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Weekly insights for small farmers and aspiring farm based entrepreneurs who want to earn a living on the land doing something that they care about. A weekly show that tracks the farm season featuring two hosts: Darby Simpson and Diego Footer of Permaculture Voices. We focus on small family farming, grass based livestock, pastured poultry, grassfed beef, pastured pigs, farmsteading, farm sales and marketing, and work-life balance.
 
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After Jesse sharing about their business and sales models on episode 17, Matthew joins the conversation to share more about the ins and outs of their operation; but especially hiring and managing employees, and navigating USDA inspected slaughter and processing with both poultry and mammals. They are doing a lot, and quite impressively so. See the …
 
I had the pleasure of speaking with Jesie and Matthew Lawrence about the many sides of their diverse business, including farming, marketing, selling, and processing on a growing farm. In this episode Jesie helped me wrap my brain around all they do, their infrastructure, staff, and the ways they get their products to their customers. Check them out…
 
I asked some of our past guests to share their answers to seven questions, so that we could hear some unique perspectives on how different farms and farmers across the country are faring during the wild year that is 2020. Joe Koopsen, Jordan Green, and Ben Grimes all shared their answers to the following questions: 1. What kind of changes came in M…
 
Curtis Brown is back for part two of our interview, where we talk all about how he has, and will continue to, get his meat into his customers' hands. We talk CSA logistics, marketing ideas, and streamlining through a cooperative distribution network. Curtis and Ashley's Links: foodethosfarm.com instagram.com/foodethosfarm facebook.com/foodethosfarm…
 
Curtis and Ashley started out, like me, raising vegetables on a small plot about a decade ago. Now they are regenerating a large section of prairie, selling Meat CSA's, and taking names. In this first episode of a two-part series, Curtis and I discuss their farm, its history and his history on it: as well as his pig operation and marketing strategy…
 
Chris Kiesz of Yellow Hutch Farm in Minnesota joins us to talk about picking up jobs and moving 2000 miles across the country to start his farm. How he picked a new market, cash flowing beef, and creative ways to bundle beef. Follow Chris at https://yellowhutchfarm.com/ Not sure where to start? Want to take your farm to the next level? Learn more w…
 
Many first generation farmers start on family land, or from scratch in their home region, making a go of it nearby to, and selling into their own community. Well Josh started Ramble Creek Farm by moving across the country, purchasing an existing farm with infrastructure and market access, and built his business quickly from there. We get into a div…
 
"How does a REKO-ring work?The ring is based on a closed Facebook group. The producer and consumer who want to take part apply for membership in the group he or she likes. Administrators, often a small group of consumers, approve the application from serious people and thereafter trade can begin. Normally delivery occurs every or every other week, …
 
Farmer Luke Groce discusses some of the different breeds he has tried on his farm in his open cell pastured poultry system. Listen to more episodes with Luke Groce at https://grocefamilyfarm.com/pages/the-pasture-raised-podcast Not sure where to start? Want to take your farm to the next level? Learn more with Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-bus…
 
Mark Brady and I discuss the ins and outs of what our farms are doing to cope and thrive in these trying times, when it seems like everything is changing. The final answers to all the problems aren't here. But real-time problem solving and thinking is! Timberfeast.com Find me here: Grocefamilyfarm.com info@grocefamilyfarm.com…
 
Today's episode is a replay of Luke Groce's new podcast The Pasture-Raised Podcast. Listen to more episodes at https://grocefamilyfarm.com/pages/the-pasture-raised-podcast Not sure where to start? Want to take your farm to the next level? Learn more with Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses or visit https://…
 
3/23/20: A journal of what happened in the past two weeks: How our farm is adapting, capitalizing on opportunity, feeding our community, and looking towards the future to try to make wise choices about how to make sure we can keep on farming and meeting the needs of our community now and into the future.…
 
Joe Koopsen has been farming since the age of 15 in Southern Michigan. His egg and broiler business have taken off in the decade since -and now he supports a young family through the production of broilers, eggs, brooded broiler chicks, and turkeys. In this episode we discuss his path into the wholesale markets, his brooder and broiler setup, his u…
 
How Fragile Is Your Business? Could it survive a recession? How long could you survive at 50% of your current sales? How much debt do you have? Today we look at questions you should be asking about the fragility of your business and some ideas on how to make those areas more anti-fragile. Learn more with Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business…
 
Farmer Debra Bruner joins us to talk about selling to restaurants, partnering with other farms, buying another farm's products, and designing a better website. Connect with Debra on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littlecowmountain/ Website: https://www.littlecowmountain.com/ Learn more with Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essential…
 
Darby discusses why good brooder management is so important for pastured poultry. Starting the chicks off to a good start in the brooder helps them excel in the field. Darby shares a lot of his tips and advice that he has learned over the years in this one. Not sure where to start? Want to take your farm to the next level? Learn more with Grassfed …
 
