The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers

The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers
Covering farming, gardening, and food politics

Rotational Grazing Tips with Sarah Flack (e.111)
Jun 18, 2019 • 51 min
Tristan Banwell, BC-based rancher and occasional co-host of the show, recorded this interview with Sarah Flack, author of : How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals and Farm Ecosystems. From : Sarah Flack is an author and…
Participatory Plant Breeding (e110)
Jun 2, 2019 • 44 min
This ep: my interview with Alex Lyon, a focused on seed systems and plant breeding for diverse farm environments. Alex is involved in a number of projects that recruit commercial farmers to assist in the development of better seeds, and she joins me…
Farming is Gay
May 19, 2019 • 75 min
This ep: a few perspectives from members of the LGBTQ community who farm This ep: a few perspectives from members of the LGBTQ community who farm Show sponsors:
e108: Aliwawa?
Feb 21, 2019 • 35 min
In which your host tells you all about his experiences sourcing certain farm equipment using Alibaba, the massive, China-based gathering place for buyers and manufacturers. He’ll take you through all the steps, from confusion to suspicion to…
e107: A Cynical Farmer Rebuffed
Feb 21, 2019 • 51 min
My guest this ep is Stefan Morales, producer of the podcast. Stefan and I both care about food and farming. I brought my passions to farming; he took his into the non-profit and government sphere. We compare notes, things get mildly awkward, and a…
e106: How to Gross 250K on 1/2 Acre
Feb 20, 2019 • 16 min
This ep: my conversation with urban farmer Kevin Sturdy, author of a book getting a lot of buzz: You’re Welcome: How to Crush Your Dreams By Grossing More Money on Less Land Than You Ever Thought Possible. Kevin claims that by following his…
e105: Ramial Wood as Soil Amendment and More with Karl Hammer
Feb 20, 2019 • 38 min
This episode I speak with Karl Hammer, founder of and all-around soil fertility expert. We focus on the use of wood chips as a soil amendment, and Karl also shares his thoughts about managing soil fertility on bio-intensive market gardens. Show…
e104: Silvopasture with Steve Gabriel
Feb 20, 2019 • 59 min
This ep: Ruminant co-host Tristan Banwell interviews Farmer and Author Steve Gabriel about his book A Guide to Managing Grazing Animals, Forage Crops, and Trees in a Temperate Farm Ecosystem. Bonus content (more conversation) should show…
e102: Weed Management in the Pasture
Sep 19, 2018 • 40 min
This episode my guest is Mark Renz, an extension weed specialist at the University of Wisconsin. He joins me to talk about weed management in the pasture.
e101: Beneficial Insects on the Farm
Aug 5, 2018 • 50 min
This ep: I wanted to learn more about maintaining and increasing bug biodiversity on my farm so I contacted the , a non-profit that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. They connected me with Eric Mader,…
Foliar Feeding w/ Steve Solomon
Apr 23, 2018 • 46 min
Steve Solomon is back to talk about what’s turning his crank in the garden these days: foliar feeding. Steve is the author of numerous gardening books including one of my faves, The Intelligent Gardener.
e.99: Incubating your own eggs
Apr 6, 2018 • 31 min
My guest today, Pascale Deffieux Pearce, is a vice-president with Brinsea, a producer of egg incubators for the farm and home. She joins me to talk about ins and outs and pros and cons of hatching your own eggs, or those of your hens’.
e.11: Adding seed production to your veggie operation (re-run)
Mar 30, 2018 • 27 min
This episode: Part 1 of 2 of my conversation with Dan Brisebois, editor of the seed production blog Going to Seed and co-author of Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers. In this part, Dan talks about the basics of vegetable seed production and…
e.98: Breeding for Better Flavour and Row 7 Seeds
Mar 23, 2018 • 43 min
Have you read The Third Plate by chef Dan Barber? Great Book. This episode explores one of the legacies of that book: a brand new seed company, representing a collaboration between chefs and plant breeders, that aims to improve the flavour and…
e97: Jean Martin Fortier! Cocaine! Compost Tea!
