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New Shows, new format, coming Summer 2015! Real Food Real Talk was born out of countless conversations between Ray and Jacqueline revolving around their love of food and all that goes along with it. From gardening and sustainability, to food justice and natural food products, their interests and tastes range the full spectrum of the food world. Based in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, the show focuses on local issues, businesses, and puts you in touch with the food stories of the day. ...
 
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In this episode I am joined again by our NOFA/Mass Soil Tech Coordinator, Ruben Parilla. We interview Yoko Takemura of Assawaga Farm in Putnam, CT. This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program…
 
In this episode I am joined again by my NOFA/Mass colleague, Soil Health Projects Manager, Christine Manuck. We interview Meryl Latronica, Director of Farm Operations at Just Roots in Greenfield, MA. We continue our conversations with farmers working within our Compaction Mitigation grant as a collaboration with an MDAR 2020 Specialty Crop Block Gr…
 
In this episode we’re drawing more highlights from our annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference that happened remotely in January 2022. First we join Natural Farmer, Marco Thomas for an introduction to the Natural Farming technique of collecting of Indigenous Micro Organisms (IMOs). Then, we join Richard Robinson of Hopestill Farm for a deep dive into mu…
 
In this episode I am joined by our NOFA/Mass Soil Tech Coordinator, Ruben Parilla. We interview soil scientist, Dr. Justin Richardson, from University of Massachusetts Amherst, about the state of the invasive Jumping Worm in the Northeast. Dr. Justin Richardson is an Assistant Professor of Geosciences at UMass Amherst working in the field of Biogeo…
 
NOFA/Mass Winter Conference Highlight - Seed Sovereignty Means Land Sovereignty In this episode we’re drawing highlights from our Round Table discussion on Seed Sovereignty at this year’s annual NOFA/Mass winter conference. You will hear two inspiring opening statements that preceded the discussion from Amirah Mitchell and Luke Jeffries. You can fi…
 
In this episode I’m joined by Suzie Flores of Stonington Kelp to discuss her adventures in farming…the sea. We discuss the tools and practices of ocean farming as an introduction to what it takes to farm on the water, how an entire season of ocean farming progresses and the developing industry that is thriving in East Coast waters. You can learn mo…
 
In this episode I’m joined by my colleague Christine Manuck, who leads our NOFA/Mass Soil Health Program and we interview Julie Rawson, owner of Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre, Massachusetts and formerly the executive director of NOFA/Mass. We discuss a variety of compaction mitigation methods that she employs in her management practices on her f…
 
In this episode I interview Dan Kittredge, founder and Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association. We discuss both Dan’s and the BFA’s origins, soil health philosophy and practices and the bionutrient meter – a hand-held, non-invasive consumer-priced spectrometer that can be used to get relative nutritional scores off of food at point o…
 
Noah Kellerman and his partner Sophie run Alprilla Farm in Essex MA. They rotate four acres of storage vegetable crop for their winter CSA with two acres of grains for human consumption. The farm is run using a system of rotational tillage using a mix of tractor, ox and human power to care for the soil and grow the best crops they can. Noah is a ti…
 
In this episode we discuss making your own amendments for the garden or farm with commonly available ingredients and simple recipes with author and gardener Nigel Palmer. Nigel Palmer is the author of “The Regenerative Growers Guide to Garden Amendments”, Nigel is a lifelong gardener relying on the amazing complexity of nature to inspire his garden…
 
In this episode, I interview Jim Schultz of Red Shirt Farm to discuss backyard birding on a small to medium scale. Jim helps us get started skilfully and gives us insights on what to be prepared for in caring for birds for the long haul. Jim Schultz runs Red Shirt Farm with his wife Annie. Red Shirt Farm is a small diversified farm in Lanesborough,…
 
In this episode I interview Kate Whelley McCabe of the Vermont Evaporator Company. We dive into the world of maple syrup making at a hobby level. If you’ve been curious about what it takes to tap trees and make your own maple syrup, Kate’s practical approach will fill you in on how simple and rewarding an activity it can be. Maybe you can get start…
 
In this episode we drop into five workshop sessions from our recent Winter Conference for quick bits of wisdom and insight. Laura Davis runs Long Life Farm in Sunderland Mass and is a Soil Technical Assistant with NOFA/Mass. Her workshop was titled, Exploring The Outer Limits Post Soil Test. Apollo Catala is the Farm Manager for Oasis on Ballou and…
 
