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The Naked Farmers Podcast

We all need to eat. Every day. Whether you are omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, the human body still needs food. Which means that farmers are essential to our lives. But who are the people who grow and raise food & fibre in Australia? How is it grown? What are the misconceptions, controversies, points of contention between eaters and growers? We ask all these questions and more as we endeavour to build a bridge from the country to the city and help people who like to eat understand the processes and people involved in the food on their plate and the clothes on their back. We don't shy away from the hard or controversial and we paint a picture of life on the land with every guest farmer, exploring all the different ways of farming in this wide brown land, the challenges of climate change & drought and the changing faces of both eating and farming. Come along for the ride!

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Another Climate Catastrophe - NSW FLOODS

It never rains, but it pours! Sophie relays her experience of the NSW Floods of March 2021 and shares an interview with BBC 5 Live with Glen Schaefer who lost his home and all his possessions in the Macksville flood in the same week. It's a quicky, but a goody!

32mins

25 Mar 2021

Rank #1

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ALL ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH - An in depth discovery with Psychotherapist & Counsellor Guy Vicars

What is good Mental Health? How do we achieve it? And what should we do if we are struggling? This is a deep dive into the basic tenets of good Mental Health, when and why to seek help, how to help others who might be spiralling down. There's a problem with suicide in rural Australia, and we are losing too many good men in particular. It's a conversation we have to have and keep having as services can be hard to access in the bush. But wherever we live there is always more we can learn about looking after our own, and others, hearts and psyches. Trigger Warning: We talk about Suicide and Sexual Assault, about trauma and its impact on the psyche. So if these are triggering for you, please walk on by. Or call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT.

1hr 37mins

8 Mar 2021

Rank #2

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DROUGHT & FIRE, one woman's heartrending story of 2019

Host Sophie Love opens a vein and shares, in heartbreaking detail, her family's losses in the Drought of 2019. Then, when they were well and truly broken people, came the bushfires. It's an emotional testimony to the brutality of drought, and the reality for farmers. It's raw . . . bring tissues!

1hr 16mins

27 Jan 2021

Rank #3

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JON ELDER - Cotton Farming & Australia's first & largest solar hybrid irrigation pump

What happens when a globe trotting ex Rio Tinto mining executive brings his new bride back to the family farm? We learn all about cotton farming, chat through the devastation of Juukan Gorge, marvel at Jon & Karin's huge investment in Australia's biggest solar diesel hybrid irrigation pump and bag out rural internet. It's a rollicking ride . . . hop on!

1hr 22mins

4 Dec 2020

Rank #4

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ANGUS WHYTE - Getting the balance right.

Gus is a man who knows himself, admits his failings & lessons learnt. A gentle soul who tries to get the balance right between farming and family. We dive into the Murray Darling Basin Plan from his viewpoint above the Menindee Lakes, explore his attitude to Drought, Mulesing and much more. Come along for the ride & meet another deep thinking Aussie farmer as we explore his philosophies & passions.

1hr 17mins

9 Sep 2020

Rank #5

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JAMES STACEY - 2018 Nuffield Scholar - Deep thinking on food & water security in Oz

James was a dairy farmer until $1 a litre milk, now he makes hay while the sun shines on his peri urban farm on the outskirts of Adelaide. We talk about the Murray Darling Basin Plan, Dairy Deregulation, Australian food security, why urban sprawl is eating up prime agricultural land and lots besides! Meet a deep thinking farmer and have your preconceptions upended!

1hr 34mins

14 Jul 2020

Rank #6

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NYSSA CURRIN - a 5th generation farmer on a 38,000 acre Station in Julia Creek, Queensland

Nyssa describes her landscape and love of country, the devastating floods of 2019 and her family history since early settlement. After 10 years in agribanking we talk farmer finances in good times and bad - you won't want to miss this!

1hr 13mins

11 May 2020

Rank #7

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JOHN LAKEY - what is Community Supported Agriculture & how does it work?

John Lakey is a winemaker and viticulturist who is an early adopter of the CSA model, which involves eaters in the life and harvest from the farm. He explains how CSA works, where it originates from and we dive into why Covid19 is forcing a shift in consumers attitudes to food, farmers and the supply chain. Oh, and we learn how to start a vineyard and make wine!

1hr 10mins

10 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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CAM PARKER - an unconventional Ag journey!

How did Cam Parker transition from commercial food retail to cropping? It's an unconventional Ag journey that is inspirational for wannabe farmers and fascinating for those of us who want to know more about where our food & fibre come from. Here is a man who proves that following your interest can lead you into an exciting career. He's a passionate proponent for Aussie Ag and a down to earth nice guy. Come along for the ride!

52mins

24 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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SOPHIE'S STORY - or how an ex vegan bought a farm!

Before we talk to other Aussie farmers, we need to know who our host is and how a 40 year old ex vegan came to buy 400 acres on a river and become a small scale farmer

13mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #10