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These down to earth conversations with farmers give us an inside look at what it really takes to earn an independent living being a farmer. Combine one part true inspirational stories with tangible tools and tactics and you've got this podcast: a unique way to gain insights that really work from successful farm-based entrepreneurs. These real, honest conversations will help show that you aren't alone in the grind, and give you the motivation to get after it.

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These down to earth conversations with farmers give us an inside look at what it really takes to earn an independent living being a farmer. Combine one part true inspirational stories with tangible tools and tactics and you've got this podcast: a unique way to gain insights that really work from successful farm-based entrepreneurs. These real, honest conversations will help show that you aren't alone in the grind, and give you the motivation to get after it.

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farmpunksalads

By farmpunksalads - Jul 27 2019
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diego is consistent and brings high quality, high value conversations to move you forward!

You changed my life

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Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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184 Ratings
Average Ratings
169
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3
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3

farmpunksalads

By farmpunksalads - Jul 27 2019
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diego is consistent and brings high quality, high value conversations to move you forward!

You changed my life

By orie24 - Oct 01 2018
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Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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Permaculture Voices

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These down to earth conversations with farmers give us an inside look at what it really takes to earn an independent living being a farmer. Combine one part true inspirational stories with tangible tools and tactics and you've got this podcast: a unique way to gain insights that really work from successful farm-based entrepreneurs. These real, honest conversations will help show that you aren't alone in the grind, and give you the motivation to get after it.

Rank #1: FSFS109: The Struggles and Successes of Microgreen Startup with Eddy Gilmore - Farm Small, Farm Smart

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Today's episode is a different type of episode.  It's a consult style episode with new grower Eddy Gilmore and long-time microgreen grower Chris Thoreau. The first part of this episode will be Eddy and I talking about what's going on with his farm, and then later in the episode Chris will join us to answer some of Eddy's questions about growing his microgreen business. Eddy's at a point in that business that you may find yourself in.  He's growing his microgreens at home in his house, but he's running out of space and wondering where to from here. Find out how Chris would handle and approach the business expansion. For Eddy microgreens weren't the first farm business from day one.  They came about from necessity.   In Eddy's words... “We were freaking desperate over here. I have a wife and two kids, and I was all in on Tiny Farm Duluth. Less than two months ago it seemed as if all was lost. The land was being sold where the vast majority of my farm was located. It was owned by an institution, and I had no idea they were thinking of selling until just before it went on the market. Then, after it sold, I learned that the new owners weren't open to a 7,000 square foot market garden on their property. Just two hours after I received this devastating news, our 2008 Toyota Prius blew both the engine AND transmission. Total, absolute chaos. Our lives were completely upended.” Given that Eddy's life was upended, how did it end up? Stay tuned to find out. Learn more at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/farmsmallfarmsmart Chris’s Growing Your Microgreens Workshop:  http://www.permaculturevoices.com/microgreens

Aug 09 2017
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #2: FSFS91: Growing More Crops and Making More Money in the Same Space with Interplanting - The Urban Farmer with Curtis Stone (FSFS91)

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Today it's back to Kelowna and Green City Acres as Curtis and I take a look back at his experiences with inter-planting, planting multiple crops in the same space .

It's something that he's done for a few years now, and something that he's doing again this year with his tomatoes.

We first stated talking about this subject back in 2015 when we did an episode touching on the subject in Season One, then we hit on it again almost a year ago in Season Two.

Today we are going to take a look at what Curtis is doing now when it comes to inter-planting and how that's changed since we first started talking about it two years ago.

It's a technique that Curtis has a lot of experience with, but one that's continually evolving as he uses it more.

It's a technique that he uses, because it allows him to earn a lot more in the same space over a given year.

For are going example he made and additional $1100 last year, by inter-planting Salanova lettuce in with his tomatoes. That's an extra $1100 that most farmers wouldn't captured.

That's the benefit of inter-planting. Getting multiple yields out of the same space over the same time period.

But be aware going in, this technique isn't for everyone.

