Field, Dammit.
Nov 11, 2019 • 39 min
Dirt or soil. No matter what you call it, it’s the one thing that in many ways is the beginning and ending of life for all of us.
035 The Akhal-Teke Horses: Hollywood, Hidalgo, and the Special Effects are Just the Beginning
Nov 4, 2019 • 34 min
If you’ve seen the movie “Hidalgo,” you’re familiar with the distance races across the Middle East, in Turkmenistan’s neighborhood. The Akhal Teke excels at this type of race throughout history in the region.
034 NYS Sheep & Wool Festival, Part 2: More Things upon which to Ruminant
Oct 28, 2019 • 32 min
The New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, held annually in Rhinebeck, New York. One episode is not quite enough. We hope you enjoy Part 2.
033 NYS Sheep & Wool Festival. We Want Ewe - To Want - SHEEP (thank you, Cheap Trick)
Oct 21, 2019 • 46 min
The New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, or Rhinebeck Fiber Fest, or The Dutchess County Fiber Fair, or NY Wool Fest, or…it goes on forever.
032 Dr. Peter Raven & Dr. Ari Novy - Plant Professors for Presidents and Popes.
Oct 14, 2019 • 70 min
Our guests today are Dr. Peter Raven and Dr. Ari Novy, who got together with us to talk about their past and future work in the fields of Botany.
031 Tom Watkins, Murray McMurray and the Free Exotic Chick
Oct 7, 2019 • 28 min
In this snippet from our Heirloom Expo 2019 run in Santa Rosa last month, we have an impromptu conversation with Tom Watkins, VP of Murray McMurray.
030 Farm Aid 2018: Founders, Farming, Fortitude and the Mellencamp Bleep
Sep 30, 2019 • 73 min
Farm Aid 2018 was an inspirational, bittersweet, awesome, sad, and positive experience for us. What a rush.
029 Donkey Welfare Symposium - A Wild Ass Weekend
Sep 23, 2019 • 57 min
Donkey Welfare Symposium - A Wild Ass Weekend…as the wild ass was the origin of the breed we now know as the domesticated donkey, it’s fun to say and makes me feel like a more exciting girl.
028 The Heirloom Expo: Seed Swaps, Seed Shops, Chicken Talks and the Amazing Tower of Squash
Sep 16, 2019 • 48 min
People from around the world come to swap seeds, listen to experts in the field, and find interesting new things to grow.
027 The Ligos, LiTerra Farms, and Pasture Perfect Beef. And one of the best steaks ever. We mean EVER!
Sep 9, 2019 • 83 min
Where we learned that Pennsylvania is not only the home of Penn State, but it has green pastures, wonderfully gracious and generous people, and steak to die for (sigh).
026 Temple Grandin. Not Just Outside the Box - She Redesigned the Damn Thing (for cattle, anyway)
Sep 2, 2019 • 30 min
Temple Grandin is one of the most well-known and professionally-respected names in livestock production today, and has become a pop-culture icon. And for good reason.
025 Sunny Hill Farm and the Great Yak Butter Tea Incident
Aug 26, 2019 • 40 min
Yak Butter Tea — Three words you never thought would go in a sentence together. And they do, albeit briefly, in this episode of the podcast.
024 The Shockey’s, Probiotic Invaders, and the Case of the Strangely Dead Pickle
Aug 19, 2019 • 81 min
Our food is alive - or can be. Christopher and Kristen Shockey, fermentistas extraordinaire, sat down with us on a hot summer afternoon in southern Oregon.
023 Bide a Wee Farm and the Wildest Sheep Yet!
Aug 12, 2019 • 53 min
Karen at Bide a Wee Farm in Oregon was a wonderfully gracious host, and took us on a tour of her farm on a very hot summer day, discussing the Jacob American and Navajo Churro flocks and why she chose the breeds.
022 Mother Earth News Fair 2019, Albany, Oregon
Aug 5, 2019 • 45 min
The Mother Earth News Fair series, which is held at various places around the country, and usually around five locations per year.
