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The No-Till Market Garden Podcast

English, Education, 4 seasons, 237 episodes, 4 days, 1 hour, 29 minutes
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The No-Till Market Garden Podcast is a nuts and bolts (and earthworms and microbes) look at how to run a productive, profitable no-till market garden for small and mid-sized farmers.
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Accessing Land & Sustaining a Farm Business | Roundtable w/ Starry Ridge & Cedar Field Farms

Host Alex Ball sits down for a farmer roundtable with Kolin Buzerak of Starry Ridge Farm, and Caitlin and Simon Yevzelman of Cedar Field Farm to discuss how they access farm land, working with those in their community, and making their farms work in these times of high interest rates and expensive land values. We discuss the value of connecting with those around you to build your farm resource base as well the commitment it takes long-term to build a successful small-scale farming business. Mentioned in the show... The Farm Credit Service Directory Folks who support the show... Harnois Greenhouses for controlled environment agriculture innovation, partnering with market gardeners and farmers across North America to deliver comprehensive, turnkey, commercial greenhouse solutions. Farmhand is the all-in-one software platform and virtual assistant built by and for independent farmers. Instantly offload admin tasks, automate your CSA, update your website, and sell more to your customers. Learn more at farmhand.partners/notill Local Line is the most comprehensive sales software built for farmers and food hubs. Increase your sales and streamline your processes with features including e-commerce, inventory management, subscriptions, website builder, online payments, point-of-sale, and more! Receive a free premium feature for one year using our coupon code, NOTILL. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets
5/13/20241 hour, 34 minutes, 5 seconds
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Demystifying Soil Testing & Analysis with Bruce Hoskins of The University of Maine Soil Testing Lab

Soil Testing. Over the years, Natalie has gotten a lot of this kind of question: why are my results from THIS lab different from my results from THAT lab? And WHY are the recommendations DIFFERENT? For this episode, she spoke with Bruce Hoskins who runs the Soil and Plant Anaylitcal Lab at The University of Maine. It's impossible to cover everything you want or need to know about soil testing in an hour, but they lay the groundwork for what exactly happens to a soil sample when you send it into a lab for basic nutrient analysis. Folks who support the show... Harnois Greenhouses for controlled environment agriculture innovation, partnering with market gardeners and farmers across North America to deliver comprehensive, turnkey, commercial greenhouse solutions. Farmhand is the all-in-one software platform and virtual assistant built by and for independent farmers. Instantly offload admin tasks, automate your CSA, update your website, and sell more to your customers. Learn more at farmhand.partners/notill Local Line is the most comprehensive sales software built for farmers and food hubs. Increase your sales and streamline your processes with features including e-commerce, inventory management, subscriptions, website builder, online payments, point-of-sale, and more! Receive a free premium feature for one year using our coupon code, NOTILL. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets
5/6/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 58 seconds
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Turning Burdens into Resources & Community Grazing Cooperatives w/ Sarah Keiser of Wild Oat Hollow

"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say it's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem. And then there are those who see the need and respond. And I consider those people my heros." - Mr. Rogers Mimi Casteel is talking with one of HER heros, the amazing Sarah Keiser, from Wild Oat Hollow. She will inspire you to be someone who makes things happen, and she'll be the first to tell you she didn't to it alone, because it takes a community, which is what they'll be talking about today... Check out the Wild Oat Hollow Farmsite & follow her on Instagram Mentioned in the show... Hooves & Hands, The Community Grazing Anthology Folks who support the show... Harnois Greenhouses for controlled environment agriculture innovation, partnering with market gardeners and farmers across North America to deliver comprehensive, turnkey, commercial greenhouse solutions. Farmhand is the all-in-one software platform and virtual assistant built by and for independent farmers. Instantly offload admin tasks, automate your CSA, update your website, and sell more to your customers. Learn more at farmhand.partners/notill Local Line is the most comprehensive sales software built for farmers and food hubs. Increase your sales and streamline your processes with features including e-commerce, inventory management, subscriptions, website builder, online payments, point-of-sale, and more! Receive a free premium feature for one year using our coupon code, NOTILL. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets
4/29/20241 hour, 36 minutes, 58 seconds
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Multi-farm Cooperatives, Building Teams, and Urban/Rural Production with Cheyenne Sundance of Sundance Harvest, Commons, & Market

Alex Ball sits down with fellow farmer and friend Cheyenne Sundance of Sundance Harvest, Commons, & Market in Ontario, Canada. They dig deep on managing a multi-farm cooperative land-trust project, building a team around an idea, and balancing urban/rural production. Follow the prolific Cheyanne Sundance on Instagram More information on Sundance Commons Folks who support the show... Harnois Greenhouses for controlled environment agriculture innovation, partnering with market gardeners and farmers across North America to deliver comprehensive, turnkey, commercial greenhouse solutions. Farmhand is the all-in-one software platform and virtual assistant built by and for independent farmers. Instantly offload admin tasks, automate your CSA, update your website, and sell more to your customers. Learn more at farmhand.partners/notill Local Line is the most comprehensive sales software built for farmers and food hubs. Increase your sales and streamline your processes with features including e-commerce, inventory management, subscriptions, website builder, online payments, point-of-sale, and more! Receive a free premium feature for one year using our coupon code, NOTILL. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets
4/22/202452 minutes, 21 seconds
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Scaling-up from Homestead to Farm Business | Roundtable w/ Cedar Chest Farm & Wild East Farm

In March, part of the No-Till Growers team went to the Organic Growers School in NC and held a roundtable with Erin of Cedar Chest Farm and Lyric and Noah of Wild East Farm about scaling-up from homestead to full-fledged farm business. We get to hear the stories of how both farms started on a very small scale and smartly grew their operations, plus tips, lessons, and helpful thoughts on business startups. Check out Organic Growers School Follow Wild East Farm on Instagram & YouTube Follow Cedar Chest Farm on her amazing Instagram Folks who support the show... Harnois Greenhouses for controlled environment agriculture innovation, partnering with market gardeners and farmers across North America to deliver comprehensive, turnkey, commercial greenhouse solutions. Farmhand is the all-in-one software platform and virtual assistant built by and for independent farmers. Instantly offload admin tasks, automate your CSA, update your website, and sell more to your customers. Learn more at farmhand.partners/notill Local Line is the most comprehensive sales software built for farmers and food hubs. Increase your sales and streamline your processes with features including e-commerce, inventory management, subscriptions, website builder, online payments, point-of-sale, and more! Receive a free premium feature for one year using our coupon code, NOTILL. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets
4/15/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 11 seconds
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BONUS Using Technology as a Personal Assistant so You Can Farm More to w/ Ari Memar, Founder of Farmhand

Got a BONUS Farmer Jesse episode this week with Ari Memar, founder of Farmhand, a personal assistant for growers. It may not surprise you, Farmer J is not the most tech-savvy guy, so we’re excited to chat with Ari about the easy-to-use program they’ve built at Farmhand to save admin time and get farmers farming more, plus how the tech world and gardening world--from his parents to his own life--have influenced his path. Farmhand is the all-in-one software platform and virtual assistant built by and for independent farmers. Instantly offload admin tasks, automate your CSA, update your website, and sell more to your customers. Learn more at farmhand.partners/notill ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets
4/10/202449 minutes, 12 seconds
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World Renown Compost & Cut Flowers w/ Bridget & Henrietta, The Land Gardeners

There is nobody who does more awesome headlines than the British. Especially the tabloids, so good. They can even manage to talk about things like compost in a way that almost brings tears of joy… “Posh compost that’s entry level.” -The Times “Luxury manures, the sweet smell of success.” -The Times “Twenty pounds for a tiny bag of poo? What really goes into luxury compost?” - The Guardian Don’t be put off by “luxury compost” because our guests today are quite down to earth. Today, Mimi is speaking with The Land Gardeners Bridget and Henrietta, two incredible women, who are former lawyers who came together over a shared love of soil and a hopeful vision of the future. They are known world-wide for producing some of the most extraordinary landscapes and coveted cut-flowers. The Land Gardeners Beautiful Website, where you can take their courses and buy their stunning books & tools. Folks who support the show... Harnois Greenhouses for controlled environment agriculture innovation, partnering with market gardeners and farmers across North America to deliver comprehensive, turnkey, commercial greenhouse solutions. Farmhand is the all-in-one software platform and virtual assistant built by and for independent farmers. Instantly offload admin tasks, automate your CSA, update your website, and sell more to your customers. Learn more at farmhand.partners/notill Local Line is the most comprehensive sales software built for farmers and food hubs. Increase your sales and streamline your processes with features including e-commerce, inventory management, subscriptions, website builder, online payments, point-of-sale, and more! Receive a free premium feature for one year using our coupon code, NOTILL. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets
4/8/202452 minutes, 28 seconds
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Mid-Scale No-Till, Building a Reliable Workforce, & the Power of Collectives w/ Hannah & Michelle of Green Things Farm Collective

On today’s episode Alex Ball of Old City Acres sits down with Hannah Weber & Michelle Brosius (½ of the management team) from Green Things Farm Collective in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Green Things was interviewed several years ago by farmer Jesse AND farmer Jackson and since then they have radically increased the scale of their no-till production and local food distribution. We discuss how they build and manage their no till beds at scale, train & build up their workforce, distribute all of their produce, and the power of collective work. Follow Green Things on Instagram Check out the Green Things FarmSite Mentioned in the show... AirTable, their data management platform Slack, their communications platform Folks who support the show... Harnois Greenhouses for controlled environment agriculture innovation, partnering with market gardeners and farmers across North America to deliver comprehensive, turnkey, commercial greenhouse solutions. Farmhand is the all-in-one software platform and virtual assistant built by and for independent farmers. Instantly offload admin tasks, automate your CSA, update your website, and sell more to your customers. Learn more at farmhand.partners/notill Local Line is the most comprehensive sales software built for farmers and food hubs. Increase your sales and streamline your processes with features including e-commerce, inventory management, subscriptions, website builder, online payments, point-of-sale, and more! Receive a free premium feature for one year using our coupon code, NOTILL. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets Grow Riverside & Beyond in CA
4/1/20241 hour, 27 seconds
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Former Oil & Gas Man Leaves Lucrative Career to Become Small-Scale Vigneron w/ Tim Phillips of Charlie Herring Wine

Imagine the theme music from Masterpiece Theater… a former oil & gas accountant leaves his lucrative career and travels by bicycle to a walled garden. Mimi Casteel speaks with her friend Tim Phillips from Charlie Herring Wines in the UK. If you do nothing else, check out his website—beware the litany of web warnings!—for a darlin illustration of his farm and incredibly entertaining blog. He not only does a lot of innovative things, but also uses a lot of old school methods, and he’s our people, people. Enjoy. The Charlie Herring Winesite Follow Tim on Instagram Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... High Mowing Organic Seeds for 100% organic, Non-GMO Project Verified vegetable, flower and herb seeds trialed for optimal performance in organic growing systems. High Country News provides unique on-the-ground reporting on the land, water, wildlife and communities of the region, with dedicated coverage of climate, environmental and Indigenous issues. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets Grow Riverside & Beyond in CA
3/25/20241 hour, 51 minutes, 28 seconds
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BONUS Starting & Running a Small Seed Company with Daryl Wade of Sow Right Seeds

Farmer Jesse recently got the chance to speak with Daryl Ward of Sow Right Seeds about starting and running a small seed company. In particular, how seed businesses like Sow Right are dealing with new genetically modified varieties that are hitting the shelves. We also talk about home gardening, the business of selling seeds, and more. Full disclosure, Sow Right is not only a sponsor the No-Till Growers YouTube channel, but also the podcast, helping us keep it free for growers everywhere. ... and, as always, our work is also powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
3/20/202451 minutes, 22 seconds
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Nutrient Management, Lessons Learned Moving Farms & Farming with an Autoimmune Disorder w/ Kyle of Burns Blossom Farm

Farmer Jesse is back this week with Kyle Forest-Burns of Burns Blossom Farm, which he runs with his partner Mel, in Chico California. They discuss farming with a debilitating disease, nutrient management, and tips for new farmers. A very cool and wide-ranging talk that we’ve been waiting to have for several years. If you want to SEE the conversation, along with some pictures that illustrate what they are talking about, head over to the No-Till Growers PODCAST YouTube channel! Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Join Organic Growers School for their Spring Conference in Western North Carolina March 8-10, 2024, with 60+ workshops organized into 13 themed tracks. Plus, I (Jesse Frost) will be there leading half-day workshops. High Mowing Organic Seeds for 100% organic, Non-GMO Project Verified vegetable, flower and herb seeds trialed for optimal performance in organic growing systems. Since 1972 Ohio earth food has been the go to source for the highest performing and most cost effective granular and liquid fertilizers, seed starting soils, foliar sprays and disease and insect controls. Feed your soil and let your soil feed the plants. Visit ohioearthfood.com. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets Grow Riverside & Beyond in CA
3/18/202458 minutes, 17 seconds
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Candid Conversations About Starting New Gardens & Letting Go of Old Ones w/ Jackson Rolett & Seth Torkelson-Regan

