Podcasts

In this episode, we talk with Mike Andreas of Andreas Homestead near Raleigh, N.C. Mike, who has had a successful career in the entertainment industry, and his wife, Lynn, moved to North Carolina. After beginning to raise their own poultry, with help from neighbors, they have begun a small poultry meat business, sustainable raising around 300 to 500 birds each year, as well as 10 to 20 goats, on 10 acres. Mike talks about how after just a few years, others in the area have begun asking them for advice, the challenges of processing in North Carolina, and regenerating the tobacco-depleted land the operation is on.

In this episode NCAT Soil Specialist Nina Prater has a wide ranging discussion with Hannah Smith-Brubaker. Hannah is an organic farmer and co-operator of Village Acres Farm near Mifflintown, PA. She is also a farmer representative on the Northeast SARE Administrative Council and former Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Hannah talks about the economic benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture and the importance of including all producers in the conversation regardless of their current practices. She notes the strides being made by organic agriculture in Pennsylvania, including high rates of cover cropping and commitment by state government. She also describes her family's long history of organic farming.

Interview with Aldo Andres Marega organic farmer from El Gauchito Hill Farm in Yolo County California. The interview includes: biography, first years of experience, farmer's markets and restaurant sales, challenges or challenges of fertilization and pest control, and advice for beginning farmers. With Martin Guerena, NCAT program specialist.

Entrevista con Aldo Andres Marega agricultor orgánico de El Gauchito Hill Farm en Yolo County California. La entrevista incluye: biografía, primeros años de experiencia, mercados de agricultor y ventas a restaurantes, retos o desafíos de fertilización y control de plagas, y consejos para agricultores principiantes. Con Martin Guerena, NCAT especialista del programa.

In this episode, Luke Freeman, horticulture specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, talks with Hannah Hemmelgarn, the education program coordinator at The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. The conversation focuses on the wide-ranging possibilities of agroforestry and how producers can determine which may work for their operation. Hannah also lists some available resources; also check out NCAT horticultural specialist Guy Ames' publication Fruit Trees, Bushes, and Vines for Natural Growing in the Ozarks.

In this episode, NCAT Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey talks with Tessa McCormick about dairying with Nigerian Dwarf Goats and the process of developing a value-added cheese-making operation. Tessa and her husband Scott own the White River Creamery in Arkansas, where they milk 52 Nigerian Dwarf goats.

In this episode, National Center for Appropriate Technology Poultry Specialist Kevin Ellis discusses the importance of biosecurity measures for pastured and organic poultry flocks.

In this series of podcasts, Thomas Schroeder, Sustainable Ag Specialist in the NCAT Southwest office sat down with Pedro Schambon, owner/operator of My Father's Farm to talk about food safety and scaling up to wholesale markets. My Father's Farm is a certified organic farm situated on 52 acres in Seguin, Texas, growing year round both in-field and in greenhouse settings. Pedro talks in depth about the changes that they needed to make to their facilities, practices and overall approach to food safety, GAP and FSMA as they made the transition from CSA/Farmer's Market grower to Wholesale producer. In this episode, he talks about changes the farm made to safely transport, package, and trace its produce as well as advice for new farmers.

In this series of podcasts, Thomas Schroeder, Sustainable Ag Specialist in the NCAT Southwest office sat down with Pedro Schambon, owner/operator of My Father's Farm to talk about food safety and scaling up to wholesale markets. My Father's Farm is a certified organic farm situated on 52 acres in Seguin, Texas, growing year round both in-field and in greenhouse settings. Pedro talks in depth about the changes that they needed to make to their facilities, practices and overall approach to food safety, GAP and FSMA as they made the transition from CSA/Farmer's Market grower to Wholesale producer. In this episode, he talks about changes the farm make in how it packs produce.

In this series of podcasts, Thomas Schroeder, Sustainable Ag Specialist in the NCAT Southwest office sat down with Pedro Schambon, owner/operator of My Father's Farm to talk about food safety and scaling up to wholesale markets. My Father's Farm is a certified organic farm situated on 52 acres in Seguin, Texas, growing year round both in-field and in greenhouse settings. Pedro talks in depth about the changes that they needed to make to their facilities, practices and overall approach to food safety, GAP and FSMA as they made the transition from CSA/Farmer's Market grower to Wholesale producer. In this episode, he addresses changes the farm made in how it harvests its crops and the value of GAP and FSMA audits in determining practices to make their produce safer.

