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If you’re looking to build a profitable farm that works, The Thriving Farmer Podcast is for you. Learn the latest tricks and strategies from successful farmers, strategize with in-depth interviews with leaders in the industry, and connect with stories of farmers just like you. With over 15 years of farming background, your host Michael Kilpatrick has the experience and authority to bring you practical advice, ask the hard questions, tease out the gold nuggets, and help share what it’s really like to build a truly profitable, sustainable farm. In the interviews, we focus on building farms that last, setting up your systems, knowing your customers, building your team, and treading that ever-challenging work/family/life balance.

If you’re looking to build a profitable farm that works, The Thriving Farmer Podcast is for you. Learn the latest tricks and strategies from successful farmers, strategize with in-depth interviews with leaders in the industry, and connect with stories of farmers just like you. With over 15 years of farming background, your host Michael Kilpatrick has the experience and authority to bring you practical advice, ask the hard questions, tease out the gold nuggets, and help share what it’s really like to build a truly profitable, sustainable farm. In the interviews, we focus on building farms that last, setting up your systems, knowing your customers, building your team, and treading that ever-challenging work/family/life balance.

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United States

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If you’re looking to build a profitable farm that works, The Thriving Farmer Podcast is for you. Learn the latest tricks and strategies from successful farmers, strategize with in-depth interviews with leaders in the industry, and connect with stories of farmers just like you. With over 15 years of farming background, your host Michael Kilpatrick has the experience and authority to bring you practical advice, ask the hard questions, tease out the gold nuggets, and help share what it’s really like to build a truly profitable, sustainable farm. In the interviews, we focus on building farms that last, setting up your systems, knowing your customers, building your team, and treading that ever-challenging work/family/life balance.

Language:

English


Episodes

84. Michael Jordan on BEE Whispering

8/4/2020
Have you ever thought about beekeeping as a career and passion? This week’s guest explains why you should. We have the pleasure of interviewing Michael Jordan. No, not the NBA superstar and lead role in Space Jam, but master of beekeeping and award-winning mead maker. Known as the BEE Whisperer, Michael is the founder and CEO of A BEE Friendly Company INC in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A BEE Friendly Company INC aren’t just beekeepers… they’re bee activists, educating others on how to properly keep...

Duration:01:23:17

83. Alessia & Virginia on CSA with a Free-Choice Twist

7/28/2020
Do you have a childhood friend that you work well with? If so, why not start a farm? This week’s Thriving Farmer Podcast features besties since high school, Virginia Winkler and Alessia McCobb of Sound Pine Farm, located in Brunswick, Maine. Sound Pine Farm grows on three acres of land nestled at the mouth of Middle Bay Cove. They are dedicated to cultivating a healthy farm ecosystem without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. This is accomplished by applying organic compost,...

Duration:01:01:29

82. Greg Peterson on The Art and Science of Working With Nature

7/20/2020
What is permaculture and how does one live by it? Greg Peterson, of The Urban Farm in Phoenix, Arizona, is a green living and sustainability innovator who has made a great regional name for himself. He has appeared extensively on television and radio and is a frequent guest columnist for publications. His mission is to inspire people to embrace their own greenness, which he does daily by living what he speaks. He is an expert in permaculture (which he likes to call the art and science of...

Duration:01:03:55

81. Ruby Reid on Value-Added Farming on Your Own Terms

7/14/2020
Are you seeking insight on Certified Naturally Grown farming, beekeeping, and/or including value-added products into your business repertoire? On this week’s episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, we are joined by Ruby Reid of Valhalla Organics. Based in Talent, Oregon, Valhalla Organics are committed to and highly passionate about sustainable living and growing premium organic food. In 2017, they purchased five acres of rural land in Bonanza, Oregon (Klamath mountains). The land is in a...

