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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…

Ep. 1.12 Jenn Colby on Leadership, Introverts, and Being a Real Farmer

March 20, 2022

“It feels scary to work with a dangerous animal, but it's within our wheelhouse. To do something that is unknown--to reach out, to ask for help, to admit we don't know--to go into that sort of dark place outside of our circl…

Ep. 1.11 Jesse McDougall Part 2

March 12, 2022

“I think that climate change, and the collapse of so many of our ecological systems is the pressure that's going to push human evolution into a new phase. And I think that has to be the story. “ Part 2 of my conversation wit…

Ep. 1.10 Jesse McDougall Part 1

March 6, 2022

“It was the next generation for the farm…and so it came to [my wife] Cally or nobody. And we thought, well, hell, we might be better than nobody. So we raised our hand and said, “Let us give it a shot.” Jesse McDougall had n…

Ep. 1.9 Christian Wiedemann

Feb. 26, 2022

“I think part of the reason that I have pursued a career in real estate development in addition to being involved with my family’s [ranch] business is because there’s so much overlap…if you don’t understand the land piece, t…

Ep. 1.8 Kristen Judkins

Feb. 19, 2022

“So I went around on the farm tour and I went to check out all their barns and I spent like eight weeks almost every day going to visit somebody, talking about their sheep. Going from barn to barn I realized, ‘Oh, everybody …

Ep. 1.7 Tip Hudson

Feb. 12, 2022

“Rangeland science is this crazy complex combination of living and non-living things and people. It’s not simple at all.” While the Art of Range host Tip Hudson is an experienced rangeland ecologist on the technical side, I …

Ep. 1.6 Austin & Maggie Troyer

Feb. 5, 2022

“I think for me, my pre-farming life had little experience in farming, but I think the way my parents raised me, it’s just being honest. It’s working hard and trying to build something bigger than you.”—Austin Troyer Austin …

Ep 1.5 Jinny Hardy Cleland

Jan. 29, 2022

“Problem solvers make the best farmers. If you’re not a problem solver, it makes your farming life so much harder.” I’ve known Jinny Cleland of Four Springs Farm in Royalton, Vermont for more than 20 years, which is about ha…

Ep 1.4 Matt Skoglund

Jan. 22, 2022

On first thinking about ranching bison, Matt said he thought “I’m a kid from suburban Chicago, I could never do that.” And then he went on with his day. As he describes it, “I didn’t entertain the thought of it, really. But …

Guest: Matt Skoglund

Ep. 1.3 Chris & Jenn Talk Farmer/Non-Farmer

Jan. 15, 2022

“People who don’t farm don’t realize how much it really governs what you can and can not do with the construct of your lives. Unless you’ve got the systems in place to manage that stuff.”—Chris Sargent When I had the idea to…

Guest: Chris Sargent

Ep. 1.2 Randy & Lisa Robar

Jan. 8, 2022

“Yeah, neither Lisa or I grew up on a farm. So this is all new. This was not in our plans. I was chasing the corporate ladder. She was a public-school teacher. Then we started to look into food, which is a spiral. A downward…

Ep 1.1 Marc & Cheryl Cesario

Jan. 1, 2022

“I would say the overarching of all of this is actually understanding that this is a business. Right? It’s great, it’s farming, it’s pastoral. It’s all these things., but at the end of the day, this is a business and a busin…

Chore Chat: Intentions

Dec. 28, 2021

When we do physical work, lots of us think deep thoughts. I recorded this mini episode as an experiment...what sort of deep thoughts come out on the topic of setting intentions, in the middle pf chores? Let me know if you li…

Preview Mini-Ep 0.1 Why Choosing to Farm?

Dec. 18, 2021

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about why I even wanted to do this podcast. (Why I think this is even a good idea, I mean.) What I have come to realize is that I want there to be more farmers and ranchers in the wo…

Choosing to Farm: New Generation Stories

Oct. 6, 2021

Are you a first- or returning-generation farmer or rancher? Maybe you want to hear the stories of those who’ve made the leap? Join us weekly starting January 1, as we dive into the large and small moments that make us choose…