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Weekly insights for vegetable farmers and market gardeners who earn, or want to earn, a living growing vegetables profitably. The show is hosted by Diego Footer of Permaculture Voices. Each week I talk with a beginning, or experienced farmer diving deep into their story to find out what makes their market farm successful. I focus on farming challenges and struggles, sales and marketing, soil preparation, weed management, post harvest processing, appropriate technology, farm startup, market selection, and work-life balance.

Weekly insights for vegetable farmers and market gardeners who earn, or want to earn, a living growing vegetables profitably. The show is hosted by Diego Footer of Permaculture Voices. Each week I talk with a beginning, or experienced farmer diving deep into their story to find out what makes their market farm successful. I focus on farming challenges and struggles, sales and marketing, soil preparation, weed management, post harvest processing, appropriate technology, farm startup, market selection, and work-life balance.

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United States

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Weekly insights for vegetable farmers and market gardeners who earn, or want to earn, a living growing vegetables profitably. The show is hosted by Diego Footer of Permaculture Voices. Each week I talk with a beginning, or experienced farmer diving deep into their story to find out what makes their market farm successful. I focus on farming challenges and struggles, sales and marketing, soil preparation, weed management, post harvest processing, appropriate technology, farm startup, market selection, and work-life balance.

Language:

English


Episodes

Fertilizer Free With Interplanting - Is It Possible? - In Search of Soil

10/21/2020
The new podcast is In Search of Soil. SUBSCRIBE & LISTEN TO FULL EPISODES: iTunes - http://bit.ly/soilpodcast Spotify - http://bit.ly/insearchofsoil WATCH FULL EPISODES YouTube https://bit.ly/watchISOS Let me know what you think @diegofooter - https://www.instagram.com/diegofooter

Duration:00:04:19

NEW PODCAST - Why Crop Rotation Might Not Be Needed - In Search of Soil

10/14/2020
The new podcast is In Search of Soil. SUBSCRIBE & LISTEN TO FULL EPISODES: iTunes - http://bit.ly/soilpodcast Spotify - http://bit.ly/insearchofsoil WATCH FULL EPISODES YouTube https://bit.ly/watchISOS Let me know what you think @diegofooter - https://www.instagram.com/diegofooter

Duration:00:09:14

Businesses That Succeed Pivot - Rebuilding A Farm Business Model Overnight (FSFS229)

9/16/2020
In today's episode of Farm Small Farm Smart The pandemic brought about several restaurant closures, and that does not spell well for the farmers supplying them. But like many things in life, it's the tough times that bring out the best in people. Today, we’re talking to farmer Adam Pollack of Closed Loop Farms in Chicago, IL. In March Adam had to deal with a loss of the majority of his restaurant customer base overnight due to COVID-19. Instead of trying to wait for restaurants to come...

Duration:01:04:28

The CSA Farm Sales Model - Why We Like It featuring Jessica Washkowiak (FSFS228)

9/9/2020
Jessica Washkowiak from Field to Fork Farm joins me to talk about why she loves the CSA business model for their farm. We also discuss how they run their CSA, manage crop diversity, and how they market their CSA. Field to Fork Farm https://www.instagram.com/fieldtoforkcsa/ Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter Follow PaperpotCo on IG https://instagram.com/paperpot Podcasts by Diego Footer: Microgreens: https://apple.co/2m1QXmW Vegetable Farming:...

Duration:00:44:44

Sourcing High-Quality Microgreen Seeds with Lisa Mumm of Mumm's Sprouting Seeds (FSFS227)

9/2/2020
The owner of Mumm's Sprouting Seeds, Lisa Mumm, joins Chris Thoreau and me to talk about how Mumm's sources high-quality microgreen seeds. Most of those seeds are sourced locally in Saskatchewan. Lisa also details their extensive procedures that ensure that all of the seed they sell is pathogen-free. You can purchase microgreen seeds at Mumm's Sprouting Seeds https://www.sprouting.com Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter Follow PaperpotCo on IG...

