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The Colorado Local Food Movement is Dead. Long Live the Local Food Movement! – Season 3, Episode 3

We had a sous chef of a west side resort contact us about growing things for them, Travis debuts as a surprisingly good newbie voice over talent, Terry the Rooster saves Tera Lynn from jury duty (in Jason's head, at least), and Jason talks about whether the Colorado Springs area local food movement can survive the recent rash of CSA farm closures and scandals. Jason offers a possible "new food order" to the Colorado Springs food system. (Spoiler: "There's no such thing as regenerative or...


Electric Fence Training for Pigs (Set-up phase), Brittle Environment Rotational Grazing with Tate Smith – Steadcast S3E2

We’re going to give you some news from the farm, some listener feedback, and a phone interview recorded a few weeks ago with Tate Smith of Regenerative Stewardship up in Wyoming about an idea we have for testing out some grazing and homesteading strategies on Gray Area Farm to help others in what are called “brittle” environments… areas where due to climate, soil, whatever, you can seriously screw up the soil, the pasture quality or your yield if you’re not careful and deliberate about how...


“The Great Nutrient Collapse” Politico Article discussion, How’d Trav’s Turkey Taste, and More – Season 3, Episode 1

New Years Resolutions for the farm, how the family "out west" reacted to Travis's pasture-raised, field-to-fork, turkey "Batman," and a discussion about Politico's "The Great Nutrient Collapse" article. (If you can't hear the episode, please delete and re-download. The first export was all blank air. Oops.) Do you get value from our shows? Entertainment, inspiration, education, and more? If that's worth a dollar to you, or more, please visit and sign up to be a...


Ep 19 – Let’s Talk Turkey, and poultry, and bringing pastured poultry to 4-H (or not)

Let's talk turkey! And chicken, too. In the last episode of The Steadcast, we promised you a report on how Travis's poultry operation went for the year. Not just at the El Paso County Fair's 4-H show and auction, but also his private-party sales. We also promised you a Rantcast therein. And we deliver. As grumbly as Jason gets about the experience, consider this... Jason edited out almost 10 minutes of rant! Mainly because we're still getting used to our new microphone and there was some...


Ep 18: How to Bring More Men to the Organic and Local Food Movement

It's been an interesting season. We've been running a booth at the Falcon Farmers Market, Travis managed to sell his turkey named “SuperGirl” at the El Paso County Fair 4-H livestock auction for a totally absurd amount of money, and we're noticing a collapse in the egg-laying chicken thing among the backyard hobby folks and the small farms around here. But we'll get into those things soon enough. I wanted to take this episode to introduce you to a new part of the Gray Area Media empire,...


Ep 17: Why Start Homesteading? Adding products to the farm, and whole organic food for autism

Welcome to the June 8th 2017 edition of The 'Steadcast, the homestead and farmstead podcast you listen to in-stead of making the mistakes yourself. I'm your host Jason of Gray Area Farm. The steadcast is supported by Phoenix 820. Art Pierson of Phoenix 820 created the new Regenerative Dads logo for Gray Area and awesome designs for other farms and sustainability brands, as well as real estate agents, banks, schools... anyone that needs an awesome design AND the highest quality swag, signs...


Ep 16: Wicking Beds and Aquaponics for Arid Climates, USDA-Inspected vs. Custom Processing for Pork

We have another great conversation on this episode with Doneil Freeman over at Freeman Family Farm. This time we're talking wicking beds – a great compromise between the water savings of aquaponics or hydroponics and the micronutrient capacity of real in-soil crops. Get right to the conversation by clicking subscribe and listen to the episode! First, let's fill you in on the... NEWS FROM THE FARM! USDA Inspected Processing vs. Custom Processors Pork is being picked up this weekend! Last...


Ep 15: Pig Processing Day, Doneil Freeman on Beekeeping for Beginners

We're talking bees and beekeeping for beginners with Doneil Freeman! He and Michael Jordan "The Bee Whisperer" of A Bee Friendly Company in Cheyenne, Wyoming held a class on how to install a new package of bees and new bee "nucs" at Doneil's farm in Calhan. Listen in for a brief summary of the three-day beekeeping class. What are packages of bees? What are bee 'nucs'? Find out in the episode. But first, we also have our usual "Updates From the Farm": These little pigs went to market: the...


Ep14: Springtime in the Rockies, Creating a Farm Co-Op Partnership, Dealing With Dogs

The weather is crazy, the pigs are almost done growing, we're taking on a partnership with a nearby farm, and out on the pasture there's a lot of rage towards feral dogs. Or as we call it here on the farm: “Tuesday.” NEWS FROM THE FARM What's up with the pigs? The five piggies that are destined for freezer camp are finally... FINALLY... ready to reserve their on-way vacation. Yes, they were supposed to be Christmas hams for our customers. Yes, it's now April. Unfortunately there was really...


Ep 13: Business Networking for Small Farms and Homesteads, Wardrobe Storage in Tiny Houses (or not)

This time on the Steadcast: business networking for homesteaders and small farms featuring an interview with Lynda Cink and Brian Swanson of LnB Connectors, screw-ups of the week, and the struggle of keeping a professsional wardrobe in a Tiny House. Welcome to Season 2 Episode 4 of The 'Steadcast, the homestead and farmstead podcast you listen in-stead of making the mistakes yourself. As always, this is Jason of Gray Area Farm. Before we go into the networking topic, let's get through the...