From time to time, we feature a popular question from ATTRA's Ask an Ag Expert feature on ATTRA: Voices from the Field. In this episode we discuss the question "What Are the Benefits of Using Draft Horses on the Farm." We also discuss the ATTRA Publication: Draft Animal Power for Farming.

In this episode, Keith Berns of Green Cover Seeds in Nebraska talks about "Carbonomics," a big-picture view of soil health. He compares the economy of a country with what's going on in the soil. "The soil operates as an economy," he says. "And when we can look at it that way, we will fundamentally understand it better." Berns' talk took place at the Columbia County, Pennsylvania, Conservation District's 2 Soil Health Conference in Danville, Pennsylvania. ...

In this episode, Internal GAP Auditor David Wise talks with Dylan Strike of Strike Farms near Bozeman, Montana, about strategies for keeping rodents out of fields....

Sometimes, you can find the benefits of sustainable agriculture in unexpected places. In this episode, NCAT sustainable agriculture specialist Felicia Bell talks with Cammie Kitchens, Chief Executive Officer of Fondren Cove Assisted Living in Jackson, Mississippi. Fonden Cove helps people with mental health issues, and Cammie's interest in sustainable agriculture began with an idea that being around farm animals could be therapeutic for clients. He also became an advocate of the role that that fresh, nutritious food can play in health. Now Cammie operates a demonstration farm, CK Ag, and is looking to move forward with the role of sustainable agriculture in...

In this episode, GAP Internal Auditor David Wise talks with Dylan Strike of Strike Farm near Bozeman, MT, about his operation's water-safety procedures. The talk is part of a video series available, which is available on the ATTRA Youtube Channel, here --> Farm-based Approach to Food Safety - The Internal GAP Audit....

In this video Traci and Margaret of County Rail Farm near Huson, Montana, discuss their approach to water testing from their irrigation ditch. Organic certifier Jonda Crosby also joins the discussion. This discussion is an excerpt from the videos series Farm-Based Food Safety, which is available on the ATTRA Youtube Channel, here --> Farm-Based Food Safety....

In this episode, Wes Helpthorne of B-Bar Ranch near Big Timber, MT, discusses the process the ranch takes to process its beef at the nearby organically certified Pioneer Meats. Margaret Scoles of the International Organic Inspectors Association leads the discussion. The discussion is an excerpt from the video Inspecting Certified Organic Slaughterhouses, available on the ATTRA Video Archive....

In this episode, Brian Engle, co-owner of Pioneer Meats near Big Timber, MT, discusses the issues the organically certified slaughterhouse has to take into consideration when it processes organic orders for customers. Margaret Scoles of the International Organic Inspectors Association leads the discussion. The discussion is an excerpt from the video Inspecting Certified Organic Slaughterhouses, available on the ATTRA Video Archive....

In this episode, Judy Owsowitz, owner of Terrapin Farm near Whitefish, MT, discusses her certified organic operation's cover cropping and other strategies during a farm tour sponsored by USDA RMA. Her discussion also can be seen on the ATTRA Youtube Channel --> Terrapin Farm Cover Crop Tour Near Whitefish, Montana....

In this episode, Griff Bye, co-owner of a farming operation near Kevan, Montana, discusses the operation's cover cropping plans and strategies as part of a farm tour sponsored by USDA RMA. This discussion is also available on the ATTRA Youtube Channel --> Bye Farm Cover Cropping Near Kevin, Montana....

In this episode NCAT specialist Martin Guenera interviews Aldo Andres Marega, an organic farmer from El Gauchito Hill Farm in Yolo County California. The interview includes: biography, first years of experience, farmer's markets and restaurant sales, challenges or challenges of fertilization and pest control, and advice for beginning farmers. ...

Entrevista con Aldo Andres Marega agricultor orgánico de El Gauchito Hill Farm en Yolo County, California. La entrevista incluye: biografía, primeros años de experiencia, mercados de agricultor y ventas a restaurantes, retos o desafíos de fertilización y control de plagas, y consejos para agricultores principiantes. Martin Guenera dirige la entrevista....

In this episode, Doug Crabtree and Anna Jones-Crabtree of Vilicus Farms in Hill County in northern Montana, discuss how they started the nationally recognized, first-generation, organic dryland crop farm. The farm produces a wide variety of grain, pulse, oilseed and broadleaf crops....

In this episode, Dylan Strike of Strike Farms near Bozeman, Montana, talks with GAP internal auditor David Wise about the farm's strategy for keeping wildlife and other unwanted animals off the farm....