On today’s special episode of The No-Till Market Garden Podcast, Alex says goodbye to his old farm and embraces the change to running and setting up a brand new no-till site for Old City Acres. We chat with two special guests, co-founder Farmer Jackson, and first year farm partner Seth Torkelson-Regan, all about renting -vs- owning (can you afford it), setting up new beds, the emotional toll of owning your own land, and making hard business decisions on the farm with regard to your finances, time, and lifestyle. Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Join Organic Growers School for their Spring Conference in Western North Carolina March 8-10, 2024, with 60+ workshops organized into 13 themed tracks. Plus, I (Jesse Frost) will be there leading half-day workshops. High Mowing Organic Seeds for 100% organic, Non-GMO Project Verified vegetable, flower and herb seeds trialed for optimal performance in organic growing systems. Since 1972 Ohio earth food has been the go to source for the highest performing and most cost effective granular and liquid fertilizers, seed starting soils, foliar sprays and disease and insect controls. Feed your soil and let your soil feed the plants. Visit ohioearthfood.com. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets Grow Riverside & Beyond in CA
3/11/20241 hour, 39 minutes, 5 seconds
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Agroforestry with Nutter Justin Holt of the Asheville Nuttery

Pirate radio with Mini Casteel.. keeping your nuts dry with "nutter" Justin Holt of the Asheville Nuttery. Justin has been a part of the agroforesty world since 2011--part of the Nutty Buddy Collective--he also leads tours and consulatancy around agroforestry and foraging. You going to want to listen to this one, it's quite the nut to crack. Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Join Organic Growers School for their Spring Conference in Western North Carolina March 8-10, 2024, with 60+ workshops organized into 13 themed tracks. Plus, I (Jesse Frost) will be there leading half-day workshops. High Mowing Organic Seeds for 100% organic, Non-GMO Project Verified vegetable, flower and herb seeds trialed for optimal performance in organic growing systems. Since 1972 Ohio earth food has been the go to source for the highest performing and most cost effective granular and liquid fertilizers, seed starting soils, foliar sprays and disease and insect controls. Feed your soil and let your soil feed the plants. Visit ohioearthfood.com. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets Organic Growers School in NC Grow Riverside & Beyond in CA
3/4/20241 hour, 29 minutes, 32 seconds
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A No-Dig, Pay-What-You Can, Collaborative CSA with Max Epstein of Krautgaart in Luxembourg

Today, we are doing a podcast special with Farmer Jesse and Max Epstein of Krautgaart in Luxembourg, discussing his no-dig, pay-what-you can, collaborative CSA model and a whole lot more! To see a VIDEO version of the conversation with additional photos, check it out on YouTube! Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Join Organic Growers School for their Spring Conference in Western North Carolina March 8-10, 2024, with 60+ workshops organized into 13 themed tracks. Plus, I (Jesse Frost) will be there leading half-day workshops. High Country News provides unique on-the-ground reporting on the land, water, wildlife and communities of the region, with dedicated coverage of climate, environmental and Indigenous issues. This February, join thousands of farmers like you from across the U.S. for three days of community building and farmer-led learning at the 35th annual Marbleseed Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin. High Mowing Organic Seeds for 100% organic, Non-GMO Project Verified vegetable, flower and herb seeds trialed for optimal performance in organic growing systems. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets Organic Growers School in NC Grow Riverside & Beyond in CA
2/26/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 47 seconds
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How the NRCS Can Support Your Soil Health Practices w/ Candace and Laura from the NRCS

One of the things that I, Natalie, love about doing this podcast is the freedom to talk to just about anyone and you may have noticed that I'm pretty agnostic when it comes to getting good information. I think you can find wisdom and knowledge from farmers, scientists, EVEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. For this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Candace Williams Anthony and Laura Starr who both work in the Soil Health Division of the NRCS. We focus on soil health practices in this conversation, but there are many MANY ways NRCS can work with you... Mentioned in the show... The Web Soil Survey The USDA Urban Ag Initiative The NRCS EQIP (high-tunnel) Program Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... High Country News provides unique on-the-ground reporting on the land, water, wildlife and communities of the region, with dedicated coverage of climate, environmental and Indigenous issues. This February, join thousands of farmers like you from across the U.S. for three days of community building and farmer-led learning at the 35th annual Marbleseed Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Local Line, the all-in-one sales platform for farmers and food hubs. Start your free trial today and get a free premium feature for a year using our coupon code: NOTILL High Mowing Organic Seeds for 100% organic, Non-GMO Project Verified vegetable, flower and herb seeds trialed for optimal performance in organic growing systems. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School Grow Riverside & Beyond
2/19/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 54 seconds
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Behavioral Change in a Time of Ecological Urgency with the UNSTOPPABLE Agroecologist Nicole Masters of Integrity Soils

Mimi has another 'charming accent' interview, this time with Nicole Masters of Integrity Soils and author of For the Love of Soil. She a world leader in soil health, a very accomplished educator, and is focused on an outcomes-based approach to improving soils. She also has a joyous way of being and looking at the world, and is a delight to listen to. Mentioned in the show... Nicole's educatoinal organization Integrity Soils Her Book, For the Love of Soil The Soil Learning Center Online Courses Jodi Roebuck's Robuck Farm Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... High Country News provides unique on-the-ground reporting on the land, water, wildlife and communities of the region, with dedicated coverage of climate, environmental and Indigenous issues. This February, join thousands of farmers like you from across the U.S. for three days of community building and farmer-led learning at the 35th annual Marbleseed Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Local Line, the all-in-one sales platform for farmers and food hubs. Start your free trial today and get a free premium feature for a year using our coupon code: NOTILL High Mowing Organic Seeds for 100% organic, Non-GMO Project Verified vegetable, flower and herb seeds trialed for optimal performance in organic growing systems. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming workshops & conferences... The Rough Draft Workshop Farm Tour Dates & Tickets Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School Grow Riverside & Beyond
2/12/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 17 seconds
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Growing on Terraces in a Northern Climate w/ Kat & Kolin of Starry Ridge Farm

Today, Alex Ball sits down with Kat and Kolin of Startty Ridge Farm in Petersburg, NY. They dig deep into successfully carving beds into the sid eof rocky hills, building a farm business with family, and marketing a diverse selection of local products to the community. Mentioned in the show... Follow Starry Ridge Farm on Instagram Follow Alex Ball & Old City Acres on Instagram Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... High Country News provides unique on-the-ground reporting on the land, water, wildlife and communities of the region, with dedicated coverage of climate, environmental and Indigenous issues. This February, join thousands of farmers like you from across the U.S. for three days of community building and farmer-led learning at the 35th annual Marbleseed Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Local Line, the all-in-one sales platform for farmers and food hubs. Start your free trial today and get a free premium feature for a year using our coupon code: NOTILL High Mowing Organic Seeds for 100% organic, Non-GMO Project Verified vegetable, flower and herb seeds trialed for optimal performance in organic growing systems. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... Marbleseed Organic Farming Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School Grow Riverside & Beyond
2/5/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 50 seconds
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Low- and No-Till Farming with Horses with Legend Eric Nordell of Beech Grove Farm

Farmer Jesse here with an interview of my own, this one with Mr. Eric Nordell Of Beech Grove Farm in PA. Eric and his wife Anne are LEGENDS in the small farm community. I first learned about their work on the Farmer-to-Farmer Podcast, but they have been organic farmers for forty-odd years. Today's topic... low/not-till farming with horses! We get into everything from weed management, to garlic production, and a whole lot more. You can read more about their farming on their blog-here-and they also have a timeless booklet you can check out called Weed the Soil, Not the Crop. Mentioned in the show... The Beech Grove Farm Blogsite The Weed the Soil, Not the Crop Booklet The garlic video mentioned by Eric Beech Grove on The Farmer-to-Farmer Podcast The Real Organic Project Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... High Country News provides unique on-the-ground reporting on the land, water, wildlife and communities of the region, with dedicated coverage of climate, environmental and Indigenous issues. This February, join thousands of farmers like you from across the U.S. for three days of community building and farmer-led learning at the 35th annual Marbleseed Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Local Line, the all-in-one sales platform for farmers and food hubs. Start your free trial today and get a free premium feature for a year using our coupon code: NOTILL High Mowing Organic Seeds for 100% organic, Non-GMO Project Verified vegetable, flower and herb seeds trialed for optimal performance in organic growing systems. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... Marbleseed Organic Farming Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School Grow Riverside & Beyond
1/29/20241 hour, 14 minutes, 57 seconds
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Eco-Efficiency, Mulching with Leaves, and the Scatterseed Project with Legend Will Bonsall

Natalie talks with LEGEND Will Bonsai and we’re really excited to bring this conversation to you! Will is legendary for his seed saving efforts, the Scatterseed Project, as well as his radical homesteading in western Maine. He is the first to admit that he is not a market gardener and some of the things he does on his homestead aren’t feasible if you’re trying to make a living selling food, but many of them are! I love his approach to what he calls “eco efficiency” and there is a lot to learn with how Will has designed his systems to use plants to their maximum capacity and make the most of his land. Mentioned in the Show... Will's Wikipedia Page The Scatterseed Project Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening Farmers of Forty Centuries by F.H. King Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Farmers Friend for well-designed, quality tools, tunnels, and equipment for small-scale farms and gardens. Local Line, the all-in-one sales platform for farmers and food hubs. Start your free trial today and get a free premium feature for a year using our coupon code: NOTILL High Mowing Organic Seeds for 100% organic, Non-GMO Project Verified vegetable, flower and herb seeds trialed for optimal performance in organic growing systems. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... Marbleseed Organic Farming Organic Association of Kentucky Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School Grow Riverside & Beyond
1/22/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 44 seconds
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An Evolution of Urban Farming & Farmacy Corner Store-ing with Devon Wilson of Sunlight Gardens

On today’s episode of the No-Till Market Garden Podcast, Alex of Old City Acres LITERALLY sits down for a very special live and in-person conversation with Devon Wilson of Sunlight Gardens located in downtown Battle Creek, MI. They discuss starting an urban farm in shared community lots and backyards, developing his on-site farm & natural convenience store,  and using social media to connect with his local community.  Mentioned during show... Sunlight Gardens farmsite Sunlight Gardens on Instagram Michigan double-up food bucks Follow Alex of Old City Acres on Instagram Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Johnny's Selected Seeds for vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses for high-quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown a grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. Farmers Friend for well-designed, quality tools, tunnels, and equipment. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... Marbleseed Organic Farming Organic Association of Kentucky Utah Food and Farm Conference Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School
1/15/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 46 seconds
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Nerding Out about Long-Term Soil Health Projects in WA with Researcher Deirdre Griffin LaHue

Natalie is back with dear friend and soil scientist--and national soil judging champion!--Deirdre Griffin LaHue. Deirdre's work in Washington state has led to some incredible long-term soil health projects. They also discuss the how she transitioned from studying nutrition to soil health, the current science of biodegradable mulches, and unconventional crops in the state. Mentioned in the show... The Washington State University Soil Health Website The Mulch Matters Podcast RSS feed (also on Apple & Spotify) The Healthly Soils State Legislation Map Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Johnny's Selected Seeds for vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses for high-quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown a grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. Farmers Friend for well-designed, quality tools, tunnels, and equipment. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... Marbleseed Organic Farming Organic Association of Kentucky Utah Food and Farm Conference Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School
1/8/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 12 seconds
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Funneling Waste Into Life with Black Soldier Fly Larvae with Pat Crowley of Chapul Farms

I don’t even know where to begin. Today, I—Mimi—interview Pat Crowley of Chapul Farms in my own state of Oregon. One of my neighbors. If you’ve been one of the many thousands who have viewed THIS video of black soldier fly larvae production, this is THAT, but on steroids. Pat describes Chapul: “In 2019, I launched Chapel Farms as a way to continue growing the regenerative potential of insects to bioconvert food and ag waste into healthy foods and microbial-rich soil. We work with selected domestic and international insect farms to scale their operations and provide the highest quality insect products to B to C and B to B markets… we are developing some of the world's largest insect farms focused on uncompromising sustainability metrics.” It’s all true. If you’re interested in any aspect of insect agriculture, this is going to be one for you… Follow Chapul on IG, check out the farmsite, and watch this super rad mini-doc. Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Johnny's Selected Seeds for vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses for high-quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown a grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... Marbleseed Organic Farming Organic Association of Kentucky Utah Food and Farm Conference Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School
1/1/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 58 seconds
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Agroecology Principles, Practices, & Politics with Modern Pioneer Miguel Altieri

