386 episodes

Insights for vegetable farmers and market gardeners who earn, or want to earn, a living growing vegetables profitably.

In each episode, I talk with a beginning or experienced farmer, diving deep into their story to find out what makes their market farm successful. I focus on in-the-field farming. Soil preparation, weed management, post-harvest processing, appropriate technology, farm tools and equipment, and growing crops.

Hosted and produced by Diego Footer's Modern Grower Podcast Network.

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    • Science
    • 4.8 • 14 Ratings

Insights for vegetable farmers and market gardeners who earn, or want to earn, a living growing vegetables profitably.

In each episode, I talk with a beginning or experienced farmer, diving deep into their story to find out what makes their market farm successful. I focus on in-the-field farming. Soil preparation, weed management, post-harvest processing, appropriate technology, farm tools and equipment, and growing crops.

Hosted and produced by Diego Footer's Modern Grower Podcast Network.

    The Ups and Downs on the Road to Make It Ville - Farm Startup - Episode 19

    The Ups and Downs on the Road to Make It Ville - Farm Startup - Episode 19

    In this episode, host Diego and farmer Alec take a look at how his first month at the farmer's market went after it kicked off well at opening week. Farmer Alec talks about how the following weeks went, his thoughts on the fluctuating sales, and what he plans to do next should he ever need to bolster sales for the farm. 
    Get time and labor-saving farm tools at shop.modern grower.co
    Listen to other podcasts on the Modern Grower Podcast Network:
    Farm Small, Farm Smart Farm Small, Farm Smart Daily The Growing Microgreens Podcast Check out Diego's book, Sell Everything You Grow, which is only $0.99 on  Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Everything-You-Grow-Homestead-ebook/dp/B0CJC9NTZF

    • 43 min
    Transitioning from Full-Time to Part-Time Farm Startup - Episode 18

    Transitioning from Full-Time to Part-Time Farm Startup - Episode 18

    In this episode, host Diego and farmer Alec dive into Alec's journey of pulling back from his full-time job at Crystal Organic Farm and transitioning into part-time work to make more time to focus on his own business. They take a look at what going part-time has allowed him to do and what he plans to do with the extra time, and they even talk about Alec bringing on additional help. 
    Get time and labor-saving farm tools at shop.modern grower.co
    Listen to other podcasts on the Modern Grower Podcast Network:
    Farm Small, Farm Smart Farm Small, Farm Smart Daily The Growing Microgreens Podcast Check out Diego's book, Sell Everything You Grow, which is only $0.99 on  Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Everything-You-Grow-Homestead-ebook/dp/B0CJC9NTZF

    • 56 min
    Building a Business Around Really Fancy Salad with Jacki Hinchey (CC44)

    Building a Business Around Really Fancy Salad with Jacki Hinchey (CC44)

    Jackie Hinchey, who has a background in agriculture, transitioned from a mom with a simple veggie garden to establishing Blue Dog Farm, known for its premium 'really fancy salad.' Initially started as a hobby, her farm grew into a successful business.
    Jackie discusses growing diverse crops on a small scale, ensuring high product quality, managing the business efficiently, and adapting to challenges, including climatic conditions. They delve into pricing strategies, market targeting, and maintaining ethical and high-quality food production. The conversation concludes with reflections on life choices, the impacts of the podcast on Jackie's journey, and advice for both young and older aspiring farmers.
    Blue Dog Farm: https://www.instagram.com/blue_dog_farm
    Get time and labor-saving farm tools and microgreen seeds at shop.modern grower.co
    Listen to other podcasts on the Modern Grower Podcast Network:
    Farm Small, Farm Smart Farm Small, Farm Smart Daily The Growing Microgreens Podcast Check out Diego's book Sell Everything You Grow on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Everything-You-Grow-Homestead-ebook/dp/B0CJC9NTZF
     

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Selling to Chefs, Selling to Multiple Markets, and Value-Added Products - Farm Startup - Episode 17

    Selling to Chefs, Selling to Multiple Markets, and Value-Added Products - Farm Startup - Episode 17

    In this episode, host Diego and farmer Alec welcome Chaz Daughtry of Sweetwater Farms in Houston, Texas to the show to talk about selling to chefs, dealing with crop planning, and selling to multiple markets. Chaz also shares his experience building a value-added shelf-stable brand that works in parallel with the farm business. 
    Get time and labor-saving farm tools at shop.modern grower.co
    Listen to other podcasts on the Modern Grower Podcast Network:
    Farm Small, Farm Smart Farm Small, Farm Smart Daily The Growing Microgreens Podcast Check out Diego's book, Sell Everything You Grow, which is only $0.99 on  Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Everything-You-Grow-Homestead-ebook/dp/B0CJC9NTZF

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Changes and Adjustments in the Second Farmers Market - Farm Startup - Episode 16

    Changes and Adjustments in the Second Farmers Market - Farm Startup - Episode 16

    In this episode, Diego and Alec break down Farmer Alec’s second farmer’s market of the season: the difference in the crowd of marketgoers between the first and second weeks, the adjustments Farmer Alec made in his products and bundles, and the sales he made that week. They also dive into his product offering in the coming weeks, as well as other changes he’ll be making moving forward.
     
    Get time and labor-saving farm tools at shop.modern grower.co
    Listen to other podcasts on the Modern Grower Podcast Network:
    Farm Small, Farm Smart Farm Small, Farm Smart Daily The Growing Microgreens Podcast Check out Diego's book, Sell Everything You Grow, which is only $0.99 on  Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Everything-You-Grow-Homestead-ebook/dp/B0CJC9NTZF

    • 59 min
    Breaking Down the First Farmers Market of the Season - Farm Startup - Episode 15

    Breaking Down the First Farmers Market of the Season - Farm Startup - Episode 15

    In this episode, Diego and Alec do a post-mortem of farmer Alec’s first farmer’s market of the season. They talk about the struggle of deciding how much product to harvest, as well as the unexpected amount of work that goes into last-minute prep for the market. Alec also walks us through how the market flowed, how much he sold, how much he was left with, and how he felt on the drive home after all was said and done.
     
    Get time and labor-saving farm tools at shop.modern grower.co
    Listen to other podcasts on the Modern Grower Podcast Network:
    Farm Small, Farm Smart Farm Small, Farm Smart Daily The Growing Microgreens Podcast Check out Diego's book, Sell Everything You Grow, which is only $0.99 on  Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Everything-You-Grow-Homestead-ebook/dp/B0CJC9NTZF

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Hugemungous ,

Hugh

I’m a professional gardener in the UK, this has so much incredible content. It’s calm, well structured and so informative. I’m looking to begin my own market garden and this is an absolute must listen.

furneycopse ,

Book and podcast

Brilliant podcast, great book too keep it coming

Greenislandwanderer ,

So much content!

Started listening recently - began at episode 1 season 1 and loving it. Can queue them up and listen all day while working and learning stuff all the time

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