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An honest look at what it takes to manage farms, businesses, and life all at the same time without having any of them fall apart in the process. This show is a hard look at real reality of eco-entrepreurism highlighting the success and failures of people out there making a go of it repairing the planet, solving problems, producing products, and making a living doing it. You’ll hear from experts who are far down their respective paths and people just like you who are starting out and making a go of it and learning as they go. Each episode gives you practical insights and advice that you put into action today. The show is hosted by Diego Footer. For more information visit PermacultureVoices.com

An honest look at what it takes to manage farms, businesses, and life all at the same time without having any of them fall apart in the process. This show is a hard look at real reality of eco-entrepreurism highlighting the success and failures of people out there making a go of it repairing the planet, solving problems, producing products, and making a living doing it. You’ll hear from experts who are far down their respective paths and people just like you who are starting out and making a go of it and learning as they go. Each episode gives you practical insights and advice that you put into action today. The show is hosted by Diego Footer. For more information visit PermacultureVoices.com
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An honest look at what it takes to manage farms, businesses, and life all at the same time without having any of them fall apart in the process. This show is a hard look at real reality of eco-entrepreurism highlighting the success and failures of people out there making a go of it repairing the planet, solving problems, producing products, and making a living doing it. You’ll hear from experts who are far down their respective paths and people just like you who are starting out and making a go of it and learning as they go. Each episode gives you practical insights and advice that you put into action today. The show is hosted by Diego Footer. For more information visit PermacultureVoices.com

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English


Episodes

The Many Reasons Why Microgreens Might NOT Be a Fit For You (FSFS185)

10/21/2019
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Microgreen Grower Chris Thoreau and I discuss a variety of reasons why microgreens might not be a fit for you. This is a realistic look at what growing microgreens as a business is really like. From quick turn around times week after week to attention to detail to scaleability to the day to day drudgery - they aren't a perfect business, yet nothing is. Chris's Growing Your Microgreens Business Course: http://bit.ly/learntogrowmicrogreens Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot...

Duration:01:06:31

How to Hire the Right Person for Your Farm - Advice From a 20 Year Hiring Specialist (FSFS184)

10/14/2019
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Hiring troubles? Nervous about hiring? Then this is the episode for you. I am joined by Farmer and HR Specialist Jeremy Tolley of Red Thread Farm. Jeremy has spent the past 20 years of his career in HR, recruiting and training. He's hired (directly or through my staff) literally thousands of people. In this episode, he will share his experiences hiring and give tips and advice to help you with the hiring process on your farm. If you need to hire someone in the near future, then this a...

Duration:01:31:21

Growing A Farm with The Resources You Have with Loblolly Flower Farm

10/7/2019
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Benny and Courtney Pino from Loblolly Farm join me to talk about some of the challenges they face with the scale they are at. They aren't quite big enough to be where they want, but growing has its own set of challenges. How are they approaching this growth wall, and what lies ahead for them? Follow Loblolly at https://www.instagram.com/loblollyfarm/ Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter and Other Small Farm Equipment at https://www.paperpot.co/ Follow Diego on IG...

Duration:01:03:39

Building Soils with Min-Till, Biochar and Compost

9/30/2019
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Farmer and Soil Consultant James Hutchinson joins me to talk about his method for building soils on his Tasmanian farm. He utilizes minimum tillage alongside composting, cover cropping and biochar to build soil in his permabeds. He will give advice on getting soils tests and making hot and cold compost. Follow James: https://www.instagram.com/longleyorganic https://www.instagram.com/activevistagram/ James' online Farm Store: https://www.activevista.com.au/ Increase farm efficiency...

Duration:00:57:52

Breeding Trees, Restoring a Piece of America’s Past and Establishing a Piece of Our Agricultural Future with Phil Rutter

9/14/2019
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This is a replay of a previously aired episode - #57. NOTE: BADGERSETT HAS SINCE SHUT DOWN BUSINESS OPERATIONS. PLEASE DO NOT ORDER ANYTHING FROM THEIR COMPANY. An interview with Phil Rutter of Badgersett Research Corporation. We talk about why perennial based woody agriculture is important and how chestnuts and hazelnuts fit into that. We also talk a lot about plant breed and using mass selection to find genotypes that have the traits that you are looking for. NOTE: BADGERSETT HAS SINCE...

Duration:01:03:29

Feel Better, Farm Better Live Better - A Farmer Wellness Episode with Scott Hebert (FSFS181)

6/6/2019
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Scott Hebert and I talk about how Scott has created a functional balance in life between business and non-business. He also talks about some of the changes he has made to improve his life on farm and off-farm including getting more fit so he can think and farm better. Connect with Scott: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flavourfulfarms YouTube: https://bit.ly/2u3WxIW Listen to past episodes: https://www.paperpot.co/podcast Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter...

Duration:01:16:23

Sell More Flowers - The Different Market Streams for Cut Flowers (FSFS180)

5/31/2019
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Benny and Courtney Pino from Loblolly Farm join me to talk about all of the different potential market streams for small scale cut flower growers. From selling to distributors to florists to designers there are a lot of potential outlets to sell to as a grower. We will discuss each model hitting on the pros and cons of each, so you can hopefully find a market stream that works for you. The whole key is finding the best one that fits your farm and your context. Connect with Benny &...

Duration:01:14:15

Be You - Everyone Doesn't Need to Be A Farm or Land Designer with Javan Bernakevitch (PVP250)

5/28/2019
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Javan Bernakevitch and I talk about following your interests, making shifts in what you do over time, and writing your best life story. Vote for Javan's documentary: https://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/5056 https://allpointsdesign.ca/aforestoffood Connect with Javan: All Points Land Design: http://allpointsdesign.ca/ All Points Life Design: http://allpointsdesign.ca/life-design/intro/ My Podcasts: Farm Small, Farm Smart: http://bit.ly/2vMUDvX Grass Fed Life:...