Hope you’re wearing your PPE for this one! Mimi Casteel of Hope Well Wine is speaking with Miguel Altieri, one of the modern pioneers of agroecology. He has written more than 330 publications, including a book: Agroecology, the Science of Sustainable Agriculture & Biodiversity… Miguel is a hero to many of us who have practiced in the field and his bio is very extensive. In addition to being a professor emeritus at UC Berkley, he also served as a scientific advisor to the Latin American Consortium on Agroecology and Development and general coordinator to the United Nations Development Program in Sustainable Agriculture, Networking, & Extension. He’s worked in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and is now farming in Columbia. Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Johnny's Selected Seeds for vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses for high-quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown a grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... Marbleseed Organic Farming Organic Association of Kentucky Utah Food and Farm Conference Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School Jackson's GoFundMe for tornado damage
12/25/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 13 seconds
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Utilizing the Power of Extension on Your Farm with Dan Fillius of Iowa State Extension

Today, we sit down with Dan Fillius of Iowa State Extension and Alex Ball of Old City Acres to discuss the role of the university extension agent in supporting farmers, both organic and conventional. We dig deep on the multiple facets of Dan’s farming experience as an organic grower and extension agent duties including working with Amish growers, helping growers identify pests/diseases, and how he connects with farmers using social media and his own podcast: “What in the Weather.” Dan is a treasure chest of information and is doing the good work on the ground by keeping folks educated and connected with up to date relative agricultural information. Mentioned in the show... Check out Dan's awesome Instagram feed! Organic vegetable production conference Midwest Veg Growing Guide What in the Weather? Podcast Jackson's GoFundMe for tornado/giant damage Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Johnny's Selected Seeds for vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses for high-quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown a grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... Marbleseed Organic Farming Organic Association of Kentucky Utah Food and Farm Conference Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School
12/18/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 27 seconds
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Farmer Jesse & Three Living Legends Discuss Living Pathways, a Growers Roundatable

Hey nerds, Farmer Jesse here, and we're going to break from our regularly scheduled podcasting to bring you a special bonus episode--a roundtable with three living legends: Helen Atthowe, David Blanchard, & Lou Johns. These have been three huge inspirations of my own and I wanted to get them together to discuss living pathways and how they manage them on different acreage and in different systems. This is a very long and in-depth conversation and we cover: how to manage living pathways, strip tillage, mowing walkways, establishing paths, best tillers for strip tillage, and a whole lot more. We hope you enjoy this roundtable as much as we did and we hope to do more of them soon!  Mentioned in the show... The Ecological Farm: A Minimalist, No-Till, No-Spray, Selective-Weeding, Grow-Your-Own Fertilizer, System for Organic Agriculture by Helen Atthowe If you want to see photos of their respective farms during the conversation, check out the YouTube version of the roundatble on The No-Till Growers channel Folks who have supported our work for many years, please support them... Johnny's Selected Seeds for vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses for high-quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... Organic Association of Kentucky Utah Food and Farm Conference Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School
12/11/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 53 seconds
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Going Against Tradition with No-Till, Regenerative Viticulture with Charles Lachaux of Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux

Bonjour, it’s Mimi, and I’m keeping it real international for my second tour on the podcast. Today we are going to chat with Charles Lachaux from Burgundy, France. He’s a sixth generation vigneron at Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux. If you’re a person who drinks, appreciates, thinks about wine, you know Burgundy, as these are wines that have a long history, but in the recent past since his return they have been given critical acclaim. One of the things that sets Charles apart in the region is his conversion to regenerative and no-till practices. The regulations and cultural traditions around viticulture in France are very strong, so it makes a big impact when someone breaks tradition and starts doing things differently. For Charles, however, this has given his work and wine a cult appeal. His wines are very hard to get your hands on, but if you truly want to blow someone’s mind, seek them out. Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Johnny's Selected Seeds for vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses for high-quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown a grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... ACRES Eco-Ag Organic Association of Kentucky Utah Food and Farm Conference Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School
12/4/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Lean Micro Farm with Ben Hartman of Clay Bottom Farm

Today we’ve got a LIVE and very special episode, Alex sits down with the one and only Ben Hartman of Clay Bottom Farm to discuss his third and newest book, The Lean Micro Farm. They dig deep on small farming systems, the importance of proximity to the end-consumer, and the power of empowering and being surrounded by a strong team. When visiting farms like Clay Bottom, we’re always reminded by the power of small. Mentioned in the show... Ben's newest book, The Lean Micro-Farm How to Get Small, Embrace Local, Live Better, & Work Less The Lean Farming Masterclass The McGill Big Three for Core Stability Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Johnny's Selected Seeds for vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses for high-quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown a grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... ACRES Eco-Ag Organic Association of Kentucky Utah Food and Farm Conference Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School
11/27/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 5 seconds
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Harvesting Maple & Other Tree Syrups as a Climate Adaptive Farm Strategy, w/ David Moore

Today's episode is about a not-so-obvious climate adaptive farm strategy, tree syrups. I, Natalie, know this might be only tangentially related to your production system, and I have yet to be told by Jesse and the team to reign it in, but I love the idea of wild foods that can be sustainably harvested. Selfishly, I just wanted an excuse to learn more about this topic. David Moore is a researcher at the University of New Hampshire and he has been looking at different tree syrups for his dissertation. Because I'm a huge maple syrup fan, I did force him to talk about maple syrup production, but we also get into some of the other trees he's been tapping. Mentioned in the show... The Crooked Chimney Syrup Website for more sap & syrup information. Let us know your guest recommendations! Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Johnny's Selected Seeds for vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses for high-quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown a grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... ACRES Eco-Ag Organic Association of Kentucky Utah Food and Farm Conference Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School
11/20/20231 hour, 15 seconds
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Jumping Worms and Other Invasive Worm Species in Forested & Agricultural Lands with Dr. Lee Frelich

It's three-hundred-million volts of shocking the system with... earworms. You'll see what I did there in just a second. It's Mimi and I'm really stoked to be with you, again. Today, were going to have a look into the worm world, secifically invasive jumping worms, with Dr. Lee Frelich. He's a professor of forest and landscape ecology at the University of Minnesota and is a leading researcher and is widely cited in disturbence ecology and succession in forest ecosystems. This episode may be a somewhat controversial and polarizing, but it's a fascinating look at some of these organisms we see everyday. Mentioned in the show... Green Again Madagascar Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Johnny's Selected Seeds for vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses for high-quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown a grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... ACRES Eco-Ag Organic Association of Kentucky Utah Food and Farm Conference Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School
11/13/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 36 seconds
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Urban No-Till Flowers, A Farm Stand, and Alleviating Food Insecurity w/ Sasha Kanno of Farm Lot 59

Farm Lot 59 is an urban, year-round, no-till vegetable and flower farm located in sunny Long Beach, California. Farm Lot 59 was founded in 2010 by Sasha Kanno and a founding board of community members as a place to fight local food insecurity, teach the community about agriculture, and incubate and inspire folks to go rural and start larger farms. Using a unique combination of an on-site farm stand, events, and local food donations, they’ve built a year-round food project that feeds their local community, employs local farmers, and helps to grow the local food movement through important policy work. Mentioned in the show... Farm Lot 59’s Farmsite & Instagram Food Finders: Rescuing Food, Reducing Hunger Take the No-Till Growers survey for 10% off your next order! Folks who support The No-Till Market Garden Podcast... Peaceful Heritage Nursury for hardy and resilient fruit trees, berry plants or pawpaw trees. Use code NOTILL for 10% off your first order! Johnny's Selected Seeds for vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses for high-quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown a grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat Find Farmer Jesse at these upcoming conferences... ACRES Eco-Ag Organic Association of Kentucky Utah Food and Farm Conference Dallas Innercity Growers Summit Organic Growers School
11/6/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 47 seconds
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The No-Till Market Garden Podcast Season Six Preview

Hey nerds, Farmer Jesse, welcome back to another season (six!) of The No-Till Market Garden Podcast. Just wanted to say hello, talk about the upcoming podcast season, and give you little farm update before Alex, Natalie, and Mimi take over for the season. Pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook from No-Till Growers to support keeping our work FREE Let us know what you think. Take the No-Till Growers Survey, get 10% off merch. Win-win. Check out our FREE Growers Forum for more market garden, seed saving, business growing, and compost making nerdiness  
10/30/20236 minutes, 10 seconds
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Composting in the Tough Climate of Alaska with Lisa Daugherty of Juneau Composts

When I was at the US Compost Conference last winter, I met Lisa of Juneau Composts and my 'cool gal' radar went off. Her vibe shouted competent. Lisa is the real deal, collecting food scraps and making compost with very little support in the tough climate of Alaska. It was fascinating to talk to Lisa about the struggles of composting in this harsh environment and her ingenuity. I've been following Juneau Composts for a few years, back when it was a one-woman, scrappy enterprise and I swell with pride every time I see a post about new employees or record collection amounts. Contact Jayne at [email protected] Follow Earth Care Farm on Instagram and YouTube Folks who make this show possible... Optimize commercial compost production while maintaining high-quality with Viably. Use our link here to learn more, get a consultation, and let them know we sent you. The Culinary Breeding Network's Variety Showcase for plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, comsumers, and more, on October 16th in NY. GET TICKETS HERE! High Country News is an independent, non-profit, publication covering the land, wildlife, and communities of the Western US for over 50+ years. Check them out using our link here. The Marbleseed 5th Organic Farming Conference (formerly known as MOSES) is February 22-24, 2024. 
10/23/202336 minutes, 7 seconds
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The 131 School of & Community-Scale Composting with James McSweeney

James McSweeney, of The 131 School of Composting and author of Community-Scale Composting, and I jammed so well about what The 131 School is about—particularly the compost operators certificate program—his book, and his vision of composting in the future. James then turns the tables on me and asked me questions about Austria’s model of composting. At some point, we forgot we were being recorded, the conversation just flows until we remember we had prior engagements. Classic. I can’t get enough of the knowledgable composting community. We are learning so much from one another. Contact Jayne at [email protected] Follow Earth Care Farm on Instagram and YouTube Folks who make this show possible... Optimize commercial compost production while maintaining high-quality with Viably. Use our link here to learn more, get a consultation, and let them know we sent you. The Culinary Breeding Network's Variety Showcase for plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, comsumers, and more, on October 16th in NY. GET TICKETS HERE! High Country News is an independent, non-profit, publication covering the land, wildlife, and communities of the Western US for over 50+ years. Check them out using our link here. The Marbleseed 5th Organic Farming Conference (formerly known as MOSES) is February 22-24, 2024. 
10/16/20231 hour, 1 minute, 11 seconds
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Composting Lessons from Austria with Ursula, Gerald, & Karen

When Austria banned organics from the waste stream in '92, Ursula was--in part--tasked with how to divert organic waste from going to the landfill. In '96, she conducted an analysis of the waste stream. Yes, she personally dawned gloves and sorted through many samples of trash. 24% of her community's waste was organics (or what she calls "Biowaste"). Once she showed that data, and could project the savings that could be had, she had to figure out how to implement a plan to compost it. You'll get to hear how upper Austria has some of the cleanest streams of biowaste heading to farm composters, with Gerald and Karen, composting on a family farm. Mentioned in the show... Photos (via Google Drive) Folks who make this show possible... Optimize commercial compost production while maintaining high-quality with Viably. Use our link here to learn more, get a consultation, and let them know we sent you. The Culinary Breeding Network's Variety Showcase for plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, comsumers, and more, on October 16th in NY. GET TICKETS HERE! High Country News is an independent, non-profit, publication covering the land, wildlife, and communities of the Western US for over 50+ years. Check them out using our link here. The Marbleseed 5th Organic Farming Conference (formerly known as MOSES) is February 22-24, 2024. 
10/9/202347 minutes, 42 seconds
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Decentralized Composting in Austria with Verena of 3-er Hof & Florian of the ISWA

On our International Solid Waste Association study tour on decentralized bio waste recycling—or just the compost scene—in Austria, we visited 3-er Hof Farm, Farm 3, and spoke with second generation composter Verena. Her families farm is an inspiring mix of compost production, crop production, and social connection with people of all abilities and ages. Instead of an interview, I recorded the lecture given at Farm 3. You’ll hear from Verena about Farm 3 and then from Florian, who organized the study tour, about how compost collection works. It’s a system of collecting and processing that works well in a semi-rural area. Find out more about Earth Care Farm and follow Jayne's work... Guest/topic recommendations -> [email protected] Follow Earth Care Farm on Instagram Subscribe to Earth Care Farm on YouTube Mentioned in the show... 2023_ISWA_ST-Biowaste_Booklet.pdf Folks who make this show possible... Optimize commercial compost production while maintaining high-quality with Viably. Use our link here to learn more, get a consultation, and let them know we sent you. The Culinary Breeding Network's Variety Showcase for plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, comsumers, and more, on October 16th in NY. GET TICKETS HERE! High Country News is an independent, non-profit, publication covering the land, wildlife, and communities of the Western US for over 50+ years. Check them out using our link here. The Marbleseed 5th Organic Farming Conference (formerly known as MOSES) is February 22-24, 2024. 
10/2/202344 minutes, 15 seconds
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A Deep & Fertile Conversation with Karl Hammer of Vermont Compost

