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Hobby Farms Presents: Growing Good

Hobby Farms Presents: Growing Good is a podcast with and about hobby farmers, small-scale farmers and sustainable farmers.

More than that, it’s about the important work these folks are doing for themselves, their families and their communities on and off the farm. Each episode, host Lisa Munniksma sits down to chat with someone doing the good work to discuss how they started, what they’re doing now, and what drives them to keep growing. A presentation of Hobby Farms® magazine.

 

Episode 25: Tyler Eschleman

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At Virsylvia Farm in the high desert of New Mexico, Tyler Eschleman and his wife raise goats for dairy and fiber; sheep for dairy, meat and fiber; alpacas for fiber; laying hens; and some vegetables. Hear about the realities of regenerative farming at 8,000 feet above sea level, from the challenging growing and land conditions to the cooperative workings of fellow farmers. Learn about Tyler’s innov...

Episode 24: Missy Singer DuMars

Missy Singer DuMars tells us about her 13-acre Crown Hill Farm, outside Buffalo, New York. Learn about fiber production, the art of scaling up slowly, and how to choose the best varieties to grow and sell. Missy tells us about the evolution of her on-farm events and why it’s important to connect people to the source of their food. Find out about Missy’s Women in Food podcast and her favorite recipes to come from guests. (Don’t listen hungry.) And stay tuned to the end to take Missy’s ...

Episode 23: Juliann Salinas

From her .25-acre mini farm in New Mexico, Juliann Salinas talks all about beekeeping; the fragility of the local food system exposed by the pandemic; the Women, Food & Ag Network; and more. Learn the challenges of farming in New Mexico and what is possible to grow on .25 acre! And stay tuned to the end for Jules’ tips for the beginning beekeeper—including how to expect the unexpected in a changing climate.

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Episode 22: Bevin Cohen

On this episode of "Hobby Farms Presents: Growing Good," host Lisa Munniksma talks with herbalist, seed enthusiast and Hobby Farms contributor Bevin Cohen. Hear how Cohen left a marketing career for simpler endeavors in rural central Michigan. Learn about pressing your own cooking oils from nuts and seeds—a fresh, homegrown alternative to grocery-store options. And listen in as Bevin recounts some lessons he's learned while trying to keep things simple (sometimes despite his own ...

Episode 21: Sharon Stone

Listen in as Sharon Stone—an urban farmer at Two Sons Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, and coordinator of the Woodhill International Market—tells us about serving the community through gardening education and increasing access to farm-fresh food.

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Episode 20: Rasheed Hislop

Listen as Rasheed Hislop, a Master Composter and "Farming in Color" host, offers you tips for small-scale vermicomposting. Hear how this Brooklyn-raised farmer’s grandparents instilled in him an interest in food production by way of gardening, fishing and scratch cooking. Rasheed talks about his work supporting farmers—particularly Black, indigenous and farmers of color—and the Black Zocalo cooperative’s efforts to teach about growing food, planting native plants and fostering farm-re...

Episode 19: shiny Flanary

Alinee “shiny” Flanary shares her top three tips to improve your farmers market sales in this episode. She talks about what it was like to go from “zero to farmer” when she jumped into a farmer incubator program a few years ago. Now managing her Scrapberry Farm, as part of the Raceme Farm Collective, growing primarily herbs for medicine making. You’ll learn about shiny’s Come Thru Market, a BIPOC farmers market i...

Episode 18: Michelle Howell

Four-season farmer Michelle Howell works at the intersection of farming, health, art and equity. She has woven these aspects together at her family’s diversified Need More Acres Farm in Scottsville, Kentucky. Learn from their creative, community-centric marketing approach and the ways they’ve created new opportunities to put their food into the hands of more people. Finally, get tips from Michelle about growing diverse crops year-round, not just for your own home use but as a marketing ou...

Episode 17: Celiz Christy

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Celize Christy talks poultry-keeping with host Lisa Munniksma. Listen in for her tips for homeopathic care for our home flocks and the secret to the brightest egg yolks. Hear about her work with poultry farmers in Uganda and Rwanda and her thinking on the intersection of livestock and livelihoods. She shares with us some Iowa success stories coming from small-scale farmers, women farmers and farmers of color and more!

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Episode 16: Pantaleon Florez

Through his Maseualkualli Farms in Lawrence, Kansas, Pantaleon Florez has big ideas for farming and food systems equity. Starting out at Common Ground Incubator Farm just before the COVID-19 pandemic began required Panta to be creative in his marketing outlets, shifting away from farmers markets and toward value-added items, restaurant sales and mutual aid food support. We talk incubator farming, corn research, his food and farming security plan and more!

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Episode 15: Tara Rodríguez Besosa

How does a farming community recover after a disaster? By coming together. Tara Rodríguez Besosa talks about Puerto Rico’s agricultural and economic situation. Hear how they started their own food journey when their mother left the city to become a farmer, then sold sprouts they grew in their city apartment at the farmers market, and then started big-picture thinking about how to support farmers on the island with the business that they cofounded, El Departamento de la Comida.

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Episode 14: Nathan Harben

Nathan Harben is a farmer at Local Forage Farm in Glenora, British Columbia, a 2-acre homestead that grows ethically raised livestock, fruits and vegetables. He also works with the food recovery team of Cowichan Green Community, a non-profit organization that has focused on environmental sustainability in Vancouver Island's Cowichan Region since March 2004.

