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Margaret Krome - My Story

6/14/2019
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Today we sit down with Margaret Krome to hear her inspiring story of how she has become a national leader in sustainable agriculture policy, from her family's citrus farm in Florida to the Peace Corps to eventually rooting in Wisconsin, thanks in part to a night of polka dancing. Listen in and hear why it's so important for farmers to take an active advocacy role. Margaret Krome is Policy Program Director for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, Wisconsin. She also...

Duration:00:22:47

Hannah Breckbill on Social Justice & Activism

6/7/2019
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For our last episode with Hannah Breckbill of Humble Hands Harvest, we take things back full circle to the core components of her life: social justice, activism, and farming. Hear how Hannah blends her passion for farming with other areas she feels strongly about, from caring for the area immigrant communities to building equity in a local food system for all. Hannah Breckbill has been farming since 2009 when she interned as a CSA manager at World Hunger Relief outside of Waco, Texas. She...

Duration:00:14:20

Hannah Breckbill on Taking Care of Yourself while Farming

5/31/2019
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We are back with Hannah Breckbill of Humble Hands Harvest talking about how she weaves together the different pieces of her farming livelihood in a way that fuels her personal energy and keeps her going. From singing during farm chores to taking on a partner to scheduling time off the farm, Hannah shares how she keeps her key priorities front and center. Hannah Breckbill has been farming since 2009 when she interned as a CSA manager at World Hunger Relief outside of Waco, Texas. She was part...

Duration:00:14:07

Cooperative Design with Hannah Breckbill

5/23/2019
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We continue our series with Hannah Breckbill of Humble Hands Harvest as she digs into ways farmers can amplify their missions cooperatively. Hear about her interesting journey to design and legally structure her farm in a cooperative way that is equitable for everyone. Think outside the box and get ideas to farm stronger collaboratively. Hannah Breckbill has been farming since 2009 when she interned as a CSA manager at World Hunger Relief outside of Waco, Texas. She was part of Land...

Duration:00:13:35

My Farm Story with Hannah Breckbill

5/17/2019
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Today we sit down with Hannah Breckbill of Humble Hands Harvest in Decorah, Iowa, as she shares her inspiring journey of launching her farm. Hear the creative and thoughtful story behind the farm's name and learn how a math degree can support the analytical side of farming. Hannah Breckbill has been farming since 2009 when she interned as a CSA manager at World Hunger Relief outside of Waco, Texas. She was part of Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings and Journeyperson programs where...

Duration:00:18:00

Annelie Livingston-Anderson: Advice For Beginning Farmers

5/13/2019
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We are finishing up our series with Annelie Livingston-Anderson of Good Turn Farm in Wisconsin as she offers perspective and advice reflecting on her first couple of years as a beginning farmer. She explains why it’s important to identify what’s important to you, which in her case was prioritizing relationships and the need to get off the farm sometimes.

Duration:00:18:13

Annelie Livingston-Anderson on Farming with Kids

5/3/2019
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We continue talking with Annelie Livingston-Anderson of Good Turn Farm in Wisconsin as we explore what it’s like to start both a farm and a family at the same time. It’s all about setting realistic expectations and most importantly, enjoying the ride!

Duration:00:17:32

Annelie Livingston-Anderson on Strong Local Food Systems

4/25/2019
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We’re back with Annelie Livingston-Anderson of Good Turn Farm to talk about all things local food system and her leadership of the Lake Pepin Local food group via a North Central SARE Farmer Rancher grant. She shares inspiring ideas on how women can serve as the catalyst to collaboratively bring farmers together to address common barriers like market access. Annelie grows certified organic vegetables and flowers with her husband, Kevin (and their 3-year-old daughter, Hazel) on Good Turn Farm...

Duration:00:17:43

Annelie Livingston-Anderson - My Farm Story

4/19/2019
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Today, we sit down with Annelie Livingston-Anderson of Good Turn Farm in Wisconsin to learn about her farm story. She and her husband, Kevin, are the 5th generation to farm her husband’s historic family land, now incorporating sustainable and organic practices. Spoiler alert: this is the land Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family was on during Little House in the Big Woods. Annelie Livingston-Anderson grows certified organic vegetables and cut flowers with her husband, Kevin (and their 3-year-old...

Duration:00:17:18

Erin Schneider on Beauty

4/12/2019
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We wrap up our conversation with Farmer Erin Schneider today, talking about "beauty." Erin says beauty drives her farming mission to grow flowers and connects her passion for the earth and people. Listen in to hear how beauty can open conversations and build bridges. Erin Schneider runs Hilltop Community Farm in LaFarge, Wis., in partnership with her husband, Rob McClure, raising a wide range of vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers. A graduate of the National Farmers Union Beginning Farmers...

