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Rural agricultural environmentalism, or something like that. Two guys living in the country and trying to run small, weird ag businesses and figure it all out. We talk about the realities of farming and food behind all the noise. Also, Georgia history, the South, football, amateur herpetology, all things weird and wonderful. The standard stuff.

RIP Burt, Flannery, Duane and Greg, Levon, Otis, Aretha, Harry Crews, James Dickey, grandmother and grandaddy, and so on and so on.
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Rural agricultural environmentalism, or something like that. Two guys living in the country and trying to run small, weird ag businesses and figure it all out. We talk about the realities of farming and food behind all the noise. Also, Georgia history, the South, football, amateur herpetology, all things weird and wonderful. The standard stuff.

RIP Burt, Flannery, Duane and Greg, Levon, Otis, Aretha, Harry Crews, James Dickey, grandmother and grandaddy, and so on and so on.
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Some Things Flat Don't Change
Brandon delivers pastured pork in style, his current chariot of swine a curious effect of Amazon’s long tentacles within the economy. Donn traffics in acronyms and updates everyone on the lamentable state of grant programs and malfunction at the USDA. The episode winds down with a fairly substantive conversation about farm conferences and the specious language of good food. Plus, quick Savannah trivia, dang Bluffton traffic, and a brief sunset interlude. No added animal sounds this go-round, and we’re still learning how to think and speak good. But the audio is crisp and clean, and you can practically smell the barbecue smoke wafting over the Cumberland Sound. Episode sponsored by Lang’s Marina Restaurant in St. Marys, Classic Georgia, and Georgia Sea Grill on beautiful St. Simons Island. Please smash that five-star rating, and we appreciate y’all for listening. Website is live.  Our gallery of Georgia courthouses is up. Websites: www.streakofleanpod.com www.thegrassrootsfarm.com www.cooperagriculture.com  Social media accounts: Streak of Lean Instagram — @streakoflean Grassroots Farms Instagram — @grassrootsfarmsga Grassroots Farms Twitter — @GApasturedbirds Cooper Ag Services Instagram — @cooper_ag_services
1:35:28
November 13, 2019
Our Quarterly Episode
Early reviews of this episode are in, and critics are raving: “So lo-fi it was almost incomprehensible, but I loved every minute of it.” The De Soto Gazette-Herald calls it, “A surprisingly pleasant hour considering so little preparation went into the final product.” Coop walks across town while trying out new audio equipment that makes him sound underwater. Brandon is following his normal route, speeding away from cellular signals and into the lost coastal backwoods. Together they weave experimental sonic textures about ANTIFA, the pitiful things that farmers kill accidentally, littering and Southerners’ inability to embrace environmentalism, and new developments at Farm’D. We made this one short; so when it stops, it just sort of stops.   Episode sponsored by Lang’s Marina Restaurant in St. Marys (@langsrestaurant).   Please smash that five-star rating, and we appreciate y’all for listening. Website is live.  Our gallery of Georgia courthouses is up.   Websites:   www.streakofleanpod.com   www.thegrassrootsfarm.com   www.cooperagriculture.com   Social media accounts:   Streak of Lean Instagram — @streakoflean   Grassroots Farms Instagram — @grassrootsfarmsga   Grassroots Farms Twitter — @GApasturedbirds  Cooper Ag Services  Instagram — @cooper_ag_services
50:13
October 3, 2019
Georgia Summer
We here! We didn't give up the podcast game, just got hella busy over the summer. The kind of busy where you're wore-ass out but can't remember what you accomplished. Brandon starts us back with discussing his pesky neighbors, Theresa and Daryl, and their complaints about his dogs. Theresa and Daryl, UGH. Then we get down to some solid farm talk, including: feral swine damage in South Georgia, USDA grants and local food systems investment, the inevitable trash and worn-out equipment that accumulate on every farm ("shame piles"), and sundry other topics along the way. Authentic outdoor sounds, too.  Please smash that five-star rating, and we appreciate y’all for listening. Website is live. Our gallery of Georgia courthouses is up.   Websites:     www.streakofleanpod.com   www.thegrassrootsfarm.com   www.cooperagriculture.com   Social media accounts:      Streak of Lean Instagram — @streakoflean      Grassroots Farms Instagram — @grassrootsfarmsga      Grassroots Farms Twitter — @GApasturedbirds      Cooper Ag Services Instagram — @cooper_ag_services