Mar 18, 2018 • 36 min
This ep: Jean-Martin Fortier returns for a quickie. We talk about fame, semi-fortune, cocaine, compost tea, the tool he’s most obsessed with at the moment, and a few other tidbits. One of JM’s recent projects is an online course. He’s pretty…
e.96: A Critique of Compost Tea
Mar 16, 2018 • 48 min
Linda Chalker-Scott is an extension specialist at WSU with a One of her targets has been the use of compost tea as a disease-preventer/pest-abater/all-around garden panacea. Seeing as your podcast host is about to start a compost tea regimen on his…
e.95: The Farmers Aren’t All Right pt II
Mar 9, 2018 • 42 min
Episode 92, about farmer mental health, really resonated with lots of listeners. This episode features a follow-up conversation with Javan Bernakevitch, who emerged from his own depression with insights that he now shares with others. Learn…
e.94: Better GH Practices
Mar 2, 2018 • 54 min
This ep: First I speak with Andew Mefferd, author of The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook (superb!), about making the most out of caterpillar tunnels. After that, Cornell Extension Specialist Judson Reid joins me to talk about avoiding and…
2018 Season Launches Friday! But first: a teaser.
Feb 24, 2018 • 5 min
Coming Friday, March 2: the first episode of the next season of The Ruminant Podcast. To tide you over, I’ve produced a microsode. I hope you enjoy it!
e93: Stop Washing Your Children So Much!
Mar 18, 2017 • 50 min
The microbes that colonize us when we’re in the womb and as infants have lasting impacts on our health later on. My conversation with Claire Arrieta, author of Let Them Eat Dirt. Marie-Claire is the co-author with B. Brett Finlay of : Saving Your…
e.92: The Farmers Aren’t All Right
Mar 3, 2017 • 45 min
Farming is tough work. The unpredictability of the job and the pressure to present a curated, bucolic version of the work can easily lead to various kinds of mental health problems: despair, feeling overwhelmed or like a failure, or even depression….
e.91: The Origins of Artisanal Food in America
Feb 16, 2017 • 35 min
Patric Kuh, James Beard award winner, Food Critic for , and author of Finding the Flavours We Lost: From Bread to Bourbon, How Artisans Reclaimed American Food, joins me to talk about his book. I ask Patric about the cynicism surrounding…
e.90: Our Agricultural Heritage is At Risk
Feb 2, 2017 • 28 min
First, my conversation with on her book Bread Wine Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, which describes the increasing threat to the biodiversity within our food system, and how a better appreciation for the diversity of flavour…
e.89: America Does Too Have a Food Culture! | Successful CSA Pickup
Jan 19, 2017 • 38 min
This ep: a conversation with Sophie Egan, author of Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies—How What We Eat Defines Who We Are Then, Robin Turner of provides tips for setting up a good pick-up point for your CSA. Likes or shares…
Just when you really need it: The Zone
Dec 12, 2016 • 3 min
A new season of The Ruminant Podcast begins in January 2017. For now, I hope you enjoy this ode to gettin’er done around the farm.
e88: Cut Flower Maintenance, Farm Internship Workshop
Jul 24, 2016 • 39 min
This ep: Jessica Gale of is back with suggestions for taking good care of your cut flowers throughout the season: soil fertility management, pruning tips, deadheading, and harvesting. After that: Dr. Charles Levkoe joins me to talk…
e87 Insights on Leasing Farmland
Jul 14, 2016 • 55 min
This ep: I’ve spliced together the best clips from a couple of webinars about leasing farmland. One was given by me, your host; the other by Blake Hall of Pastured Meats. The webinars were produced by Farmstart, and can be Also: The Canadian Organic…
e86: Antibiotic Use in Poultry Production & Antibiotic Resistance
Jun 4, 2016 • 38 min
My guest today is Tom Philpott, Food and Agriculture Correspondant for Mother Jones. Tom joined me to talk about his recent piece on , and the efforts of one major poultry producer to wean itself from this practice.