Ep 12: Barn 2.0 roof, mistakes of the week and the only nice weather day was yesterday.

This time on The 'Steadcast: what's up with Barn 2.0, the mistakes we made on the farm this week, how small farms are like geese, and the pasture-raised life segment is “the only nice weather day was yesterday.” Barn 2.0 roof is on! I visited a store next to the new laundromat, and was briefly excited to go in and see what it was like, and how much a load of laundry cost there. During the winter we've had to drive almost an hour into Colorado Springs to use the coin laundry. But realized I...


Ep 11: The “What IF” Festival, Lollipop is Shy and More on Well Water

This time on The 'Steadcast: The Farmkids and I visit the "What IF Festival" in downtown Colorado Springs, updates from the farm, more on what the solution was to the well water crisis for Colorado small farms, and The Pasture-Raised Life segment “Meet your Meat.” First off, I'd like to give a shout out to some original listeners who stuck by us and got right back on the podcast bike with us. Now, that's a phrase I've never quite understood: it's just like riding a bike... like it's...


Ep 10: The Aftermath of Summer 2016

The 'Steadcast is back! We took a bit of a hiatus during the spring and summer to struggle through our veggie CSA program and get our new pork project going. which we'll be telling you more about as we get back going on a regular schedule here on the 'Steadcast. Summer 2016: Worst. Evah. The summer of 2016 has been described by many around here, including several of the small farms and market gardens that we have come to get to know better over the season, as the worst veggie farming year...


Ep 9: Is Unprofitable Agriculture Sustainable?

Welcome to The 'Steadcast, Episode 9. There's some good "Rantcast" stuff in this one, in case you like that sort of thing. It is the 2nd week of March 2016, and spring is trying to get into the air. The Western Meadowlarks are back in full force on the farm with their melody, that like a bad commercial jingle, eventually drives itself into your soul. Our chickens are laying pretty well again. We actually had a couple dozen eggs to sell at our Friday morning networking meeting again, to the...


Ep 8: The first volunteer day of the year and raising dinosaurs on the farm

Hello there podcast listeners, and thanks for pulling up The 'Steadcast, the homestead and farmstead podcast you listen to instead of making the mistakes yourself. This is Jason from Gray Area Farm. In this episode, we have our obligatory updates about things that have been going on around the farm, especially the big Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2016 here in the Pikes Peak region. The winter egg strike is over, and production is slowly ramping back up. We also had the first 'beta test' of a...


Ep 7: New Year on the Farm and Firearm Needs and Issues for Homesteaders

I made a small edit to this episode based on feedback from listeners. Thanks for helping to hold us accountable to our core values. Sorry if this shows up as a 'new' episode on your feeds because of that. Welcome to episode 7 of The 'Steadcast: New Year on the farm and firearm needs on the homestead featuring an interview with Dan Lanotte of Falcon personal security. Happy New Year, 'steaders! It's 2016! One of the things that struck me about the changes we've made to ourselves and our...


Ep 6: There’s no sick days on the homestead

There may be no sick days on the homestead, but there must have been for podcast production. We had almost a month off to deal with first The Great Blizzard of 2015 and then Farmer Jason's relapse of his adrenal adenoma -- that very same issue that partially drove the decision to live a more active and healthy lifestyle in the first place. We talk about some of the ways living and working on a homestead or farmstead are different from working in corporate America. The chickens don't care...


Ep 5: The PRIME Act and legal pitfalls of small scale farming

Hello there podcast listeners, and thanks for pulling up The 'Steadcast, the homestead and farmstead podcast you listen to instead of making the mistakes yourself. One of the primary figures in the small scale agriculture world is Joel Salatin. He owns Polyface Farm in Virginia, wrote many of what are considered the go-to bibles for pastured poultry and beef, and is a regular fixture in movies like Food Inc and outlets like Ted Talks, permaculture voices, etc etc. One of his key rallying...


Ep 4: There’s Always Something to Do on the Homestead, featuring Jeff Woodruff interview

The seasons continue to march along here at Gray Area Farm. We had our first frosts (Finally!) and that marked the end of the squash harvest. It also marked a chance for a few more things to break. Thus "there's always something to do on a homestead." You can't defeat the prep list, you can only hope to contain it! The "noise reduction" feature on Audacity is only so strong, so headphone listeners will surely note that I recorded most of this in the "mobile studio," aka "the truck as the...


Ep 3: Home Cures for Cabin Fever, and a Rant About Kombucha Regulation

As promised, we talk about how to plan ahead for long shut-in days during winter. Cabin fever with kids is bad enough in suburban McMansions, what about in a Tiny House? If you don't have things prepared to keep the kids (and yourselves) entertained, things can get real old real quick. We also talk about a new attack on Kombucha brewers by the federal regulators of alcohol taxation. A classic Jason Rant ensues. Topics and links for the day: Thanks to our early adopter listeners for helping...


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