1:28:32
August 6, 2019
Heat and Fever
What is this episode about? What is truth? Can we ever really know another person? We don't talk about none of that. Instead, we cover laughable Yankee tourist traps (we see you, Peach World), vague memories of Midway and the lost Sunbury Road, the cruel turn of weather in Georgia, the possible effects from African Swine Fever’s rampage through China and Southeast Asia, human doodoo, and the salubrious possibilities of human doodoo transfer. Plus, there’s the standard drivel, whatnot, clatter, and noise. But name another podcast with so many loud and abrupt animal sounds.  Please smash that five-star rating, and we appreciate y’all for listening. Website is live. Our gallery of Georgia courthouses is up.    Websites:     www.streakofleanpod.com     www.thegrassrootsfarm.com  www.cooperagriculture.com     Social media accounts:     Streak of Lean Instagram — @streakoflean     Grassroots Farms Instagram — @grassrootsfarmsga     Grassroots Farms Twitter — @GApasturedbirds     Cooper Ag Services Instagram — @cooper_ag_services
1:28:31
June 5, 2019
Wyatt Williams, Meat-Obsessed Expat
Wyatt Williams joins us all the way from Indonesia to talk food writing, burnout, the perfect farm, marketing, and American meat. But before that we have a long discussion about beginning farmers, the disappearance of livestock processing, and food safety. We decry the misguided war by the government against microorganisms, reevaluate science, and contemplate eating a raw chicken. Coop looks forward to upcoming events. Brandon has news about the expansion of his multimedia empire on the coast. A long episode for a good ride. Audio could be better. C'est la vie. Authentically lo-fi is our brand.  Read more about Wyatt at his tumblr (https://wyattwilliams.tumblr.com/). Please smash that five-star rating, and we appreciate y’all for listening. Website is live. Our gallery of Georgia courthouses is up. Look for show notes soon.   Websites:    www.streakofleanpod.com    www.thegrassrootsfarm.com www.cooperagriculture.com    Social media accounts:    Streak of Lean Instagram — @streakoflean    Grassroots Farms Instagram — @grassrootsfarmsga    Grassroots Farms Twitter — @GApasturedbirds    Cooper Ag Services Instagram — @cooper_ag_services
2:41:31
May 7, 2019
Phil Spencer from Farm’d
Our first guest! We enjoy the honor and privilege of keeping company with Phil Spencer, the Community Manager at Farm’d. A buying and distribution platform for local food, Farm’d facilitates linkages between restaurants and farmers. What they’re pulling off sounds so good, it makes one incredulous. We think you'll really like Phil and hearing about the job he's doing to help Georgia farmers get their product to market. Plus, we have scintillating intro talk, in which we cover the weather, drowned trucks, rural hospitals, pica, annoying turns of phrase, driving a tractor in your skivvies, cussing, and getting punk’d. Episode sponsored by the Georgia Sea Grill (@georgiaseagrill).  Please smash that five-star rating, and we appreciate y’all for listening.  Website is finally up! Look for show notes soon.   Websites:   www.streakofleanpod.com   www.thegrassrootsfarm.com   www.cooperagriculture.com   Social media accounts:   Streak of Lean Instagram — @streakoflean   Grassroots Farms Instagram — @grassrootsfarmsga   Grassroots Farms Twitter — @GApasturedbirds   Cooper Ag Services Instagram — @cooper_ag_services
1:54:44
April 2, 2019
Hyperlocal
Finally, we’re back at our game of talking Georgia deep geography and trying on our curmudgeon hats. We talk about the dynamic physical and social upheaval in the Atlanta suburbs over the past 30 years — with a focus on Gwinnett County. Along the way we cover our dreams of writing, Flagpole magazine, bats, and sundry other things. Recordings from the Georgia Organics Conference close the show. Episode sponsored by @georgiaseagrill, @classicgeorgia, and the Bites & Bands fest on St. Simons on March 23.  Please smash that five-star rating, and we appreciate y’all for listening.  Website is finally up! Look for show notes soon.    Websites:   www.streakofleanpod.com   www.thegrassrootsfarm.com   www.cooperagriculture.com   Social media accounts:    Streak of Lean Instagram — @streakoflean   Grassroots Farms Instagram — @grassrootsfarmsga   Grassroots Farms Twitter — @GApasturedbirds   Cooper Ag Services Instagram — @cooper_ag_services
