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The internet is flooded with food photos, recipes and diet advice, partisan news, and farmer-inspired fashion, but who is listening to the farmers themselves? Farmers grow your food and manage nearly half of all land on Earth. It's time to pay attention to the policies, programs, and events that are shaping the future of agriculture.

Our host, Lindsey Lusher Shute, co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, provides a fresh, farmer-centric take on food and farm policy. We talk with policy makers, experts and advocates, and, of course, farmers, about the most critical issues facing farming in the U.S. and globally.

Edited by Hannah Beal and recorded at Radio Kingston.

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The internet is flooded with food photos, recipes and diet advice, partisan news, and farmer-inspired fashion, but who is listening to the farmers themselves? Farmers grow your food and manage nearly half of all land on Earth. It's time to pay attention to the policies, programs, and events that are shaping the future of agriculture.

Our host, Lindsey Lusher Shute, co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, provides a fresh, farmer-centric take on food and farm policy. We talk with policy makers, experts and advocates, and, of course, farmers, about the most critical issues facing farming in the U.S. and globally.

Edited by Hannah Beal and recorded at Radio Kingston.

    WAYFC Takeover Finale: Ariana de Leña on Tools for Dealing with Farmer Stress and Anxiety

    WAYFC Takeover Finale: Ariana de Leña on Tools for Dealing with Farmer Stress and Anxiety

    This week is the finale of our 7 part series created by the Washington Young Farmers Coalition (WAYFC), "Farm Resilience and COVID-19." This week Elizabeth chats with Ariana de Leña, a farmer at Kamayan Farm east of Seattle, about some embodied techniques to combat stress and mental health challenges on the farm.

    • 17 min
    WAYFC Takeover 6: Ariana de Leña on Farmer Stress and Anxiety (Part 1)

    WAYFC Takeover 6: Ariana de Leña on Farmer Stress and Anxiety (Part 1)

    This week Elizabeth talks with Ariana de Leña of Kamayan Farm about the stress and anxiety farmers confront and some practical tips for coping. This is the first part in a two-part conversation with Ari which will continue next week. In the first episode we focus on the ‘big picture’ and make connections between current conditions for farmers and how it affects our mental wellness.

    • 42 min
    WAYFC Takeover 5: Vero Vergara of Sweet Hollow Farm

    WAYFC Takeover 5: Vero Vergara of Sweet Hollow Farm

    Today Elizabeth chats with Vero Vergara of Sweet Hollow Farm in Woodinville, WA about equity, food access, and social justice. Vero Vergara is a nonbinary, disabled, brown, queer farmer and food systems worker based on Coast Salish territories. They work at the intersection of autonomous food systems building and liberatory community care.

    • 49 min
    Food Safety Part 2: Lean and Clean with Ellen Polishuk

    Food Safety Part 2: Lean and Clean with Ellen Polishuk

    In part 2 of our produce safety series, Young Farmers' Produce Safety Manager, Maggie Kaiser, talks with Ellen Polishuk about integrating Lean Farming principles into your farm's food safety plan.

    • 32 min
    Food Safety Part 1: Scaling Up with Scott Chang-Fleeman

    Food Safety Part 1: Scaling Up with Scott Chang-Fleeman

    This week and next we'll be talking about an often overlooked, and sometimes daunting, part of farming: *food safety*! Part 1 is a conversation with Scott Chang-Fleeman, owner of Shao Shan Farm in Marin County, who grows Asian heritage vegetables: "Scaling produce safety with your operation." It's interesting because it seems produce safety really clicks with Scott, as does farming in general, and he has a natural ability to assess risk. He has scaled his operation quickly and considers produce safety every step of the way. Plus he’s just really got his shit together... Enjoy!

    • 33 min
    WAYFC Takeover 4: Miles Griffin and Amanda Doughty on Farmer Mental Health

    WAYFC Takeover 4: Miles Griffin and Amanda Doughty on Farmer Mental Health

    Miles Griffin and Amanda Doughty currently live on 20 acres in Twisp, Washington. Amanda is a licensed therapist, who works off the farm full-time but loves a good Saturday weeding session. Miles is the owner and operator of Posterity Farm, producing pastured turkeys, wholesale organic garlic, and diversified vegetables. Miles and Amanda find deep interest in the intersection of their professions, especially the contrast between the risk factors that farmers face and the inherent therapeutic benefits of their practices. Miles and Amanda hope to one day use their experiences to develop a farm therapy
    program that reduces stigma around mental health and addresses food insecurity, community-building, and job training. If you are interested in learning more about their farm you can visit posterityfarm.com or email them at eatforposterity@gmail.com.

    A note: this episode discusses topics related to suicide and mental health. Please take care of yourself and your needs before you listen, as you listen and as you process this conversation.

    • 37 min

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