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If you’re looking to build a profitable farm that works, The Thriving Farmer Podcast is for you. Learn the latest tricks and strategies from successful farmers, strategize with in-depth interviews with leaders in the industry, and connect with stories of farmers just like you. With over 15 years of farming background, your host Michael Kilpatrick has the experience and authority to bring you practical advice, ask the hard questions, tease out the gold nuggets, and help share what it’s really like to build a truly profitable, sustainable farm. In the interviews, we focus on building farms that last, setting up your systems, knowing your customers, building your team, and treading that ever-challenging work/family/life balance.

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    • 4.8 • 36 Ratings

If you’re looking to build a profitable farm that works, The Thriving Farmer Podcast is for you. Learn the latest tricks and strategies from successful farmers, strategize with in-depth interviews with leaders in the industry, and connect with stories of farmers just like you. With over 15 years of farming background, your host Michael Kilpatrick has the experience and authority to bring you practical advice, ask the hard questions, tease out the gold nuggets, and help share what it’s really like to build a truly profitable, sustainable farm. In the interviews, we focus on building farms that last, setting up your systems, knowing your customers, building your team, and treading that ever-challenging work/family/life balance.

    Sandor Katz on The Revival of Fermentation

    Sandor Katz on The Revival of Fermentation

    In this episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, we’re joined by fermentation expert and best-selling author, Sandor Katz. Sandor is the author of popular books such as The Art of Fermentation, Wild Fermentation, Fermentation Journeys, and more.
    Sandor’s interest in fermentation grew out of his overlapping interests in cooking, nutrition, and gardening. Since 2003, Sandor has taught hundreds of workshops demystifying fermentation and empowering people to reclaim this important transformational process in their kitchens. The New York Times calls him “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene.” 
    Take a front row seat to this value-packed interview from the Thriving Farmer Value-Added Summit today!
    You’ll hear:
    How Sandor got started in fermentation 2.31 What can realistically be fermented 5:26 What are some unusual foods for fermentation Sandor has seen being fermented that actually turned out well 19:07 What prompted Sandor to write Fermentation Journeys 26:28 Sandor’s favorite ferment 32:32 Sandor’s favorite fermenting tool 33:39 About the Guest:
    Sandor's interest in fermentation grew out of his overlapping interests in cooking, nutrition and gardening. It started with sauerkraut. He found an old crock buried in the barn, harvested cabbage from their garden, chopped it up, salted it, and waited. He says, "That first kraut tasted so alive and powerfully nutritious! Its sharp flavor sent my salivary glands into a frenzy and got me hooked on fermentation."
    Since 2003 when his book, Wild Fermentation, was published, Sandor has taught hundreds of workshops demystifying fermentation and empowering people to reclaim this important transformational process in their kitchens. The Art of Fermentation (2012), received a James Beard award and was a finalist at the International Association of Culinary Professionals. 
    Resources:
    Value Added Summit: https://www.farmsummits.com/

    Website: https://www.wildfermentation.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandor.katz
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sandorkraut/
     
    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsor!


    Harvest Hosts provides a cost-free opportunity for small businesses and farms to increase revenue simply by inviting self-contained RV members to stay one night on their property. In return, Members patronize or donate to the business. 
    The program is free for farms to join and to share their offerings. There is no requirement to have hook-ups or services, just a place to park one RV.

    In exchange for the overnight stay, Harvest Hosts Members are encouraged to make a purchase of at least $20 at each host location they visit.

    Based on a recent survey, Harvest Hosts Members spend an average of $50 per night at each host location they visit. Well-established Hosts are reporting an average of $15,000 in additional annual revenue. 
    Become a Host
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    • 44 min
    Why Every Farmer Needs To Be Value-Adding