1:39:20
March 12, 2019
Back to a Rough January
We talk about how much January sucked. Along the way, we cover the Durdens again, pod bizness, the one and only Waverly Minit Mart, Coop’s brother, Goodie Mob, late night cravings, the intangibility of fathers’ love, death, the Georgia Organics conference, small farmers, and more. This is probably our best episode yet. Lots of good truck sounds. A longer ride but it’s smooth and easy. Episode sponsored by @georgiaseagrill, @classicgeorgia, and the Bites & Bands fest on St. Simons on March 23.  Please smash that five-star rating, and we appreciate y’all for listening. Website is finally up! Look for show notes soon.   Websites:  www.streakofleanpod.com  www.thegrassrootsfarm.com  www.cooperagriculture.com  Social media accounts:   Streak of Lean Instagram — @streakoflean  Grassroots Farms Instagram — @grassrootsfarmsga  Grassroots Farms Twitter — @GApasturedbirds  Cooper Ag Services Instagram — @cooper_ag_services
1:59:34
February 15, 2019
The Story of Grassroots Farms, Part 3: “You Got To Get in Where You Fit in”
The finale of Grassroots Farms' journey to the land of milk and honey — the Georgia coast. As the deal with the chicken distributor fizzles, a mysterious figure appears offering untold riches in the hog business. An old friend comes to the farm for mutual succor. Fame and fortune again seem within reach. But is this the devil's business, or is it ultimate providence? Plus, interstate rest area architecture, O.J. Simpson, the government shutdown, the Farm Bill, DIY veterinary medicine, a dramatic reading from James Dickey's Deliverance, etc. Long, vulgar, troubled with inconsistent volume levels — This is the episode that wins the Poddie! Seriously. No, seriously. Lots of expletives, y'all. Don't say we didn't warn you.  Please smash that five-star rating, and we appreciate y’all for listening. Website is finally up! Look for show notes soon.  Websites: www.streakofleanpod.com www.thegrassrootsfarm.com www.cooperagriculture.com Social media accounts:  Streak of Lean Instagram — @streakoflean Grassroots Farms Instagram — @grassrootsfarmsga Grassroots Farms Twitter — @GApasturedbirds Cooper Ag Services Instagram — @cooper_ag_services
1:56:43
January 22, 2019
The Story of Grassroots Farms, Part 2: “I Owe an Awful Lot to the Chicken”
Part the Second: We follow our plucky hero through the next stage of his journey to small farm glory. Good fortune strikes as a corporate distributor comes calling for that local yardbird. Brandon moves the flock and fam from their suburban homestead to the wide-open pastures of Southeast Georgia (SOUEGA — God's country, per the Bird Mane). Will this path lead to untold riches as foretold in the prophecy? How can one man compete with the scale and efficiencies of Big Chicken? Find out in this week's episode! Plus, more Florida talk and tantalizing details about a "sweet" outhouse. Please smash that five-star rating, and we appreciate y’all for listening. Website is on the way (real real real soonish).  Websites: www.thegrassrootsfarm.com www.cooperagriculture.com www.streakofleanpod.com Social media accounts:  Streak of Lean Instagram — @streakoflean Grassroots Farms Instagram — @grassrootsfarmsga Grassroots Farms Twitter — @GApasturedbirds Cooper Ag Services Instagram — @cooper_ag_services
1:09:52
January 7, 2019
The Story of Grassroots Farms, Part 1: “Man, You’re Going To Be a Millionaire”
This is the first of three episodes in which Brandon details his unique journey into the farming life. It’s a story of youthful mistakes, rare opportunity, personal destiny, and abounding love. In Part 1, Brandon talks about getting started as a wide-eyed backyard agrarian in Walton County.  Please smash that five-star rating, and we appreciate y’all for listening. Website is on the way (real real soonish).  Social media accounts: Streak of Lean Instagram — @streakoflean  Grassroots Farms Instagram — @grassrootsfarmsga  Grassroots Farms Twitter — @GApasturedbirds  Cooper Ag Services Instagram — @cooper_ag_services
1:09:00
December 31, 2018
Chicken Slime!