Duration:01:19:21

The Farmer’s Office - The Business of Farming with Emma Hendel (FSFS179)

5/23/2019
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Emma Hendel of Fair Share Farm gives us a look at the work that happens behind the scenes to support and enable field production. She cover’s what she does in the office on a weekly basis for their farm. Tasks include book keeping, market, and communicating with customers. In this episode there are tips for increasing your time bandwidth and some thoughts about the upside of on farm sales. Connect with Emma: Instagram: http://instagram.com/fair_share_farm Website:...

Duration:01:18:38

One Essential Trait You Might Not Have with Javan Bernakevitch (PVP249)

5/17/2019
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Javan Bernakevitch and I talk about the importance of compassion. Why it might not come easily for some people, and why we all should look to try to use more of it. Connect with Javan: All Points Land Design: http://allpointsdesign.ca/ All Points Life Design: http://allpointsdesign.ca/life-design/intro/ My Podcasts: Farm Small, Farm Smart: http://bit.ly/2vMUDvX Grass Fed Life: http://bit.ly/2uOsLTH Voices of Change: http://bit.ly/2vrn81r Do The Work:...

Duration:00:51:13

Choosing the Right Crops (and Customers) for Your Farm with Ben Hartman (FSFS178)

5/15/2019
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Today farmer Ben Hartman of Clay Bottom Farm joins me to talk about choosing the right crops for your farm’s context. He goes through some of the most profitable small farm crops, and why you should consider growing them. He also gets into choosing the right customers for those crops and how to make sure those crops are a fit for the customers. Ben's Online Course: http://www.theleanfarmschool.com Follow Ben: https://www.instagram.com/claybottomfarm Listen to past episodes at...

Duration:00:46:24

Running a Smart Farm Business with Morgan Gold (Interviewing Me) (PVP248)

5/10/2019
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In this episode, Morgan Gold, host of the Gold Shaw Farm Podcast, interviews me about some of the things I have learned about running a small business. From my personal experience to my conversations with others, I have learned a lot, and share it in this episode. You can subscribe to the Gold Shaw Farm Podcast anywhere you get your podcasts. To learn more about Gold Shaw Farm visit: https://www.youtube.com/goldshawfarm My Other Podcasts: Farm Small, Farm Smart:...

Duration:00:41:46

Being a Parent and a Farmer (While Starting a Farm) with Justin Logeais (FSFS177)

5/8/2019
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Justin Logeais joins me to talk about transitioning from full-time employment to full-time farming - how he did it, how it paid for it, and the balance that was required. He also talks about balancing family with running a business and keeping family first. Connect with Justin: https://en-gb.facebook.com/compostguycsa/ Plant Fast, Live More... Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter and Other Small Farm Equipment at https://www.paperpot.co/ Follow PaperpotCo on...

Duration:00:52:31

Top 10 Cool Season Flowers for Small Farms (FSFS176)

4/29/2019
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Benny and Courtney Pino from Loblolly Farm join me to talk about the Top 10 Cool Season Flowers for Small Farms. We talk about why you should consider these flowers, how to grow then, and how to use them in bouquets. We also get into pest and disease pressure for each type of flower and the overall difficulty to grow them. Follow Loblolly at https://www.instagram.com/loblollyfarm/ Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter and Other Small Farm Equipment at...

Duration:01:31:35

Crop Planning for Microgreens with Spreadsheets (FSFS175)

4/24/2019
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Chris Thoreau joins me to discuss crop planning for a microgreens business using spreadsheets. We discuss timing crops for orders, using spreadsheets to plan and forecast income, and how to use spreadsheets for business planning. Get Chris's Crop Planner at: https://urbanmicro.ca/crop-planner/ This show is brought to you by Paperpot Co.

Duration:00:57:38

Practical Tips for Increasing Sales at the Farmers Market (GFL134)

4/15/2019
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John Paul Smajda joins me to talk about how he increased sales at their farmers' market by over 300%. From display to customer interactions, to pricing, all of the tips in this one are practical ones anyone could implement. Connect with John: smajda@mac.com Learn more about the Grassfed Life Insider: https://www.grassfedlife.co/insider

Duration:01:29:31

Farm Growth Without Compromises - Thoughts on Scaling, Hiring, and Maintaining Quality with Jordan MacPhee (FSFS173)

4/10/2019
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Jordan MacPhee of Maple Bloom Farm joins how microgreens fit in with field crops on their farm. They are also in expansion mode on the farm and talk hiring considerations, selling more, and maintaining quality. Connect with Jordan: http://www.maplebloomfarm.ca Growing Your Microgreens Business Course with Chris Thoreau: http://www.permaculturevoices.com/microgreens Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter and Other Small Farm Equipment at...

Duration:01:28:19

Selling More Product with Buying Clubs featuring Charles Mayfield (GFL133)

4/8/2019
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Charles Mayfield talks about how he built and set up his buying club and how he interacts with his buying club members. Charles has built his farm on this sales model and it has been the primary income model for the farm since Day 1. Follow Charles: https://www.instagram.com/mayfield.pasture

Duration:00:11:11

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT from Grassfed Life

4/5/2019
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Learn more about the Monthly Farm Business Essentials course at https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/p/farm-business-essentials-monthly Other Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses

Duration:00:21:47

Brooding Chicks on Pasture Questions (GFLi Preview)

4/3/2019
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This episode is a sample of a Question and Answer episode available exclusively for Grassfed Life Insiders. You can hear the full episode by becoming an Insider at https://www.grassfedlife.co/insider

Duration:00:08:01