Most of you all know and love Karl Hammer from Vermont Compost (IG VermontCompost) already. If you’re looking for a concise “how-to” guide on how Karl makes his awesome compost, and even better known potting soil, this is not that interview. Karl is known for his verbose and winding stories that mostly answer the question given, but always entertain. There is a richness in speaking with someone like Karl with a lifetime of experience. So, prepare yourself for a deep and fertile conversation full of expert level nuggets Find out more about Earth Care Farm and follow Jayne's work... Guest/topic recommendations -> [email protected] Follow Earth Care Farm on Instagram Subscribe to Earth Care Farm on YouTube Mentioned in the show... Farmers of Forty Centuries by F. H. King The Physics of Agriculture by F. H. King The 131 School of Composting The Bionutrient Food Association Folks who make this show possible... Optimize commercial compost production while maintaining high-quality with Viably. Use our link here to learn more, get a consultation, and let them know we sent you. The Culinary Breeding Network's Variety Showcase for plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, comsumers, and more, on October 16th in NY. GET TICKETS HERE! High Country News is an independent, non-profit, publication covering the land, wildlife, and communities of the Western US for over 50+ years. Check them out using our link here. Xsense provides home safety and environmental monitoring products for your peace of mind.
9/25/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 26 seconds
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Thirty Years of Composting Innovation in Austria with Dr. Martin Wellacher

Today, I'm in Austria, joined by Dr. Martin Wellacher. Martin is uber committed to the environment, as most of us in this industry are eco-conscious, but he is next-level. He doesn't even own a car. So, he needed to plan to meet, traveling by bus and by bike just to get to us. After a tour of the Komptech facilities and a tasty locally-sourced lunch, we had a rich conversation about his 30 years in the compost industry, starting out just when legislation was passed requiring household organics to be separated back in '92, where many states are just starting right now. At the time, he worked with universities doing research and with Komptech developing technology and research for the compost industry. He now has his own engineering and consulting firm. Not everywhere has a layout like Austria, where the highly populated urban areas are very close to the farms, but there are a lot of places that are like that, like where I am in New England. There is a lot that we can learn from Austria's last 30 years that we can glean and apply to our own homes and towns and states. Folks who make this show possible... Optimize commercial compost production while maintaining high-quality with Komptech. Use our link here to learn more, get a consultation, and let them know we sent you. The Culinary Breeding Network's Variety Showcase for plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, comsumers, and more, on October 16th in NY. GET TICKETS HERE! High Country News is an independent, non-profit, publication covering the land, wildlife, and communities of the Western US for over 50+ years. Check them out using our link here. Xsense provides home safety and environmental monitoring products for your peace of mind.
9/18/202344 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Great Aussie Composting Road Show with Robert Rynk & Matthew Cotton of The Composting Handbook

Robert Rynk and Matthew Cotton, who you may recognize as the authors of The Composting Handbook, just came back from a tour giving composting workshops to Australian farmers. They had an intensive nine workshops over twelve days, about 1,600 miles travelled! Although a tiring trip, for sure, they seem to be even more optimistic about the future of composting. Let's listen in to what they have to say in retrospect. Mentioned in the show... The USCC Compost Operator Training Course October 23rd - 27th, in San Marcos, TX Folks who make this show possible... Optimize commercial compost production while maintaining high-quality with Komptech. Use our link here to learn more, get a consultation, and let them know we sent you. The Culinary Breeding Network's Variety Showcase for plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, chefs, comsumers, and more, on October 16th in NY. GET TICKETS HERE! High Country News is an independent, non-profit, publication covering the land, wildlife, and communities of the Western US for over 50+ years. Check them out using our link here. Xsense provides home safety and environmental monitoring products for your peace of mind.
9/11/202344 minutes, 57 seconds
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Water Management on the Compost Farm with Steven Wisbaum of Champlain Valley Compost

Steven Wisbaum, of Champlain Valley Compost Co & CV Compost, has been growing organic food and making compost for over 30 years. Today, we talk about water management on the compost farm. He provides custom composting services to farms and makes his own premium manure-based compost. In addition writing a variety of compost related articles and guides, Steven has also become the largest distributor of ComposTex compost covers. Through these, he has helped composters around the world make a better compost using less labor and fuel. I use Steven’s ComposTex covers to cover our finished compost piles and they’ve made a big difference with the quality of our product. Folks who make this show possible... Optimize commercial compost production while maintaining high-quality with Komptech. Use our link here to learn more, get a consultation, and let them know we sent you. Vermont Compost Company for premium living soils, composts, and potting mixes. Invest in your soil! High Country News is an independent, non-profit, publication covering the land, wildlife, and communities of the Western US for over 50+ years. Check them out using our link here. Xsense provides home safety and environmental monitoring products for your peace of mind.
9/4/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Composting for Community Initiative with Brenda Platt of The Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Brenda Platt is the director and life-force behind the Composting for Community Initiative of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. ILSR has a vision of thriving, diverse, equitable communities. To reach this vision, they build local power to fight corporate control. They are a national research and advocacy organization that partners with allies across the country to build an American economy driven by local priorities accountable to people and the planet. Today, we’re going to talk about one of the institutes five key initiatives: the Composting for Community Initiative is advancing local composting to create jobs, enhance soils, protect the climate, and reduce waste through advocacy, training, research, demonstration sites, and coalition building. Mentioned in the show... The wealth of resources provided by the ISLR on composting Folks who make this show possible... Optimize commercial compost production while maintaining high-quality with Komptech. Use our link here to learn more, get a consultation, and let them know we sent you. Vermont Compost Company for premium living soils, composts, and potting mixes. Invest in your soil! High Country News is an independent, non-profit, publication covering the land, wildlife, and communities of the Western US for over 50+ years. Check them out using our link here. Xsense provides home safety and environmental monitoring products for your peace of mind.
8/28/202340 minutes, 35 seconds
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Building Community through Community Composting with Michael Martinez of LA Compost

Michael Martinez is the founder and executive director of LA Compost. He has chosen compost as a way to show his care for humanity and build a healthy community. His work has been incredibly impactful. LA Compost now has a diverse network of 41 community composting locations across LA county. I heard Michael speak at the US Compost Conference last Winter. He often brings people to happy tears as he speaks from the heart about his love of compost. Hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Editorial note, we had some technical difficulties and are only able to publish the last half of our wonderful talk. Please take a moment to learn more about the amazing work Michael and LA Compost are doing! Folks who make this show possible... Optimize commercial compost production while maintaining high-quality with Komptech. Use our link here to learn more, get a consultation, and let them know we sent you. Vermont Compost Company for premium living soils, composts, and potting mixes. Invest in your soil! High Country News is an independent, non-profit, publication covering the land, wildlife, and communities of the Western US for over 50+ years. Check them out using our link here. Xsense provides home safety and environmental monitoring products for your peace of mind.
8/21/202330 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Composter, Season Two, Begins Tomorrow

Hey Composters and compost lovers, it’s Jayne Merner of Earth Care Farm! Episode one of season two of The Composter will air Monday, August 21st, and continue with a new episode every Monday for ten weeks. We have an awesome lineup, chatting with composters behind many compost facilities like LA Compost, Vermont Compost, Champlain Valley Compost, and more. And, I’ll be headed to Austria to tour compost facilities in late-August. Expect some news from me from the country that composts the most organic matter in all of Europe. I’m hoping to bring back some tips for all of us to adapt. It’s going to be a rich, fertile season two. If you love compost as much as me, join me!
8/20/20231 minute, 8 seconds
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Seasoned Winter Growers & Farming for the Long Haul with Paul & Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm

Paul and Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm in upstate NY are seasoned expert winter growers. They have been involved with winter growing since they first purchased their 60-acre property 35 years ago. With three large RIMOL high-tunnels, numerous caterpillar and field tunnels, dedicated wash/pack, and climate controlled storage facilities, they have honed their year-round systems on three cultivated acres and have achieved financial stability for themselves and their family. Until recently, 90% of their sales were from farmers markets. Due to the initial impacts of COVID, they transitioned to almost all online sales without missing a beat. As they are approaching retirement, their farm business is in transition and they are considering how best to keep the land actively farmed. Their two children, Robert and Kim, Followed in their footsteps and each have their own farm businesses, Smart Farm Innovations and Pleasant Valley Flowers, respectively. Both Sandy and Paul offer an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience with winter production and farming for the long haul. It was truly and honor to speak with them for the last episode of this fourth Winter Growers podcast season. Folks who make the show possible... Vermont Compost Company premium living soils, composts, and potting mixes. Invest in your soil! SeedTime Planner crop planning tool for home gardeners and market farmers. Get your free account and $5 seed coupon ->> seedtime.us/notillpodcast Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels.
8/14/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 32 seconds
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Overwinter Flowers with Joy Longfellow of Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Joy Longfellow is a flowers trial technician on the flowers team at Johnny’s research farm. I invited Joy to speak about their overwinter flower trials and the info they have gathered over the past few years. The Johnny’s research farm is 200+ acres acres in size with 60+ acres in crop production that includes both field and greenhouse growing for plant breeding, seed production, trialing, and cover crop rotation. The overwintering flower trials focus on cool season annuals, and a few perineal, biannual, and bulb crops. Everything is grown for research purposes. Using unheated high-tunes and meticulous record keeping, they're able to determine the best timing of the top five flower crops to grow in an over-winter tunnel for northern climates. All of their work is a great free resource for farmers interested in getting early high quality flower crops without having to do the tie consuming and often costly experimentation on their own. Joy offers a wealth of of information about growing, selecting, and managing overwinter flowers and her expertise is an excellent resource for winter growers. Folks who make the show possible... SeedTime Planner crop planning tool for home gardeners and market farmers. Get your free account and $5 seed coupon ->> seedtime.us/notillpodcast Vermont Compost Company premium living soils, composts, and potting mixes. Invest in your soil! Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels.
8/7/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 1 second
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Adapting Crops to Climatic Conditions through Seed Work with Brian Campbell of Uprising Seeds

Located in the Pacific Northwest, Brian and his partner Chrystine first started as a fresh market farm is 2004, producing their first seed catalog in 2007, and then transitioned entirely to seed production in 2011. Uprising Seeds is WA fist 100% certified organic seed company, producing over 70% of the seeds they sell with the rest being sourced from a network of regional family farms. Brian is passionate about exploring the relationship between grower security and open pollinated seeds and the ability to seasonally adapt varieties to climactic conditions specifically through seed work. Brian is also involved with a collaborative project between Uprising Seeds, The Culinary Breeding Network, and northern Italian vegetable breeder Smarties to further establish radicchio as an anchor crop for the fall and winter seasons in North America. Overall, a great conversation for better understanding how seed production and selection can effect winter crop production. Mentioned in the show… Brian’s favorite tool, the Winnow Wizard by Luterra Lane Selman and The Culinary Breeding Network (A podcast with Lane on Collab Farm about CBN) For more on seed production, check out The Seed Growers Podcast with Dan Brisebois Folks who make the show possible... SeedTime Planner crop planning tool for home gardeners and market farmers. Get your free account and $5 seed coupon ->> seedtime.us/notillpodcast Vermont Compost Company premium living soils, composts, and potting mixes. Invest in your soil! Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels.
7/31/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 31 seconds
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From Winter-only to Year-round Production with Erin & Sam of Long Season Farm

Erin and Sam started Long Season Farm in Ulster County, NY, in 2014 as a winter-only operation, but have since expanded to year-round production and market the majority of their produce at two year-round farmers markets. With seven acres in production, they have four 30' x 96' unheated high-tunnels, plus a prop house, multiple cat/ tunnels, a moveable tunnel, and a large heated greenhouse that includes their wash station. Unheated winter tunnel crops have been very successful, especially when coupled with a diverse array of storage crops. Erin is also very active in her local community and was elected to the town board in 2019. While they both appreciate the year-round cash-flow and access to new markets that winter production allows, the farm revenue only covers expenses, and they've found it challenging to save meaningfully while also avoiding the burnout that can come from year-round farming. I enjoyed hearing about their experiences and insights and what motivates them to continue farming year-round. Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. SeedTime Planner crop planning tool for home gardeners and market farmers. Get your free account and $5 seed coupon ->> seedtime.us/notillpodcast Vermont Compost Company premium living soils, composts, and potting mixes. Invest in your soil!
7/24/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 38 seconds
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Growing through Extreme Lows in the South with Jamila Norman of Patchwork City Farm

