MOSES Organic Farming Podcast
Dive into the most relevant topics of sustainable and organic farming through interviews with farmers and ag professionals, as well as audio from MOSES Conference workshops and field days. Organic Specialist Chuck Anderas hosts this podcast.
Systems Approach to Organic Farming with Rodrigo Cala
Rodrigo Cala and MOSES hosted a field day on August 18, 2021 at Cala Farm Origenes in Turtle Lake, WI. MOSES Organic Specialist Rodrigo Cala shared the systems approach he uses on his organic farm, focusing on sheep production with rotational grazing, a perennial system for raising chickens, and much more. Rodrigo realized in the last couple years that his vegetable production system wasn't working as well as he’d like, and he turned to livestock to build soil and strengthen his business. You can contact Rodrigo through the Organic Answer Line at 888-906-6737 x 717 or by visiting https://mosesorganic.org/ask/ Watch this field day on the MOSES YouTube page! English: https://youtu.be/gLReqVQP4rk Hmong: https://youtu.be/Toak5Y-a2yQ Spanish: https://youtu.be/Ek9cjSeOARg In Her Boots podcast: https://mosesorganic.org/in-her-boots-podcast/ New Farmer U: http://mosesorganic.org/newfarmeru Organic Valley FAFO grant program: https://www.organicvalley.coop/why-organic-valley/power-of-we/farmers-advocating-organics/
September 03, 2021
Climate Change: Keynote Conversation from the 2021 Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference
Jim Goodman (National Family Farm Coalition), Erin Schneider (Hilltop Community Farm, Wisconsin), and Lea Zeise (Intertribal Agriculture Council) share their unique perspectives on farming and climate in a conversation that explores some of the solutions to one of the greatest challenges we face as a species: climate change. In this conversation, we’ll learn about the connections and contributions we can make across farming systems, as communities and individuals in relationship to other species and the limited resources of our Earth. Moderated by Lori Stern, MOSES Executive Director. This episode is part of an ongoing series of climate conversations from MOSES Conference workshops and the 2021 Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference. Lori Stern's article in The Hill: To fight the climate crisis, support smart farming Also available on YouTube: Farming in the Time of Climate Change MOSES Organic Field Days: http://mosesorganic.org/events/organic-field-days/ MOSES YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mosesorganic New Farmer U: https://mosesorganic.org/newfarmeru/
August 20, 2021
Climate Change: Resilient Soils with Dr. Jessica Gutknecht and Dr. Lauren Snyder
Continuing our climate change series, this episode is a workshop from the 2020 MOSES Conference with Dr. Lauren Snyder and Dr. Jessica Gutknecht. According to the NOAA, "the Midwest set a record for the wettest year in history (1895-2019) for the second straight year" in 2019. The need to build healthy soils that can withstand weather extremes is clear. In this episode, Dr. Jessica Gutknecht and Dr. Lauren Snyder share research-based guidance on practices that can improve overall soil structure and water-holding capacity—characteristics critical to dealing with extreme precipitation events. And we'll also hear from farmers as they share their reflections after a small group discussion on the topic. Lauren Snyder is a science advisor at the Organic Farming Research Foundation and a freelance science contractor. She has a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University. Jessica Gutknecht is a soil ecologist at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. Dr. Jessica Gutknecht’s slides: https://mosesorganic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/R-Fri-2_Gutknecht_2.pdf Dr. Lauren Snyder’s slides: https://mosesorganic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/R-Fri-2-Snyder.pdf Reducing Risk through Best Soil Health Management Practices in Organic Crop Production Video: Soils Provide Hope for Severe Weather MOSES Organic Field Days: http://mosesorganic.org/events/organic-field-days/ MOSES YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mosesorganic New Farmer U: https://mosesorganic.org/newfarmeru/
August 11, 2021
Climate Change: Build Resilience with Soil Biology with Dr. Kris Nichols
