Podcasts! A radio talk show that you can listen to when you want to. When you subscribe to them, they automatically downloaded to your phone and go with you in the car or to the field. Podcasts are a great way to keep your mind busy while doing daily tasks like making breakfast, stacking wood, weeding or harvesting. There is a wide range of genres to choose from, but Andy has highlighted a few farming related podcasts that are particularly relevant to the small and mid-sized farm community. The following podcasts are entertaining, educational, and motivating and we encourage you to check them out.
Farmer to Farmer Podcast
The Farmer to Farmer Podcast hosted by Chris Blanchard was one of the largest podcasts for the farming community. Interviewing farmers across the nation to learn the challenges, and successes of growing vegetables. Unfortunately, this series has come to an end after 176 episodes but is available to listen to, and be enjoyed by many.
Farm Small Farm Smart
Farm Small Farm Smart is a podcast produced by Diego Footer. Andy has been listening to this podcast for a couple of years. Similarly to the Farmer to Farmer podcast, he interviews small-scale farmers making a go of it. In addition, he produces a series with leaders in the small ag space like Curtis Stone, Conor Crickmore, and he just announced a new series with Ben Hartman to discuss lean principals on the farm.
Aside from vegetable production he also produces a show called Grass Fed Life “Where it’s all about raising cows, chickens, and pigs profitably on pasture, with farmer Darby Simpson.”
Our Farms, Our Future
This series is from the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program. “The Our Farms, Our Future podcast series brings together the sustainable agriculture community for thought-provoking conversations about the state of agriculture, how we got here, and where we’re headed. With each episode, we hope to share different perspectives within the sustainable agriculture community while tackling such topics as building resilient farming systems, farm profitability, and fostering community through local food systems.”
Thriving Farmer Podcast
Michael Kilpatrick is the host of the Thriving Farmer Podcast. “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.”
Growing Farms Podcast
“Whether you have been farming for years, you are a Homegrown Greenhorn, or you are starting to consider a career in agriculture… …there is something we can all do to Grow Our Farms.” Join John Suscovich and John Bishopp who discuss the personal, challenging, side of operating a farm business getting into the topics all farms think about, but dont always talk about.
Do you listen to another farming podcast that you’d like to recommend? Shoot us an e-mail to tell us about it!