Jamila Norman of Patchwork City Farms in Atlanta, GA, is a first generation daughter to Caribbean parents whose history is rooted in agriculture. After a career in environmental engineering, she founded Patchwork City Farms in 2010, an acre+ urban farm with one 30'x96' high-tunnel and four caterpillar tunnels that supplies two farmers markets, a couple of local restaurants, and a farmstand. I reached out to Jamila in January after an arctic blast with lows in the teens hit Atlanta and decimated 90% of her winter crops and severely impacted local winter crop availability. I wanted to see if I could offer any help or suggestions in preparing for future extreme cold weather events not normally experienced so far south, but what I learned from Jamila was just how difficult it is to prepare for extreme unpredictable cold unless adequate infrastructure, like high-tunnels, are already in use, which are not typically needed for winter hardy crops in the south. We also talk about her television series, Homegrown, on Magnolia Network, which just launched it's third season. The series focuses on helping families in the Atlanta area transform their outdoor spaces into beautiful and functional backyard farms and gardens. It can be streamed on HBO Max. Jamila is a warm-hearted leader and resource for the urban farming community and I truly enjoyed this conversation. Mentioned in the show… Homegrown from Magnolia Network on HBO Max Folks who make the show possible... Vermont Compost Company premium living soils, composts, and potting mixes. Invest in your soil! SeedTime Planner crop planning tool for home gardeners and market farmers. Get your free account and $5 seed coupon ->> seedtime.us/notillpodcast RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources.
7/17/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 54 seconds
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Rapid Growth from Small to Mid-scale Diversified Production with Amy & Jacob of Boldly Grown Farm

In 2015, Amy Frye and Jacob Slosberg of Boldly Grown Farm in Bow, WA, started a one-acre farm at an incubator farm shortly after meeting and working on their university farm. Now, in their ninth season, they’ve purchased their own farm property and currently cultivate 30 acres of vegetables, a couple acres of grains, dry beans, seed crops, and flowers. Winter crops have always been the focus from the beginning. Eighty percent of sales are through wholesale channels including distributors and food hubs, plus they operate a 250+ member winter CSA and recently opened an on-site farmstand. Amy and Jacob’s story is a great example of rapid growth of their farming goals combined with mechanized and scaled winter production, while simultaneously raising a family and anchoring their farm business and home on permanent land. Mentioned in the show… VIVA Farms farm incubator, listen to their conversation on Collab Farm here NOLS Leadership Course, Year in Patagonia Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. SeedTime Planner crop planning tool for home gardeners and market farmers. Get your free account and $5 seed coupon ->> seedtime.us/notillpodcast Vermont Compost Company premium living soils, composts, and potting mixes. Invest in your soil!
7/10/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 54 seconds
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Helen Atthowe of Woodleaf Farm & Author of The Ecological Farm

Order The Ecological Farm: A Minimalist No-Till, No-Spray, Selective-Weeding, Grow-Your-Own-Fertilizer System for Organic Agriculture by Helen Atthowe Hey, Farmer Jesse here, and we've got a special treat for you today. We are re-releasing the interview I did with Helen Atthowe from back in 2020, some of you may have heard it, some may have not. There are a couple reasons for the re-release: First, this was one of those early episodes we got a ton of positive feedback on because it's just a great episode all the way through, but second and more importantly, she just released a new book through Chelsea Green called The Ecological Farm: A Minimalist No-Till, No-Spray, Selective-Weeding, Grow-Your-Own-Fertilizer System for Organic Agriculture It is super excellent and extremely nerdy and, as the reader, you get to dive even deeper into the details of the systems Helen describes in this conversation we're posting today. Honestly, I think every serious ecologically-minded grower should own a copy of this new book. Mentioned in the show... Studies:  https://eorganic.org/node/14129 https://eorganic.org/node/15582 
7/5/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 43 seconds
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Winter-Only Sales & Collaborative CSA Relationships with Jillian & Ross of Open Door Farm

Jillian and Ross Mickens of Open Door Farm in Cedar Grove, NC, work collaboratively with previous podcast guests Vera and Gordon of Ten Mother Farm to fill CSA boxes with many of the land intensive crops like potatoes and winter squash. With 5 acres under cultivation, and eleven seasons under their belt, they recently made the transition to winter-only sales from mid-August to the end of March, while using the main-season to tend to storage and root crop production, as well as rest during the hottest months of the year. Both the focus on winter-only sales and the collaborative relationship with neighboring farms creates an interesting farm business model that we get to better understand the opportunities and challenges of as a potential approach to growing in a warmer winter climates of the South. Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. Farmers Friend for caterpillar tunnels, harvest equipment, tarps, & more! Get free shipping through ->> farmersfriend.com/notill 
7/3/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 35 seconds
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Geothermal Greenhouse Heating & Winter Flower Production with Rebecca Kutzer Rice of Moonshot Farm

Rebecca and her husband, Mark, started Moonshot Farm in East Windsor, NJ, in 2019 after relocating from New York City to begin their dream of growing year-round cut flowers in a northern climate. In just four short years, they have built their 3.5 acre flower farm to include four high-tunnels, two of which are heated by a geothermal heating system, and they sell at two year round farmers markets, manage a 130 member CSA bouquet-of-the-month club, and an on-site farmstead. Just this year, they were able to quit their off-farm jobs to work full-time on the farm. Also, in the last four years, they had two children, Rose and Violet! We talk extensively about their geothermal heating system which allows them to offer customers blooms 12 months of the year. I learned a ton about flower production from our conversation, she offers such great info for anyone looking to add winter flowers to their farm. Follow Moonshot Farm on Instagram Mentioned in the show… The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers NRCS EQIP High-Tunne Grant Program Rural Energy for America Program Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. Farmers Friend for caterpillar tunnels, harvest equipment, tarps, & more! Get free shipping through ->> farmersfriend.com/notill  BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements.
6/26/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 13 seconds
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Efficient Heating/Lighting for Winter Growing & Mindfully Leveraging Loans with John Dindia of Lakeview Hill Farm

Today my guest is John Dindia of Lakeview Hill Farm in Traverse City, MI. John and his partner Bailey designed and built their farm from the ground up beginning in 2017 on a 58-acre property with 10 acres of available farmland and a 35-acre woodlot. Now, with 2.5 acres in production, they have five 30’ x 148’ heated greenhouses, a dedicated propagation house connected to a production barn, and seven 20’ x 148’ caterpillar tunnels. Plus, their farm is 75% powered by solar and they are committed to utilizing renewable energy in all aspects of their farm. Seventy percent of gross sales are dedicated to wholesale, including grocery stores, restaurants, and a growers cooperative CSA, all within 15 miles of the farm. The rest comes from an on-site farm stand that they are expanding into a full service farm store later this summer (’23). John and Bailey have been full-time on their farm since the beginning, plus they have five year-round employees with four staff on salary. John and I dig into the details of the heating and lighting systems he uses to maintain productivity during the cold grey winters of Michigan, as well as the support he and Bailey access to finance the startup and growth of their farm business, including loans through the FSA. John offers a ton of expertise and experience for farmers looking to improve their winter growing systems and mindfully grow their farm business for the long haul. Mentioned in the show... USDA/FSA Farm Loan Programs USDA/NRCS Grants, Programs, & Initiatives John uses Nolt's Greenhouse Supplies & Total Grow LEDs Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. Farmers Friend for caterpillar tunnels, harvest equipment, tarps, & more! Get free shipping through ->> farmersfriend.com/notill  BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements.
6/19/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 53 seconds
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Year-round Gardening in a Northern Climate with Niki Jabbour

Two quick things: first, we are welcoming back another exciting season of the Winter Growers Podcast with Clara Coleman--super cool--and second, you are going to notice there is a lot more activity on this feed than usual and the reason is from here on out all of the shows we produce are going to appear in this feed as The No-Till Growers Network… Welcome back to the Winter Growers Podcast! In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Niki Jabbour, who is an award-winning author, radio show host, educator, and gardening expert on year-round growing in a northern climate. Niki is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, zone 5b at the 44th parallel. She enthusiastically maintains half an acre of raised beds in her back yard using a combination of a high tunnel, low tunnels, cold frames, she grows over 30 veggie crops for winter harvest, including: lettuce, scallions, parsley, kale, carrots, leeks, and arugula. In addition to her books on year-round gardening, Niki also offers online courses on her website savvygardening.com and free educational videos on her YouTube channel and Instagram. I loved speaking with Niki, she is an excellent resource for home gardeners and small-scale growers looking for tips and techniques for successful year-round vegetable production. Mentioned in the show… Niki’s website, savvygardening.com The Savvy Gardening Instagram, YouTube channel, and online courses/resources BOOK// The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources. Farmers Friend for caterpillar tunnels, harvest equipment, tarps, & more! Get free shipping through ->> farmersfriend.com/notill  BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements.
6/12/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 32 seconds
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Fertilizer from Urine & Sustainable Farms with Tatiana Schreiber of the Rich Earth Institute

Hi again, it's Natalie, and this is my last episode, THE last episode, of the fifth season of The No-Till Market Garden Podcast! I want to thank Farmer Jesse and the whole crew of the podcast for giving me the mic and so much freedom. It's been fun, and if you've learned even a fraction of what I have then I'll call it a win. I am thrilled to bring you my conversation with Tatiana Schreiber of the Rich Earth Institute. We focus mainly on her work there regarding the social aspects of dry sanitation systems. Translation, how do people feel about using urine as fertilizer. You might be thinking, how could I even broach this topic after devoting a whole episode to PFAS and how the use of biosolids has lead to the contamination of soils that we are only beginning to understand. I encourage you to listen to this one. Not all human waste is created the same and if we care about big picture sustainability this is something we really need to talk about. Check out their research and findings here SUPPORT OUR WORK ON PATREON
6/5/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 58 seconds
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Growing in an Agrihood, Cardboard Mulch for Bindweed Control, & Appropriate Scale Technology with Jonah Sloven of Sweet Hollow Organic Farm

On today’s episode of the podcast I, Alex Ball of Old City Acres, sit down with Jonah Sloven of Sweet Hollow Organic Farm in Victor, Idaho, a small valley town of only 2,000 people with a thriving local food scene. Jonah operates his farm on land directly connected to a housing development forming an agrihood and increasing the connection between community members and where their food is produced. The farm was also involved with a SARE grant to trial no-till deep mulch systems to combat pervasive bindweed. We also chat about building farm infrastructure in a high wind and snow load environment as well as using two wheel walk behind tractors and the value in choosing appropriate technology and systems for your individual and unique farm situation.  Mentioned in the show... Follow Sweet Hollow Farm on Instagram & check out their farmsite Jonah's SARE research on bindweed and no-till production Using Tilmor cultivation equipment Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. Farmers Friend for caterpillar tunnels, harvest equipment, tarps, & more! Get free shipping through ->> farmersfriend.com/notill  BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
5/29/202354 minutes, 47 seconds
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Holistic Business/Economic Models, The Award-Winning Farm Podcast Farmerama Radio & Simple Regenerative Apps with Abby Rose of Vidacycle

Today I, Mimi, am speaking with my good good friend Abby Rose of Vidacycle, a farmer, physicist, and soil health advocate. She is the co-founder of Vidacycle Tech which makes easy to use web applications that support farmers on their regenerative path wherever they are. I've used these apps, spent a lot of time with her, think the world of her, and I feel this episode is part two of where we left off with Jim of Red Shirt Farm where we exposed the tender underbelly of the systems we're all working in and trying very hard to keep our heads above. In this conversation, Abby and I also talk about her other work on an AWESOME award-winning podcast, Farmerama Radio, if you haven't heard of it already go find it wherever you listen to podcasts. Specifically, the LANDED series. Her experience in working with an international cadre of farmers and stewards on their respective regenerative journeys has given her a keen perspective on the lay of the land regarding what we're up against when it comes to making space for holistic systems in a global economy that is working against it. Mentioned in the show... Abby's farm in Chile, Vidacycle Farm The web-based apps from Vidacycle Tech Listen to Farmerama Radio on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts Link to the LANDED series with Col Gordon Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. Orisha for wireless greenhouse+ automation, get 15% off with code "No Till Grower" Real Organic Project for a whole farm certification program to distinguish crops grown in health soils. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, subscribe our growing YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat  
5/22/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 15 seconds
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Nitrogen, Organic Matter, MAOM & POM with Assistant Professor of Soil Chemistry Andrea Jilling