e85 Assembling a Herd| Mobile Hoophouse Design
May 28, 2016 • 37 min
This ep, Susan Kerr of WSU extension returns to talk about the right way to build a healthy herd; Hermann Bruns returns to talk about a 30’x100’ mobile hoophouse design that has worked really well for him. See the companion post about
e84 Standing Orders with Restaurant Customers
May 21, 2016 • 25 min
This ep is a shorty. returns to talk about setting up standing orders with restaurants. Approximately 1/3 of Matt’s sales are to restaurants, and the majority of those sales come from standing orders of just a few products—salad mix, tomatoes, pea…
e83 Pasturing your Pork and Selling Flowers to Florists
May 14, 2016 • 43 min
This ep, Lydia Carpenter of on Landscape Scale Hog Management. Then: flower grower Jessica Gale of returns, this time to talk about selling flowers to florists and into the wedding industry. The image featured with this episode was…
e82: Media Training for Farmers
May 5, 2016 • 47 min
This ep: Jennifer Cockrall-King, of Food and the City: Urban Ag and the New Food Revolution and the just-released Food Artisans of the Okanagan, joins me to talk about how farmers can get the right kind of media attention from…
e81: Connected Apprentices=Happy Apprentices
Apr 21, 2016 • 33 min
This ep: is a great example of how to enrich the experiences of farm apprenties, incubator farmers, farm workers, etc. A conversation with Robin Johnston and Bernard Soubry.
e80: Parasite Control for Small Ruminants
Apr 15, 2016 • 31 min
This time: of Washington State University Extension Services joins me to talk about non-chemical forms of parasite control in small ruminants. I learned a lot. You will too. Also: in which your hosts reads one of his essays. Episode photo…
What our Ancestors Ate and Why it Matters Today
Apr 8, 2016 • 47 min
Today’s guest: Stephen Le, author of . Stephen is an anthropologist who argues that if we want to understand the role of diet in influencing our health, we need to ease off of our obsession with nutrutional science and focus more on the role that…
e78: Affordable Farm Sensors | Layers v Broilers
Apr 2, 2016 • 36 min
This ep: Bob Siegfried of MidAtlantic Farm Sensors on wiring up your farm for better management, plus John McCauley of returns to recommend the best bird to start with if you’re new to pasturing livestock. Interested in entering the contest…
e77: Smart High Tunnel Management
Mar 25, 2016 • 52 min
This episode, veggie grower and high tunnel ninja Adam Montri of in Bath, Michigan, joins me to talk about the finer points of incorporating high tunnels into your market gardening. Discussed: The limitations of 12’ wide caterpillar tunnels…
e76: Winter bale-grazing, biodegradable mulch research, amending poor soil
Mar 19, 2016 • 44 min
This episode we’re back to the practical aspects of farming. I speak with: Blake Hall of about his Winter bale-grazing program. PhD Candidate Shuresh Ghimire of Washington State University about his research on biodegradable mulches for field…
e75: Organic Agriculture in the 21st Century
Mar 10, 2016 • 44 min
Can organic agriculture feed the world? Well, no, probably not entirely. Butin Nature: Plants suggests that as a farming system, it scores better than conventional farming systems on many key indicators of sustainability. This, say the paper’s…
e74: Green Garlic, Easy Cut-Flowers, Keeping Birds Dry When It’s Wet
Mar 2, 2016 • 45 min
This week: over-wintered crops like green garlic, some easy-peasy cut flowers to try out, and a tip for keeping pastured poultry dry and warm when it’s wet and cold. Plus: TCOG co-editor Amy Kremen joins me to talk about updates to the Canadian…
e.73: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health
Feb 25, 2016 • 54 min
In David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé suggest we are in the midst of a scientific revolution of our understanding of the role that microbes play in the health of many other life forms on earth, including plants, as well as our own. I…
e72: The Salatin Semester/DIY Vacuum Seeder/Soil Blocks
Feb 19, 2016 • 30 min
The Salatin Semester, a comprehensive course featuring the teachings of you-know-who, is the latest educational offering from Verge Permaculture. I review the course. After that: a conversation with Eric Barnhorst about his take on a home-made vacuum…