    Why Every Farmer Needs To Be Value-Adding

    In this podcast, we’re sharing one of our amazing guests from the Value-Added Summit, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm, located in Swoope, Virginia. Joel talks to us about the benefits of and techniques involved with an effective, game-changing implementation of a value-added strategy on farms. Joel Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer, and author. 
    Joel’s philosophy of farming emphasizes healthy grass on which animals can thrive in a symbiotic cycle of feeding. He has authored twelve books including Folks, This Ain't Normal, You Can Farm, Salad Bar Beef, and Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal. 
    Join us to hear this riveting conversation with Michael and Joel from the Value-Added Summit! 
    You’ll hear: 
    What “Value-Added” means to Joel 2:18 Why farmers start practicing value-added 6:01 Mindset shifts that are necessary to start going forward with effective marketing 13:37 Agriculture entertainment, or “agritainment” Polyface does 34:08 What ended up being a value-added dud that Joel anticipated being a big success 41:33 Great value-added experiences and/or products Joel has come across in his travels 46:51 What the future holds for value-added, and what farmers should be focusing on 1.05:42 Advice Joel has for farmers who are wanting to take their farm to the next level but find it difficult taking the next step 1.09:33 About the Guest:
    Joel Salatin calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson.
    With a room full of debate trophies from high school and college days, 12 published books, and a thriving multi-generational family farm, he draws on a lifetime of food, farming, and fantasy to entertain and inspire audiences around the world.
    He co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning documentary Food Inc., the farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets, and a farmers’ market. A frequent guest on radio programs and podcasts serving preppers, homesteaders, and foodies, Salatin’s practical, can-do solutions tied to passionate soliloquies for sustainability offer everyone food for thought and plans for action. The rare combination of prophet and practitioner makes him both a must-read and must-hear in a time desperate for integrity, leadership, and example.
    Resources:
    Website: https://polyfacefarms.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Polyfacefarm/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/polyfacefarm/
     
    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsor!


    Harvest Hosts provides a cost-free opportunity for small businesses and farms to increase revenue simply by inviting self-contained RV members to stay one night on their property. In return, Members patronize or donate to the business. 
    The program is free for farms to join and to share their offerings. There is no requirement to have hook-ups or services, just a place to park one RV.

    In exchange for the overnight stay, Harvest Hosts Members are encouraged to make a purchase of at least $20 at each host location they visit.
    Based on a recent survey, Harvest Hosts Members spend an average of $50 per night at each host location they visit. Well-established Hosts are reporting an average of $15,000 in additional annual revenue. 
    Become a Host
    For more information on how you can become a Host, contact Harvest Hosts at sales@harvesthosts.com  Be sure to mention the ​​Thriving Farmer Podcast on your application!
    Become a  Member
    If you have an RV and are interested in joining as a Member, visit HarvestHosts.com today.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Liz Riffle on Holistic Bison Farming

    Liz Riffle on Holistic Bison Farming

    Do you farm with livestock? There may be a more humane way to harvest these animals. Tune in to hear about Riffle Farms’ holistic approach to managing and processing their bison. 
    Today on the Thriving Farmer Podcast we’re joined by Liz Riffle, Owner and Operator of Riffle Farms, located in Terra Alta, West Virginia. Riffle Farms raises grass-fed and finished bison tucked in the hills of Preston County, where the grasses are cool and the snow is heavy. 
    Liz is a U.S Navy Nurse Corps veteran. She runs the farm as her husband, Jimmie, is currently still serving on active-duty as a Navy Nurse Corps Nurse Practitioner. 
    Riffle Farms is part of a growing movement to facilitate the large-scale regeneration of the world’s grasslands and the livelihoods of their inhabitants, through holistic management led by The Savory Institute. Riffle Farms works closely with a local Savory Hub, The Robinia Institute, to support the movement, achieve the same mission, and help educate others.

    Join us to hear how Riffle Farms helps feed our nation with their holistic, humane, and regenerative approach!
    You’ll hear:
    How Liz went from Navy veteran to farmer 1:48 Why Riffle Farms started with bison 4:43 How Riffle Farms does their field harvesting 10:24 Where and how Riffle Farms sells their meat 13:38 How Liz found out about and started working with Steward 20:42 How Liz decides when and how to buy into a bison herd 29:22 Systems that have been particularly effective (from a business perspective) to set up on the farm 35:51 Systems Liz would set up sooner given the opportunity for a do-over 37:32 What Liz anticipates for the farm’s future 44:09
    About the Guest:

    U.S. Navy veteran Liz Riffle raises grass-fed and finished bison in West Virginia. Riffle Farms was the first commercial bison operation in the state, and also the first to field harvest animals for state certified commercial sale. Liz is passionate about meat transparency and humane practices.
     
    Resources:
    Website: www.rifflefarms.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rifflefarms
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rifflefarmsbison/
    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsor!
     

    Steward is transforming agriculture by equipping regenerative farms and food systems with the capital they need to grow. As a mission-driven financial partner, Steward works closely with agricultural businesses to scale their operations, improve the health of their lands and waters, and bolster local-to-regional food systems. To date, Steward has provided over $15M in business loans to fund 75 unique projects, backed by more than 1,500 participating lenders. Steward is proud to be a Certified B Corp. Seek financing or support a loan campaign at gosteward.com

    • 49 min
    Matt McWilliams on Affiliate Marketing

    Matt McWilliams on Affiliate Marketing

    Are you looking to increase your income and take your business to the next level?