Buckle up for another NERDY episode of the podcast. For this one, I--Natalie--spoke with Andrea Jilling, an assistant professor of environmental soil chemistry at Oklahoma State University. It's just coincidence that this one follows so soon after Mimi's interview with Dr.  Cotrufo, as it's a nice continuation of that conversation about organic matter and carbon, but extending it to nitrogen, Andrea's area of research. Nitrogen is HUGE, it's in the air as both an inert gas and a greenhouse gas, it's in the soil as organic matter and inorganic molecules, it's even in some rocks. It's constantly changing and shifting in ways that are regulated by microbes, plants, humans, even lightning! In other words, it's complicated. There are economic and environmental implications regarding nitrogen management, and not just for farms spreading inorganic fertilizer, but for everyone. I can't promise that this conversation will help you create a fertility plan for you farm... in fact I'm pretty confident it won't. But, I think it provides an important link between thinking about carbon management and nitrogen management. Mentioned in the show... Andrea's Journal Articles Folks who make the show possible... Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements. RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, check out our weekly YouTube videos, pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
5/15/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 59 seconds
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Innovative Greenhouse Design, Heritage Livestock, and Honest Small Farm Talk with Jim Schultz of Red Shirt Farm

Hey football fans, it's Mimi. And lest you be confused, today we're speaking with Jim Schultz of Red Shirt Farm--get it?--a 13 acre livestock + no-till veg farm in western Mass. He's been farming for more than a decade and came to farming later than he had originally planned (hence, Red Shirt). It's a long conversation, but the main reason I want you to stick it out is that not only has Jim done some of the coolest things, but when I reached out to him I was also thinking about the idea of the small farm held up as an ideal against scaling-up even regenerative agriculture and how it's difficult for me to talk about those two ideas in the same sentence, not to mention land ownership, and we have a deeply personal conversation about that as well as the behind the scenes version of what we, as farmers, go through. Mentioned in the show... Dr. Elaine Ingham's Soil Food Web Advancing Eco-Agriculture  The Bionutrient Food Association Solawrap Greenhouse Coverings Ecosystems Design Climate Battry Slow Food International Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Farmers Friend for caterpillar tunnels, harvest equipment, tarps, & more! Get free shipping through ->> farmersfriend.com/notill  Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. Real Organic Project for a whole farm certification program to distinguish crops grown in health soils. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
5/8/20232 hours, 14 minutes, 34 seconds
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High-Elevation Crop Production & Aggregation/Distribution of Multi-Farm Produce with Mathew & Nina Ladegaard

Hey everyone, Alex Ball of Old City Acres, and today we sit down with Mat & Nina Ladegaard of Ground Stone Farm and Squash Blossom Local Food, respectively. Mat is a highly skilled high-elevation vegetable grower. Ground Stone Farm is a flourishing farm situated in the high-desert region of Nambe, New Mexico. Over the years, Mathew has developed and refined farming techniques that are specifically tailored to meet the unique demands of growing crops in a high-elevation environment, where weather can be unpredictable and precipitation is scarce. We dig deep into his adaptations for growing veg in a challenging environment, managing water through acequia community governance, and we get the privilege of chatting with Nina about Squash Blossom, the family local food aggregation and distribution subscription service. Check out Ground Stone Farm on Instagram (@groundstonefarm) to learn more about their high-desert farming techniques. Learn more about Squash Blossom Local Food (@squashblossomlocalfood), the family business Nina operates, which supports dozens of local growers and food producers in the New Mexico area. Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! Orisha for wireless greenhouse+ automation, get 15% off with code "No Till Grower" ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat  
5/1/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 24 seconds
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Making Connections with Soil Health Indicators with Christine Sprunger of MSU

  Christine Sprunger is a soil scientist and head of the Soil Health and Ecosystem Ecology Lab at Michigan State University. With a deep-rooted passion for soil science, Christine's research doesn't shy away from the complexity of soil health and what it means for both the researcher and the farmer. Soil health is a laborious concept that requires a deep understanding of the ecosystem's overall functioning. To accurately assess soil health, it's crucial to identify relevant indicators that connect ecological processes with the practical management decisions farmers make. Some of Christine's research has revolved around nematodes. Nematodes, as microscopic worm-like organisms, play a critical role in soil ecosystems by feeding on bacteria, fungi, plant roots, and each other! These diverse feeding groups can serve as vital soil health indicators, allowing researchers and farmers to measure the ecological functioning and productivity of their agroecosystems. In addition to nematodes, she has researched the perenniality of roots, especially deep-rooted perennial legumes, and how they can be a crucial component of soil health as they contribute significantly to not only soil carbon sequestration processes, but also nitrogen storage capacity. Ultimately, soil health should be measured from various angles, prioritizing individual management goals and local contexts. Christine highlights the necessity of choosing suitable soil health indicators to link the scientific understanding of ecological function and practical farming approaches. She emphasizes that effective communication between researchers and farmers plays a vital role in selecting appropriate soil health indicators. By continuously collaborating and integrating farmers' concerns, researchers can ensure that these indicators address the desired outcomes and cater to farmers' specific needs. Mentioned in this episode… Reach out to Christine Sprunger's lab at Michigan State University if you are a farmer interested in collaborating on upcoming projects and receiving a free soil health assessment! Learn more about nematodes, their role in soil health, and how to identify them through research and resources provided by the Soil Health and Ecosystem Ecology Lab at Michigan State University. Consider signing up for Real Organic Project Certification to differentiate your farm from mass-marketed corporate organic practices. Visit realorganicproject.org/notill to apply. Browse Johnny's Selected Seeds online for a variety of seeds, tools, and free educational resources. Visit Johnnyseeds.com to explore their offerings. Check out Rimol Greenhouses for your next quality greenhouse or high-tunnel. There are several style and options to choose from, check out rimolgreenhouses.com There’s no substitute for a high-quality seed starting mix. Get Sprout—a living-soil, compost-based, seed-starting soil mix—for you farm or garden at tilthsoil.com Get tickets for the Rough Draft Farmstead No-Till Farm Tour for April 25th or May 9th! "Long term implementation of regenerative practices is actually shifting the nematode community, contributing to greater overall ecosystem services like carbon accumulation and nitrogen retention... Understanding the linkages between nematode communities and various soil health indicators is crucial in realizing the actual soil health outcome and overall benefit to the farmer." - Christine Sprunger Folks who make the show possible... As always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, check out the No-Till Growers YouTube channel where we're posting weekly videos, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
4/24/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Microbial Efficiency Matrix Stabilization (MEMS) Framework with Ecologist Dr. Francesca Cotrufo

Deeply inspired by her work in ecology, Dr. Francesca Cotrufo defied the traditional view on litter decomposition and soil organic matter dynamics. An internationally recognized ecologist, she has made great strides in understanding soil organic matter and its underlying processes. With a diverse research background spanning forests, grasslands, the Arctic, and the Tropics, her work has led to pioneering discoveries in regenerative soil health practices. Francesca's groundbreaking contribution to the field is the Microbial Efficiency Matrix Stabilization (MEMS) framework, which has transformed how scientists view soil formation and carbon sequestration. Mentioned in this episode... Dr. Francesca Cotrufo's MEMS (Microbial Efficiency Matrix Stabilization) framework and its impact on understanding soil formation and carbon sequestration. The two-pathway model of soil formation proposed by Cotrufo to better understand the role of labile compounds and microbial efficiency in soil health. The differences between mineral-associated organic matter and particulate organic matter and their impacts on soil structure and water retention. The role of microbial efficiency in the transformation of plant material and its impact on soil health and nutrient recycling. Host Natalie Lounsbury's Priming for Production The Rough Draft Farmstead No-Till Field Day “We need to think about not just what leads to more persistent carbon, but what makes the soil healthier, retain more water, maintain an active biology, so that we can have the recycling of the nutrients…  We can only rebuild our richness by caring about soil… We have consumed our soil's organic matter capital; now we better start working to build it again.“ - Francesca Cotrufo Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. Farmers Friend for caterpillar tunnels, harvest equipment, tarps, & more! Get free shipping through ->> farmersfriend.com/notill  BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, check out the No-Till Growers YouTube channel where we're posting weekly videos, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
4/17/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 19 seconds
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Simple No-Till Bed Prep & Retail Sales with Lindsay Steele of Garden Fort

Despite the risk of pivoting their business, Lindsay Steele of Garden Fort in Dexter, Michigan (outside of Ann arbor), chose to switch from farmers markets to direct-to-retail sales and ended up reaping unexpected rewards - from more time with his family to increased profitability. In this episode, Alex Ball of Old City Acres and Lindsay dig deep into successfully shifting from farmers markets to direct-to-retail sales, selecting profitable crops for year-round production, how clever packaging and branding set their products apart, scaling-up and effectively managing farm labor, and how all of those things contributed to a better work/family balance while farming. Also mentioned in this episode... Follow Garden Fort on Instagram. They use Rimol Greenhouses Nor'Easter series for year-round greens production. Consider focusing more on high-profit-margin crops like salad greens for year-round production and potential wholesale opportunities. Evaluate your farm's workflow (i.e. wash/pack) and systems (i.e. tarping, reduced tillage) to increase efficiency for a better work/life balance. Consider the benefits of incentivising well-trained and returning farm workers and how that can contribute to the overall success of your farm. The Rough Draft Farmstead No-Till Farm Tour! Folks who make the show possible...   RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. Orisha for wireless greenhouse+ automation, get 15% off with code "No Till Grower" Real Organic Project for a whole farm certification program to distinguish crops grown in health soils. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
4/10/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 1 second
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Revolutionizing Plant Nurseries with Kurstin Barta of Purple Springs Nursery

We all know how important it is to start with a quality plant. With a degree and experience in applied industrial ecology, Kurstin of Purple Springs Nursery  discusses the transition from IPM to regenerative agriculture in the nursery space. Her work at Purple Springs allowed her to explore innovative ways to improve plant health and soil quality. Kurstin's dedication to sustainable practices and her understanding of the intricacies of soil health and plant nutrition make her a great guest on perinneal production. Check out their website where you can download their free guide to regenerative agriculture. Also, garlic? Yes, garlic.   In this episode... - Explore Advancing Eco Agriculture's website and learn from John Kemp's core concepts for plant health. - Read the book Science and Agriculture by Arden Anderson to understand the importance of soil health. - Implement the Morgan Extraction Method soil test (developed by Dr. Kerry Reams) to analyze and improve soil conditions. - Apply plant SAP analysis to determine the nutritional needs of plants at different growth stages. - Adopt regenerative principles in managing tree nurseries, including using mulch, living mulch, and cover crops. - Utilize tools and equipment that help manage regenerative practices in tree nurseries without causing soil compaction. - Focus on increasing plant growth efficiency to improve inventory management in tree nurseries. - Read Agriculture and Transition by Donald Schneissman and Albrecht on Calcium to further enhance understanding of soil health and plant growth.   Quotes:   "Weeds tell you a lot about the condition of your soil. It can be messy when you're transitioning, but you're really challenging the status quo." —Kurstin Barta   "A healthy plant will resist pests and disease, so how can we make these plants healthier?" —Kurstin Barta   "Redefining what beauty means: does beauty actually mean clean rows or does it mean that rejuvenating your soil and focusing on what plants are actually doing?" —Kurstin Barta   Folks who make the show possible... Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements. RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat    
4/3/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 20 seconds
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Terry Bell, Microbial Ecologist from The Microbiome Manipulation Lab

Hi everyone, it's Natalie again, and I am putting the ecologists back-to-back here on the podcast. This time with microbial ecologist Terry Bell of the Microbiome Manipulation Lab at the University of Toronto. He came highly recommended and did not disappoint. We talk about what is the soil microbiome, how can we manage or change it, whether soil microbial inoculants work, and why microbiome breeding is not analogous to plant breeding. If you one of those people who listen to podcasts to get to sleep I really don't think this one is going to work for you, because there is so much here to get the gears turning in your head! Enjoy.  Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Farmers Friend for caterpillar tunnels, harvest equipment, tarps, & more! Get free shipping through ->> farmersfriend.com/notill  Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. Real Organic Project for a whole farm certification program to distinguish crops grown in health soils. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
3/27/202358 minutes, 44 seconds
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Bill Brinkerhoff & Kathy Sample of Argus Farm Stop

Hey everyone, it's Alex Ball, and today we sit down with Bill and Kathy of Argus Farm Stop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We dig deep into running a consignment-only grocery store, working with farmers in the community, and building food access. Mentioned in the show... The Retail Edge Consignment POS Check out the Argus Farm Stop Website Follow Argus Farm Stop on Instagram Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhousesquality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! Orisha for wireless greenhouse+ automation, get 15% off with code "No Till Grower" ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
3/20/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 50 seconds
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Mycologist & Professor Dr. Michael Beug

