We think you should be able to hear from the real people who grow your food. So we’re giving you a look directly into their world: why they’ve devoted their lives to growing food, how they tackle the challenges they face every day, and what fears keep them up at night.
Duane Brandsma | #048
An intense battle with mental illness took Duane Brandsma away from his family's farm and the work that he had cared so deeply about.
Duane gives an inside look into the deeply personal details of what really happened when he says he "cracked," and why he's now speaking out about the mental health crisis among farmers.
Enrique Mendoza | #047
Growing up in Guatemala, Enrique Mendoza never expected that he would one day run his own dairy farm here in Washington state.
But after working for Everson-area dairy farmer Jerry Van Dellen for several years, Enrique found he loved dairy farming and began working toward owning his own farm.
Lawrence Honcoop | #046
Host Dillon Honcoop's grandfather produced milk for 45 years and raised a family on a small family dairy near Lynden, Wash.
90-year-old Lawrence Honcoop sits down with his podcaster grandson for a personal reflection on the challenges and triumphs he faced over the years, all the way back to being raised by a single mom with her own small farm just out of the Great Depression.
Mariah Butenschoen | #045
She's a high school teacher and first-generation organic blueberry farmer who, along with her husband, grew her farm from the ground up. Oh, and they distill craft liquor, too. Mariah Butenschoen of Breckenridge Blueberries and Probably Shouldn't Distillery shares about the risks and the hardships they faced on their journey to realize a dream that many said wasn't possible.
Corby Groen | #044
A rare medical condition nearly took the life of organic dairy farmer Corby Groen earlier this year. He shares the amazing story of how doctors raced to figure out what was killing him from the inside, and how his family and the surrounding community was able to keep the farm going while he was hospitalized for months.
Macala Wright | #043
Even with a successful career in fashion, entertainment and marketing in LA, Macala Wright wasn't happy or healthy. She explains how she reached her breaking point, turning to farming and real food to heal her body and mind, and ultimately bringing her life full circle.