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Ep 46: The Market Farmer Life – with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm

Listen as Conor Crickmore tells us about his journey from IT to farming, tips for those who want to grow their own food, and the importance of being connected with your food system.

Bio: 
Conor left the city, moved to the country and started what would later become a world class farm from nothing and with no experience. He left a IT job in a cubicle to create a homestead on a river where he could catch and grow his dinner. It did not happen quickly as it was very hard those first couple of years for Conor and his wife Kate. Conor and Kate were driven by finding a connection to nature and their food and to make a better life for themselves and their two kids born on the farm. What they ultimately created was one of the most successful small scale vegetable farms in the world.

After a decade of building their farmstead, they now teach others their high production, low till farming methods. Conor found that the current landscape of tools did not work well within his style of farming and thus he became a designer and manufacturer of farm tools. Other farmers agreed, and the tool company, Neversink Farm Tools, was born.

Conor and his family now wish to share their farm with the community through dinners in their newly renovated barn and through videos of farm life they create. They hope to inspire others to either make the leap themselves to a country life or at least to eat great food in a beautiful location with family and friends.

 

Links
www.neversinkfarm.com
www.neversinktools.com

Social media
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/neversinkfarm/ 
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NeversinkFarm/
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/neversinkfarm

Ep 45: Why We Need Regionally Adapted Seeds – with Brijette Peña

When you buy seeds to plant in your backyard garden, do you wonder where they came from? Brijette Peña, owner of San Diego Seed Company, joined us to share with our listeners the importance of knowing where your seeds come from. The idea is simple: If good seed that is adapted to our climate is produced locally, then we can add one more layer of support to our regional food systems!

Bio of Brijette Peña, Owner of San Diego Seed Company:

In 2010, Brijette Peña came to the stark conclusion that few companies were producing regionally adapted seeds for Southern California climates, she took an oath. An oath to produce organic, regionally adapted seeds that gardeners, farmers and market growers could depend on. This lofty goal has led to the amazing development of San Diego Seed Company.  Through her seed company, she not only produces organic heirloom varieties well adapted for the Southern California growers but she also facilitates and promotes ethical seed production aimed at providing growers the best varieties for their success.

In the end, for San Diego Seed Company it’s about supporting those that support us by growing nutritious local, food.

Website: https://www.sandiegoseedcompany.com/

Ep 44: Where Our Water Comes From (Part 2) – with Charles Fishman

In part two of our conversation with award-winning author and journalist Charles Fishman, we discuss how we can all do our part to help conserve water and inspire change in our communities and government.  

Bio:
In the last four years, Charles Fishman has become one of the most forceful, challenging and inspiring public voices on water issues, speaking everywhere from MIT and UCLA, to Hershey chocolate and the US State Department.

Fishman’s book, “The Big Thirst: The secret life & turbulent future of water,” has become the best-selling water book in a generation, and is changing how people think about water, and how they confront the challenges of climate change. “The Big Thirst” does something few water books do — it restores a sense of wonder about water, along with a sense of urgency.

Fishman’s message is both blunt and optimistic. Everywhere in the world, climate change will make water problems that already exist worst. And many places that don’t think about water will suddenly have too much or too little. At the same time, the next decade will see a revolution in water akin to the revolution we’ve seen in computing, in medicine, in communication, in the last 10 years. Around the world, how people use water, how they get it, what they pay for it, and how they think about it — all will change. Because it must change.

Fishman is a former reporter for the Washington Post, and was a reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel and the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. Since 1996, he has worked for the innovative business magazine Fast Company. Fishman’s work has won numerous awards, including three times receiving UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in business journalism.

He is the author, most recently, of “One Giant Leap: The impossible mission that flew us to the Moon” — a groundbreaking history of the race to the Moon in the 1960s that was an instant New York Times bestseller.

Fishman is the author of two other New York Times bestsellers, “The Wal-Mart Effect,” about Wal-Mart’s impact on how we live; and the #1 NYT bestseller, “A Curious Mind,” about the power of curiosity, with Hollywood producer Brian Grazer.

Fishman grew up in Miami, Florida, and graduated from Harvard. After a stint in Mexico City, he now lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, also a journalist, their two children, and their two Labradors. A two-foot wide creek runs through his backyard.