Hey fellow passengers, it's Mimi. My most sincere hope is that, by now, I'm growing on you, not unlike a fungus. You know what they say, falling in love is like eating mushrooms, ‘you never know if it's the real thing until it's too late.’ Today, my guest is Dr. Michael Beug. If you don't know who he is, you may be familiar with some of his proteges, including Paul Stamets, and many others who studied under Dr. Beug. He taught chemistry, mycology, and organic farming at Evergreen State Collage in Olympia, WA, for 32 years, now retired, but that hasn't slowed him down! He's had a very interesting career and I can't wait for you to hear some of those stories from his life. Fungi are so critical to everything that we do in agriculture. They synthesize a truly limitless array of secondary metabolites and have played a role in the great phylogenetic tree of life since it crept out of the ocean. Dr. Beug is very passionate about the intersection between fungi, chemistry, agriculture, and the particular moment in which we all find ourselves in the modern age. Mentioned in the show... Take Podcast Host Natalie's Survey! Mushrooms of Cascadia Ascomycete Fungi of North America Folks who make the show possible... Real Organic Project for a whole farm certification program to distinguish crops grown in health soils. RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat  
3/13/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 6 seconds
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Sonja Birthisel, Agroecologist & PhD from the University of Maine

Hi everyone, it's Natalie. It's hard to believe this is my sixth episode for The No-Till Market Garden Podcast. It felt super intimidating to commit to finding and interviewing ten people, but it turns out to have been a lot of fun to talk with people I've admired from a distance and also some of my friends. For this episode, I talked with my friend and colleague, Sonja Birthisel. She is a weed ecologist and agroecologist by training, but her interests and expertise are wide and varied. We get into some of her research on the effects of tarping and solarizing on soil biology, important traits of weeds, seed predation, and her work in the community. Mentioned in the show... Take Podcast Host Natalie's Survey! Bulletin #1075, Tarping in the Northeast: A Guide for Small Farms Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. Farmers Friend for caterpillar tunnels, harvest equipment, tarps, & more! Get free shipping through ->> farmersfriend.com/notill  BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
3/6/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 17 seconds
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Liana Glass of City Beet Farm

Hey everyone, it's Alex Ball, and on today’s episode of the podcast we talk to Liana Glass who, along with her partner Duncan, run City Beet Farm on leased yards and lots in urban Vancouver. These first generation farmers are actually the third owners of this farm! We dig deep on buying & valuing their farm business, partnering with local organizations & businesses, & mobile wash/pack solutions. Mentioned in the show... Take Podcast Host Natalie's Survey! The Super Rad City Beet Farm Mobile Wash/Pack Trailer (PDF of the build process, costs, and tons of photos) The City Beet Farm for Sale on Young Agrarians Follow City Beet Farm on Instagram The City Beet Farm Website Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. Orisha for wireless greenhouse+ automation, get 15% off with code "No Till Grower" Real Organic Project for a whole farm certification program to distinguish crops grown in health soils. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
3/2/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 20 seconds
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SEED GROWERS// You Can Grow Seed on Your Farm

You can grow seed on your farm. And it’s easier than you think... Subscribe to The Seed Growers Podcast on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. This is the first of 5 mini-episodes to get ready for the season 2 of The Seed Growers Podcast. Today’s episode is about getting into the mindset for your first seed crop. By starting small and taking your time, there is a greater chance that seed growing seems realistic on your farm and that you persist and develop your seed skills. This is how you become a cornerstone in a resilient seed and farming community system. Ask a question for future episodes Dan's list of Seed Grower Resources Follow Dan Brisebois on Instagram The Seed Growers Podcast is produced, in part, by No-Till Growers No-Till Growers is powered by the folks who support it every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can also pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on the brand new growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
2/24/20239 minutes, 51 seconds
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David R. Montgomery & Anne Biklé, Authors of What Your Food Ate

Oh hey, it's Mimi again. Gotcha two for the price of one today, because we're speaking with David Montgomery and Anne Biklé. I'm sure they don't need an introduction, because I know at least some of you all will have at least one of their books in your exhaustive libraries. If you haven't heard of them, David and Anne are married, live in Seattle, and are a pair of writers. To quote them, "Dave is a broad-minded geologist and Anne is a free-range biologist with a bad case of plant lust." If that doesn't make you want to hang out with them, I don't know how much better I'm going to be able to do. The reason I wanted to talk to them is not just because their book,  What Your Food Ate, just came out, but also because they have a really great way of going back through the membrane of time and looking at some of the origins of our understanding about the connections between plants, soil microbiology, and our own health. I can't recommend the books highly enough. Dave's mustache is also the mustache to end all mustaches.  A list of some of their amazing works... What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health (2022) The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health (2015) Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life (2017) Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations (2008) Folks who make the show possible... Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements. RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat  
2/20/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ryan Fitzbeauchamp of Evening Song Farm

Hi everyone, it's Natalie, and for this episode I talked with Ryan Fitzbeauchamp of Evening Song Farm in Vermont. Ryan and his wife Kara have an incredible story to get where they are today with a thriving year-round CSA (yes, you heard that right, a year-round CSA in Vermont!). They include what is often called rotational no-till on the farm and this is a production system that is near-and-dear to my heart. What I mean by rorational no-till is that, while they haven't eliminated tillage altogether, they have dramatically reduced it across the farm and completely eleminated tillage prior to some crops. This system is sort of a middle way to get many of the benefits of no-till without the herbicides associated with conventional no-till or the heavy reliance on mulch, compost, or other external inputs that many small-scale organic no-till farms rely on to get started. Mentioned in the show... The Evening Song Farmsite Follow Evening Song Farm on Instagram The USDA Climate Adaptation Fellowship (Northeast) Tarping Guidecase Study of Evening Song Farm (w/ photo of toolbar) Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Farmers Friend for caterpillar tunnels, harvest equipment, tarps, & more! Get free shipping through ->> farmersfriend.com/notill  Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. Real Organic Project for a whole farm certification program to distinguish crops grown in health soils. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat      
2/13/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 16 seconds
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Doug & Kayleigh of Bread Seed Farm

Hey everyone, it's Alex Ball, and today I'm excited to talk with Doug Wolcik & Kayleigh Boyle of Bread Seed Farm in rural Vermont. We dig deep into using "no-till" to market your farm, building a farm with community at the core, and adding value with ginger and dried flowers. Mentioned in the show... Karl Hammer of Vermont Compost Company (listen to him and Jesse on The No-Till Market Garden here) Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhousesquality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! Orisha for wireless greenhouse+ automation, get 15% off with code "No Till Grower" ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
2/6/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 18 seconds
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Miquel Torres of Familia Torres

Truth be told, I always wished to be a Jesuit monk, but kind of missed out on that opportunity on account of not being a dude. I wanted to live in a beautiful place and learn things and grow things without anybody asking me to do anything else. I imagine my life being like that of the great Baltasar Gracián, a Catalan jesuit monk. He famously said, "He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well." Let me just say our guest today, Miguel Torres, is very thirsty. Miquel is the fifth generation and manager of Familial Torres. He runs the domain with his sister, Maria, and they have had such a journey, discovering along the way that they thought they were doing things well by the land there was always room to do them better. And given their commitment to not only being the fifth generation, but the entire region, they've started to train other growers, as well.  Check out the Familia Torres website Follow Familia Torres on Instagram Folks who make the show possible... Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. Real Organic Project for a whole farm certification program to distinguish crops grown in health soils. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat (yep, back in stock and shipping now), and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat  
1/30/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 19 seconds
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Candice Huber & Jennifer Wilhelm on SARE Farmer Research Grants

Natalie here... and for this episode I want to talk farmer research! You may notice that research is a theme for me? SARE is a federally funded program for farmer centered research and innovation. Candice Huber works for SARE and Jennifer Wilhelm runs a no-till market garden near me in New Hampshire, Fat Peach Farm, and has received two SARE grants to pursue some of her ideas. Mentioned in the show... The SARE Projects Database Jennifer’s SARE Projects: Exploring the Feasibility of Growing Microgreens in a Modified Cold Storage Room Assessing No-Till Permanent Raised Beds for Mixed Vegetable Production on Marginal Soils The No-Till Growers SARE Project Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Program ChipDrop Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Farmers Friend for caterpillar tunnels, harvest equipment, tarps, & more! Get free shipping through ->> farmersfriend.com/notill  Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat (yep, back in stock and shipping now), and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat  
1/23/20231 hour, 8 seconds
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Adam Mitchel of Country Valley Farm

Hey everyone, it’s Alex Ball with another episode of the No-Till Market Garden Podcast! I’m really excited to share a conversation with you all from Adam of Country Valley Farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In the interview we get into building new no-till beds with deep woodchips, animal pressure on the farm, the realities of farming with a full-time job, and producing garlic for the wholesale market. A big thanks to Adam for sitting down to share all the work he and his family are doing at CVF. He has such a love for not only ecological farming, but for feeding his community and sharing the positivity that comes with being in touch with the land. I was really impressed by his deep wood chip compost method for building organic matter and I think i’m going to trial his technique on my own farm. If you want to learn more about their farm or are just looking for organic seed garlic, check out their website and their social media for more information. Thanks so much for listening! Mentioned in the show... Dairy Doo compost & fertilizer pellets from Morgan Composting No-Till Growers will be at the '23 OAK Conference! Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. Orisha for wireless greenhouse+ automation, get 15% off with code "No Till Grower" Real Organic Project for a whole farm certification program to distinguish crops grown in health soils. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat (yep, back in stock and shipping now), and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
1/16/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 35 seconds
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Fred Provenza of Utah State University & BEHAVE

You know that feeling when you get to hang out with one of your heroes? Well I do, and you guys are going to get to hang out with us, too. Fred Provenza is a retired professor in rangeland science from Utah State University and is also a unicorn mixed with a phoenix. Not only is he an amazing human-being, he also has one of the deepest and most humble experiences working at the intersection between humans and landscapes, plants and animals. He has worked with farmers from all around the world, authored hundreds of papers and several books, and if you're a person who is interested in the integration of animals for the purpose of healing landscapes or bringing health back to your farm, I cannot recommend highly enough that you read and watch as much as you can by Fred. Mentioned in the show... NOVA's Ghost in your Genes (watch for free on Vimeo) BEHAVE (Behavioral Education for Human Animal Vegetation and Ecosystem Management) Nourishment, What Animals Can Teach Us about Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom The Art & Science of Shepherding by Michel Meuret Foraging Behavior: Managing to Survive in a World of Change Folks who make the show possible... Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat (yep, back in stock and shipping now), and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
1/9/20232 hours, 13 minutes, 58 seconds
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Iago Hale of UNH, Nor'east Kiwiberries, & the Hale Lab

For this episode, I, Natalie, spoke with Iago Hale about kiwiberries, which I realize is a fruit that a lot of you have probably never heard of, much less tried. In my excitement, I forgot to have him introduce himself! Iago is an associate professor of agriculture, nutrition, and food systems department at the University of New Hampshire. When I first met him, he was in the beginning of his kiwiberry research program and it's really cool to see how far it has come in the last decade. As a researcher myself, I strongly agree with Iago that it's our job to take risks that farmers can't afford to take and I love to see applied research that tries to address what future food systems will look like, including things like perennial plants and things that will work on small farms and things that are resistant to pests and diseases so they don't require a lot of external inputs. Here's Iago... Mentioned in the show... The Nor'east Kiwiberry Website The Hale Lab & Kiwiberry Research Kiwi Korners Farm Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. Farmers Friend for caterpillar tunnels, harvest equipment, tarps, & more! Get free shipping through ->> farmersfriend.com/notill  Real Organic Project for a whole farm certification program to distinguish crops grown in health soils. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat (yep, back in stock and shipping now), and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
1/2/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 59 seconds
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Jordan Scheibel of Middle Way Farm

It's Alex Ball, and I'm excited to bring y'all a conversation with Jordan Scheibel of Middle Way Farm. Jordan and his crew are growing mixed veg for local wholesale, retail, and direct-to-consumer through a home delivery CSA and online farmers market out there in windy Iowa. We dig deep into selling to local specialty grocers, no-till tunnel production, the importance of consistent labor, and the growth they capitalized on during the pandemic. Jordan is building a community-centric model that is hard to not learn something from! Mentioned in the show... Follow Middle Way Farm on Instagram Middle Way Farm is Certified Naturally Grown GrownBy online cooperative sales platform Purple Cow Organics for compost The Paperpot Transplanter Nolt's Greenhouse Supplies Folks who make the show possible... Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! Orisha for wireless greenhouse+ automation, get 15% off with code "No Till Grower" RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat (yep, back in stock and shipping now), and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
12/26/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 19 seconds
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Wine Maker, Eric Texier