Duration:00:13:32

Women Farmers and Regenerative Agriculture

4/5/2019
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Today, we're talking about a topic of increasing interest to women farmers: regenerative agriculture. Learn about systems theory and how we are all connected to ecology and our world around us. Channel your inner biologist and learn how our guest, Erin Schneider, successfully integrates this into her farm business.

Duration:00:14:30

Erin Schneider on Leadership Roles

3/28/2019
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Today, we dig into how we can encourage and support more women farmers to step up to leadership roles. From skill sharing to supporting women farmers in Africa to volunteering for grant review committees, Erin inspires us to go beyond just participating in something and to take an active leadership role. Erin Schneider runs Hilltop Community Farm in LaFarge, Wis., in partnership with her husband, Rob McClure, raising a wide range of vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers. A graduate of the...

Duration:00:17:19

Erin Schneider - My Farm Story

3/21/2019
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Today we sit down with Erin Schneider of Hilltop Community Farm as she shares her inspiring story of farming just a few miles from where she grew up. Erin has a passion for hardy Midwest perennial fruit and beautiful flowers. She shares how she married someone who was already running a farm business and how she carved out her own niche on the farm. Erin Schneider runs Hilltop Community Farm in LaFarge, Wis., in partnership with her husband, Rob McClure, raising a wide range of vegetables,...

Duration:00:19:34

MaryAnn Bellazzini on Working With Family

3/13/2019
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We are back and wrapping up with MaryAnn Bellazini of Campo di Bella as we take things back full circle to the core of her business decisions: family. Hear how MaryAnn both involves her two sons in the farm and business process and bottom line, they all enjoy each other’s company.

Duration:00:14:28

MaryAnn Bellazzini with Tips for On-Farm Food Service

3/8/2019
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We are back with MaryAnn Bellazini of Campo di Bella digging deeper into the start-ups of an on-farm commercial kitchen, winery, restaurant and more. It’s all about relationships and getting to know details level by level, from the township to county to state and perhaps even federal level. MaryAnn and her husband, Marc, run Campo di Bella, a farm-to-table restaurant and winery in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, serving Italian-inspired dining experiences. Self-taught on the farming side, MaryAnn...

Duration:00:15:34

MaryAnn Bellazzini on Launching an On-Farm Restaurant

3/1/2019
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We continue our series with MaryAnn Bellazini of Campo di Bella as she digs into how she and her husband started their farm-to-table restaurant and winery. She explains the importance of research, persistence, and being open to new ideas. Key tip is strategically testing the idea by first renting a licensed commercial kitchen. MaryAnn and her husband, Marc, run Campo di Bella, a farm-to-table restaurant and winery in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, serving Italian-inspired dining experiences....

Duration:00:15:47

My Farm Story with MaryAnn Bellazzini

2/14/2019
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Today, we sit down with MaryAnn Bellazzini of Campo di Bella as she shares her story of growing up on the north side of Chicago and evolving from being on the expected track of having suburban careers and the detour she made by moving to rural Wisconsin. Abundant gardens led to a farm enterprise and eventually a farm-to-table enterprise. MaryAnn and her husband, Marc, run Campo di Bella, a farm-to-table restaurant and winery in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, serving Italian-inspired dining...

Duration:00:18:18

Jennifer Nelson on Farming with a Spouse.mp3

2/8/2019
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We are finishing up our series with Jennifer Nelson today, as she offers some perspective and advice on farming with a spouse. Hear how defining of roles and being specific can keep things sane, especially during the busy summer season. Jennifer's advice: Embrace each of your different skill sets and celebrate differences to strengthen your business.

Duration:00:17:18

Jennifer Nelson on Farming with Family

1/31/2019
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We’re continuing with Jennifer Nelson of Humble Pie Flower Farm, diving into ways to connect and balance a farm business with family life. Spoiler alert: There’s no master secret here and it’s all about keeping communication lines open and enjoying the moment with no regrets. Jennifer and her husband co-own Humble Pie Flower Farm in Plum City, Wisconsin. She also is as an Organic Specialist with MOSES. She loves a bright, beautiful sunflower, being outside with her young son, and growing,...

Duration:00:14:47

Jennifer Nelson on Growing Flowers

1/24/2019
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We continue with Jennifer Nelson of Humble Pie Flower Farm talking about her passion and a favorite of many women growers: flowers! Hear the pragmatics of how the gross income of flowers can be much higher per acre and the satisfaction from raising something that brings beauty and joy. Jennifer and her husband co-own Humble Pie Flower Farm in Plum City, Wisconsin. She also is as an Organic Specialist with MOSES. She loves a bright, beautiful sunflower, being outside with her young son, and...

Duration:00:13:57