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Choosing to Farm: New Generation Stories

Recent Episodes

Season 2 Trailer

Oct. 1, 2022

Coming soon! The second season of Choosing to Farm is bringing you even more great stories of the journey into--and sometimes out of--farming. We'll talk about new models, new ways of being successful, and where new farmers …

Ep. 19 Keeping It Simple with Jascha Pick

July 12, 2022

“I didn't have mechanical background, I didn't grow up fixing tractors. I had never driven a tractor. I wasn't good with equipment. Grazing was very approachable. It just really appealed to me. You're outside, you're working…

Guest: Jascha Pick

Ep. 18: Learning and Leading in Business with Dallas Mount

May 26, 2022

“Go and work for a bad boss. Go and spend some time breaking somebody else's machines, losing tens of thousands of dollars on their payroll, before you're doing it on your own payroll. That timing is probably somewhere betwe…

Guest: Dallas Mount

Ep. 1.17 Is Choosing to Farm Enough? with Jenn Colby

April 30, 2022

“I think sometimes the choice to farm also means that folks choose not to have a life. They may not recognize it as that. Sometimes the choice to farm or ranch doesn't necessarily automatically set them up for that. Responsi…

Ep. 1.16 Margaret Chamas Part 2 and Listener Comments

April 23, 2022

“For people who get into extension and especially stick with it, there's this compulsive need to make those connections. Now I consider myself a bit of a subject matter expert on goats, but as an extension agent, I wasn't th…

Ep 1.15 Margaret Chamas Part 1

April 11, 2022

“For a long time, it's been just like struggling to get my farm to the bare minimum of what I would consider acceptable in my head. There was no pride, no accomplishment, because before that I was failing. So I was simply no…

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Five-Star Farmstays Online Course

UPDATE: The October 2022 Five Star Farmstays course was a resounding success!  Are you interested in finding out when the next course cohort starts?…

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About the Host

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Jenn Colby


Jenn Colby has spent over 25 years helping livestock farmers find success and quality of life through non-profit, academic, Extension, and community roles. She writes, farms, consults, and hosts the Choosing to Farm podcast from her home base of Howling Wolf Farm in Vermont.