This is episode one of a series on climate change. Whether you have drought or flooding this year, your weather is probably strange. This series of recordings of MOSES conference from the last few years share some strategies in adapting to climate change. The first in the series is a talk from the 2017 MOSES Conference called Build Resilience with Soil Biology with Dr. Kris Nichols. At the time, Dr. Nichols was the chief scientist at the Rodale Institute. She is now an educator, consultant, and researcher with KRIS Systems and MyLand Company. She talks about how soil biology can help buffer your farm from weather extremes. KRIS Systems: http://kris-systems.com/ MOSES Organic Field Days: http://mosesorganic.org/events/organic-field-days/ MOSES YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mosesorganic New Farmer U: https://mosesorganic.org/newfarmeru/
August 06, 2021
Building Community Food Webs, Part 2
In this episode, host Chuck Anderas talks to Ken Meter about his new book, Building Community Food Webs. Ken shares some of the best examples of how communities have built relationship-based food systems, and shares his thoughts on why the current food system is extractive, how communities can use co-learning to find creative solutions, how democracy works in food systems, and much more. Listen in! Discount code METER gets you 20% off Ken's book at Island Press via https://islandpress.org/books/building-community-food-webs. Check out Ken’s work at the Crossroads Resource Center: http://www.crcworks.org Read a review of the book in the MOSES Organic Broadcaster. Read the Organic Broadcaster story: Commodity system creates persistent losses by Ken Meter & Megan Phillips Goldenberg Submit a voice memo telling us about one of your FAVORITE FARM SMELLS. https://anchor.fm/moses-podcast/message New Farmer U: https://mosesorganic.org/newfarmeru/
July 15, 2021
Building Community Food Webs, Part 1
From the 2019 MOSES Organic Farming Conference, Ken Meter and Megan Goldenberg dive deep into food systems history and data, and give examples of successful community-based food systems work from around the United States. Ken Meter is one of most experienced food-system analysts in United States, and his work integrates market analysis, systems thinking, quantitative time-series data, and first-hand interviews. His analysis and consulting has fostered 141 farm and food networks in 41 states, 2 provinces, and 4 tribes. Part 2, coming next week, is a conversation between Ken Meter and host Chuck Anderas based on Ken’s new book “Building Community Food Webs.” Submit a voice memo telling us about one of your FAVORITE FARM SMELLS. Check out Ken’s work at the Crossroads Resource Center: http://www.crcworks.org You can find his new book Building Community Food Webs (Island Press) here: https://islandpress.org/books/building-community-food-webs HEAL Food Alliance webinar on Community Food Systems Over Corporate Control: Ensure Fair and Competitive Markets
July 09, 2021
Introducing Bootless: the new season of In Her Boots with Tiffany LaShae
This is the trailer to the new season of the In Her Boots podcast. This season is the first with new host Tiffany LaShae. Tiffany—a Black woman farmer, researcher, educator, and activist—interviews women of color in agriculture from around the Midwest about their experiences. Make sure to search for “In Her Boots” in your podcast app and hit subscribe. Stay tuned! In Her Boots
June 29, 2021
Rodale Farming Systems Trial: Watershed Impact Trial
Dr. Melinda Daniels of the Stroud Water Research Center and Dr. Kirsten Pearson of the Rodale Institute discuss their incredible collaborative research evaluating the impact of several management systems on an entire watershed. They have years of data on how the watershed was managed conventionally; this multi-year effort will give a clear idea of how various farming practices affect not only stream water quality but also crop yields, energy consumption, and the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the soil, including water infiltration. Watershed Impact Trial Stroud Water Research Center Farming Systems Trial
May 27, 2021
Rodale Farming Systems Trial: No-Till Vegetables
Farmer Kat Becker of Cattail Organics in Athens, WI, and Sam Malriat, the Director of the Organic Consulting Program at the Rodale Institute, talk with Chuck about the strategies they have tried, studied, and seen work on farms throughout the country. As Sam puts it, “In organic systems, models are state by state, county by county… There’s not one [model], there’s 150.” Listen in on a conversation full of nuanced ideas about no-till, tillage, soil health, and a holistic view of farm management. Organic Consulting Program Farming Systems Trial Cattail Organics If you have strategies to share or are looking for advice from other farmers and researchers, there is a community for you. It’s called Climate Resilient Organic Vegetable Production (CROVP), and you can join their email list by sending an email to CROVPemail@example.com.