Books:
The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World’s Most Powerful Company Really Works–and HowIt’s Transforming the American Economy
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon

Ep 43: Where Our Water Comes From (Part 1) – with Charles Fishman

When you turn on the tap or buy a bottle of water, do you ever wonder about where that water comes from and all the work and energy that is required to bring that water to you?  Are you curious to know what you can do individually to help conserve the world’s water supply and what you can do to help your community avoid a water crisis?

Listen as award-winning author and journalist Charles Fishman teaches us about our strange and complex relationship to one of the earth’s most vital resources, water.

Bio:
In the last four years, Charles Fishman has become one of the most forceful, challenging and inspiring public voices on water issues, speaking everywhere from MIT and UCLA, to Hershey chocolate and the US State Department.

Fishman’s book, “The Big Thirst: The secret life & turbulent future of water,” has become the best-selling water book in a generation, and is changing how people think about water, and how they confront the challenges of climate change. “The Big Thirst” does something few water books do — it restores a sense of wonder about water, along with a sense of urgency.

Fishman’s message is both blunt and optimistic. Everywhere in the world, climate change will make water problems that already exist worst. And many places that don’t think about water will suddenly have too much or too little. At the same time, the next decade will see a revolution in water akin to the revolution we’ve seen in computing, in medicine, in communication, in the last 10 years. Around the world, how people use water, how they get it, what they pay for it, and how they think about it — all will change. Because it must change.

Fishman is a former reporter for the Washington Post, and was a reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel and the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. Since 1996, he has worked for the innovative business magazine Fast Company. Fishman’s work has won numerous awards, including three times receiving UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in business journalism.

He is the author, most recently, of “One Giant Leap: The impossible mission that flew us to the Moon” — a groundbreaking history of the race to the Moon in the 1960s that was an instant New York Times bestseller.

Fishman is the author of two other New York Times bestsellers, “The Wal-Mart Effect,” about Wal-Mart’s impact on how we live; and the #1 NYT bestseller, “A Curious Mind,” about the power of curiosity, with Hollywood producer Brian Grazer.

Fishman grew up in Miami, Florida, and graduated from Harvard. After a stint in Mexico City, he now lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, also a journalist, their two children, and their two Labradors. A two-foot wide creek runs through his backyard.

Books:
The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World’s Most Powerful Company Really Works–and HowIt’s Transforming the American Economy
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon

Ep 42: Fun with Fungi – with Tradd Cotter from Mushroom Mountain

Listen as we discuss Mushroom Mountain, which Tradd Cotter owns and operates with his wife Olga, to explore applications in various industries including food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides

About Tradd:
Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

In 2014 Tradd published the best-selling book Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation (2014), that is still one of the top ten releases with the publisher, Chelsea Green. Tradd has won numerous awards for his work including the prestigious Clemson University Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2013), the EPA GRO-U Fellowship Award (2011), and an expert lecturer on all topics related to fungi in agriculture and medicine.

His primary interest is in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone can grow mushrooms on just about anything, anywhere in the world. Mushroom Mountain is currently expanding to 42,000 square feet of laboratory and research space near Greenville, South Carolina, to accommodate commercial production, as well as mycoremediation projects. In 2018 Mushroom Mountain started a daughter company, MYCOMATRIX, that develops novel medicinal extracts for consumers and cobranding into consumer products. Currently the Cotters have opened Blue Portal, a psilocybin research and mediated session center, that is available in Jamaica and soon Costa Rica. Tradd, Olga, and their daughter, Heidi, live in Liberty, South Carolina.

Links:
Website: https://mushroommountain.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MushroomMountainFarm/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sporeprints/

Ep 41: Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle – with Shawna Coronado

Listen as Shawna teaches us about her Anti-Inflammatory lifestyle and how she has found pain relief from severe spinal osteoarthritis through diet and an active garden lifestyle.

About Shawna:
Shawna Coronado is an author, photographer, and media host focused on antiinflammatory lifestyle, organic gardening, and whole food cooking. She has written 7 books and her photographs and personal story have been seen in many international women’s magazines and home & garden magazines. Shawna’s garden, food, and ecoadventures have been featured in many media venues including television news programming, radio broadcasting, and PBS television.  

Shawna was diagnosed with severe spinal osteoarthritis in 2015 and has found pain relief through diet and an active garden lifestyle. Telling her dramatic story and experience, Shawna inspires and educates audiences to make smart anti-inflammatory diet, food, and health choices. Her goal is to help people stick with a positive lifestyle plan in order to relieve and overcome chronic inflammatory pain and conditions. Shawna dreams of inspiring more people to be active and pain-free so they can discover a healthier and more fulfilled lifestyle.

