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Farm to Taber is a show about the inner guts of the food system, and what it takes to make work sustainably. Wherever that takes us—science, history, tech, culture, policy, marketing, psychology, design, and more— Farm to Taber goes there.

Farm To Taber Dr. Sarah Taber

    • Food

Farm to Taber is a show about the inner guts of the food system, and what it takes to make work sustainably. Wherever that takes us—science, history, tech, culture, policy, marketing, psychology, design, and more— Farm to Taber goes there.

    2.10 Interview with Travis Higginbotham part 1

    2.10 Interview with Travis Higginbotham part 1

    Travis Higginbotham has an extremely niche job: he's a trainer for cannabis growers. It's a pretty straightforward plant to grow in a backyard or closet. But as the crop legalizes and greenhouses and indoor grows get larger, normal crop issues like IPM (integrated pest management), worker safety, and sustainability come to the fore. So in the interest of making larger-scale crop knowledge accessible, Travis & I got together & nerded out about running cannabis grows.
    This interview was super long, so it's divided into 5 parts. The first two are here on Soundcloud, and the next three will post once a month. If you Must Have The Whole Thing immediately, the full 5-part series is available on Patreon at the $5 level as well: www.patreon.com/user?u=5610560

    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/farm-to-taber/id1418015843?mt=2Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/farm-to-taber-podcastRSS subscribe: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:432549147/sounds.rssPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5610560Donate: https://www.paypal.me/farmtotaber Twitter: https://twitter.com/farmtotaberpod?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/FarmToTaber/CreditsSound design & edits: Nat WeinerTranscript: Tanja DraytonIntro music: Fight ‘Em Down, Flash Fluharty

    • 15 min
    2.9 Factories Didn’t Ruin Farms, Farms Ruined Factories feat. Caitlin Rosenthal part 1

    2.9 Factories Didn’t Ruin Farms, Farms Ruined Factories feat. Caitlin Rosenthal part 1

    Caitlin Rosenthal is a former McKinsey consultant turned historian of business practices, teaching at UC-Berkeley. Her recent book Accounting for Slavery traces how US business culture and practices were not born in the Industrial Revolution and northern factories as commonly believed, but on Southern and Caribbean plantations. She can be found on Twitter at @CC_Rosenthal .

    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/farm-to-taber/id1418015843?mt=2 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/farm-to-taber-podcast RSS subscribe: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:432549147/sounds.rss Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5610560 Donate: https://paypal.me/farmtotaber Twitter: https://twitter.com/farmtotaberpod?lang=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FarmToTaber/

    Books, people, websites, & more mentioned in this interview:
    The Social History of Agriculture: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442209671/The-Social-
    History-of-Agriculture-From-the-Origins-to-the-Current-Crisis
    Investing in Life: Studies in Early American Economy and Society from the Library Company of
    Philadelphia: https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/investing-life
    Creating Abundance by Alan L. Olmstead & Paul W. Rhode: https://www.amazon.com/Creating-
    Abundance-Biological-Agricultural-Development/dp/0521673879
    Environmental Defense Fund https://www.edf.org/sites/default/files/documents/farm-finance-
    report.pdf
    Good Jobs Strategy by Zeynep Ton: https://www.zeynepton.com/book/

    • 16 min
    2.8 2,000 Years of Rural Landlords feat. Patrick Wyman part 1

    2.8 2,000 Years of Rural Landlords feat. Patrick Wyman part 1

    Patrick Wyman is a historian and host of the Tides of History podcast. He grew up in eastern Washington doing a lot of construction & farm jobs. Hope you have as much fun listening as we did comparing notes on rural bosses throughout the ages.

    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/farm-to-taber/id1418015843?mt=2 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/farm-to-taber-podcast RSS subscribe: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:432549147/sounds.rss Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5610560 Donate: https://paypal.me/farmtotaber Twitter: https://twitter.com/farmtotaberpod?lang=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FarmToTaber/

    Books, people, websites, & other things mentioned in this interview
    Roman grain barges: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cura_Annonae
    Chinese dynasty headed by a peasant: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Gaozu_of_Han
    Accounting for Slavery: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674972094
    Environmental historian of early America: Keith Pluymers at Illinois State University
    http://ilstu.academia.edu/KeithPluymers
    Tides of History: https://wondery.com/shows/tides-of-history/

    • 24 min
    2.7 Greenhouses & Guts feat. Joe Swartz part 1

    2.7 Greenhouses & Guts feat. Joe Swartz part 1

    Joe Swartz is a 4th generation farmer who started using hydroponics back in its early days—the 1980s—to help keep his family’s small farm open. Some thirty years later, it’s the longest-running hydroponic operation in the US northeast. Joe’s main job now is training new growers. In a hydro industry that’s full of hot new tools, Joe’s a great witness to how they’re still just tools. Running a good operation is still about making sure those tools serve the plants, and the humans on deck have all the training & support they need to use the tools properly.
    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/farm-to-taber/id1418015843?mt=2Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/farm-to-taber-podcastRSS subscribe: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:432549147/sounds.rssPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5610560Donate: https://paypal.me/farmtotaber Twitter: https://twitter.com/farmtotaberpod?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/FarmToTaber/

    CreditsSound design & edits: Nat WeinerTranscript: Tanja DraytonIntro music: Fight ‘Em Down, Flash Fluharty

    • 26 min
    2.6 Biochar & Why Green Tech Adoption Is A Mess Sometimes: Interview with Mike McGolden part 1

    2.6 Biochar & Why Green Tech Adoption Is A Mess Sometimes: Interview with Mike McGolden part 1

    Mike McGolden is an engineer who builds equipment for making biochar. We talk about the drama of getting new green technologies ready to use, and the additional drama of convincing people to use it once it’s ready.

    • 32 min
    2.5 On Avocados & Being Considerate for Fun and Profit feat. Chris Summers part 1

    2.5 On Avocados & Being Considerate for Fun and Profit feat. Chris Summers part 1

    Chris Summers is Global Director of Food Safety and Compliance for Mission Produce—an avocado company. Companies need people like Chris in them making sure crazy shit doesn’t happen. Some companies use that person better than others. I’ve done some work with Mission and liked what I saw, so today we’re having Chris on to talk about what he does.

    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/farm-to-taber/id1418015843?mt=2
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/farm-to-taber-podcast
    RSS subscribe: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:432549147/sounds.rss
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5610560
    Donate: https://paypal.me/farmtotaber
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/farmtotaberpod?lang=en
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FarmToTaber/

    Books, people, websites, & more mentioned in this interview:
    Business research about how treat your people well makes your company work better:
    Zeynep Ton, The Good Jobs Strategy (https://www.zeynepton.com/book/)
    Taiichi Ohno, Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production
    (https://www.amazon.com/Toyota-Production-System-Beyond-Large-Scale/dp/0915299143)
    Costco’s wacky HR strategies that actually put employees first : https://i-sight.com/resources/employee-relations-best-practices-costco/

    Credits:
    Sound design & edits: Nat Weiner
    Transcript: Tanja Drayton
    Intro music: Fight ‘Em Down, Flash Fluharty 

    • 23 min

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