    If so, you will want to listen in to today’s guest, who is an expert in affiliate marketing and a successful coach for small business owners.
    Today on the Thriving Farmer Podcast, we’re taking a bit of a different approach with Matt the Affiliate Guy (Matt McWilliams), author of Internet Business Insights: Lessons Learned and Strategies Used by 101 Successful Internet-Based Entrepreneurs, and his new book, Turn Your Passions into Profits. 
    Matt started his first online business in 2001 at the age of 22 and today is one of the leading online business teachers. In the 19 years between his first venture and living out his passion and purpose, he’s worked with more than 300,000 online business owners while running affiliate programs and consulting on product launches and book launches for world renowned entrepreneurs. 
    Today, he coaches other small business owners, solopreneurs, and wantrepreneurs on how to start the right online business, scale it, and eventually go full-time with it.
    Join us to hear how Matt accomplished all that he has, and how you can employ affiliate marketing to boost your business to the next level!
    You’ll hear:
    What affiliate marketing is and opportunities farmers have with affiliate marketing 2:06 The Halo Effect and how you can use it to your advantage 10:55 How to stand out in your market 15:39 How to ensure you get paid what you’re worth 24:48 How you can claim the leadership aspect of your niche 36:53

    About the Guest:
    If you want to grow your influence, have a bigger impact, and make more money in the process, this guest is your go-to guy.
    Entrepreneurs and companies such as Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi, Shark Tank's Kevin Harrington, Stu McLaren, Adidas, Ryan Levesque, Brian Tracy, Lewis Howes, Rich Schefren, Shutterfly, Michael Hyatt, and Jeff Walker have trusted Matt McWilliams to run their affiliate programs and coach their affiliate teams.
    Today he helps online business owners and brands, small and large, to leverage the power of partners to grow their businesses. He teaches you how to make money as an affiliate and how to work better with affiliates. 
    Resources:

    Website: https://www.mattmcwilliams.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MATTMCWILLIAMSCONSULTING/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MattMcWilliams2
     
    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsor!

    Real Organic Project invites you to join 12 incredible organic farmers along with keynote speaker Paul Hawken for a day of Ted-style talks on January 17, 2023 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California. Farmers will share their experiences of trying to survive within a dysfunctional, ever-consolidating organic marketplace, and the solutions that Real Organic Project brings. You can find your in-person or virtual livestream ticket at RealOrganicSymposium.org/ecofarm

    • 43 min
    212. Rob Dube on The 10 Disciplines for Entrepreneurs

    212. Rob Dube on The 10 Disciplines for Entrepreneurs

    Do you feel burned out? Could you benefit from having more balance and less stress and overwhelm in your life?  If so, you will want to listen to this episode to learn the tools to have a more meaningful life, with more time and energy.
    In this week’s Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael is hosting Rob Dube, Co-founder and Co-CEO of imageOne, an award-winning, people-focused company whose purpose is to provide genuine care to everyone, every day, every time. 
    imageOne specializes in managed print, document automation, and other office workflow services. 
    Rob is a mindful business leader whose first venture was selling blow pops out of his high school locker. 
    He has been a daily meditator for over 15 years and is the author of best-selling book, donothing: The most rewarding leadership challenge you'll ever take, the host of the Leading with Genuine Care podcast, and founder of the Leading with Genuine Care Leadership Retreat. He is a Senior Contributing writer for Forbes and has also written for EO Octane and Thrive Global. 
    Join us to hear all about how Rob juggles all of these ventures.

    You’ll hear:
    How nutrition factors into Rob’s day-to- day life 1:56 Rob’s favorite entrepreneurial venture from his early years 5:13 How the book Small Giants influenced Rob’s own approach to business ownership 8:25 How Rob initially started working with Gino 14:51 Rob’s 10 disciplines 16:08 Rob’s method for planning his to-dos for the next day 39:01 Rob’s advice for the farmer who isn’t sure if they’ve chosen the right path 45:36 Where you can learn more about Rob and what he can do to help 51:16  
    About the Guest:
    Rob Dube is the Co-founder, Owner, and Board Chair of imageOne. He is the Visionary/CEO of The 10 Disciplines for Managing and Maximizing Your Energy.
    From Blow Pops to Forbes Best Small Companies! Rob started his first business in high school selling Blow Pops out of his locker. In 1991, he founded imageOne with his best friend, Joel Pearlman.
    Rob helped guide the company with a focus on their purpose: to deliver genuine care that consistently drives extraordinary energy, actions, and experiences to every one, every day, every time. It is a unique approach to business that has driven the company to success in its industry. imageOne is simply the best at helping clients with technology solutions to optimize and manage print, automate business processes, secure documents, and help ensure a safe and healthy work environment.
    Rob is the Visionary/CEO of The 10 Disciplines for Managing and Maximizing Your Energy, a video-based journey that teaches people 10 fast, simple, powerful, and fully customizable disciplines to manage and maximize their energy and live an optimal life. He is the author of the best-selling book, donothing,™ the most rewarding leadership challenge you will ever take and the host of the Leading with Genuine Care retreat and podcast. Rob challenges business leaders and entrepreneurs to look inward with mindfulness and meditation by sharing his own mindful leadership journey.
    Resources:
    Website: www.the10disciplines.com and https://www.donothingbook.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rob.dube.1
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/robddube


    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsor!

