74 episodes

This podcast is for anyone desiring to learn more about the human process of traditional, ethical, economic and delicious livestock processing and eating.

Brandon and Lauren Sheard, co-hosts and owners of Farmstead Meatsmith--their small-scale, custom processing and education business--talk all things meat related: from practical knowledge to the philosophical inspiration behind growing, harvesting and eating meat.

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This podcast is for anyone desiring to learn more about the human process of traditional, ethical, economic and delicious livestock processing and eating.

Brandon and Lauren Sheard, co-hosts and owners of Farmstead Meatsmith--their small-scale, custom processing and education business--talk all things meat related: from practical knowledge to the philosophical inspiration behind growing, harvesting and eating meat.

    Ep 71: On Moving, Tradition, & Truck Tipping, Pt 2

    Ep 71: On Moving, Tradition, & Truck Tipping, Pt 2

    In this episode, we continue our conversation on moving from Washington State to just outside Tulsa, Oklahoma. We chat about the changing landscape, packing up our business, and tipping our slaughter truck.    
    Introduction and Announcements:
    Family Pig classes are happening in the Fall on Sept 29th-Oct 1st, Oct 13-15th, and October 27-29th. Our classes make incredible gifts for anyone interested in the whole processing narrative. From the kill to butchery to cookery, the experience gained at Family Pig is unparalleled. Support our podcast on Patreon! Production of each episode takes hours of work, filming, and editing. By becoming a patron, you'll help us keep our episode quality high and allow us to continue filming. You can find us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/meatsmith. Membership -- a gift that gives all year long! More than 45 Harvest Films by Brandon. Forum topics are now categorized for easy browsing! 60-day free trial available! Promo code: "60daytrial." Use it along with the Newsletter Special option to sign up. Episode 71 Show Notes: Absconding fathers, 1:01 Slaughter truck packing, 13:15 Eating out on the road, 25:00                  Changing landscapes, 29:23 Purging before moving, 35:49 What our new place offers, 38:00 Dewlap Toulouse geese, 40:22 Daniel Firth Griffiths interview for the Robinia Institute, 42:56 Farmers are often good philosophers, 50:15 Doubting your senses, 52:15  
    Links
    Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1251780.Jane_Grigson_s_Vegetable_Book?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=2omYFbYMbF&rank=1
    The Octopus: A Story of California by Frank Norris https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/876843.The_Octopus?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=78vmPTTtvl&rank=6

    • 56 min
    Ep 74 Philosophy 101 & Family Farming

    Ep 74 Philosophy 101 & Family Farming

    In this episode, we review The Church and Farming and The Rulers of Russia and the Russian Farmers by Denis Fahey. We also chat about The Prairie Troubadour, our Membership program, and our sense faculties as they relate to farming and all life.  Introduction and Announcements:
    Family Pig classes are happening in the Fall on Sept 29th-Oct 1st, Oct 13-15th, and October 27-29th. Our classes make incredible gifts for anyone interested in the whole processing narrative. From the kill to butchery to cookery, the experience gained at Family Pig is unparalleled. Support our podcast on Patreon! Production of each episode takes hours of work, filming, and editing. By becoming a patron, you'll help us keep our episode quality high and allow us to continue filming. You can find us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/meatsmith. Membership -- a gift that gives all year long! More than 45 Harvest Films by Brandon. Forum topics are now categorized for easy browsing! 60-day free trial available! Promo code: "60daytrial." Use it along with the Newsletter Special option to sign up. Episode 74 Show Notes: William Cobbett, 1:14 The Prairie Troubadour, 2:27 Our Membership program, 7:07      Family farming will save the world, 22:56 Book reviews, 24:00 Our sense faculties, 28:17  
    Links
    William Cobbett https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/725610.A_History_of_the_Protestant_Reformation_in_England_and_Ireland
    The Prairie Troubadour - https://prairietroubadour.org
    John Senior's books:
    Death of Christian Culture https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2866190-the-death-of-christian-culture?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=HALGAgTZRU&rank=1 The Restoration of Christian Culture https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3036040-the-restoration-of-christian-culture Integrated Humanities Program - https://fundihpmemorial.org/ihp-history Denis Fahey's books:
    The Church and Farming - https://loretopubs.org/the-church-and-farming.html The Rulers of Russia and the Russian Farmers  https://loretopubs.org/the-rulers-of-russia-and-the-russian-farmers.html

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 73: Family Farms Part 2

    Episode 73: Family Farms Part 2

    In this episode, we chat about animal family groups, cow, pig, and goat hegemony, natural law vs. naturalism, suffering, and Mass.  Introduction and Announcements:
    Family Pig classes are sold out for Spring 2022. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when we schedule the next round of classes. Our classes make incredible gifts for anyone interested in the whole processing narrative. From the kill to butchery to cookery, the experience gained at Family Pig is unparalleled. Support our podcast on Patreon! Production of each episode takes hours of work, filming, and editing. By becoming a patron, you'll help us keep our episode quality high and allow us to continue filming. You can find us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/meatsmith. Membership -- a gift that gives all year long! More than 45 Harvest Films by Brandon. Forum topics are now categorized for easy browsing! 60-day free trial available! Promo code: "60daytrial." Use it along with the Newsletter Special option to sign up. Show Notes: Gearld Fry, all knowledge comes through the senses, 1:20 Family units and order, 11:44                  Types of naturalism, 21:21 Costly sacrifice, Mass, 31:05 Suffering, 36:15  
    Links for Episode 73:
    Gearld Fry   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46PF8JpE5xc Animal Reproduction and Animal Health by Charles Walters https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25750569-reproduction-and-animal-health Steve Campbell https://www.youtube.com/user/thinkmwc/featured Clear Creek Abby - https://clearcreekmonks.org/

    • 49 min
    Episode 72: Family Farms, Part 1

    Episode 72: Family Farms, Part 1

    In this episode, we chat about Brandon's recent travels to teach classes in other states, family farms, and land management trends. 
    Introduction and Announcements:
    We have two Family Pig classes in Spring 2022. Our classes make incredible gifts for anyone interested in the whole processing narrative. From the kill to butchery to cookery, the experience gained at Family Pig is unparalleled. Support our podcast on Patreon! Production of each episode takes hours of work, filming, and editing. By becoming a patron, you'll help us keep our episode quality high and allow us to continue filming. You can find us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/meatsmith. Membership -- a gift that gives all year long! More than 45 Harvest Films by Brandon. Forum topics are now categorized for easy browsing! 60-day free trial available! Promo code: "60daytrial." Use it along with the Newsletter Special option to sign up. Show Notes: Intro and meandering, 1:03 Family Pig classes, 2:26                  Brandon's Travels, 9:39 Washington- Sheep harvest class 11:23 Family farms, 11:58 Low tech classes, 15:44 North Carolina - Justine Rhodes' farm, 20:49 Arkansas - New Woodlands Farm, 23:18 Classes and teaching, 26:32 Sourcing feed in Oklahoma, 32:38 Sterilization, 37:22 Family farms as the ideal environmental strategy, 39:47 Virginia - Robinia Institute, 41:49 Land management trends, 47:02 Subsidiarity, 50:57 Nature saved by our stewardship, 55:54 The exception is sickness, 59:26  
    Links for Episode 72:
    William Cobbett - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12532490-cottage-economy Isabella Beeton - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1793753.Mrs_Beeton_s_Book_Of_Household_Management Justin Rhodes - https://homesteadersofamerica.com Pannage - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pannage J. Russell Smith - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52342488-tree-crops Robinia Institute - https://robiniainstitute.com/ Gearld Fry - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46PF8JpE5xc

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 70: On Moving, Tradition, and Truck Tipping, Part 1

    Ep 70: On Moving, Tradition, and Truck Tipping, Part 1

    In this episode, we talk more about moving to Oklahoma, tradition, and leaving behind what our kids will want to inherit.  Introduction and Announcements:
    We have two Family Pig classes in Spring 2022. Our classes make incredible gifts for anyone interested in the whole processing narrative. From the kill to butchery to cookery, the experience gained at Family Pig is unparalleled. Support our podcast on Patreon! Production of each episode takes hours of work, filming, and editing. By becoming a patron, you'll help us keep our episode quality high and allow us to continue filming. You can find us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/meatsmith. Membership -- a gift that gives all year long! More than 45 Harvest Films by Brandon. Forum topics are now categorized for easy browsing! 60-day free trial available! Promo code: "60daytrial." Use it along with the Newsletter Special option to sign up. Show Notes: Intro and our kids' enthusiasm for Oklahoma, 1:03 Family Pig dates changed, 6:37                  Moving to Tornado Ally, 10:36 Getting the shop ready, 12:10 Come to a class with your family, 17:56 Project with Justin Rhodes, 17:56 Leaving Vashon, 21:53 Moving with cured meat, 23:00 Moving the beams, 29:54 Passing things on to our kids, 32:34 Piety, 36:09 Story of Pinocchio, 42:15 Hungry for tradition, 44:40 Links for Episode 70:
    Justin Rhodes - https://homesteadersofamerica.com Around the Year with Maria Von Trapp - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5857650-around-the-year-with-the-trapp-family

    • 56 min
    Episode 69: Bonus Episode with Daniel Firth Griffith and the Robinia Institute in The Conversationalist Webinar Series.

    Episode 69: Bonus Episode with Daniel Firth Griffith and the Robinia Institute in The Conversationalist Webinar Series.

    In this episode, Brandon talks with Daniel Firth Griffith of the Robinia Institute in The Conversationalist Webinar Series. The topics discussed range from descaling agriculture to Aristotle. 
    Introduction and Announcements:
    Support our podcast on Patreon! Production of each episode takes hours of work, filming, and editing. By becoming a patron, you will help us keep our episode quality high and allow us to continue filming. You can find us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/meatsmith. Family Pig classes are happening in the Fall on Sept 29th-Oct 1st, Oct 13-15th, and October 27-29th. Our classes make incredible gifts for anyone interested in the whole processing narrative. From the kill to butchery to cookery, the experience gained at Family Pig is unparalleled. Membership -- a gift that gives all year long! More than 45 Harvest Films by Brandon. Forum topics are now categorized for easy browsing! 60-day free trial available! Use the Newsletter Special option on our sign-up page ad apply the promo code 60daytrial at checkout. Show Notes: Our move to Oklahoma, 1:39 Intro to The Conversationalist Webinar Series, 7:07                  Pursuing a philosophical goal, 12:09 Regionally specific habits, 23:17           The PNW has no ham curing traditions, 25:56
    Descaling agriculture, 29:55           The high demand for butchery in every state, 38:10
              Transparency of slaughter, 43:10
    What does it mean to be a good slaughterman, 47:18 Liberating the harvest, 55:23 Descaling all the way back to the family farm, 57:07           Carry all the responsibility yourself vs. dependence, 1:00:00
    Where can people learn more about harvesting livestock, 1:03:18 Yearn for tradition in building, etc, 1:06:28 Forming dependence, 1:15:08  
    Links for Episode 69:
    Robinia Institute - The Conversationalist webinar series                    https://robiniainstitute.com/the-conversationalist-webinar-series/ Wendell Berry quote from Nature as Measure  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9809187-nature-as-measure “An agriculture using nature…as its measure would approach the world in the manner of a conversationalist. It would not impose its vision and its demands upon a world that it conceives of as a stockpile of raw materials. …Now we must think of marriage.”
    Rene Descartes  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Descartes Aristotle https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9438.The_Basic_Works_of_Aristotle Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16619.Democracy_in_America

    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

mcmattamoose ,

Worth Every Minute

If you want to hear two amazing people discuss with humility and grace the simple life of homesteading, this is the podcast for you. I will never tire of listening to Brandon and Lauren as they banter about all things homestead. I have learned a great deal from them and been inspired to take up the work of recovering old world methods of raising, butchering, and curing (or cooking) meat.

Caveman123T ,

Good

Great discussion.

spicebushandfirs ,

Reviving our connection to place..

I have really enjoyed listening to this podcast and have learned so much already in just a few episodes. The combination of humbly presenting real-world knowledge and engaging us deeply in the intricacies of animal husbandry while throwing in some humor has made it such a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for bringing out into the world the lost art of animal husbandry and a deep connection to the natural world.

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