e.71: Farming with Kids
Feb 12, 2016 • 44 min
This episode: submissions from listeners about the joys and travails (mainly the latter) of farming with children. Four farmers share their tips for staying sane when you add kids to an already hectic lifestyle. Heather’s and I cropped it…
Growing Epic Tomates part two
Jan 28, 2016 • 32 min
In part two of my conversation with Craig Lehoullier, author or Epic Tomatoes, we focus on tomato variety selection. Craig explains how tomato colours are classified, recommends the best heirlooms for commercial gardeners to grow in each…
e.68: Epic Tomatoes
Jan 23, 2016 • 46 min
I stumbled across Craig LeHoullier’s book, Epic tomatoes, by accident one day when I was trolling the internet looking for episode ideas. I bought his book on a whim, and am I ever glad I did. Many years ago, Craig fell in love with growing tomatoes,…
No episode this week.
Jan 15, 2016 • 1 min
e.67: Things you may not know about organic certification
Jan 8, 2016 • 40 min
I recently had a chance to speak with Rochelle Eisen, who is an expert on all things organic in Canada. Rochelle has been an organic inspector, AKA organic verification officer, for years, and she’s been involved in various levels of the oraganic…
e66: The trouble with low paid farm apprenticeships
Dec 18, 2015 • 30 min
Guts is a Canadian feminist magazine that recently published a piece by Natalie Childs called Natalie’s article is a thoughtful consideration of the reality of low- and no-pay farm apprenticeships on many small-scale farms in Canada, and the…
e.65: Your weeds are trying to tell you something.
Dec 11, 2015 • 26 min
Jay McCaman has spent many years observing and cataloguing the weeds on his and his clients’ farms, and over this time, by also observing the soil types, conditions, and nutrient levels of the countless fields he’s worked with, Jay has come up…
e.64 We divorced flavour from nutrition, and it’s making us fatter
Dec 4, 2015 • 36 min
An interiew with Mark Shatzker, author of The Dorito Effect
e.63: Winter Work Ideas for The Idle Farmer
Nov 28, 2015 • 45 min
This episode features submissions that came in from listeners after I asked you all what you do in Winter to make ends meet, if not farming. Your answers? Snow removal. Substitute teacher or para-teacher. Organic inspector. Animal technologist. Plus…
e.62: The Rooftop Farm at Ryerson University
Nov 20, 2015 • 29 min
This episode of the podcast features an interview with Arlene Throness, the coordinator of a rooftop farm operated by a Ryerson University Gardening club called , out of Ryerson University in Toronto. The interview was recorded and edited by Ruminant…
e.61 Extra: Jim Riddle on the crops he grows at Blue Fruit Farm
Nov 13, 2015 • 14 min
e.61: Growing Perennial Fruits: Jim Riddle and Blue Fruit Farm
Nov 13, 2015 • 34 min
At Blue Fruit Farm in Minnesota, Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford grow a range of perrenial tree fruit and berries of the blue and nearly-blue kind. In our conversation, Jim Riddle talks about why he and Joyce switched to perennial crops from annual market…
e.11: Seed Production with Dan Brisebois
Nov 6, 2015 • 26 min
This episode: Part 1 of 2 of my conversation with Dan Brisebois, editor of the seed production blog Going to Seed and co-author of Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers. In this part, Dan talks about the basics of vegetable seed production and…
e.09: Grafting Tomatoes with Carol Miles
Oct 29, 2015 • 34 min
This episode I have a really helpful conversation with WSU Veggie Extension Specialist Carol Miles about grafting tomatoes, eggplants, and other veggies. We cover definitions, the reasons for doing it, and a few techniques. Thanks to Carol for making…
e.60: We’ve Missed the Point on GMO Food
Oct 22, 2015 • 34 min
This episode, I’m joined by farmer and writer Forrest Pritchard, whose September 22, 2015 suggests that the battle to prevent the widespread use and human consumption of GMOs was lost a long time ago, and that GMO opponents’ energy could be…
No Episode this week. New Content Next Week.