Websitehttps://shawnacoronado.com/

Ep 40: Fresh Eggs Daily – with Lisa Steele

Listen as we discuss how chickens and ducks can be utilized to improve your garden, the importance of eating pasture-raised eggs and poultry, and Lisa’s hopes for the future of agriculture.

Bio:
Lisa Steele is a 5th-generation chicken keeper, Maine Master Gardener and lifelong thrifty New Englander. She’s the founder of Fresh Eggs Daily®, the popular natural chicken keeping site which has been named one of the top ten garden blogs by Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

The author of several books including Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens Naturally (St. Lynns Press, 2013), Gardening with Chickens (Quarto, 2016), and most recently 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks (Quarto, 2018), she has appeared on Home and Family on the Hallmark channel, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home on NPR, Good Morning Maine, Great Day Houston, Good Day Columbus, and San Antonio Living among others, and has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

In addition to writing books and handling her social media, Lisa hosts a “country lifestyle” television show on NBC in Maine and New Hampshire called Welcome to my Farm. From the farm  in central Maine where she and her husband reside, and she’s carrying on her family tradition raising a mixed flock of chickens, ducks and geese, and growing vegetables and herbs while inspiring others with her natural, fun and accessible approach to integrating gardening and backyard chickens for a more productive flock and a more bountiful harvest.

Learn more about gardening and chickens by visiting Lisa’s website https://www.fresheggsdaily.com/

Ep 39: Keto & Agriculture – with Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D.

Listen as Dr. Dominic D’Agostino teaches us about the ketogenic diet, nutrition, the link between healthcare and agriculture, and what he and his wife have learned while working on their sustainable and regenerative farm in Florida.

Bio:
Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D., is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine and a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). Dr. D’Agostino received his B.S. in Nutritional Science and Biological Sciences in 1998 at Rutgers University before receiving a Predoctoral Fellowship in neuroscience at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1999.  In 2004 Dr. D’Agostino entered into a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Ohio before moving his research program to USF Tampa in 2006. Funding through the Department of Defense (DoD) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) lead him to develop nutritional strategies related to enhancing resilience in undersea environments, treating neurological disorders and in brain cancer treatment. Dr. D’Agostino participated as a research scientist and crew member on NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations 22 (NEEMO 22) and continues to work closely with federal organizations, private industry, 501c3 foundations and media outlets. Dr. D’Agostino and his wife spend a considerable amount of time working on their farm in Florida with a focus on sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

Ep 38: Crisis In the Dairy Industry – with Sarah Lloyd

Listen as we discuss the problems facing dairy producers and our rural communities and how we can all work together towards building a better food system.

Bio:
Sarah Lloyd farms with her husband Nels Nelson on the 350-cow Nelson dairy farm in Wisconsin. She works off-farm as the Director of Special Projects for the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU). This work includes; support for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers, organizing for fair prices for dairy farmers through the Dairy Together campaign, and research on fair labor issues in agriculture. She is also the Director of Development and the Secretary of the Board for the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative, which aggregates and sells fresh produce into local wholesale markets for its farmer members. 


Sarah has a PhD in Rural Sociology from UW-Madison and a Masters in Rural Development from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She has served on the National Dairy Board and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

Ep 37: Crisis in Our Rural Communities – with John Ikerd

Listen in as we discuss the history of monopolization and corporate influence in our agriculture system, the decline of the family farm and rural America, the rise of private funding for agriculture research at public universities, his work on the new film Right to Harm, and how we can work together to fix our food system, support our farmers, and how if we each work on our little piece of the world we can work together towards a better one.

About John:
John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, Columbia.

John was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri and received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. He worked in private industry for a time and spent thirty years in various professorial positions at North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri before retiring in early 2000. Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on economics and agriculture. He is author of six books which are available through Amazon.com via http://johnikerd.com/books. In 2014, Ikerd was commission by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations to write the regional report, “Family Farms of North America,” in recognition for the International Year of the Family Farming. He currently resides with his wife, Ellen, in Fairfield, IA. More complete background information and a wide selection of writings are available at http://faculty.missouri.edu/ikerdj/  or http://johnikerd.com.

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