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Join Rick and Elara of Backyard Green Films as we traverse the U.S on a green adventure! We travel throughout the land in our travel trailer (nicknamed Bessie), on a mission to share the stories, dedication, and wisdom of America's stewards of sustainable agriculture who've followed their own 'call of the land.' From scientists to geneticists to organic farmers and ranchers - plus a bounty of interesting folks we meet along the way, each voice is uniquely diverse, and each story compels us to uncover, discover, and share. Please become a Patreon member and help support our podcast. Copy and paste the link in your browser. https://www.patreon.com/agriCulturePodcast

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Join Rick and Elara of Backyard Green Films as we traverse the U.S on a green adventure! We travel throughout the land in our travel trailer (nicknamed Bessie), on a mission to share the stories, dedication, and wisdom of America's stewards of sustainable agriculture who've followed their own 'call of the land.' From scientists to geneticists to organic farmers and ranchers - plus a bounty of interesting folks we meet along the way, each voice is uniquely diverse, and each story compels us to uncover, discover, and share. Please become a Patreon member and help support our podcast. Copy and paste the link in your browser. https://www.patreon.com/agriCulturePodcast

    Ep 211 Stephen Adcock: Ipstone Patchwork Clockwork Dexter Farmstay

    Ep 211 Stephen Adcock: Ipstone Patchwork Clockwork Dexter Farmstay

    Our stay at Clockwork Cottage was one of the quiet delights of our UK trip in August of 2023.  The Peak District in England is well known as being a day-hiker’s destination filled with rolling emerald fields, ancient stacked stone walls, and sheep, sheep and sheep.  There are those amazing things, yes, and found aplenty, but for the Backyard Green Films crew the hills were alive with the breeze blowing through the grass, and the sound of…Dexters!  Dexter Cattle, that is.  
    This smallest native breed is originally from Ireland, but found in other places now.  It might be hard to imagine a lovelier place for them than here, though.  And the Full English Breakfast and super soft beds had nothing to do with it, I’m sure.
    Our sincere thanks to Stephen Adcock for taking the time to speak with us in the midst of a busy farm day (and his wife Sharon, who introduced us to Full English Breakfast – can’t forget that).
     Links:
    https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/41677221?source_impression_id=p3_1711931704_prSMSEwVpqzI9XTV
    https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/things-to-do/getactive-walking
    https://www.dextercattle.co.uk/
    https://www.instagram.com/clockworkcottage/


     
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    Ep 210 Steve Montgomery: …and We’ll Leave the Lamppost on for Ya

    Ep 210 Steve Montgomery: …and We’ll Leave the Lamppost on for Ya

    Steve Montgomery of Lamppost Farm is our guest on today’s podcast, coming to you from a stop on the Devon Congress pre-tour - Columbiana, Ohio style this time.  Steve and his family raise Devon Cattle, Coopworth Sheep, pigs, turkeys and a partridge in a pear tree (okay, no partridges, but there are more chickens than you can safely count).  Their goal is to make and teach connections between living things, but the annual flock of Lamppost interns can tell you that they learn how to do the sweaty part on the farm as well.  
    These are just plain good solid people who open up their hearts and farm to those in need, wanting to make a difference.  As the Narnia bunch would tell you, when life gets rough, it’s always lovely to have someone who’s willing to leave the lamppost burning so others can find their way home.  C.S. Lewis would be proud.
     
    Links:
    http://www.lamppostfarm.com/
    https://whatnerd.com/movies-with-hidden-meanings-deeper-metaphors/
    https://iep.utm.edu/plato/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plato
    https://historycooperative.org/norse-mythology/
    https://greekgodsandgoddesses.net/gods/
    https://greekgodsandgoddesses.net/gods/apollo/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._S._Lewis
    https://www.cnn.com/style/article/keep-calm-poster/index.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Narnia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._R._Tolkien
     
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    Ep 209 Clover Brooke Farm: We Love Leaping Llamas – But Today We’ll Just Walk

    Ep 209 Clover Brooke Farm: We Love Leaping Llamas – But Today We’ll Just Walk

    Andrea Tibbets of Clover Brooke Farm is our guest on today’s podcast.  We usually see her at the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (Rhinebeck), but since at that fine event we see her running the Camelid Barn and running the Leaping Llama contest and running the Spitters’ Club and…well, just plain running, we decided it was way past time to visit her home turf.  For a walk.
    One of the most peaceful things you can do, we found, is to take a hike through Hyde Park with a llama on a leash.  It sounds like something for people with way too much time on their hands, but were schooled about 10 minutes in, when Zen and an overall feeling of wellbeing descended.  We are converted, and will recommend a camelid stroll to anyone who just need a little bit of peace.  Peace, with a tippy tappy song in our hearts, that is.
     