We go way off script to talk about chickens, outdoor chickens, indoor chickens, chicken manure, chicken death, the ugly acts of livestock farming, and the persistent gloom and self-doubt of running a small business during the holidays.... Because mama always said the best way to treat your listeners right is to be as morbid and gross as possible. But, hey, in a world of deceptive social media profiles and marketing shell games, at least SoL gets down and dirty. Thanks for listening! Please smash that five-star rating. Website is on the way (real soonish). So are some small tech upgrades. Social media accounts: Streak of Lean Instagram — @streakoflean Grassroots Farms Instagram — @grassrootsfarmsga Grassroots Farms Twitter — @GApasturedbirds Cooper Ag Services Instagram — @cooper_ag_services
1:38:06
December 15, 2018
Hatin' on Hotlanta: Grants, Politics, and Rural Living
The Streak of Lean boys are finally back at it to discuss Hurricane Michael's impact on agriculture in Southwest Georgia, the national media coverage of the storm, the Farm Bill, Donn's grant work, developments on Brandon's coastal farm, organics, and our favorite theme — bridging the urban/rural divide. Because, y'all, we love everybody. Publishing this episode was delayed by technical issues and user error, and some audio has been removed to protect the innocent. So, don't mind the gaps, and discussions about recent political events are still relevant, if not timely. Also, we're going to leave you wanting more.... Streak of Lean is still accepting sponsorships from online mattress companies for a limited time. Act now. Opportunities are going fast. Website is on the way. Social media accounts: Streak of Lean Instagram — @streakoflean Grassroots Farms Instagram — @grassrootsfarmsga Grassroots Farms Twitter — @GApasturedbirds Cooper Ag Services Instagram — @cooper_ag_services
1:58:25
December 5, 2018
Organic Goobers
We talk about the work being done to grow organic peanuts in Georgia and some of the exciting achievements in 2018. The conversation meanders through South Georgia ice machines, California, and David Allen Coe. Plus, the weather! Follow us on Instagram at @streakoflean. Individual accounts are @grassrootsfarmsga (Brandon) and @cooper_ag_services (Donn). Brandon is also saving the republic one tweet at a time (@GApasturedbirds). We'll have show notes and links once the website (www.streakofleanpod.com) is up.
1:11:59
October 8, 2018
Welcome to Streak of Lean
We finally record the first podcast after years of talking about talking. We introduce ourselves, outline our hopes for the show, and discuss Hurricane Florence, vittles, Trapper Jim, the Ag Census, slavery, racism in America, chicken farming, etc. Brandon provides free truck sounds. Donn has trouble with multiplication. All in all, not bad for a first go. Follow us on Instagram at @streakoflean. Individual accounts are @grassrootsfarmsga (Brandon) and @cooper_ag_services (Donn). We'll have show notes and links once the website (www.streakofleanpod.com) is up. Mattress company sponsorships now being accepted.
1:27:05
September 12, 2018
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