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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

My Farm Story with Jennifer Nelson

1/17/2019
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Today, we sit down with Jennifer Nelson of Humble Pie Flower Farm in Wisconsin as she shares her farm story and her journey to growing flowers. Hear how various experiences led her to the land and farming and the importance of having time and place to explore. As Jennifer says, “I used to work to live—jobs that gave paychecks. Now I am so grateful that my work—my farm—is my life and I am really grateful for that.“ Jennifer and her husband co-own Humble Pie Flower Farm in Plum City,...

Duration:00:16:45

Life Balance with Susan Waughtal

1/11/2019
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We wrap up our series as Susan shares important advice and ideas on putting all the pieces together in a diversified farm business while fostering balance between work and life. Hear about how using deadlines can help us keep those personal projects moving forward in balance with the farm, how the skills of multi-tasking as a mom can really transfer to farming, and old-school traditions like lists on paper make it all work. Susan and her husband, Roger Nelson, run Squash Blossom Farm, a...

Duration:00:17:21

Pizza Farms with Susan Waughtal

1/4/2019
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We are back and digging deeper with Susan Waughtal of Squash Blossom Farm in Oronoco, Minn., on the start-up of their pizza farm and on-farm kitchen installation. She provides the inside scoop on building a commercial kitchen and the impact of adding a pizza night to the farm business mix. Persistence sounds like the key ingredient! Susan and her husband, Roger Nelson, run Squash Blossom Farm, a 10-acre historic 1910 farmstead where their vision is to combine local food, art, and music....

Duration:00:22:53

Susan Waughtal on Launching a Farm at 50

12/20/2018
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We continue our conversation with farmer and food entrepreneur Susan Waughtal of Squash Blossom Farm in Oronoco, Minn., talking about a decision that proved to be life changing: launching the farm mid-life. Susan offers advice on how to parlay your past experiences into new farming ventures, sharing how she found the most important thing is to realize what you don’t know – and that there’s probably a YouTube video to help you out. Susan and her husband, Roger Nelson, run Squash Blossom Farm,...

Duration:00:17:18

Susan Waughtal: Squash Blossom Farm's Story

12/13/2018
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Today we kick off a fresh In Her Boots podcast series with Susan Waughtal of Squash Blossom Farm in Oronoco, Minn. Susan shares her inspiring story of the farm dream she had been brewing for over 25 years, which she brought to life right at her 50th birthday. Susan and her husband, Roger Nelson, run Squash Blossom Farm, a 10-acre historic 1910 farmstead where their vision is to combine local food, art, and music. Squash Blossom includes a small vegetable CSA, an on-farm bakery for wholesale...

Duration:00:21:42

Lauren Langworthy on Finding Farming Resources

12/7/2018
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We are wrapping up our interviews with Lauren Langworthy of Blue Ox Organics and MOSES. From training programs to working with farmers in Africa, Lauren shares how to strategically approach learning opportunities with an open mind and heart. Lauren and her husband, Caleb, own 153 acres in Wheeler, Wis. Their farm centers on a rotationally-grazed 200-ewe flock of sheep, small beef herd, hay, and wooded wild areas. When she isn’t in the fields, Lauren is the Program Director at MOSES, and...

Duration:00:19:13

Lambs 101 with Lauren Langworthy

12/2/2018
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In this episode, Lauren talks about a topic near and dear to her hearts: lambs! She shares how she read books and took workshops to prepare. But, eventually she just needed to jump in and learn by doing—something most beginners can relate to. Lauren and her husband, Caleb, own 153 acres in Wheeler, Wis. Their farm centers on a rotationally-grazed 200-ewe flock of sheep, small beef herd, hay, and wooded wild areas. When she isn’t in the fields, Lauren is the Program Director at MOSES, and...

Duration:00:13:22

Lauren Langworthy on Women Farmers Taking on Leadership

11/21/2018
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Today, we dig into how we can support more women farmers to engage in leadership throughout their community. Listen to Lauren Langworthy of Blue Ox Farm as she shares her story of running for District Director seat within the Wisconsin Farmers Union. We discuss the importance of asking women to run for roles like these and why the potentially uncomfortable nature of a contested elections isn’t inherently a bad thing. Lauren and her husband, Caleb, own 153 acres in Wheeler, Wis. Their farm...

Duration:00:16:45