There's a lot of constraints and complications that come with inter-planting. And it's a technique that doesn't make sense if you have a lot of land.

None the less, it's a technique that can be a game changer for those of you who do feel like you have a limited amount of land.

For you all, this is just another way to get more crops and more money, without adding land.

Learn more at www.permaculturevoices.com/farmsmallfarmsmart

Support the show at www.permaculturevoices.com/support

Mar 22 2017
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #3: FSFS110: Starting Your Own Farm by Selling Someone Else's Vegetables First with Max Beecher

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Today we are going to Ojai California to talk to a farmer who's more than just a farmer. Max Beecher was inspired into farming by Joel Salatin and Joel's entrepreneurial spirit inspired Max to get created when ti came to his farm based businesses.   Max started out his farm journey in 2013 with wife.  At the time they weren't farmers though, they started out as aggregators...   He describes the experience as "one where we sold produce from a few different local farms to a local customer base we were working on building.  This started by selling #2 produce from a local farm I was volunteering at, and the farmer let me split the gross with him, since he would have thrown the product away otherwise.  Our idea was to make money up front by selling other people's produce, and to build a customer base so one day we could sell our own product through it.  We have continued to grow that webstore business, and it remains a core feature of our business, with a list of almost 300 customers, generating over 100 orders per week.  We now source from around 15 local farms, and have a ready market for our own products, including the micro greens.  Because of building this webstore before we started farming, marketing what we grow has never been a problem, and we throw little to no product away due to over production." That business has continued and evolved today to become a full-fledged online store generate over $100,000 a year in sales at a decent profit.   It's a thriving business and an integral part of Max's farm, and it's one that started by selling someone else's waste. Learn more at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/farmsmallfarmsmart

Aug 16 2017
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #4: Feel Better, Farm Better Live Better - A Farmer Wellness Episode with Scott Hebert (FSFS181)

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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 and Other Small Farm Equipment at https://www.paperpot.co/

Follow PaperpotCo on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2B45VK

Jun 06 2019
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #5: FSFS111: Buying, Growing, and Improving a Microgreens Business with Max Beecher and Chris Thoreau

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The benefits of building a microgreens business, and how to keep improving it.

View the show notes for this episode and all previous Farm Small, Farm Smart episodes.

Learn how to start a microgreens business in Chris Thoreau's Build Your Microgreen Business Workshop.

Keep learning with these two great audiobooks: The Market Gardener by JM Fortier The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone

Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter.

Aug 23 2017
1 hour 55 mins
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Rank #6: REPLAY: Building A Million Dollar Permaculture Business - Ecologically, Socially, and Financially Sustainable with Erik Ohlsen [CD5]

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Today's show is another remarkable story of another entrepreneur, a permaculture entrepreneur.

It's the story of someone who went from being an anti-money activist to running a $1M permaculture design and build business. A business that catches millions of gallons of water, builds soil on hundreds of acres, plants hundreds of useful trees every year, restores native habit, redesigns our cites our schools and new developments.

If you don't think that permaculture based business can be profitable or be big, here's an example of one to change your mind...

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Sep 15 2017
1 hour 46 mins
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Rank #7: FSFS90: Farming For A Change with Advocate Farmer Caiti Hachmyer of Red H Farm

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Today I'm going to be talking to another small scale farming making a go of it as we go to Sebastopol, CA to talk to Caiti Hachmyer of Red H Farm. Caiti's a farmer who started out her farming career on the advocacy side of things.  She was living the Bay Area advocating for farmers and looking to play her part in changing hte food system.  But after a while she felt something was missing.  And she felt like she needed to get on the ground and see what life was really like for some of the farmers that she was advocating for.  So she picked up her California roots and moved to Minnesota to spend some time working on a production farm.   It was step that would change her life forever.  Giving her perspective of the on the ground side of things which helped her on the policy side, and one that would give her a nice experience ot have in her back pocket. One that she would need to draw on when she moved back to California and needed work.   Caiti's gone on to continue her work on the ground and policy side of things.   It's the dual nature of her work that we focus on today, Here it is Farming For A Change with Advocate Farmer Caiti Hachmyer of Red H Farm. Learn more at www.permaculturevoices.com/farmsmallfarmsmart Support the show at www.permaculturevoices.com/support

Mar 15 2017
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #8: Building Deep Soil with A Lot of Organic Matter featuring Ben Hartman (FSFS162)

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Ben Hartman talks about building soil on a new farm or bringing new soil into production.  Topics include tillage, compost, and no-till.  