May 20, 2021
Rodale Farming Systems Trial: Carbon Sequestration
Listen in on the conversation with Dr. Andrew Smith, the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Scientist of the Rodale Institute, and Dr. Francesca Cotrufo, Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Soil & Crop Sciences and Senior Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State University. We go in-depth on the practices and the science of soil carbon sequestration based on 40 years of data from Rodale and the expertise of Dr. Cotrufo. This is the first of a 3-part series celebrating and exploring the 40 years of Rodale's Farming Systems Trials. The next two episodes will cover No-till Organic Vegetable Production and the Watershed Impact Trial. Rodale: Carbon White Paper Conversation with Soil Ecologist Dr. Francesca Cotrufo Farming Systems Trial Dr. Cotrufo: Homepage Bio Some recent publications Formation of soil organic matter via biochemical and physical pathways of litter mass loss Global change pressures on soils from land use and management Below-ground carbon inputs contribute more than above-ground inputs to soil carbon accrual in a bioenergy poplar plantation The Microbial Efficiency‐Matrix Stabilization (MEMS) framework integrates plant litter decomposition with soil organic matter stabilization: do labile plant inputs form stable soil organic matter?
May 13, 2021
Food-Grade Grain: On-Farm Milling with Artisan Grain Collaborative
In the last of our Food-Grade Grain series with Artisan Grain Collaborative, Amy Halloran talks to two Illinois farmers: Andy Hazzard and Jeff Hake. Andy shares her experience milling the grain she grows, as well as milling for other farmers; Jeff Hake explains some of the challenges of trying to find the right equipment. Hazzard Free Farm Funks Grove Heritage Fruits and Grains Artisan Grain Collaborative Amy Halloran
April 22, 2021
Food-Grade Grain: Diversifying Crop Rotations with Artisan Grain Collaborative
Grain advocate, educator, and author Amy Halloran is back to guest host the second of our series in partnership with the Artisan Grain Collaborative. Amy talks with Jason Federer & Michael O'Donnell about how they are navigating their farm’s simultaneous transitions to organic production as well as food-grade marketing. Artisan Grain Collaborative Amy Halloran
April 15, 2021
Food-Grade Grain: Behind the Seeds with Artisan Grain Collaborative
This is the first episode in our series with Artisan Grain Collaborative on food-grade grains. The collaborative includes farmers, millers, distillers, bakers, and other people across the value chain who are creating opportunities to grow grains for people, not livestock or fuel. Today, grain advocate, educator, and author Amy Halloran explores seed research and breeding with Julie Dawson from UW-Madison and Lisa Kissing Kucek from the USDA-ARS. Upcoming episodes will cover diversified crop rotations and on-farm milling. Artisan Grain Collaborative Amy Halloran Julie Dawson Lisa Kissing Kucek Variety Trial Summaries: Organic wheat variety trial summaries from 16 site-years of organic trials in PA and NY. Scroll down to "Organic Trials" Organic wheat variety trial summaries from 16 site-years of organic trials in ME, VT, and NY. Scroll down to "Variety Trials" AGC wheat and hulless barley variety trial evaluation and bake test from March 2020: Free registration for Grains Week, happening remotely May 3rd-7th: https://www.cascadiagrains.com/grains-week
April 06, 2021
Queering Farm Ownership: Inside a Worker-Owned Cooperative Farm with Hannah Breckbill of Humble Hands Harvest
Continuing our partnership with the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, Kelly Maynard and Chuck talk with Hannah Breckbill of Humble Hands Harvest in Decorah, Iowa. We talk through all the aspects of how and why someone would want to transition their farm from a sole proprietorship to a worker-owned cooperative, and some of the benefits and challenges of farming cooperatively. Humble Hands Harvest: Humble Hands Harvest 2021 Changemaker: Hannah Breckbill MOSES Organic Field Day at Humble Hands Harvest Cartoon Operating Agreement for a Coop LLC UWCC: UW Center for Cooperatives Kelly Maynard: firstname.lastname@example.org MOSES: Empowered Farm Financials workshop series Conference Specials—no admission necessary You can register for the Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference through March 31st!