In this session I talk to Julia Agron of NOSHA, who demystifies the botany, history, culture, and policy of hemp production in the Northeast. We also take a deep dive into the complexities of Massachusetts specifically, which has the tightest regulations on hemp production, and then discuss how to support local hemp farmers. NOSHA https://www.north…
 
In this episode we speak with Connor Stedman from AppleSeed Permaculture to discuss the ecological benefits of hedgerow usage across the landscape and envision a plan that extends beyond farm boundaries to a watershed level of application. Connor Stedman is Principal and lead designer with AppleSeed Permaculture and a farm planner and supply system…
 
Remediation of soil is the work of re-establishing its healthy function. In this episode of the NOFA Podcast Nance Klehm and Willie Crosby delve into the work of revitalizing soil and the possibilities of restoring contaminated soils for food production. This episode’s guests are part of a collaborative, Springfield, MA-based project funded by the …
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass Podcast we are talking about how to get your garden space buzzing with native plants that attract and support our favorite little buddies pollinators! Caro is back as my co-host to chat with me about bringing in native plants and her experience with growing them. We will also interview Dan Jaffe, author of the book Native…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast it’s a total shit show! I mean for real, we are talking all things poop, turds and more as Caro and I discuss the process of making compost from our own waste. We gross-out and nerd-out on this topic and then get to interview the author of the groundbreaking book The Humanure Handbook Joe Jenkins on how he came to…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are going to be thinking about the setup, the beginning, the planning… of your garden or homesteading space! My co-host Anna Gilbert-Muhammad and I will discuss how we have thought about setting up garden and farm spaces in the past. Starting at conceptualizing all the way to our blunders in implementation. The…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are going to be talking about how our livestock are smarter than we think they are and the lessons that they can teach us. My co-host will be Jack Kittredge of Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre MA and I will chat all about our own experiences with wise and often sassy livestock. Then we will interview Fred Prove…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are giving you a sneak peek into what is going to be the most amazing NOFA Summer Conference ever! Joining me in the studio is Jason Valcort the NOFA Summer Conference Coordinator and we chat about all the things we are pumped about for this the 45th year of sustainable ag. fun in the sun. We also chat with thi…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are talking about how to get your kids to better appreciate and eat the animals you raise though mindful butchering and creative recipes. My co-host Christy and I will discuss the importance of using the whole animal as well as have a chat with Katie Stillman of Stillman Quality Meats about her journey to being…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are going to be getting into some self-care, some herbalism and some ideas about sustainability by talking all about herbal skin care at home. My co-host Christy Bassett and I will chat about our own experiences with at home remedies and soaps and then we will interview Amber Kennedy of Boheme Botanika Herbals …
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass Podcast we are digging deep into the topic of carbon farming. My guest host Caro Rozell is back to get nerdy with me about pulling CO2 out of the air and putting it in the soil. After talking about carbon farming here in New England we will be chatting with Jeff Creque who is a co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and a…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are talking about something so gouda, we will be leaving you saying bre-visimo! Cheese! My co-host Noah Courser-Kellerman NOFA/Mass board member and farmer at Aprilla Farm in Essex Ma. will chat about what is arguably the best food invention ever, our experiments in cheese making and what cheese makes the best …
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are going to be getting friendly with the fungus amungus… We are talking all about mycorrhizal fungi and growing mushrooms at home! I will be joined in the studio by NOFA/Mass Executive director as my guest co-host and together we will chat about the amazing lil’ beings mushrooms and then we will interview Will…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast it's all about community! We are going to be talking about getting the community involved on farms by volunteering, farmers feeding their communities and how the community can be involved in CARBON FARMING! Caro is back as my co-host and we will talk about all sorts of community-related stuff. How to use volunteer…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass we are getting back into a topic that gives us quite a buzz.. BEES! My co-host this week is Jeremy Barker-Plotkin farmer at Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst MA and we know almost nothing about bees BUT fear not dear listener because we interview Angela Roell who is a beekeeper extraordinaire who is teaching a workshop on Natu…
 
We are back for Season 2! And we kick off this week on the NOFA/Mass Podcast by taking on a big question that so many farmers face… How to make the farm profitable. My co-host Caro and I will be discussing what it means for many farmers to produce food and a solid income. And we will be interviewing Paul and Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm, Ar…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are going to get you all pumped up for our Winter Conference! We will be talking all about the theme with some Lydia style history. We are also bringing back the crowd favorite segment of Workshops in 60 seconds and two doubled up farm fails and hacks! Plus my interview with John Kempf of Advancing Eco Agricult…
 