Darby discusses how to take advantage of the winter break to plan out your farm season so you can hit the ground running in the spring. Interested in starting your own farm? Not sure where to start? Want to take your farm to the next level? Learn more with Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses or visit https:…
 
Darby and I talk about his actual experience trying to set up several fiefdoms on his farm and managing one. Are they a great or terrible idea? Darby will share his thoughts on what worked, what didn't and what he wished he did better. Interested in starting your own farm? Not sure where to start? Want to take your farm to the next level? Learn mor…
 
Today I will be sharing some of what I learned as Javan and I each go through our top 5 lessons from 2019. In total 10 simple ways of looking at life, approaching life, and thinking about life that can change your life tomorrow. I look at a lot of these lessons as base principles in an approach to life that very much contradicts the status quo. Non…
 
Jason Contreras joins me to talk about his journey from working in an office in Southern California to battling cancer to moving across the country to homestead with his family in North Carolina. Jason's story is inspiring and goes to show that you never should give up. Follow Jason: https://www.instagram.com/sowtheland Learn more with Grassfed Lif…
 
This BEST OF episode is a replay of a previous episode of the Grassfed Life Podcast - https://apple.co/2m75EVG Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses While American Guinea Hogs are suited to a wide variety of environments and will do better than most breeds on low-grade forage, they prefer lush pastures with c…
 
This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of a previous episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Ronan' story is so simple, so common, yet uniquely inspiring; IT IS GREAT.This is a real story from a real person. Starting with 75 chicks eight years ago and growing that to over 10,000 today. Going from the cor…
 
Luke Groce and Darby discuss some of the changes that Luke has made on his farm in 2019 - why he made them, how they will affect the farm into the future, and how things continue to evolve. Join Darby and Luke for the Advanced Livestock Marketing Workshop https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/p/advanced-livestock Follow Luke: http://www.Gr…
 
This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of a previous episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Luke Groce and I discuss what makes his small family farm work from grazing to economics. Follow Luke: http://www.GroceFamilyFarm.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grocefamilyfarm/ Grassfed Life Courses: h…
 
This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of a previous episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Today we'll be going to Louisville, Kentucky to talk to farmer Luke Groce of Groce Family Farm. Luke and his wife Katherine started their farming career in 2009 as a vegetable farm. An operation that had its succ…
 
This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of a previous episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Mark Shepard of Forest Agriculture Enterprises joins me to talk about the future of agriculture. Mark has a pretty clear view on how he thinks the future of agriculture could be.. restoration agriculture style fa…
 
This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of a previous episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Running a profitable pig enterprise on just 1 acre, is it possible, and if so, what is possible? What’s that operation going to look like, what are the trade-offs and the costs, and how much could you make? It's …
 
This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of a previous episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses 500 baby chicks have arrived at Darby's farm thus beginning the cycle of raising broilers for the season. With the chicks on farm, we will talk about what the next steps are. We also discuss the importance of cho…
 
This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of a previous episode. Darren Doherty of Heenan Doherty and Regrarians joins me from Australia to talk about the Regrarian philosophy that he has put together and how it can be used to regenerate landscapes and farming enterprises.The system deals with everything from the work done on the land to how you can syn…
 
John Paul Smajda joins me to talk about how he increased sales at their farmers' market by over 300%. From display to customer interactions, to pricing, all of the tips in this one are practical ones anyone could implement. Connect with John: smajda@mac.com Learn more about the Grassfed Life Insider: https://www.grassfedlife.co/insider…
 
Charles Mayfield talks about how he built and set up his buying club and how he interacts with his buying club members. Charles has built his farm on this sales model and it has been the primary income model for the farm since Day 1. Follow Charles: https://www.instagram.com/mayfield.pasture View the Grassfed Life Courses at https://farm-business-e…
 
This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of a previous episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Will Harris III from White Oak Pastures joins me to talk about his inspirational journey of converting his one-time factory farm to a beyond organic farming operation that celebrates polyculture and closes the lo…
 
In Part 2 of this series farmer, Luke Groce talks about the results from selling turkeys by size category (not specific weight) last fall. He also covers taking deposits on orders and balancing cash flow. Luke discusses wholesaling turkeys and other strategies to move more product. Follow Luke: http://www.GroceFamilyFarm.com Instagram: https://www.…
 
Luke Groce talks raising turkeys in an open cell grazing system, selling turkeys in a different way, and what to do with turkeys you don't sell. Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of the mini-series when we follow up with Luke and see how it went. Follow Luke: http://www.GroceFamilyFarm.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grocefamilyfarm/ Get exc…
 
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