Oct 16, 2015 • 0 min
Go Jays!
e.59 Spreading Straw Mulch Efficiently & Mentoring Your Way to Economies of Scale
Oct 8, 2015 • 41 min
This episode features two segments on hard-won insights from farmers. My first conversation is with Delaney Zayac of . His intensive growing practices and short season make it hard to maintain sufficient organic matter in his soil. His new…
e.58 Community Financed Agriculture
Oct 2, 2015 • 26 min
This episode, contributor Scott Humphries’ interview with Sean Butler of . To finance part of their farm’s growth, Sean and his wife Geneviève asked friends and family to invest in their vision by selling ‘bonds’ that paid a…
e.05: Irrigation Tips from Troy Peters
Sep 24, 2015 • 37 min
This episode: Troy Peters, an irrigation expert with the Washington State University Extension Service, talks about best practices in crop irrigation. We discuss a cool new smartphone app that helps farmers decide when and how much to irrigate, I…
e.57 All About Rotary Plows
Sep 17, 2015 • 44 min
This episode, I speak with a couple of market gardeners about the Berta Rotary Plow, a really handy soilworking attachment for market gardeners. One of my guests, David Mazur-Goulet of , has a great tip for building raised beds with the plow that are…
e.56 Mostly About Cooking
Sep 10, 2015 • 29 min
I own a cookbook by Ian Knauer, called The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food. I love it, so I invited Ian to come on the show to talk about his cooking, and the family farm that inspired the book.
e.55: Why Everyone Who is Sure About a Food Philosophy is Wrong
Sep 3, 2015 • 38 min
This episode, I’m joined by Tamar Haspel, who writes a column for the Washington Post called Tamar recently wrote about the problem with embracing a given food philosophy too rigidly. It’s a thought-provoking . Tamar talks about it in this…
e.13: Jess Dennis on BioChar
Aug 27, 2015 • 39 min
This episode: University of British Columbia grad student Jessica Dennis talks about her research on biochar and its potential as both a great soil amendment for agricultural soils and a carbon sink for climate change mitigation.
e.07 Pest Management with Entomologist Tamara Richardson
Aug 13, 2015 • 29 min
This episode: I speak with entomologist Tamara Richardson about strategies for insect pest control in the garden. We discuss the merits of crop rotation, the importance of knowing your pests’ overwintering habits, and what to do with plant debris…
e.06: Better Nutrient Managment for your Soil
Jul 24, 2015 • 45 min
This episode, a rerun from 2013, when Soil Scientist Clare Sullivan joined me to talk about managing nutrient cycles on the farm. After that, I talk about the results of my effort to attract more beneficial insects to my garden using lots of mulched…
0054 Stale Seed Bedding, Finding Buyers for your Produce
Jun 26, 2015 • 34 min
Youssef Darwich joins me for this episode. Youssef is the farm manager for the Grand Valley State University Sustainable Agriculture project in Michigan. He has been playing around with stale seed-bedding techniques. We talk about that, and about the…
e.53: A Non-Browning GMO Apple Hits the Market
Jun 11, 2015 • 61 min
This week, organic farmer, advocate, and activist Linda Edwards joins me to talk about the recent approval of the Arctic Apple for production and consumption in North America. The Arctic Apple is a genetically modified crop that will not brown when…
Shifting the workload to your livestock
Jun 4, 2015 • 34 min
Meg Grzeskiewicz is the owner of Rhinestone Cattle Company in NY State. A grass-fed animal producer who concentrates on breeding, Meg advocates a no-nonsense approach to breeding and managment that, over the long term, can produce a healthy,…