This week on the NOFA Mass podcast we are talking getting back to our hunter-gatherer roots...Well, the gatherer part anyway! We are going to explore the wicked cool world of foraging. What is easiest to find and identify here in MA? Plus what livestock are the best foragers, a call to action from Marty and my interview with Marie Viljoen author of…
 
This week on the NOFA mass podcast we are going into the forest… But not in a spooky scary story way. This week we are talking all about Agroforestry! We will cover what agroforestry is, how it is used and why it is important. We will also get into what type of crops you can plant in Mass and have actually grow and thrive! Plus an interview that wi…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass Podcast we are talking all about critters and climate change. We go over the facts versus the myths of what livestock have to do with climate change and how some farmers are helping to heal the planet. Plus another rousing call to action from Marty and my interview with Ben Goldfarb the author and beaver believer who shar…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are talking about the oldest trick in the book… gleaning! That’s taking one farmer's trash and using for the treasure it is! The history, significance, some crazy things farmers have repurposed and why gleaning and dumpster diving is a great practice for low and no-till farmers. We will also be having an inspir…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are getting down and dirty and talking about soil...AGAIN! Some new takes on why healthy soil makes for healthier food and a healthier planet. The world of things under your feet making soil better and the top 5 ways to get more worms in your soil. We talk to Caro Rozell NOFA/Mass Soil Carbon Testing Technician…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast it’s all about the farm bill baby! And that is because we are going to be joining Congressman Jim McGovern on his farm tour of the NOFA/Mass headquarters Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre MA! We will talk about what the farm bill is and why we need to have folks like McGovern in our corner. I will also be introduci…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are going to be reliving the glory of the NOFA Summer Conference! This past weekend hundreds of farmers came together to learn for some amazing presenters. Including our keynote speakers Rowen White and Eric Holt-Giménez. In this episode, you will hear excerpts from those talks as well as a very seedy farm fail…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are talking about farms where you would least expect them. In the city! I’ll take you through some history of farming in cities and the amazing benefits of growing food that isn't just food. And we will hear my interview with NOFA/Mass’s own Anna Gilbert-Muhammad about the work she has done building gardens up …
 
This week on the NOFA Mass podcast we are getting into the holiday spirit! Today is the fourth of July and as we celebrate our country's independence we are going to be talking about the often rebellious, sometimes problematic and always patriotic history of farming in the USA. And especially here in MA as we chat with Cathy Stanton of Tufts Univer…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass Podcast we are really gonna let ourselves go to seed. No, I don't mean that I’m going to grow out my hair and beard all Rip Van Winkle Style! We are actually talking about seed saving! I’ll give you my hot takes on taking up seed saving and the top 5 reasons you should start saving your own seeds for your garden, homestea…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass Podcast we are going to take a deep dive into a system of farm and garden design that aims to be a holistic approach to food production, land stewardship and even how we interact with other people. Permaculture! We will get into the history of this system, what it is and why so many Organic and sustainable growers love it…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are feeling the summertime vibes folks! I’m talking sunglasses, bare feet, swimming holes, singing around bonfires and of course the best part of summer that encompasses all these things AND is all about Organic Farming and sustainable living...what's that you ask? It’s the 44th NOFA Summer Conference!! Because…
 
This week on the NOFA/Mass podcast we are going to be doing some Science Fiction-y stuff folks, we are bending space and time, we are manipulating plant biology, we are going to build a SPACESHIP!! Ok, maybe not that but the other stuff... sort of. We are talking season extension! Why we would want to extend the growing season, what season extensio…
 
We can save the world people! By sequestering atmospheric carbon! This week on the NOFA Mass Podcast, we’ll be getting into the knitty-gritty of soil carbon restoration. Why it’s so important to get carbon out of the air and into the soil and how you can make a difference, whether you are a large scale farmer, homesteader, gardener or consumer. We’…
 
On this week's episode of the NOFA/Mass podcast we are gunna help you feel good from the inside out. Because we are talking all about nutrition! I’ll tell you all about how you can tell what is actually nutritious, why you might want to choose organic food to support your overall health and where you can find it using our Organic food guide. Plus, …
 
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