    Links:
    https://cloverbrookefarm.com/
    https://sheepandwool.com/events/competitions-shows/leaping-llamas/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhapsody_in_Blue
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043278/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


     
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    Ep 208 Lakota Ranch: Jeremy is Running for Congress 2024

    Ep 208 Lakota Ranch: Jeremy is Running for Congress 2024

    It’s another stop on our Devon Pre-Tour run.  This time, we’re bringing you the sights and sounds from a delightful and delicious visit to Lakota Ranch in Remington, Virginia.  Lakota is the home of Jeremy Engh, President of Red Devon USA, Dr. Jerry Engh, the founder of the herd itself (and Jeremy, for that matter), and Patty Engh, who runs them both, we’re fairly sure.
     We had a visit that included pasture rotation avec spicy herding dogs and spicier cows, a 30-year old Devon cow with calf (yes, we said that correctly), a stunning and mouthwatering winery luncheon experience (thank you, Chef Tim at Early Mountain Winery – what an amazing spread!), a hilltop hike to meet a tolerant bull and a world-travelling vet, and…well, we could go on, but we’ll let you hear for yourself.  And you can not only hear, but also see parts of it as well if you go to our Backyard Green Films YouTube channel.  We’re going to have to put it in a few episodes, as this visit was a two-day adventure and it was hard to put the camera down.  The hospitality of the Devonites was phenomenal, yet again.  Wow.
     
    Links:
    https://www.britannica.com/place/Mason-and-Dixon-Line
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_in_the_American_Civil_War
    https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/old-dominion/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chancellorsville
    www.reddevonusa.com
    www.milkingdevons.org
    https://reddevonusa.com/lakota_ranch
    https://www.earlymountain.com/
    https://youtu.be/VhI0L26rs_E?si=tmESo1d41eJiUY4Y
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    Ep 207 Clive Richardson: Kilnsey, Kilnsey, Have You Any Spots?

    Ep 207 Clive Richardson: Kilnsey, Kilnsey, Have You Any Spots?

    Don’t you love talking to people who know their stuff?  While crashing the Kilnsey Show in Yorkshire on our UK trip last August, we came across Clive Richardson, Field Officer for the Jacob Sheep Society.  It was a spontaneous tailgate conversation, but we magically ended up with not only someone who raises some of the most interesting-looking sheep you’ll ever lay eyes on, but he was a truly well-spoken and well-researched man.  He has more than one book on his author creds page, and we’re thinking it might be well worth a trip back across the pond.  He did write about Fell Ponies, after all.  
     
    Links:
    https://site.jacobsheepsociety.com/clive-richardson-pic/
    https://site.jacobsheepsociety.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/jacobsheepsocietyuk/
    https://site.jacobsheepsociety.com/breed-standard/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_sheep
    https://www.southwestfarmer.co.uk/news/4523265.top-wool-award-jacob-sheep-breeder/
    http://bideaweefarm.com/
     
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    Ep 206 A Little Devon About Bob & Diana

    Ep 206 A Little Devon About Bob & Diana

    It’s the Devon Congress 2024 - Coming soon to an east-coast back road near you (if you live on the east coast and are there in April, that is).  This April, people are coming from all over the world to celebrate the Devon Cattle breed and all of its many shapes and sizes.  And if you live in the U.S., 400 years of Devon history is something even more amazing to celebrate.
    Red Devon USA is the host organization for this amazing road trip, and they gave us a little taste of the families and farms that would be on the tour (Okay, not a little taste.  Lots of tastes.  They feed you constantly.).  We visited in December, so there will be teeth chattering coming through the mics.  The hearts were warm, though, and hospitality abounded!
    We’re starting with Bob and Diana VanKirk of 4 Seasons Farm in Tyrone, Pennsylvania.  On this visit there was pot roast, a Pink Lady Razor (Rick forgot his – thank you, Diana), and a pregnancy progression.  They were two of the most welcoming people we’ve met, and a wonderful start to the Devon Congress in April.
    Links:
    https://www.4seasonscattle.com/
    https://www.reddevonusa.com/
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