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The Seed Growers Podcast with Dan Brisebois of Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm. Every episode I’m going to bring you a conversation with a grower who has integrated Saving Seeds into their own farm systems. Some grow seed crops to sell commercially and some do it just for their own farm use. I’m hoping their stories will make you want to save seed on your own farm... and if you already save seed on your farm, I hope it makes you want to save more!
 
Fresh Growth: Approaches to a More Sustainable Future from Western Ag Practitioners introduces you to farmers and ranchers from around the western United States who are finding innovative sustainable practices that enrich the natural resources we all care about. These successful multi-generational operations experiment with new ideas and are making it pay. Listen in as they tell their story and provide advice for young or beginning farmers.Western SARE, funded by USDA NIFA, provides grants a ...
 
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My guest today is... my dad, Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm. We had such a lovely conversation during season two, so I wanted to invite him back for a listener Q&A to end season three of The Winter Growers Podcast. Mentioned in the show... The Real Organic Project Winter Growers is made possible by... Rimol Greenhouses, for high-tunnels and gree…
 
Welcome to The Composter! In our first episode, Jayne Merner Senecal had the pleasure of speaking with Carla Castegnero, co-founder and president of AgRecycle, Penn's largest composting operation headquartered in Pittsburg. AgRecycle was one of the pioneers in the composting industry founded in 1991. Carla has a wealth of knowledge on making high-q…
 
Wolfgang Palme is the horticultural director of Zinsenhof Research Farm west of Vienna, Austria, at the 48th parallel. He's a botanist, author, hortaculturist, and farmer. The research farm has 3.7 acres under cultivation. Wolfgang's discoveries in Winter growing began as an accident 15 years ago with a trial of Asian greens. The research farm went…
 
Finegan and Jason of Steelbow Farm, in Austin TX, may seem like unusual guests for the Winter Growers Podcast. But, with climate change and more frequent extreme weather patterns, I was curious to hear from a farm down at the 30th parallel where farming from November through March is more common. However, it is still full of challenges, such as ext…
 
Vivian Glover of Gemusegarten Hoxhohl, Germany, always knew she wanted to become a farmer. After studying organic farming and marketing in school and working on other farms for many years, she started her own market gerden in southern Germany in 2016. With. just under 1 acre in production, her no-dig market garden supplies a 180 member CSA, 90 of t…
 
Patty Gentry of Early Girl Farm grows in Brookhaven on Long Island, NY. She has been described as "the Picasso of vegetables" and is featured in a documentary film, The Soul of a Farmer, that follows her farming journey and takes a raw and honest look at the challenges facing small-scale farmers today. As a former chef, Patty loves and understands …
 
Charles Dowding is a pioneer of no-dig gardening in Somerset, England. He is a creator, developer, and teacher of no-dig methods for the last 40+ years. He currently has 1/3 acre under production at Home Acres which he primarily uses as a teaching site and runs a no-dig YouTube channel with instructional videos on his no-dig techniques. He's the au…
 
Tim Wilcox & Caroline Pam of Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, MA, began their farm as a 1-acre market garden in 2006. Sixteen years later, they've expanded to 70 acres, employ 20 employees year-round, and sell 50% wholsale veg and 50% value-added products after building an on-site commercial kitchen. They also own/operate Sunderland Farm Collabor…
 
Chris & Owen are the founders of Truelove Seeds,a Philadelphia, PA farm-based seed company offering seeds grown by 70+ small scale urban and rural growers. They discuss their seed stories, how they came to be seedkeepers (and how they intentionally use that word), and Truelove's network of seed growers and how they support the growing of culturally…
 
Evan Chender, The Culinary Gardener, farms in Weaverville, NC. He started his farm in 2013 and has 2 acres under cultivation, using multiple caterpillar and high tunnels. Coming from a background as a chef, Even is passionate about variety selection, soil health, crop quality, and meticulous harvest/processing techniques. 95% of his sales are to re…
 
Robin Tunnicliffe grows seeds and veg at Sea Bluff Farm in BC, Canada. She is also one of the co-owners of Saanich Organics Marketing Cooperative. Robin talks about how she selects veg for seed from a 10 acre farm and transplants them into a 1/4 acre seed plot, coordinating seed production and sales through the cooperative, her love of seed and far…
 