March 18, 2021
Growing Wellness: Mindfulness
Mary O'Herin is an acupuncturist and massage therapist with experience on small-scale organic vegetable and fruit farms. She has a good understanding of the hard work, dedication, and solitude that goes into being a farmer. Mary shares some movement and body-care techniques with us, as well as tips for how to facilitate lasting change. One of the aspects of her practice is guiding and inspiring others how to take rock-solid baby steps toward beneficial habits. This episode is a recap of a Growing Wellness monthly meeting. These meetings include a brief presentation followed by a discussion. If you want to contribute to the community, go to https://groups.io/g/GrowingWellness. Subscribe to the listserv by sending an email to GrowingWellnessemail@example.com. Get in touch with Mary: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 04, 2021
40 Acre Co-op, Part 2
In partnership with Kelly Maynard from the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, we explore the seven principles of cooperatives with Angela Dawson and Kheph Rakhu from 40 Acre Cooperative. This is part 2 of 2, where we explore principles 5-7: education and training, cooperation among cooperatives, and concern for community. What is 40 Acre Cooperative All About? Video: Join Forty Acre Co-op Better Family Life MN Contact Better Family Life MN by email: email@example.com UW Center for Cooperatives Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference
February 01, 2021
40 Acre Co-op, Part 1
In partnership with Kelly Maynard from the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, we explore the seven principles of cooperatives with Angela Dawson and Kheph Rakhu from 40 Acre Cooperative. This is part 1 of 2 episodes where we explore principles 1-4: open and voluntary membership, democratic member control, members’ economic participation, and autonomy and independence. What is 40 Acre Cooperative All About? Video: Join Forty Acre Co-op Better Family Life MN Contact Better Family Life MN by email: firstname.lastname@example.org UW Center for Cooperatives Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference
January 27, 2021
Pollinator Habitat Farmer Chat
After our three-part series on pollinator habitat on organic farms, we had a meeting with the guests to dive a bit deeper into the ins and outs. Listen in on the conversation between Sarah Foltz Jordan and Karen Jokela from the Xerces Society, Joan Olson from Prairie Drifter Farm, Kaitlyn O’Connor from Prairie Moon Nursery, and hear their answers to farmers' questions. Here are the edited highlights from that meeting on December 15th, 2020. Links mentioned in this episode: Growing Stronger: Collaborative Conference on Organic and Sustainable Farming Farmer-Share Speed Presentations Native Plant-Insect Interactions Guide Insectopia Prairie Seed Mix Protecting habitat from drift Habitat Assessment Guides Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Conservation Plans Cover Cropping for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects Guidance to Protect Habitat from Pesticide Contamination Protecting Conservation Planting from Pesticides Beetle Bank Article in the MOSES Broadcaster Guest contact information Karin Jokela: Karin.email@example.com, 763-213-4341 Sarah Foltz Jordan: firstname.lastname@example.org Joan Olson: email@example.com Kaitlyn O’Connor: Kaitlyn@prairiemoon.com, 507-452-1362
January 20, 2021
Practical On-Farm Pollinator Habitat
On-farm pollinator habitat has many benefits, but deciding how and where to add that habitat can be daunting. Recorded at the 2020 MOSES Conference, Sarah Foltz Jordan of the Xerces Society and Joan Olson of Prairie Drifter Farm help you determine which habitat projects—insectary strips, pollinator-friendly cover crops, native wildflower meadows, hedgerows—make the most sense for your goals, resource concerns, space, capacity, equipment, weed pressure, and other factors. Learn about planting methods, design, and weed control options, including several effective organic site preparation methods. This is the final episode in a three-part series on pollinator habitat on organic farms. Join us for the Post-Podcast Farmer Chat on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, 10:30 a.m. CT with the guests from this series. Click this link to register: Post-Podcast Farmer Chat: Pollinator Habitat Links: Workshop slides Prairie Drifter Farm Xerces Society Growing Stronger: Collaborative Conference on Organic and Sustainable Farming Gempler's
December 04, 2020
Growing Wellness: Responding to Someone with Thoughts of Suicide