Duration:01:13:09

80. Carrie Chlebanowski on Looney Farming

7/7/2020
What is The Looney Farm and what is their unique approach to the business? Carrie Chlebanowski of The Looney Farm (a Certified Naturally Grown farm), joins us today to tell us all about her and her husband Joe’s farming operation. Located in central Oklahoma near Oklahoma City, The Looney Farm started their little homestead in February of 2015 learning to raise and grow as much of their own food as possible. After closely studying market garden legends, they transitioned their homestead...

Duration:00:47:33

79. Dan Miller on Funding for Sustainable Farms

6/30/2020
What is crowdfarming and how can it facilitate investments in sustainable farming? Dan Miller, founder and CEO of crowdfarming platform (TM) Steward, joins us today to talk about crowdfarming, exactly what it means, and how he implements it to best service his clients and farms. When asked about what inspired him to start Steward, Dan cites an interaction with a well-known chef in his hometown of Washington D.C. where he mentioned the difficulties facing independent farmers that supplied...

Duration:00:35:28

78. Nicole Masters on "For the Love of the Soil"

6/22/2020
Are you tuned into and tending to the vast cultures and activity taking place underneath your farm? Widely renowned agroecologist, systems thinker, educator and storyteller, Nicole Masters, joins us today to impart some valuable knowledge about the often misunderstood realm of soil science. Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Nicole founded Integrity Soils Ltd in 2002, a company dedicated to comprehensive regeneration of our food production systems. Integrity Soils Ltd is a treasure trove...

Duration:01:21:16

77. Ryan Thiessen on Efficiency with Small Farm Mechanical Cultivation

6/16/2020
Who produces modern tools that make the lives of small vegetable farmers so much easier? Ryan Thiessen of Ontario Canada joins us today to tell us how he does exactly that, and what led him to becoming the producer of such optimal tools. Thiessen Tillage Equipment was born of a need for small scale equipment on Ryan’s own mixed vegetable farm, Creek Shore Farms in St. Catharines, Ontario. After spending years making tools for himself, Ryan began making those same tools for the wider farming...

Duration:01:24:14

76. Denis Morsomme on Professional Vegetable Farming in Belgium

6/9/2020
Have you ever wondered what farming is like across the pond? If so, you’re in luck because we don’t allow 4000 miles of water and considerable cultural and geographical differences slow us down in our quest for farming knowledge worldwide! Joining us today all the way from Bastogne, Belgium is Denis Morsomme of Micro-Ferme du Ponceret. Micro-Ferme du Ponceret is a vegetable farm that operates on the basis of an economic ecosystem made up of four production units: market gardening, store,...

Duration:00:43:44

75. Lydell Steiner on Modernizing Small Farm Equipment

6/2/2020
Where do you turn as a small farm when your equipment is obsolete, dilapidated, and/or difficult to replace? Joining us today is Lydell Steiner from Dalton, Ohio. He is the director of sales at Tilmor, a Marketplace for small growers, where you can develop, collaborate, source and stock tools for the small farm industry. Tilmor’s roots are of a small fourth-generation family farm with more than 50 years of experience designing and manufacturing turf and agricultural equipment. Many small...

Duration:01:04:34

74. Lisa Kivirist on Diversified Advocacy and Passion for Women in Farming

5/26/2020
Who is advocating for the underserved and under-recognized women in the farming business? Hailing from Wisconsin, Lisa Kivirist is an author, women-farmer, cottage-food activist, and highly-accomplished entrepreneur. So needless to say, she knows a thing or two about vocation diversification! Lisa is a Senior Fellow Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota, focusing on identifying opportunities to champion...

Duration:01:00:42

73. Ken Myszka on Farm to Table 2.0

5/19/2020
How does a chef become the founder of a restaurant, farming, and catering enterprise? Ken Myszka has shown us that while it’s not easy, it’s certainly doable! Well equipped with impressive culinary experience and a vision for a sustainable farm/restaurant, Ken founded the Epiphany Farms Enterprise in Bloomington, Illinois. His mission is to create a diversified, pasture-based food system that blends beyond organic farming with impeccable food. Ken sees Epiphany Farms as a catalyst for...