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Episode 13: Anita Ashok Adalja

Listen as farmer Anita Ashok Adalja lets us in on what it’s like to grow okra in the Southwest, including how to “convince” neighbors to try a new-to-them vegetable. Learn about the Not Our Farm farmworker visibility project, get food safety advice, think deeper about sustainability, learn how to beat the "sliminess" of okra and much more!

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Episode 12: Sinéad Fortune

Listen in as Sinéad Fortune, living in Scotland, explains how Brexit—Great Britain’s exit from the European Union—has left farmers in the United Kingdom in a precarious place. Sinéad, the seed sovereignty program manager in the UK and Ireland for The Gaia Foundation, talks about her work in training farmers and community gardeners, reviving and spreading traditional seed knowledge held by community elders, and network building among groups doing seed sovereignty work. Plus, herbs!

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Episode 11: Ariana Taylor-Stanley

You asked, and we found your answer! Everyone is looking for funding for farm projects, and this episode’s guest explains the ins and outs of popular and less-known USDA and NRCS grant programs. Ariana Taylor-Stanley talks about her work with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and why that matters to each of us farming. She also discusses her small farm, Here We Are Farm, and so much more.

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Episode 10: Garth Kahl

What’s it like to go from knowing nothing about farming to traveling around the world as a consultant to farmers? In this episode, organic farmer and farm consultant Garth Kahl tells us how that path unfolded in his life, how he came to love working with livestock and why he still believes the USDA organic label is the best baseline standard for responsible farm production.

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Episode 9: Nate Kleinman

Farmer, seed developer and activist Nate Kleinman talks with Growing Good host Lisa Munniksma about his work in the food system and advice for growing some unusual perennial crops. Hear about Experimental Farm Network’s development of perennial staple crops to adapt to various growing conditions—and about how you as a citizen scientist farmer can take part in developing these seeds. Learn about seed rematriation and the work of relationship building behind that effort. And find out how th...

Episode 8: Bonnetta Adeeb

This episode’s guest, Bonnetta Adeeb, calls herself “an extended mom” as the advisor for youth programs and farmer support programs. As the director of Steam Onward and the Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance, she fosters the idea that anything you want to do in life, you can do through agriculture. Hear about how the youth in these programs are empowered to brainstorm (that’s “brain barf”) and put into practice solutions to real-world problems and how one particular brain-barf se...

Episode 7: Monica Clark

Hear from Dig This! radio show host and book author Monica Clark about her work to dispel the myths surrounding food access. Monica speaks honestly about her experience of job loss and homelessness in Seattle and how growing her own food in a community garden sustained her during this time. Listen to an excerpt from Monica’s book, “Mentor the Garden Mentor: A 12-Month Gardenin...

Episode 6: Amy Dawson & Mike Costello

Listen in as farmer-chef-storytellers Amy Dawson and Mike Costello talk with host Lisa Munniksma about using food and farming to reverse the narratives we’ve all learned about stereotypes of Appalachia. Hear about Amy’s realization that she should look at the ham her family kept in her childhood home (on top of their laundry dryer) with the same pride afforded to world-renowned Iberico hams hanging in homes, restaurants and storefronts across Spain.

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Episode 5: Kenya Abraham

Show host Lisa Munniksma talks with SLAK Market Farm’s Kenya Abraham, who just happens to be Lisa’s raw milk herdshare owner in Lexington, Kentucky. Listen in to hear about the journey that took Kenya from urban entrepreneur in Ohio to farmer in Kentucky. Hear about her creative land lease and land sharing arrangements, the ins and outs of a raw milk and halal meat herdshare, how everyone in the family plays a role on the farm, and the community at the heart of the work Kenya does. Kenya ...

Episode 4: Olga Tzogas

Show host Lisa Munniksma talks with Olga Tzogas, a forager, mushroom grower and educator in Rochester, New York. Olga’s Smugtown Mushrooms has provided mushroom-cultivation supplies and education since 2014. Hear about the foraging trips Olga leads in her family’s home country of Greece, learn of the downside to the current foraging craze, and get excited about the return of Olga’s passion projects, the New Moon Mycology Summit and The Mycelium Underground. And near the end of the podca...

Episode 3: Maria Elena Rodriguez

Lisa Munniksma sits down with Maria Elena Rodriguez of Puerto Rico's Cosecha Caribe to talk about growing food in Puerto Rico's, her craft Caribbean-inspired artisanal food products, and the community-based food work she does with El Departamento de la Comida and DAISA Enterprises. And make sure you stick around to hear her secret for harvesting coconuts!

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Episode 2: Jessica Walliser

Lisa Munniksma sits down with horticulturalist Jessica Walliser to talk about growing plants, appreciating bugs, writing (and editing) about gardening and more. As a writer, editor and co-founder of Savvy Gardening, Walliser is a leading voice in modern gardening, and she shares with us the chilling tale that led her to organic-only growing methods in this episode of "Hobby Farms Presents: Growing Good." Make sure you stick around to hear her favorite from-the-garden meal!

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Episode 1: Angela Wartes-Kahl

In our premiere episode of Hobby Farms Presents: Growing Good, host Lisa Munniksma sits down for a chat with Angela Wartes-Kahl of Oregon's Common Treasury Farm. As the co-founder of Fibrevolution, Wartes-Kahl has plenty of insight into growing fiber crops on the farm, as well as plant fiber uses (did you know you carry around linen in your wallet?). And as an inspector member of the International Organic Inspectors Association, she sheds some light on what, exactly, is going on with organic ...