e.51: Building a Farm Cooperative to Thrive
May 28, 2015 • 56 min
Friend of the show and past guest Dan Brisebois is back to share his insights about in Quebec. Dan was a founding member and, with his colleagues, has built a thriving farm using careful planning, great communication, and lots of hard work. Dan…
Rerun: e.16 Steve Solomon on Intelligent Gardening Part 2
May 21, 2015 • 82 min
Here’s a past episode that, until now, hasn’t been included in this podcast feed. I’ve added a new intro, as well as a brand new segment at the end of the episode. In this long-form interview with gardening writer Steve Solomon, we discuss his new…
e.50: DiY Vacuum Seeder and Farmers for Liberty
May 14, 2015 • 25 min
This week I’m delighted to feature my conversation with listener Bernie Woodford of . Bernie recently sent me a submission for the blog featuring the DIY Vacuum Seeder he built with simple parts for $20, for a savings of hundreds of dollars…
e.49: Truly Regenerative Agriculture via Pasture-Cropping
May 7, 2015 • 57 min
This episode: Australian farmer Colin Seis talks about the system of no-till pasture cropping he helped develop that allowed him to resurrect a 3000 acre farm on the edge of destruction and turn it into a thriving example of truly regenerative…
e.48: Less Stressful Fencing
Apr 29, 2015 • 47 min
This episode, Wisconsin farmer and fencing wizard Randy Cutler joins me to dish on the finer points of fencing your livestock for less stress and happier animals. We cover some of the main considerations before buildilng your fence, and finish with…
e.47: Listener Submissions
Apr 23, 2015 • 25 min
All my nagging is starting to pay off! I’ve started to receive submissions from listeners concerning good ideas for their farm and garden that they want to share with you. This episode: why you shouldn’t use a used washing machine to spin your salad…
e.46: Growing Great Potatoes
Apr 16, 2015 • 55 min
This episode, Ruth Genger, a researcher with the University of Wisconsin in Madison joins me to talk about the finer points of getting your potato production off to a great start. Ruth explains how to ensure your potato plants “jump out of…
e.45 Whole Grain Mindset: Give those old wheat varieties a chance!
Apr 9, 2015 • 51 min
Monica Spiller and The Whole Grain Connection
e.44: Peter McCoy on Radical Mycology
Apr 1, 2015 • 48 min
Peter McCoy, mycologist and co-founder of , joins me for this episode to talk about the vital importance of fungi in our natural and farmed ecosystems, why fungi literacy is so low, and how we might change that.
Ruminant Short: Why you should plant more trees in the nursery
Mar 31, 2015 • 4 min
A short excerpt I thought I’d upload since I had this extra clip. It’s a piece of advice from Youssef Darwich, who was on the show last week. In it, he talks about planting trees, from seeds, for fun and profit.
e.43: Molly Haviland on the Soil Food Web, pt. 2 of 2
Mar 25, 2015 • 22 min
This episode: part two of my conversation with Molly Haviland, a soil biology consultant who aims to convince you to take your soil’s microorganisms more seriously. Molly argues that the complex relationships that develop between many different types…
e.42: Molly Haviland on the Soil Food Web, part 1 of 2
Mar 25, 2015 • 46 min
This episode, we hear from Youssef Darwich about cool ways to plan your farm using GIS and other tools. Then: my conversation with Molly Haviland, a soil biology consultant who aims to convince you to take your soil’s microorganisms more seriously….