Chris Frakes discusses steps to take if you encounter someone who is struggling with thoughts of suicide. It is important to note that this is not a full suicide awareness and intervention training. However, it provides the basic steps for effective listening, providing support, and connecting someone in crisis to other appropriate resources so they can receive needed support. Chris Frakes is the Project Coordinator for the Farmer Well-Being and Suicide Prevention Program with Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program. Get in touch with Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-553-0033. Immediate assistance: call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), contact your local crisis hotline, or dial 911. There are monthly Growing Wellness meetings. They include a brief presentation followed by a discussion. If you want to contribute to the community, go to https://groups.io/g/GrowingWellness or send an email to GrowingWellnessemail@example.com to subscribe to the Growing Wellness listserv. Links: Growing Wellness Group Growing Wellness: Suicide Awareness and Prevention on YouTube Post-Podcast Farmer Chat: Pollinator Habitat
November 30, 2020
Seed Selection for Pollinator Habitat
Kaitlyn O’Connor of Prairie Moon Nursery walks us through the principles of selecting seed mixes for native plantings for pollinator habitat and ecological restoration, then goes over some specific recommendations. Prairie Moon Nursery provides over 700 species of native plants for gardening and restoration. This is part 2 of a 3-part series on pollinator habitat on organic farms. Following this series, join us for a Post-Podcast Farmer Chat with all the guests. Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, 10:30 AM CST on Zoom Register: Post-Podcast Farmer Chat: Pollinator Habitat Links mentioned in this episode: Prairie Moon Nursery Growing Stronger: Collaborative Conference on Organic and Sustainable Farming
November 19, 2020
Establishing Pollinator Habitat on Organic Farms
Karin Jokela, Xerces Society Wildlife Biologist, talks about pollinator conservation and how these practices mesh with organic standards. Get some tools for assessing habitat, and learn about some of the NRCS programs that offer both financial and technical assistance to help you get started. This is part 1 of a 3-part series on pollinator habitat on organic farms. Resources mentioned in the presentation: Farming for Pollinators Habitat Assessment Guides Using 2014 Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation Organic Site Preparation for Wildflower Establishment Cover Cropping for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects Links: Xerces Society Growing Stronger: Collaborative Conference on Organic and Sustainable Farming
November 12, 2020
Growing Wellness: How to Care for Your Mental Health
This is the audio from the monthly meeting of the farmer-led mental health group, Growing Wellness. This month's guest is Monica Kramer McConkey, a licensed professional counselor, Rural Mental Health Specialist, and consultant with Eyes on the Horizon Consulting. In this session, Monica discusses building personal resilience in 4 areas (Social, Biophysical, Psychological, and Spiritual) to increase your capacity to deal with stress and uncertainty. Personal resilience is defined as the ability to withstand or recover from difficult situations, and I would add... the ability to grow through that process. The goal for this session is to learn about yourself and set goals to build your resilience! Growing Wellness Group meets monthly for a brief presentation followed by discussion. The group also has a listserv. Click to learn more and join in this community. Check out the Grower Group page on the MOSES website and get connected with other farmers. Get in touch with Monica: 218-280-7785 firstname.lastname@example.org www.eyesonthehorizon.org Watch Monica's presentation on YouTube: Growing Wellness: Nurturing Protective Factors for Mental Health
October 29, 2020
Fighting Food Apartheid with a Farmers Market & More
April Jones and her community were shocked when their two neighborhood grocery stores suddenly closed without warning. She recalled hearing Leah Penniman say, “If you’re looking for someone to save you, I’m here to tell you they’re not coming, and you’re going to have to save yourself.” So, April and a farmer friend founded the Pinehurst Farmers Market in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, to bring healthy food to their community. April offered to help others start similar ventures in their communities. You can reach her at email@example.com or find the Pinehurst Farmers Market on Instagram and Facebook @pinehurstfarmersmarket and on Twitter @PinehurstMarket.