Duration:00:19:14

Great Crops Start with Great Seeds - Tips for Microgreen Seed Sourcing (FSFS226)

8/26/2020
Microgreen grower Chris Thoreau joins me to talk about the importance of sourcing high quality, pathogen-free seed for a microgreens operation. Chris's online course Growing Your Profitable Microgreens Business https://microgreens.teachable.com/courses Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter Follow PaperpotCo on IG https://instagram.com/paperpot Podcasts by Diego Footer: Microgreens: https://apple.co/2m1QXmW Vegetable Farming: https://apple.co/2lCuv3m Livestock Farming:...

Duration:01:06:09

Crushing It Selling Spice Blends and Vegetables Online (FSFS225)

8/19/2020
Farmer and Entrepreneur Chaz Daughtry (http://www.soulfitgrill.com/) joins me to discuss the two different online sales platforms he is using to sell his vegetables and his spice blends. One platform is a very beginner, basic platform, and the other is more advanced. Chaz also details why he got into creating spice blends and what running that business is like. Follow Chaz https://www.instagram.com/sweetwaterfarmshtx Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter Follow PaperpotCo...

Duration:00:53:50

Creating Farm Efficiencies and Lessons Learned from Moving Farms (FSFS224)

8/12/2020
Farmer Erich Schultz joins me to talk about lessons he has learned after moving his farm several times over the past 10 years. Along the way, Erich has streamlined his farming operation to use fewer tools and use simpler processes. He also talks about partnering with developers to gain access to land. Follow Erich https://www.instagram.com/steadfastfarm Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter Follow PaperpotCo on IG https://instagram.com/paperpot Podcasts by Diego...

Duration:01:04:19

The Many Benefits of Growing Vegetables Under Shade Cloth (FSFS223)

8/5/2020
Farmer Derek Emadi joins me to talk about why he is growing most of his summer vegetables under shade cloth. It's a passive tool that provides multiple benefits to him and his crop. Follow Derek https://www.instagram.com/emadi_acres_farm Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter Follow PaperpotCo on IG https://instagram.com/paperpot Podcasts by Diego Footer: Microgreens: https://apple.co/2m1QXmW Vegetable Farming: https://apple.co/2lCuv3m Livestock Farming:...

Duration:00:17:16

Why Seeking Success Might Be the Worst Mistake Of All - Midsummer Special

7/17/2020
Success and fulfillment aren't the same things and they don't necessarily go hand in hand. Success doesn't guarantee happiness and it might be something you can never actually achieve. Which one are you seeking? And is that the right thing for you? Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter Follow PaperpotCo on IG https://instagram.com/paperpot Podcasts by Diego Footer: Microgreens: https://apple.co/2m1QXmW Vegetable Farming: https://apple.co/2lCuv3m Livestock Farming:...

Duration:00:25:19

The Science of Crop Breeding - Creating Better Hybrid Tomatoes (FSFS221)

7/7/2020
Nikolay Georgiev joins me to talk about the process of breeding hybrid tomatoes. We get into the science discussing what is possible in terms of disease resistance and what problems breeding could solve. You'll also learn how a farmer or gardener could create some localized resilience by breeding their own seeds. It's everything you ever wanted to know about breeding tomatoes. Learn more about Geosem Select's seeds: https://geosemselect.com/en/ Follow Diego on IG...

Duration:01:29:33

The Science of Crop Breeding - Creating a Better Basil with Dr. Robert Pyne (FSFS220)

6/30/2020
Dr. Robert Pyne joins me to talk about the work VDF Specialty Seeds has done to develop a line of basil that is downy mildew resistant. Throughout the episode, we core the science behind plant breeding - how to you get the traits that you want to come through, how many generations does it take, how do you stabilize a line. The interview should give you a really good overview of how traditional plant breeding works. Learn more about their resistant Rutgers line of basil -...