e.41: Chris Marquardt on Commercial Beekeeping
Mar 19, 2015 • 43 min
This episode: friend Chris Marquardt talks about the commercial beekeeping program he took that led to a happy career as a full-time apiarist. We also discuss big versus small beekeeping, colony collapse disorder, and what Chris loves, and hates,…
e.40: Three Québécois Farmers Share Three Great Ideas for Your Farm
Mar 12, 2015 • 37 min
In this all-Quebec episode, I talk to three exceptional Québécois farmers, each with a good idea for your farm. First: Dan Brisebois of and a explains how to include yoru employees and apprentices in a year-end debrief that will…
e.39: Farm Interns, Labour Laws, and Fair Compensation for Your Farm Help
Mar 3, 2015 • 65 min
Herein: we talk about the legality and ethics of unpaid and low-paid farm internships, and some best (and worst) practices in hosting farm interns. In light of two recent cases of disgruntled farm interns suing their hosts for unpaid wages, The…
e.38: Carol Miles on Commercial Dry Bean Production on Small-Scale Farms
Feb 24, 2015 • 37 min
Are niche market dry beans a good bet for your small-scale farm? This episode, WSU Farming Extension Specialist Carol Miles returns to the podcast to talk about her vast knowledge of organic dry bean production, which has been a regular focus of…
3.37 Lisa G.K. on Starting a Raw Millk Dairy on the 53rd Parallel
Feb 18, 2015 • 31 min
Lisa Graham Knight’s story begins like a lot of new farmer stories do: a kid in her twenties, high on idealism and extremely low on any actual farming experience, decides to apprentice on a veggie farm. But the veggie farm Lisa chose? It was in the…
e.36: Rhys Pender on why wine matters
Feb 11, 2015 • 38 min
On the importance of wine to our food culture and to food security
e.35: Culinary Herb Production Done Well part 2 of 2
Feb 4, 2015 • 33 min
Chris Blanchard on adding a culinary herb component to your farm business
e.34: Culinary Herb Production Done Well part 1 of 2
Jan 27, 2015 • 35 min
Chris Blanchard on adding a culinary herb component to your farm business
e.33: Nathanael Johnson on the GMO Debate
Jan 21, 2015 • 69 min
In mid- to late-2014, journalist Nathanael Johnson wrote a series of blog posts at entitled This was no minor foray into modern ag’s most divisive topic. Nathanael’s research was extensive, and the series topped thirty…
e.32: Best practices for farmers selling to restaurants and chefs part 2 of 2
Jan 14, 2015 • 29 min
Selling your farm goods to chefs can be lucrative, but there are idiosyncrasies to this type of marketing that a farmer should understand if she wants to keep and increase the business she gets from restaurants. This episode features part two of my…
Two chefs on exclusivity and accessibility in the gourmet food context
Jan 13, 2015 • 8 min
A Ruminant Podcast Excerpt
e.31: Best practices for farmers selling to restaurants and chefs part 1 of 2
Jan 7, 2015 • 42 min
Part 1 of my conversation with Cam Smith and Dana Ewart of Joy Road Catering
e.30: Krista Rome on Growing Grains and Legumes on a Small Scale
Mar 22, 2014 • 44 min
Krista Rome talks about her experiences and the manual she wrote to help you start growing these crops
e.29: Matt Gomez on Online Marketing for your Farm Business
Mar 14, 2014 • 43 min
How to get the most out of promoting your business online
e.28: Thoughts on Hosting Good Farming Apprenticeships
Mar 6, 2014 • 53 min
A panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities associated with hosting farming apprenticeships
e.27: Chris Bodnar
Feb 27, 2014 • 37 min
The owner of Close to Home Organics on Farm Business Partnerships and a Successful Co-operatively Owned Land Model
e.26: Talking record-keeping, accounting, and farm partnership with Curtis Stone
Feb 13, 2014 • 43 min
Talking shop about market gardening
e.25: Heather Stretch on Farm Apprenticeships and Starting your Farm
Feb 4, 2014 • 37 min
Heather Stretch on farming apprenticeships and starting your farm