Myrtha Zierock of Agricola Foradori farms in the Italian Dolomites of northeast Italy. She is the co-owner of her families bio-dynamic wine estate where, after spending many years learning and farming abroad in the US and Canada, she moved back to her family farm and joined her two brothers and mother to apply what she had learned. She manages two …
 
Muddy Fingers Farm is in the finger lakes region of NY state. Liz and Matthew grow veg for CSA and market on about 3 acres for about twenty years! and now grow a handful of seed crops on contract for seed companies and for on-farm use. They talk about how they got started saving seed to improve varieties used on their own farm and the juggling act …
 
Today, Clara Coleman talks with Andrew Adams of Hope Farm Organics in Newlands BC, Canada. Hope Farm Organics is at the 54th parallel, the farthest north on the series so far, experiencing less than 7.5 hours of daylight on December 21st, the shortest day of the year. It's also located in the coldest and wettest geoclimatic zone in the Prince Georg…
 
In this bonus episode, Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seed explains several methods for saving lettuce from seed to seed. Also mentioned in the show... Frank Morton on The Seed Growers Podcast The Seed Growers Podcast is made possible by... The Organic Seed Alliance, a US-based nonprofit that advances ethical seed solutions to meet food and farming ne…
 
Frank is a renown seed grower and sells seed both on contract and retail through their seed catalogue and website, Wild Garden Seed. You can also follow them on Instagram. The conversation ran long, so we broke it up into two parts. Part one, Frank talks about his farming career, how he scaled up his operation through a number of sites over the yea…
 
Sankofa Farms is a 12-acre farm in Cedar Grove, NC that Kamal launched through a USDA direct farm ownership loan. The farm aims to improve the perception of agriculture as a profession through it's Sankofa Farm Academy that exposes African-American youth to high-level farming techniques including bee-keeping and year-round caterpillar tunnel produc…
 
Helen Skiba of Artemis Flower Farm in Boulder CO sells cut flowers through farmers markets, wholesale, and a flower CSA. She also sells dahlia tubers and Dutch flower bulbs through her online store. She talks about how she integrates saving flower seed into her production field for on-farm use, how and why she chooses to save certain varieties, and…
 
Kelli and Mike of Roots Farm, a certified-organic, diversified vegetable farm in Tiverton, RI, grow year-round on 1.5 acres using no-till, intensive farming methods and six moveable high-tunnels, each 30' x 48' in size. The use of moveable tunnels maximizes both time and space, utilizing three moves each year to optimize production, especially in t…
 
So excited to share the first episode of the latest season of The Winter Growers Podcast with y'all so it can be on your radar in the Summer as you prepare for... well... your Winter production. Clara has a great lineup ahead, growers from the South as well as the Northern US and Canada, even some international growers. Subscribe to Winter Growers …
 
Rowen White is a seed-keeper and farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for indigenous food and seed sovereignty. She grows seed outside of Nevada City, California, in the foothills of the Sierras. She talks about improving stock seed to offset the impact of genetic drift to select culturally and bioregionally relev…
 
Today, Annie Jesperson and Nathaniel Talbot of Deep Harvest Farm tell us about running both a veg CSA and seed company on Whidbey Island, outside of Seattle Washington. They get into their exposure to growing seed at The Organic Farm School, a letterbox campaign to find land, early seed growing/selling experience, running a seed company vs growing …
 
A living seed LEGEND, Kristyn Leach of Namu Farm grows veg and seed crops in Winter, Ca. She is also a part of Second Generation Seeds, a collective of Asian-American growers devoted to the deepening of culturally adaptive seed and veg production. Follow them on Instagram and check out their seed collection here. Follow Dan Brisebois on Instagram C…
 
Marie-Claude Comeau of Ferme La Radicule is situated in Manseau, Quebec (zone 4B). She grows certified organic seed with draft horses, which she sells exclusively on seed contracts. She talks about why, after working with both vegetables and seeds, she chose to go "all in" on seed production, how and why she came to farm with horses having little p…
 
Here's our latest collaboration with Dan Brisebois of Tourne-Sol Cooperative-Farm, The Seed Growers Podcast! Subscribe on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you're listening to this podcast today. Joelene and Adrianna of Empowered Flowers grow certified organic veg in Oregon City, OR where they sell through farmers markets and a Winter CSA. They ALSO grow…
 