Ben's Online Course: 

https://www.theleanfarmschool.com

Follow Ben:

https://www.instagram.com/claybottomfarm

Listen to past episodes at: https://www.paperpot.co/podcast

Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter and Other Small Farm Equipment at https://www.paperpot.co/

Follow PaperpotCo on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2B45VK

Jan 16 2019
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #9: V222: Owning Land As Insurance Against Disaster - The Antifragile Property Series with Rob Avis (V222)

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There's a lot to worry about out there in the world right now - climate change, GMOs, the financial system, debt, terrorism, disease, water insecurity, a fragile food system. What if you could insure yourself against some of these worries? And get that insurance through land, land as insurance.. It would be a way to take insurance back into our control and put the fragile dollars into an anti-fragile system - an ecosystem. Today Rob Avis of Adaptive Habitat and I will be discussing the idea of owning land as insurance against disaster in depth. We'll get into models that don't exist yet, and ways that anyone can start to create some anti-fragility in their life now, regardless of where you live and whether you have land or not. I guarantee, this one will get your wheels turning. The Antifragile Property Series with Rob Avis - Part 1 Learn more at www.permaculturevoices.com/podcast Support the show at www.permaculturevoices.com/support

Mar 19 2017
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #10: FSFS108: Mastering Summer Greens - How 4 Farmers are Effectively and Productively Growing Salad Greens in the Heat - Farm Small, Farm Smart

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Given summer heat growing certain crops can be really tough, especially greens.  Given the tendency of the normally cool weather lettuces to bolt quickly, turn bitter, and have their foliage burn, many growers simply pass on trying to grow summer greens.  The challenges are too great and the returns are too low. But not for all growers.  Over the past few weeks I talked to a lot of growers and I tried to track down farmers who were growing greens exceptionally well in some very adverse hot conditions. For today's show I got a group of those growers together and asked them all how their doing it, growing greens during the summer heat.  And not just growing them, but growing them very successfully. In today's episode you will hear how their doing it and what goes into growing the greens from establishment to harvesting to storage. There are some similarities in their strategies and some differences.  There's a lot in here. The Farmers: Elliot Seldner of Fair Share Farm in Winston Salem, NC. Brandon Gordon of Five Acres Farms in Pleasant Plains, AR Erich Schultz of Steadfast Farm in Queen Creek, AZ Ray Tyler of Rose Creek Farms in Selmer, TN Learn more at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/farmsmallfarmsmart

Aug 02 2017
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #11: VOC236: Harvesting Water, Planting Trees and Restoring the Ecosystem AS A CAREER with Erik Ohlsen

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In this episode Erik Ohlsen he is going into some of the strategies he has used to grow and market his design business, tips for running the day to day operations of the design business, and ways to leverage the experience of others to help your personal journey.   Learn about Erik's Eco-Landscape Mastery School

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Sep 26 2017
1 hour 37 mins
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Rank #12: VOC235: Practical Tips, Ideas and Technologies for Homescale Biochar with Gloria Flora

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Today my guest Gloria Flora will helps shed some light on the reality of biochar.  Gloria’s the founder and past director of the US Biochar initiative, so she has an extensive knowledge base when it comes to biochar, but she’s also worked for the US Forest Service and she’s a permaculturalist, so she gets how biochar fits into the larger whole.  

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Sep 22 2017
1 hour 58 mins
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Rank #13: VOC Replay: Radical Mycology with Peter McCoy

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An interview with Peter McCoy of Radical Mycology.