Hey rebels, if you listen to this podcast you probably know that I, Mimi, am the lone wine person to date. So, since that's what I do, I thought I would poke some of my favorite people in wine and today I've got one of my BIG heroes. Eric Texier is a winegrower in the South of France. He’s known for being an early leader in not just better practices in the vineyard, going beyond the adoption of biodynamics, but he went on a journey to figure out how his soils could be improved and how that could improve wine quality and also build in resilience for his family in the future. He's a native to Bordeaux, didn't come from a wine family, which is uncommon because it's really difficult to just buy a vineyard in France, and was a nuclear engineer before wine. Surprise, surprise, he wanted to do something else. A self made wine maker, very opinionated, not afraid to stoke the fire and call out bulls***… It was a super fun conversation, his wines are incredibly expressive, and he has a genuine humility about his process. We get into his vineyards, his wine-making, terriors and regenerative practices, and I just can't wait to share this conversation with you. I highly recommend looking for his wines, they're accessibly priced, and you can check out his website at https://www.eric-texier.com/ Folks who make the show possible... Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. Real Organic Project for a whole farm certification program to distinguish crops grown in health soils. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat (yep, back in stock and shipping now), and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat  
12/19/20221 hour, 51 minutes, 31 seconds
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Nicolas Enjalbert of SeedLinked & Julie Dawson of UWM

*Update: The SeedLinked participatory variety trials are LIVE on their website and this year include cherry tomato and colored pepper trials AND a NO-TILL squash trial!* Nicolas of SeedLinked and Julie of University of Madison Wisconsin are leaders in participatory plant breeding. They are helping develop varieties that are regionally adapted to the traits that matter for direct market growers like most of you! They've developed a platform to make it easier to include farmers in variety trials to select for things like taste. I know everyone listening is involved in farming or gardening, largely because you know that not all tomatoes and carrots are created equal. Variety matters. Production practices matter. How long it takes to get the product into the hands of the customer matters. Truth be told, I do not have the personality to be a direct market farmer, so props to all of you out there, but when I WAS farming and someone would tell me they never liked brussels sprouts until they ate MY brussels sprouts, it was one of the most rewarding feelings. So, what Nicolas and Julie are doing in their participatory plant breeding work is trying to spread that feeling by increasing our collective capacity for developing new and amazing varieties. The website for their project is SeedLinked.com Their work is truly inspiring and we hope some of you growers out there can get involved! Mentioned in the show notes... Download the SeedLinked App Follow SeedLink on Instagram and keep up with their work Participate in a Seedlink.com variety trial (sign-ups page) Organic Association of Kentucky Annual Conference Folks who make the show possible... Farmers Friend for caterpillar tunnels, harvest equipment, tarps, & more! Get free shipping through ->> farmersfriend.com/notill  RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! University of Wisconsin-Madison and their new certificate in organic agriculture. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat (yep, back in stock and shipping now), and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
12/12/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 16 seconds
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Brian Bates of Bear Creek Organic Farm

Hey everyone, it's Alex, and I'm beyond excited to bring you all a very interesting conversation with Brian Bates of Bear Creek Organic Farm. Brian is one of my favorite farmers in the state of Michigan and I got the privilege to spend a day with him and his crew, learning how they grow food efficiently year-round. In this episode, we dive deep into the philosophy of farm growth, Spring plant sales, experiments in no-till, and investing in the most valuable asset of a farm. Surprise? It's their employees.  ~ Alex Ball, Old City Acres Mentioned in the show... Follow Bear Creek Organic Farm on Instagram Morgan Compost Dairy Doo The Bear Creek Look Book Weed the Soil, Not the Crop by Eric & Anne Nordell of Beech Grove Farm Folks who make the show possible... Orisha for wireless greenhouse+ automation, get 15% off with code "No Till Grower" RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat (yep, back in stock and shipping now), and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
12/5/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 14 seconds
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Caleb Goossen, Organic Crop Specialist at MOFGA, & PFAS

Natalie here. When Jesse asked me to be a guest-host, I knew I wanted to dedicate an episodeto the subject of PFAS contamination, but I didn't think it would be a good first episode, because it's really not uplifting. It's one of those topics that makes it hard to keep sitting up straight. But, since I've been behind the ball on getting more episodes going--and Jesse tells me there's a lot of intrest in this topic--I decided to go for it. For the vast majority of growers out there, PFAS contamination on your farms isn't going to be an issue, but it is something farmers may want to be aware of when looking for land or buying inputs like compost or straw mulch, and especially when making compost with various feedstocks. To learn more about PFAS, I spoke with Caleb Goossen, the organic crop and conservation specialist at MOFGA. And I promise there will be more uplifting epsides in the future. Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! University of Wisconsin-Madison and their new certificate in organic agriculture. ... and, as always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat (yep, back in stock and shipping now), and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
11/28/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 15 seconds
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Introducing New Host, Natalie Lounsbury

It's about to get real nerdy, folks. We at No-Till Growers have always wanted to bring in more of the research and science from someone who really understands it. Natalie Lounsbury, herself, is a no-till and cover crop RESEARCHER at the University of New Hampshire, a legitimate scientist, and you may remember her from the Priming for Production Podcast series on soil organic matter. Go back and listen to it if you haven't already, it's one of our favorite things on the internet. Ever. In this mini-interview, she and I get into how the Serial podcast series changed her approach, her experience/research background, and how I should probably apologize to diakon radish. Her first contribution to the series will be next Monday. You don't want to miss it, it's a heavy subject, but one we as growers could all use a little science lesson on. As always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat (yep, back in stock and shipping now), and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
11/25/202222 minutes, 41 seconds
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Andy Cato, Co-Founder of Wildfarmed

Tell Dr. Mimi where it hurts, because I've got the cure. Be it bread or beer, it all starts with grain. Today, we get to do all of my favorite things, which is to combine bread, beer, and rock stars. Andy Cato, half of the band Groove Armada, is the co-founder of a super-rad farm project, Wildfarmed, growing no-till regenerative grains. It's taken a lot of trail and error, and we get into his systems and how he makes it all work: rotations, equipment, producer groups, etc. for facilitating the change he wants to see on the land. In short, Andy is "an award-winning mixed arable and livestock farmer. Once a successful Grammy nominated musician, Andy gave that up after reading about the dire state of modern food production. He went on to spend over a decade trying to find a more restorative and sustainable way of growing food. Whilst farming in France, Andy was awarded the Chevalier l'Order Merit de Agricole - the equivalent of a knighthood for services to agriculture. Now back on British soil, Andy is on a mission to help other farmers adopt the Wildfarmed system." If you've ever thought about how to grow grains on a small scale regeneratively, this one's for you. Because we've got to figure that part out. The sourdough and beer are what's keeping me going. Follow Andy & Wildfarmed Follow Mimi & Hope Well Wine Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. and You, our listeners. Help us keep our work free for everyone by supporting our work on Patreon or check out No-Till Growers and pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook and join the conversation at our new and improved growers forum.
11/21/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 10 seconds
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Josh & Kelsey of Wild Prairie Flower Farm

Super excited to have Josh and Kelsey of Wild Prairie Flower Farm on The No-Till Market Garden Podcast! They're two super hard-working urban farmers in Columbus, OH, who grow about a quarter of an acre of cut-flowers and market them through a home-delivery CSA. Big thanks to Jesse and the No-Till Growers team for having me, Alex Ball, as a host. ~ Alex Ball, Old City Acres Mentioned in the show... Follow Wild Prarie on Instagram Check out the Wild Prarie GoFundMe Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Orisha for wireless greenhouse+ automation, get 15% off with code "No Till Grower" BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements, on sale through the end of the year! University of Wisconsin-Madison and their new certificate in organic agriculture. ... and You, our listeners. Help us keep our work free for everyone by supporting our work on Patreon or check out No-Till Growers and pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook and join the conversation at our new and improved growers forum.
11/14/202257 minutes, 57 seconds
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Introducing New Host Alex Ball of Old City Acres

Welcome BACK to yet another exciting season of The No-Till Market Garden Podcast. As mentioned at the end of last season, I--Jesse--will not be hosting this year. My role now is more of a producer for the suite of podcasts and work we publish at No-Till Growers. I'm excited to introduce the second host, Alex Ball of Old City Acres! We are big fans of Alex's work and in this mini-interview we muse on the progression and evolution of our respective farms. He's gong to bring a lot to the host seat because of his interest in the details surrounding what it takes to run a successful farm business, which is something I felt was lacking in my own approach. Alex is someone you can listen to and talk to for hours, he's a lot of fun, and we can't wait for his contribution to the podcast. Alex’s first interview will be coming out next Monday. As always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
11/11/202223 minutes, 15 seconds
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Benina Montes of Burroughs Family Farms

Benina Montez, of Burroughs Family Farms, is a badass FOURTH generation farmer in the Central Valley of California. She has been farming alongside her family and made the shift to regenerative organic certification for their almonds, walnuts, and olives. They also produce pastured chickens and lamb through silvopasture.  It's really cool to hear from someone like Benina who has experienced the journey from not only something conventional to something regenerative, but also what it means to BE a fourth generation farmer and how you have to continuously move the bar to remain a relevant family farm. Benina is super awesome, honest, and has a lot to offer people who are curious about how it can all be done regeneratively in tree systems with silvopasture. Folks who make the show possible... RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels. Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends. Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification. and You, our listeners. Help us keep our work free for everyone by supporting our work on Patreon or check out No-Till Growers and pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook and join the conversation at our new and improved growers forum.
11/7/20221 hour, 28 minutes
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Introducing New Host Mimi Casteel of Hope Well Vineyard

Welcome BACK to yet another exciting season of The No-Till Market Garden Podcast. As mentioned at the end of last season, I--Jesse--will not be hosting this year. My role now is more of a producer for the suite of podcasts we publish at No-Till Growers. It's been super fun and I've greatly enjoyed listening behind the scenes to these first interviews with our new hosts. Speaking of new hosts, we want to start introducing them to you one by one over the next few weeks, beginning with the one and only Mimi Casteel of Hope Well Vineyard. Mimi’s first interview will be coming out next Monday, officially kicking off season FIVE. As always, our work is powered by the folks who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers, you can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you haven’t already, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our brand new forum at notillgrowers.community.chat
11/4/202224 minutes, 4 seconds
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THE COMPOSTER PODCAST w/ Jayne Merner Senecal & Carla Castegnero of AgRecycle

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-quality compost with a wide variety of feedstocks. She's a seasoned composter and was the recipient of Rodale's Organic Pioneer Award in 2013.  You can find Jayne Merner Senecal and Earth Care Farm on Instagram The Composter is brought to you by... BioCycle is the leading resource on composting, organics recycling, biogas, end-product markets, policy and regulation, and community outreach and education. Sign up for the bi-monthly free newsletter here. For 25+ years, Komptech has worked with scientists, agriculturalists, and consumers to develop a four-step process that produces healthly, contaminant-free compost while optimizing efficiency. Learn more about shred, turn, screen, seperate here and get a complimentary consultation to see if it's right for your commercial operation.
8/19/202252 minutes, 24 seconds
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THE WINTER GROWERS PODCAST w/ Clara Coleman & Roots Farm

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 wherever you're hearing this one. Here is. Clara Coleman. 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 the shoulder seasons. The biggest challenge of Winter growing for them is the management of humidity with row-covers in an unheated protected space. Although they've been farming full-time since 2014, they did not find financial stability until 2020, and now support their family and a crew of six. Winter Growers is made possible by... Growing for Market Magazine, enter code "winter" at checkout to get 25% off a new subscription. Rimol Greenhouses, for high-tunnels and greenhouses. Johnny's Selected Seeds, check out their seriously amazing Growers Library. Tunnel Vision Hoops, for your Winter infrastructure needs. And you, our Patreons and supporters. You can support our creators for as little as $2/month on Patreon or Notillgrowers.com/support. Y'all are the best!
6/6/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 38 seconds
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THE SEED GROWERS PODCAST w/ Dan Brisebois & Empowered Flowers

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 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 contracts for selling seeds. Follow Empowered Flowers on Instagram Check out the Empowered Flowers website Mentioned in the show... Wild Garden Seeds, where they learned how to save seeds The Winnow Wizard, the machine they use to process seeds Follow Dan Brisebois on Instagram Check out Dan's blog Going to Seed See where Dan farms cooperatively at Tourne-Sol Cooperative Farm 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 needs in a changing world. Join the community at organicseedcommons.org The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, producers of the Seed Heads Podcast, works in partnership with organic and agro-ecological seed producers and farmers to advance agricultural biodiversity across Canada. and No-Till Growers. Check out some of our other podcasts and the No-Till Growers YouTube channel with over 400 videos, order a copy of The Living Soil Handbook, and sustain our mission of keeping our work free for growers everywhere by supporting it on Patreon.
4/27/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 47 seconds
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Farmer Jesse Retires as Host

A few thoughts from the co-founder of No-Till Growers, departing host of The No-Till Market Garden Podcast, & author of The Living Soil Handbook... “We’ve just been germinating these last four years. Now we grow.”
3/9/202213 minutes, 34 seconds