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The Beginning Farmer Show chronicles the good, bad, and ugly of starting a farm from scratch. Listen each week as beginning farmer Ethan Book share updates from the farm, insight into farm decision making, and lessons that he has had to learn the hard way.

The Beginning Farmer Show chronicles the good, bad, and ugly of starting a farm from scratch. Listen each week as beginning farmer Ethan Book share updates from the farm, insight into farm decision making, and lessons that he has had to learn the hard way.
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The Beginning Farmer Show chronicles the good, bad, and ugly of starting a farm from scratch. Listen each week as beginning farmer Ethan Book share updates from the farm, insight into farm decision making, and lessons that he has had to learn the hard way.

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English


Episodes

TBF 148 :: Hello Again, Farm Updates, and a Hard Lesson Learned

9/6/2017
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! What can I say? It has been a day or two since the last episode of the podcast was released and there has been a thing or two that has happened. On the other hand there is very much on the farm that is the same as it was 12 months ago. But, since it is the first episode in what we will call, "quite some time", I thought it would be best if I spent some time sharing some updates from the farm! That means episode is all about the livestock...

Duration:00:33:33

TBF 147 :: The Not How To Episode, Other News, and a Hard Lesson Learned

12/14/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! It is story time! Plans were made, forms were formed, rock was moved, compactors were used, rain came, snow came, everything became muddy, even more rock was moved, concrete was poured, and in the middle of the night the concrete was covered with plastic/tarps/straw. Actually it sounds pretty easy when it is summed up in one long run-on sentence! Honestly though, it was a big week on the farm to get everything ready for concrete and...

Duration:00:37:18

TBF 146 :: Gifts for Farmers, Now What's Happening, and the Family

12/1/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! With Christmas coming up before we know it (and possibly putting an end to my concrete dreams) I thought it would be good to share my Top Ten Gifts for the farmer or aspiring farmer on your list. I've tried to diversify the list a bit with some tools I use on the farm, some tools that are important to the farm, a couple of my favorite books, and even some podcasting tools! One thing that I noticed as I made up the list was that it has...

Duration:00:43:29

TBF 145 :: Thanksgiving!, A Difficult Week, and the Family

11/23/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! This past week was "one of those weeks" on the farm! A hydraulic line exploded on the tractor, but thankfully my cousin was able to fix it. We dug in the water lines into the hoop building, but I am beginning to realize that the concrete is not going to happen this year (that is my fault). To top it all off though the tractor started acting up again, and this time it seems that the probably actually may be caused by a much larger...

Duration:00:42:52

TBF 144 :: Your Answers to My Questions, Content, and a Hard Lesson Learned

11/17/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! Do you know the greatest thing about The Beginning Farmer Podcast/Blog? It is YOU of course! Two episodes ago I flipped the tables, and instead of doing my typical "question and answer" show where I attempt to answer listener questions I asked the questions. The responses you sent in and shared on concrete, turkeys, walk-in freezers, pig pastures, and show content were AWESOME and full of great knowledge. If you typically just scan...

Duration:00:43:52

TBF 143 :: Net Fence for Sheep, The Farm Crawl, and a Hard Lesson Learned

11/9/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! We physically survived The Farm Crawl, but it was a bit mentally taxing. The day was beautiful, the farm was in great shape, we had a good selection of pork for sale, and the people were awesome! There was one down part though and it is what made me a bit mentally taxing ... the numbers were down (both from a sales and attendance standpoint). I am extremely thankful for everyone that was able to show up, but was a bit thrown by the...

Duration:00:40:22

TBF 142 :: This Farmer Has Questions, Cattle Sold, and a Hard Lesson Learned

9/16/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! Our farm has been a farm for eight years now, which I suppose means I have been a farmer for eight years as well. But, I don't want anyone to think that I'm still not "The Beginning Farmer" ... sometimes it seems the more I learn about this farming art the more I feel like a beginner! With that in mind I've always tried my best to share the ups and downs because I know that I learn from my mistakes, so hopefully someone else can learn...

Duration:00:37:56

TBF 141 :: Quit Buying Herefords, Meat Chicks, and a Hard Lesson Learned

9/13/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! In many ways our farm began before the farm even began. I was reading books, talking to farmers, dreaming dreams, and making plans. All of that lead to me thinking I had it all together before I even stepped foot onto what would eventually become Crooked Gap Farm. If you've heard me talk about the beginnings of the farm before you will know that in my mind the centerpiece was going to be Dexter Cattle raised for beef. It should be noted...

Duration:00:39:19

TBF 140 :: Applying Farm Knowledge, Farm News, and a Hard Lesson Learned

8/29/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! Earlier this month I was able to take a long drive to northwestern Iowa and visit Seven W Farm during their Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day. This was the second field day at the Wilson's farm that I have been able to attend (along with watching their Niche Pork Webinar from 2009) and I am very thankful they are willing to open their farm, and share their experiences! Seven W Farm consists of 660 acres, seven Wilsons (plus kids),...

