Livestock farmer stories, tips, and resources for success.

Season 2

Nick Weinstock Goes from Foodie to Farmer

June 7, 2023

Nick and his family have a productive history as small business owners, investors, and planners. After getting his construction management degree from Michigan State University in 2009, Nick returned to join the family cons…

Becky Harhaj Balances Calm and Chaos

May 9, 2023

From Becky: My husband and I moved our kids to a farm in rural southern Minnesota in 2016 to grow better food. We were already purchasing most of our meat from local farmers, but wanted to do it ourselves while giving our ki…

Guest: Becky Harhaj

Hank & Heather LeTarte Listen to Their Customers

April 29, 2023

“We cleared eight acres and piled the trees by hand. Not the trees but the brush. We had 96 brush piles in one field. And we had no friends left, because we would say to them, ‘Come on over for the weekend. And we'll give y…

Carly Farmer Sticks With It

April 22, 2023

“I can't express enough how just beautiful it is to watch the growth. The growth of a farm year after year where you're putting your inputs in, which may just mean your animals, they’re just fertilizing and grazing for you. …

Guest: Carly Farmer

Matt Kovarik Thinks Outside the Box

April 15, 2023

“I think that you have to listen to what everybody has to say, and then just pick and choose different parts of their advice. That's complicated for some people; they just want a How-To Guide for starting their farm. It’s no…

Guest: Matt Kovarik

Katie Steere Finds Her Dream Life

April 8, 2023

"I get a lot of people saying, you're living my dream life. I'm so jealous. I know it's a compliment. But I'm not living your dream life. I'm living my dream life. And I know what it comes with. I know all the s-h-i-t it com…

Brent Beidler Chooses Not to Farm

April 1, 2023

“I am very delightfully holding on to the things that I hold dear about myself that are a part of my life as a farmer, and not integrating that into my life going forward, where I'm not commercially farming. I really appreci…

Guest: Brent Beidler

Driving Chat: Agritourism

Feb. 9, 2023

Here’s a quick mini-episode I wanted to share about agritourism. I recorded it while driving home from the International Workshop on Agritourism last fall. Fair warning that it’s only lightly edited. I just came across this …

Katelyn Duban Connects Rural Women

Jan. 28, 2023

“From what I’ve learned, it's always best to learn from other people. Learn from people who have been doing this before. If you can find a mentor in the field that you are interested in, I think that's the best thing you can…

Guest: Katelyn Duban

Jessica Newman Starts With Why

Jan. 11, 2023

“I really love the sheep. They're not stupid. Nor do I think they desire to die, as I've heard on more than one occasion. I do think they require awareness. They also are so instinct driven--which makes sense, based on what …

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 …