021 Emily, Villi, and the Newfoundland Pony Conservancy
Jul 29, 2019 • 27 min
With 400 individuals but only 250 breeding animals, the Newfoundland Pony is at a crisis point, if they are to be saved from extinction.
020 Maple Breeze Farm
Jul 22, 2019 • 33 min
John and Bonnie Hall are two of the most down-to-earth people we have met in our travels. They raise American Milking Devon Cattle (and produce amazing maple syrup) on Maple Breeze Farm in Westbrook, Connecticut.
019 City Farmers Nursery
Jul 14, 2019 • 42 min
Bill, Sam and Rebecca discuss City Farmers Nursery, their family owned business, and the merging of different generations.
018 Friends of Farming, Eric Larson of the San Diego Farm Bureau
Jul 8, 2019 • 34 min
Eric Larson, Executive Director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau, was kind enough to have a conversation with us about the organizational purpose, and what they do to help farmers in San Diego.
017 The Texas Longhorn
Jul 1, 2019 • 28 min
Beef! Bar-B-Q! Texas! Join us, as we visit with John and Debbie, two ranchers that raise the Texas Longhorn - a quintessentially American animal.
016 Dr. Tom Whiting, Whiting Farms. Feathers, Fishing, and Fashion
Jun 24, 2019 • 43 min
Dr. Tom Whiting, Whiting Farms. Feathers, Fishing, and Fashion
015 The Holstein Experiment: Dr. Dechow & Dr. Liu, Back to the Future is Y
Jun 17, 2019 • 60 min
The good doctors Dechow and Liu go back in time in a Klingon warbird to bring back germplasm from the 1960’s, and implant it in modern cows to see if they can help save the dairy universe.
014 Bob Quinn Organic Farmer
Jun 10, 2019 • 57 min
Organic farmer, mad scientist, author, gardening aficionado, trombonist, savvy businessman, farming activist, philosopher, and all around tinkerer and out-of-the-box idea guy - that’s Bob.
013 Bishop Mule Days
Jun 3, 2019 • 50 min
Every Memorial Day weekend since 1969, the town of Bishop, nestled on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, comes alive with the annual presentation of Mule Days.
012 Memorial Day 2019 - The Seedbank Scientists Story
May 27, 2019 • 11 min
A short interview with Dr. Cary Fowler and a story of remarkable bravery.
011 Vilicus Farms Part Two
May 27, 2019 • 28 min
Apprentiship program at Vilicus Farms in Havre, Montana
010 Vilicus Farms
May 20, 2019 • 39 min
Dryland organic farming, and maximizing agricultural diversity on the frontier.
009 Hank Will
May 13, 2019 • 31 min
Hank Will: scientist, geneticist, author, conservationist, farmer, and Editor-In-Chief at Mother Earth News Magazine.
008_Adam Danforth
May 6, 2019 • 30 min
Adam Danforth is a butcher, educator, author, and advocate for animal livestock.
007 Dr. Cary Fowler
Apr 29, 2019 • 34 min
Seeds, breeds and biodiversity. A great discussion with Dr. Cary Fowler.
006 Oogie McGuire Desert Weyr
Apr 22, 2019 • 35 min
On a high mesa in the western half of Colorado, Oogie McGuire raises rare Black Welsh Mountain Sheep.
005 Isabella Rossellini The Farm
Apr 15, 2019 • 33 min
Isabella Rossellini - actress, model, activist, author and farmer
004_Stephen Monroe Cowboy Poet
Apr 8, 2019 • 31 min
A great visit with Stephen Monroe — cattle rancher, historian, and Cowboy Poet.
Eo 003_Rocky Top Ranch
Apr 1, 2019 • 34 min
Father and son farming in Holton, Kansas and sharing their love of farming with heritage breeds.
002_Lazy BD Donkey Farm
Mar 25, 2019 • 41 min
A visit with Bob Doxey and his American mammoth Jack named Highlander. They both are true western characters.
001 - Y Bar Hitch Suffolk Punch Horses
Mar 10, 2019 • 34 min
Interview with Ken and Val of the Y Bar Hitch about their rare Suffolk Punch horses.