    Steward is transforming agriculture by equipping regenerative farms and food systems with the capital they need to grow. As a mission-driven financial partner, Steward works closely with agricultural businesses to scale their operations, improve the health of their lands and waters, and bolster local-to-regional food systems. To date, Steward has provided over $15M in business loans to fund 75 unique projects, backed by more than 1,500 participating lenders. Steward is proud to be a Certified B Corp. Seek financing or support a loan campaign at gosteward.com

    • 57 min
    Crystal Stevens on Herbalism and Education

    Crystal Stevens on Herbalism and Education

    Do you grow medicinal herbs? Which ones, and what do you create with them?
    On this week’s podcast, we’re proud to host Crystal Stevens: author, herbalist, educator, and co-owner of Flourish Farmstead and Flourish Folk School, from Godfrey, Illinois. 
    Crystal was born in Colorado, partly raised in California, and then transplanted to St. Louis, Missouri, where she spent her formative years as an activist and gardener in her community. She is the author of three successful books: Grow, Create, Inspire: Crafting a Joyful Life; Worms at Work: Harnessing the Awesome Power of Worms; and Your Edible Yard: Landscaping with Fruits and Vegetables. ​
    Crystal has been teaching a Resilient Living workshop series for over a decade. She organized the Confluence Herbal Summit, the first small herbal conference of its kind in western Illinois.

    Crystal and her husband, Eric, have an intrinsic passion for growing food and medicinal herbs, growing native plants, cooking healthy meals, planting trees, foraging for wild food and medicine, creating art, spending time with their children in the fields and forests, and offering workshops through the Flourish Folk School.

    Tune in to hear about everything Crystal and her family are doing at their thriving farmstead!
    You’ll hear:
    How Crystal got into the regenerative herbal field 1:42 What the farm property and farming operation currently looks like 4:49 How Crystal does her marketing for all of her different ventures 7:45 Crystal’s inspiration to write Worms at Work 14:15 How Crystal and her husband decide who does what tasks 16:02 Crystal’s advice for someone looking to get into herbalism 26:51 Crystal’s favorite herb 32:44 The oil Crystal uses for extraction 33:27 About the Guest:
    Crystal Stevens co-owns Flourish Farmstead and Flourish Folk School with her husband and two children in Godfrey, IL.
    She is an author, folk herbalist, educator, artist, and a regenerative farmer. Crystal has written three books published by New Society Publishers. She speaks at conferences and Mother Earth News Fairs across the U.S. She has been teaching a Resilient Living workshop series as well as herbal education for nearly 15 years. Crystal co-founded Tend & Flourish School of Botanicals.

    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsor!

    Steward is transforming agriculture by equipping regenerative farms and food systems with the capital they need to grow. As a mission-driven financial partner, Steward works closely with agricultural businesses to scale their operations, improve the health of their lands and waters, and bolster local-to-regional food systems. To date, Steward has provided over $15M in business loans to fund 75 unique projects, backed by more than 1,500 participating lenders. Steward is proud to be a Certified B Corp. Seek financing or support a loan campaign at gosteward.com

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

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Quality production. Valuable information.

So happy to have found another outstanding podcast about farming that appeals to my ideals. This is on par with, but not limited to a comparison to, The No-Till Market Market Garden, The Ruminant, Farmer to Farmer, The Intellectual Agrarian, Joe Gardener, The Probiotic Life, Farm Small Farm Smart (and Diego Footer’s arsenal of podcasts). An exceptional example is the interview with Karl Hammer of Vermont Compost Company.

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Greatly Enjoyed

I throughly enjoyed today’s podcast. I am from Canada and my family and I run a 2000 + acre ranch and forage farm. We have a lot of parts to our business and we struggle in some areas today’s podcast gave me hope and idea on where I can go to improve my knowledge base. Thank you😃

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Well needed

Even episodes that I think I’ll have nothing in common with provide insight which I enjoy in any podcast. The host is much more experienced than you may know from any episode and well worth learning from!

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