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Recent Episodes

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…

Ep. 1.14 Abbie Corse

April 2, 2022

“Since coming back, it's been sort of this really challenging and interesting evolution to understand how a working mother who is not farming with her partner can take over an operation that has traditionally been run by fou…

Guest: Abbie Corse

Ep 1.13 Ashlyn Bristle & Abraham McClurg

March 27, 2022

“The jobs that I worked were a pickle factory and a spinnery and an apple orchard, All of those were learning how to operate in a system watching how other people create systems and deal with the logistics of production. I t…

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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.