Support Peter's Kickstarter Radical Mycology is a movement and social philosophy based on accessibly teaching the importance of mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological health. Radical Mycology differs from classical mycology in that classical mycology generally focuses on taxonomy, identification, mycophagy (eating mushrooms), and the more personal benefits of working with fungi while Radical Mycology is about using fungi for the benefit of larger communities and the world. As a concept, Radical Mycology is based on the belief that the lifecycles of fungi and their interactions in nature serve as powerful learning tools for how humans can best relate to each other and steward the world they live in.

Nov 24 2017
1 hour 52 mins
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Rank #14: VOC Replay: The Rise of the Mushroom with Peter McCoy

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Support Peter's Kickstarter

It's fungal intelligence that I will be exploring today with the brilliant Peter McCoy. Peter is self-taught mycologist with 15 years of accumulated study and experience, Peter is an original founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the skills needed to work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience

Peter is also author of the book Radical Mycology, an in depth and comprehensive look at mycology and mushroom cultivation. This book is a beast, it's nearly 700 pages, and covers a variety of topics related to mycology, some common, so not so common. There's a ton of interest concepts and ideas in that book, a few of which we will be exploring today.

In this episode, we get into a wide variety of subject matter related to mycology from Remediation, importance of mycorrhizal fungi, fungi with annual crops, future of medicinal mushrooms and medicine, marketing versus effectiveness in some mushroom based products, and future of psilocybin mushrooms in medicine.

The reason that we are able to get into all this subjects isn't because of me. It's because of Peter. Peter's brilliant. There's a lot here, enjoy it.

Learn more at permaculturevoices.com/132

Dec 01 2017
1 hour 40 mins
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Rank #15: DTW374: The Quickbooks Problem and Solution... DO THE WORK

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DO THE WORK PODCAST: A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Produced by podcaster, entrepreneur and dad of three daughters - Diego Footer.Support the show at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/support Listen to more episodes at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/podcast

Aug 07 2017
9 mins
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Rank #16: DTW346: Life - The Anti-Career... DO THE WORK

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DO THE WORK PODCAST: A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Produced by podcaster, entrepreneur and dad of three daughters - Diego Footer.Support the show at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/support Listen to more episodes at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/podcast

Jul 10 2017
8 mins
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Rank #17: DTW380: Don't Let It Consume You... Until It Does... DO THE WORK

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DO THE WORK PODCAST: A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Produced by podcaster, entrepreneur and dad of three daughters - Diego Footer.Support the show at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/support Listen to more episodes at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/podcast

Aug 13 2017
7 mins
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Rank #18: FSFS115: Knowing and Growing What Chef's Want and What's Profitable with chef and farmer, The Culinary Gardener Evan Chender

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Utilizing his experience as a chef Evan Chender has set out to produce niche crops for chefs such as edible flowers and more exotic cultivars and types of vegetables. It's this niche approach which has given him an edge in his market place. While a lot of other farmers just grow salad mix, Evan stands out because he produces crops that others don't. 

Today's episode was brought to you by Audible.  Sign up for Audible's 30 Day Trial and get a FREE audiobook download.

View the show notes for this episode and all previous Farm Small, Farm Smart episodes.

Learn how to start a microgreens business in Chris Thoreau's Build Your Microgreen Business Workshop.

Keep learning with these two great audiobooks: The Market Gardener by JM Fortier The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone

Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter.

Sep 27 2017
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #19: DTW385: I Blew My Mind Looking at My TO DO List - Day 3... DO THE WORK

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DO THE WORK PODCAST: A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Produced by podcaster, entrepreneur and dad of three daughters - Diego Footer.Support the show at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/support Listen to more episodes at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/podcast

Aug 18 2017
6 mins
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Rank #20: DTW407: Are We REALLY In Troubled Times? - Day 25... DO THE WORK

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DO THE WORK PODCAST:

A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  

Produced by podcaster, entrepreneur and dad of three daughters - Diego Footer.

Support the show at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/support

Listen to more episodes at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/podcast

Sep 09 2017
9 mins
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