Duration:01:29:49

72. Javan Bernakevitch on Values-Based Regenerative Land Design

5/12/2020
What does a land designer do, and how can they rejuvenate farms and set them up to thrive? Joining us today on the Thriving Farmer Podcast is Javan Bernakevitch. Javan is a skilled landscape designer, as well as a practitioner in providing peace of mind for farmers. In his company, All Points Land Design, Javan works collaboratively with homesteaders, organizations, and families creating regenerative landscapes and livelihoods. On the principle that no project is completed in isolation, he...

Duration:01:45:21

71. John Kempf on Advanced Biological Farming

5/5/2020
Who can you turn to for comprehensive information and assistance if your farm has produced one too many lackluster harvests? We are honored to have John Kempf, the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, with us today on the Thriving Farmer Podcast! AEA is a leading plant nutrition and biostimulants consulting company. John is a top expert in the field of biological and regenerative farming. In 2006, he founded AEA to help fellow farmers by providing the education, tools, and strategies that...

Duration:01:46:52

70. Mark Baker on his Experience with the Food Police

4/28/2020
What course of action can a farm take if they’re being strong-armed by a local privatized bureaucracy? Mark Baker of Baker’s Green Acres in Marion, Michigan joins us today to share his story. Baker’s Green Acres provides high quality meat products raised in the most natural way possible. Pasture feeding is a main component of their methods to produce the best tasting, "cleanest" meat they can. Using these methods, they raise GMO free and pasture raised pork, chicken, and beef. However,...

Duration:01:36:59

69. Jason Hirtz on Profitable Greens Production

4/21/2020
How would you go about running and maintaining a USDA certified vegetable farm using tunnels to grow your crops? Jason Hirtz of Box Turtle Farm in Mount Vernon, Missouri joins us today to discuss what he does and why he does it the way he does it! Box Turtle Farm passionately believes that consumers deserve the choice to feed their families the best food possible. Jason shares with us the ins and outs of his modern tunnel systems, the specifics of the biosolarization methods, seeding...

Duration:01:13:15

68. Jeremiah Vernon on Diversification through Value Adding

4/14/2020
How do you carve out a solid market for pasture raised chicken in a crowded marketplace? Jeremiah Vernon of Vernon Family Farm in Newfields, New Hampshire joins us today to share how he is proving the value of good old fashioned unmodified food to his community. Vernon Family Farm has gone from moving 1200 chickens to 20000 in just six years, while maintaining optimal operations. Jeremiah shares about his background, how they have scaled their on-farm store and now event space, and how...

Duration:01:05:03

67. Mark Cannella on Persevering through Economic Distress

4/9/2020
Who can you turn to when you need assistance in the business side of farming? Our guest today, Mark Cannella, of Vermont, is here to share exactly how he fills that role and helps farmers through precarious financial times and situations. Mark has been working in the field of agriculture for over ten years. He has managed farm operations in vegetable production, maple sugaring, and agricultural education. His current focus is the management and delivery of farm business planning programs,...

Duration:00:27:56

66. Andre Cantelmo on Thriving with the Seasons

4/7/2020
What goes into owning and operating a farm that grows over 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers year-round? Veteran four-season farmer Andre Cantelmo of South Hampton, New Hampshire joins us today to deliver an in-depth answer to that question plus much more! Heron Pond Farm began the year-round farming business in 1998, allowing them to grow and maintain an incredibly skilled and experienced staff whose passion brings higher yields, quality, and flavor to their food all...

Duration:01:15:06

65. Bonus Episode - Robert Arnold On Modernizing Farming Operations

4/2/2020
How do you thrive and stay thriving as a small family-run, fully-diversified, year-round organic fruit and vegetable farm? Robert Arnold, son of Pleasant Valley Farm founders Paul and Sandy Arnold, joins us today to speak about the farm and the role he plays in keeping it thriving! Pleasant Valley Farm runs everything like a business by focusing on efficiency, lean principles, customer-driven marketing practices, constant improvements, crop research, and use of cutting edge technology....

Duration:00:45:39