October 16, 2020
Growing Wellness: Empowered Decision-Making
In our first Growing Wellness farmer-led mental health support group, guest speaker Lori Cox offers advice to help farmers create plans for resilience, set goals, and make difficult decisions. This season has been a turbulent one for many producers, and farmers will have to continue to work with uncertainty due to climate change and COVID into the future. Lori is owner/operator of Roots Return Heritage Farm in Carver, Minnesota. The farm produces u-pick fruits, and plants continual rotation cover crops using no-till. CRP, native pollinator strips, and hedgerows round out the property's 16 acres of holistic habitat. Lori serves as an advisory board member for MN Ag Water Quality Certification program, and Carver County Water Management Org. She also serves as executive board member of MN Ag in the Classroom Foundation, and MN Institute for Sustainable Ag. Prior to farming, Lori worked as a project manager and consultant for financial and technology companies. Growing Wellness will have monthly meetings with a short presentation followed by a discussion. Join the group to participate in the private discussions. Links: Growing Wellness Group Growing Wellness: Empowered Decision Making on YouTube SMART Goal Setting Video
September 24, 2020
Free the People, Free the Land
Naima Penniman, Program Director at Soul Fire Farm, talks with Chuck about the Black and Indigenous roots of regenerative agriculture, how Soul Fire provides fresh produce to low-income communities of color, the importance of land, the need for reparations, and agricultural policies that could start to right the injustices faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) folks. Links: Soul Fire Farm Sowing the Seeds of Food Justice Manual Food & Land Sovereignty Resource List for COVID-19 Hundreds of resources to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) Farmers in navigating the pandemic Calls to action: (1) Reparations map (2) Fortifying our Foundation (3) Action steps
August 13, 2020
Local Food Is Essential & Update on COVID Farm Safety
Ariel Pressman with the Real Organic Project explains the Local Food Is Essential campaign. This is a collaborative marketing campaign to promote local foods. Ariel shares the goals of the campaign and how farmers can use it to help their businesses. Then Annalisa Hultberg of the University of Minnesota Extension is back to give us an update on COVID-19 safety on the farm. Let’s get to it. LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Local Food Is Essential UMN COVID-19 Response Plan Template UMN YouTube COVID-19 Series in English, Hmong, and Spanish MOSES Virtual Field Days YouTube Playlist Register for Medicinal Herb Production Virtual Field Day
July 31, 2020
Do the Numbers: Organic Grain Transition
Paul Dietmann from Compeer Financial and Jon Jovaag, a farmer near Austin, MN, help us do the numbers on transitioning to organic grain production. We talk through how to think through cash flow versus profitability during the transition years, what crops to use in your rotation, and why you’d want to do it in the first place. UPDATE: The Virtual Field Day mentioned in this episode was on July 8th, but it is now available on YouTube. LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Turning Grain into Dough OGRAIN Compass Compeer Organic Bridge Loan
July 02, 2020
Do the Numbers, Part 2: Dairy Graziers on the Economics of Dairy Grazing
Organic dairy graziers Thelma Heidel-Baker and Ricky Baker join Chuck to talk about what they've done to have a financially viable 60-cow dairy. This episode builds on part 1 with Dr. Jon Winsten from 6/4. UPDATE: Part 3 was a Virtual Field Day with Thelma, Ricky, and Jon where we talked about the economics of grazing as well as production, conservation, and more. It is now available on YouTube. Listen to Thelma's conservation conversation on the In Her Boots podcast.
June 18, 2020
Do the Numbers: The Economics of Dairy Grazing
You can’t control the price of milk, but you can control how much it costs you to produce it. Dr. Jon Winsten from Winrock International outlines three key metrics to look at when considering a dairy farm’s financial viability: feed efficiency, labor efficiency, and capital efficiency. This is part 1 of 3 grazing training installments this month. In two weeks, part 2 will be a podcast episode with organic dairy graziers Thelma Heidel-Baker and Ricky Baker. UPDATE: Part 3 was a Virtual Field Day with Thelma, Ricky, and Jon where we talked about the economics of grazing as well as production, conservation, and more. It is now available on YouTube. Learn more about the Pasture Project. Learn about equity efforts for communities of color in the food system in this Civil Eats story.
June 04, 2020
Starting a Cooperative, Part 2
This is part 2 on cooperatives with Kelly Maynard from the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives. In part 1, we talked about the importance of group work, goals of co-ops, and questions to ask before getting started. This week, we get into the role of feasibility studies, grants and loans to get started, what kinds of businesses are best suited for coops, and more on the principles that cooperative businesses can teach us.
May 21, 2020
Starting a Cooperative, Part 1
Kelly Maynard is a Cooperative Development Specialist at the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives. Kelly spoke at the 2020 MOSES Organic Farming Conference about how to start a cooperative. We share clips from her workshop presentation and connect with Kelly to dig a little deeper into the world of cooperatives. Look for Part 2 next week. Visit the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives. Free webinars on cooperative governance
May 16, 2020
Rebuilding a Just Food System after COVID-19
COVID-19 is stressing the food system in unprecedented ways. Farmers and local food advocates have a unique opportunity to build new and more just food systems. Today’s guest is Dan Cornelius. Dan is a farmer, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, and is the Intertribal Agriculture Council’s Technical Assistance Specialist for the Great Lakes Region. Dan shares his thoughts on food systems, the role seeds play in resilience and food sovereignty, cooperatives, and some examples from work different Tribes have been doing that pre-date the pandemic.