Duration:01:03:50

It's Never Too Late to Do Good Things - Midsummer Update

6/26/2020
What do you want to leave behind - an asset that society can build off or a liability that society has to clean up? It's never too late to start building your legacy and do good things. Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter Follow PaperpotCo on IG https://instagram.com/paperpot Podcasts by Diego Footer: Microgreens: https://apple.co/2m1QXmW Vegetable Farming: https://apple.co/2lCuv3m Livestock Farming: https://apple.co/2m75EVG Large Scale Farming:...

Duration:00:13:59

My Farm Journey with Liset Garcia (FSFS219)

6/22/2020
Liset Garcia of Sweet Girl Farms joins me to talk about her first year of farming - how she started, what worked, and how she is evolving the business. Follow Liset https://www.instagram.com/sweetgirlfarms Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter Follow PaperpotCo on IG https://instagram.com/paperpot Podcasts by Diego Footer: Microgreens: https://apple.co/2m1QXmW Vegetable Farming: https://apple.co/2lCuv3m Livestock Farming: https://apple.co/2m75EVG Large Scale Farming:...

Duration:01:11:54

Farming for Community (FSFS218)

6/15/2020
James Grevious of Rebels in the Garden joins me to talk about the importance of farming for the community. Farming inspires, provides hope, brings people together, and sets a positive example. Our conversation goes beyond business to talk about ways farming can help change a culture and bring people together. Follow James https://www.instagram.com/rebelsinthegarden/ Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter Follow PaperpotCo on IG https://instagram.com/paperpot Podcasts by...

Duration:00:49:54

Perspective - Seeing the Other Person's Point of View (FSFS217)

6/5/2020
Farmer Justin Gay joins me to talk about his thoughts on the murder of George Floyd while sharing his thoughts on what it is like to live life being Black in America. While his experience is unique in his way, it showcases that there are differences between growing up black and white in a country where a lot of people assume everyone is equal. Connect with Justin: https://www.instagram.com/theseedsofxanxadu/ https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSeedsOfXanxadu Follow Diego on IG...

Duration:01:45:59

8 Tips for Hiring Better Farm Employees (FSFS216)

6/1/2020
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 8 tips to help you hire better employees for your farm. Follow Jeremy: https://www.instagram.com/redthreadfarm/ https://www.redthreadfarm.com Increase farm...

Duration:01:05:39

Entrepreneurship 101 - Rigidly Adhering to Ideology - Episode 14

5/29/2020
Entrepreneurship 101: Why You Will Fail, Flail, and Falter & How You Can Succeed Despite It (A 25+ Part Series) Episode #14: Rigidly Adhering to Ideology Each week on 15 FOR LIFE, I cover a straightforward business lesson to carry forward for life. When your business runs better and smoother, your life runs better and more seamless. I hope sharing my tips and experiences can help everyone in your life and your business benefit. Diego Footer hosts the podcast - a work-at-home,...

Duration:00:09:09

Selling Online: A Decade of Experience Selling Online with Dan Brisebois (FSFS215)

5/25/2020
Farmer Dan Brisebois shares some of his experience selling produce and seeds online. Their farm uses two different platforms to manage their seed sales and CSA program. Which programs do they use for each and why? What features does Dan like and not like? We close the episode with some of Dan's thoughts on the future of seed and vegetables in a post-COVID-19 world. Learn more about Dan and sign up for his weekly newsletter https://www.farmerspreadsheetacademy.com/ Dan's Facebook Group -...

Duration:01:30:10

Entrepreneurship 101 - Not Accepting How Hard It Is - Episode 13

5/22/2020
Entrepreneurship 101: Why You Will Fail, Flail, and Falter & How You Can Succeed In Spite of It (A 25+ Part Series) Episode #13: Not Accepting How Hard It Really Is Each week on 15 FOR LIFE I cover one simple business lesson to carry forward for life. When your business runs better and smoother, your life runs better and smoother. I hope sharing my tips and experiences can help everyone in your life and your business benefit. The podcast is hosted by Diego Footer - a work-at-home,...

Duration:00:10:53