... grow certified organic veg in Oregon City, OR where they sell through farmers markets and a Winter CSA. They ALSO grow a variety of seeds on seed contracts for seed companies. Adrianna and Joelene explain how they've integrated commercial seed saving into the market garden, how they got started with their first contract, and why they like contr…
 
Today’s guests are Tangy and Matt Bates who operate Blue Creek Livestock in Delta Junction Alaska. They aim to provide their community with fresh, natural meat – beef, lamb, and pork. Since the beginning, Blue Creek Cattle has been building soils and herds. Tangy and Matt talk about the opportunities and challenges of farming in Alaska. The opportu…
 
Every episode I’m going to bring you a conversation with a grower who has integrated Saving Seeds into their own farm systems. Some grow seed crops to sell commercially and some do it just for their own farm use. I’m hoping their stories will make you want to save seed on your own farm... and if you already save seed on your farm, I hope it makes y…
 
Dan Macon is a University of California Farm Adviser and also the operator of Flying Mule Farm in Auburn California. Ryan Mahoney is a fifth-generation sheep and cattle rancher who operates Emigh Livestock, in Rio Vista California. Dan and Ryan are also participating in a Western SARE project demonstrating and evaluating how information from both e…
 
In Episode 4, we talk with Zach Thode and Elizabeth Black. Zach manages a large cattle ranch in Livermore Colorado. Elizabeth is an artist in Colorado and manages a Christmas tree farm. Elizabeth is also the project leader for The Citizen Science Soil Health Project, partially funded by a Western SARE grant and Zach is a producer participant in tha…
 
The seed for The No-Till Market Garden Podcast began with Pual and Elizabeth Kaiser on The Farmer to Farmer Podcast with Chris Blanchard several years ago. It's only fitting that Farmer Jesse's final episode as host be a return to where it all began, Singing Frogs Farm. Mentioned in the show... The NEW Singing Frogs Farm Website The Climate Farm Sc…
 
Six approaches, one garden. Today on the podcast, Jesse talks with Bruce Darrel of Red Gardens in Ireland about his six distinct approaches to growing veg and his experiences, a bit about the ecovillage he's a part of, and his awesome and prolific YouTube channel teaching folks to grow their own food. Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Green…
 
In this episode, we talk with Don McNamara and Donna Rae Faulkner from Oceanside Farms in Homer Alaska. They raise a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, berries, and chickens, ducks and turkeys. They grow all of their produce and nine varieties of Alaska Certified Seed Potatoes without the use of synthetically based chemicals, pesticides, fungicide…
 
Today, we get into something a little off the beaten path of the podcast with small-scale fruit production in the market garden with Blake Cothron of Peaful Heritage Nursery in good ol' KY. We also talk about foliar feeding, the nursury biz, and specific perennial crops. #KYrepresent Paw Paws, the Complete Growing and Marketing Guide The Berry Grow…
 
Welcome BACK Brooke, and for the first time Dan, from a farm that holds a dear place in our hearts, Urbavore Farm in Kansas City, Missouri. They and Jesse talk about evolving practices and very measured compromises in the face of climate extremes, their brilliant Compost Collective partnership, and some profound insight into balancing our ideals wi…
 
Today’s episode features Bashira Muhammad, founder of Zoom Out Mycology as she talks about “Driving Sustainability with Fungi!” Zoom Out Mycology is a fungi farm based in Southern Oregon. Their mission is to apply mycology towards a sustainable future. When asked “How does fungi save the planet,” Bashira lists “so many ways!” She and her team focus…
 
A little off the beaten path today with fellow Kentuckian Sarah Barney of Among the Oaks in Appalachia. We talk about her background in ecology, HERB production and marketing, and making farms welcoming for folks with disabilities, herself included. Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Growing …
 
What. A. Guest. Tevin Allen of Tevin's Farm from Jamaica joins the show to talk about how he has adapted market gardening techniques for his climate, adopting a simplified approach because the tools and infrastructure are not available, dealing with a clay-loam soil and flood season, his atypical marketing style, how the country has moved away from…
 
Austin Allred, talking about his family's Royal Dairy in Washington, proudly states that rather than contributing to climate change, Royal Dairy shows that farms like his can be an impactful part of the solution — in part by preventing the formation of greenhouse gases and boosting the capacity of his soil to draw down and sequester atmospheric car…
 
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