May 08, 2020
Social Media for Your Farm Business
Mimo Davis and Miranda Duschack are flower farmers in St. Louis. Most of their 10,000 followers on Instagram are local customers. (Look for @urbanbuds.) They’ve invested a lot in learning how to do social media well. Their insights are even more important now that in-person connections at farmers markets and on our farms have been put on pause. Plus, they are funny people!
April 30, 2020
Best Of: Farmer Chat—Market Farming in a Pandemic
Farmers Katie Bishop and Rebecca Henderson, guests on Episode 1: Market Farming in a Pandemic, return for this chat to answer farmers' questions about online platforms for selling produce, managing inventory, handling CSA demand, connecting with customers, worker safety, and aggregating product with other farms. UPDATE: In this episode, Rebecca Henderson mentions that they were working to start a REKO Market in their area. It is now launched, and you can learn more about it here: https://www.rekomarket.com/
April 27, 2020
Beef & #DairyTogether during the Pandemic
Why are conventional dairy farmers dumping milk? How are the closures of the meat processing plants impacting livestock farmers? Chuck checks in with Bobbi Wilson from Wisconsin Farmers Union and organic dairy farmer Kevin Mahalko to talk about the issues and how to build more resilient dairy and livestock farms.
April 23, 2020
Bonus: Farmer Chats
Join us for Zoom meetings to chat with our guests about the topics featured in our podcast episodes. UPDATE: May 21, 2020 Our Post-Podcast Farmer Chats are on hiatus for the rest of the farming season.
April 20, 2020
Farm Commons on Sick Leave for Farmers or Farm Workers
Our friends at Farm Commons have a great podcast series to help farmers manage legal issues that could arise during the pandemic. We're posting a crossover episode here to introduce our audience to Farm Commons' resources. In this episode, they discuss key legal considerations of sick leave policies for farms that may have sick employees and/or employees with sick family members/kids at home because school is canceled.
April 17, 2020
Produce Safety and COVID-19
How does the coronavirus impact produce safety? How much do you have to worry about surfaces? How do you keep yourself, your workers, and your customers safe? The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a lot of questions for market farmers. Produce safety expert Annalisa Hultberg from the University of Minnesota Extension has science-based answers to help you understand best practices for flattening the curve and feeding your community at the same time. MOSES Organic Specialist and organic fruit farmer Rachel Henderson provides a farmer’s take. As promised in this episode, here's a link to the Farm Commons webinar on Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Farmers/Ranchers Affected by COVID-19.
April 16, 2020
Farmer Mental Health in this Crisis
With the incredible uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are experiencing mental health problems for the first time, and the added stress is worsening many peoples’ underlying mental health conditions. The American Psychiatric Association recently found that over a third of Americans think the coronavirus pandemic is seriously affecting their psychological health. For this episode, Chuck has candid conversations with Emily Krekelberg, head of Minnesota Extension’s Rural Stress Task Force, and farmer and farm advocate Rick Adamski of Seymour, Wisconsin. They have personal experience with mental health issues and draw from those experiences to help others. These conversations can help you recognize mental health issues in yourself or others and give you suggestions on how to address them. For immediate help: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 Farm Aid Crisis Hotline: 1-800-FARM-AID Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline: 833-600-2670 x 1
April 09, 2020
Organic Grain & the Coronavirus
How is the coronavirus affecting organic grain farmers? What effect might the pandemic have on commodity prices? What should organic farmers be considering as they think about this year? Listen in on conversations with economist Ryan Koory of Mercaris and organic farmers Carmen Fernholz and Luke Peterson. Turns out, the solutions are the tried-and-true principles of organic and sustainable farming—diversify your crops and markets and join forces with other farmers.
April 03, 2020
Market Farming in a Pandemic
COVID-19 has forced us all to make big changes fast. This is especially true for market farmers. In our first episode, we talk to vegetable growers Katie Bishop and Rebecca Henderson on how they’ve adjusted so far, as well as online marketing expert Janelle Maiocco on how to quickly get started in online sales.
March 25, 2020