Duration:00:39:49

TBF 139 :: Field Day Follow-Up, Cattle Sale, and a Hard Lesson Learned

8/24/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! More questions have rolled in from our Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day, and the folks at PFI have even put up a blog post that recaps the day. The great thing about the blog post is that it contains a lot of audio from the event, so if you weren't able to make it to the field day you can at least listen (now that I mention that I'm not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing). On today's episode I'll be fielding questions about...

Duration:00:46:10

TBF 138 :: Questions, Answers, Farm Tours, and a Hard Lesson Learned

8/11/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! Over the past two weeks we have hosted well over 100 farmers and farm fans out to Crooked Gap Farm! That has meant a lot of time getting the farm ready, preparing food, and planning the tours and talks. In the end though we love the opportunity to share our farm with other farmers, and more importantly ... learn from other farmers! Even though I love to talk and I love these types of events they do make me a bit nervous right before...

Duration:00:42:59

TBF 137 :: Changes on the Farm, Farm Visits, and a Hard Lesson Learned

7/29/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! Changes are often difficult to make, even if you love change and moving forward. I find it difficult not so much because I don't notice that there are things to change, but rather because I become stuck in the rut or, even more often, I am overwhelmed by the steps of the needed change. As 2015 came to a close though and our family and farm embarked on 2016 it was painfully clear that there were changes that needed to be made on the...

Duration:00:36:39

TBF 136 :: Former Farmer, Vet Visits, and a Hard Lesson Learned

7/6/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! My career as a "beginning farmer" has always been as bi-vocational something or other. Along with trying to learn how to farm I've been a youth pastor, worked at a farm store, helped out at another farm, and currently I'm loving my job as pastor of Christ's Church. But, wearing all of those hats as well as the hat of husband and father has made things less than ideal at times (or most times). For the most part I've tried to just push...

Duration:00:35:10

TBF 135 :: It's Not a Comeback, Lots of Updates, and a Hard Lesson Learned

6/28/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! What happens when The Beginning Farmer disappears for months on end? Well, actually lots things happen! Just recently I've been to Arizona to talk farming and finances, we've been making small square bales of hay, a new building project is in the planning stages, and of course we've even made some time to take the boat out (yes, we are a boating family now ... more about that in future episodes). Basically, what I'm trying is that it...

Duration:00:36:06

TBF 134 :: Super-Duper Farm Q & A, Farm News, and a Hard Lesson Learned

2/5/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! I asked for questions and you listeners came back with some great questions! The only bummer thing about all of those great questions is that I'm not sure that I had equally great answers. So, take a listen to the episode, check out the question topics below, and then I'd love it if you'd chime in with your thoughts. I'm guessing with the vast array of knowledge in this group there will be some great thoughts! Question...

Duration:00:45:13

TBF 133 :: Handling Hogs on Pasture, New Life, and a Hard Lesson Learned

1/26/2016
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! When it comes to raising pigs on pasture and in the woodlot one of the most frequently asked questions is about how you handle the pigs in that setting. If you've ever been around a more conventional hog operation you know that there are lots of pens, gates, panels, chutes, and concrete that all aid in the movement of pigs. On the pasture though it can sometime seem like getting the correct six hogs on the trailer is more difficult than...

Duration:00:43:46

TBF 132 :: Merry Christmas from The Beginning Farmer!

12/24/2015
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! The Christmas season would not be complete with out some reflection on the season and a reading of one of the best Christmas stories I've ever had the chance to hear. My memories of Christmas (and winter in general) on the farm are something that I look back on with great joy and my encouragement is for all of us to make those types of memories this year regardless of whether or not our holidays are spent on a farm. Enjoy the season,...

Duration:00:14:07

TBF 131 :: Five Farm Successes in 2015 and a Hard Lesson Learned

12/22/2015
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! Last episode was all about the failures from 2015, but this time we are going to keep it positive and we are going to talk about the successes that we had on Crooked Gap Farm in 2015. I'm not going to lie, coming up with five successful things from the year was much more difficult than coming up with the failures. When I was compiling a list of failures the difficult part was picking the top five. As I was putting together the list of...

Duration:00:32:34

TBF 130 :: Five Farm Failures in 2015 and a Hard Lesson Learned

12/21/2015
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! Sometimes admitting that you have failed is difficult because you don't want to think about the fact that you haven't accomplished a goal or something that you are passionate about. Other times admitting a failure comes all too easy because you are just looking for a way to put yourself down. In my seven years on the farm I have had more failures that I could count or even would care to remember, and in that time I have both found myself...

Duration:00:34:44

TBF 129 :: Thanksgiving on the Farm, Lots of Farming, and a Hard Lesson Learned

11/25/2015
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Subscribe to "The Beginning Farmer" YouTube Channel! Thanksgiving :: Farm, Field, and Fireside :: Nov. 27, 1897 With corn so low how can I be thankful? So says an Illinoisan. With transportation so high what ground is there for me to do anything but grumble? So thinks the farmer of North Dakota. I have no wheat to sell at the high price, says the Iowan. Hog products are low, join in a chorus, the farmers of Iowa, Missouri, and other parts of the Northwest, while those in other States...

Duration:00:24:57