The first in a series of podcasts with Troy Bishopp, who custom grazes 100 percent grassfed dairy heifers and beef in southern New York. In this series, ATTRA specialist Lee Rinehart talks with Troy about decision-making throughout the grazing season. Situational grazing is all about thinking beyond the inputs, and observing, forecasting, and adapting to the changing conditions inherent in the grazing world. In this first podcast, Troy discusses preparing for the winter and provides some insight into his planning process for the upcoming year. Bishopp offers planning charts for graziers here....

In this episode NCAT Program Specialist Martin Guerena interviews organic famer Luis Guevara of Rancho La Familia from Santa Maria California. It includes his biography; 38 years of farming experience; early years and markets; reasons for diversification; current markets; production challenges; climate change challenges; pest control techniques; fertilization practices; compost; cover crops; rotations and advice to new and beginning farmers....

In this episode NCAT Program Specialist Martin Guerena interviews Martin Barnes of Capy Organics in Yolo County, California. The interview touches on the farm's early years and starting the Davis farmers market; its first crops; diversification of crops; the transition from markets to CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture); the expansion to Southern California and the Pacific Northwest; technological innovation; expanding its CSA to 50,000 customers; its pest challenges then and now; its fertilization program with compost and foliar applications; and Martin's advice to beginning farmers on land and markets....

Entrevista con Luis Guevara agricultor orgánico del Rancho La Familia de Santa María California. La Entrevista incluye: biografía, experiencia de 38 años como agricultor, principios, mercados, diversificación de productos, expansión de mercados, desafíos de producción, cambio climático, control de plagas, fertilización, rotación de cultivos y consejos para agricultores principiantes....

In this episode, NCAT Local Food Specialist Demetrius Fassas talks about the challenges and opportunities of introducing a local food Harvest of the months in Plevna, a small town in rural eastern Montana. The school's two food-staff members, Connie Long and Bertie Reger, talk about the challenges of finding the food; the importance of having a supportive school administration; and the positive impacts of the program on the students....

In this episode, internal GAP auditor David Wise talks with Tom McCamat of the Forbidden Fruit Orchard near Paradise, Montana, about the cooling equipment and strategy he uses for his peach crop. The interview is part of a video series, "Farm-Based Approach to Food Safety – the Internal GAP Audit."...

In this episode, Tom McCamat of Forbidden Fruit Orchard near Paradise, Montana, discusses the picking, and packing operation on the peach orchard. The interview is part of a video series, "Farm-Based Approach to Food Safety – the Internal GAP Audit."...

In this episode, Dylan Strike of Strike Farm near Bozeman, Montana, talks with internal GAP auditor David Wise about how the diversified operation traces its crops. The interview is part of a video series, "Farm-Based Approach to Food Safety – the Internal GAP Audit."...

In this episode, Ken Mugg of Muff Family Farm near Tallapoosa, Georgia, talks with Margaret Scoles, executive director of the International Organic Inspectors Association, about the considerations that went into Ken deciding to become organically certified. The interview is part of a video, "What to Expect at an Organic Livestock Inspection."...

In this episode, we take a question from the "Ask an Ag Expert" feature offered by NCAT's ATTRA program. The question is whether it's a better idea to start a pastured poultry egg operation. To ask an ag expert a question – free of charge, go here....

In this episode, Dave Prather of the Western Montana Food Growers Cooperative talks about the challenges that were overcome when the cooperative was created....

In this episode, Tracy Potter Finns and Margaret Debona from Country Rail Farm near Huson, Montana, talk about why they became GAP certified and the process of developing their food safety plan. This podcast is also available as part of a video series – Farm Based Food Safety Video series....

In the this episode, Michael McCormick, the executive director of the Food Resource Center in Livingston, Montana, talks about how the FRC grew from a more typical food pantry to a more active role in addressing poverty and its effects in the community. FRC now has a commercial kitchen, where it conducts vocational classes, and offers a lot of healthy food produced by local and Montana ag operations. The philosophy is to help people improve their lives, not simply feed them for a day....

In this episode, Demetrius Fassas, a Local Food Program Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and Aubrey Roth, the Montana Food to School Coordinator with Montana Team Nutrition discuss the producers' role in the "Harvest of the Month" program in Montana. The program features a different Montana agricultural product in participating schools each month....

In this episode, Kevin Ellis, a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, visits with two presenters at the 2017 Texas Hispanic Farmer and Rancher Conference. Farmer Juan Raygosa of the Terra Preta Farm and Deputy Director of the Sustainable Food Center Joy Casnovsky talks about marketing strategies for working directly with hospitals and other institutions as well as work-site CSAs....