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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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    • 4.5 • 11 Ratings

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 138 Yankee Rock Farm: Finn Is In The Hunger AND Wool Games This Time

    Ep 138 Yankee Rock Farm: Finn Is In The Hunger AND Wool Games This Time

    Before heading to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival 2021, we did a farm visit to speak with one of the participants of that grand event.  Siri Swanson (sheep shearer, farmer, butcher, educator and overachiever, among other things) gave us a tour of Yankee Rock Farm.  When she and her partner Colin are not running around the country shearing sheep, she plies her farming trades on three or four different sites near the Green Mountains of Vermont.  She has to do multiples in order to make it work, and “work” is the operative word.  The beautiful four-legged residents she raises include both Border Leicesters and Finn Sheep, and (speaking of multiples) we learned some interesting new ways to increase the sheep population quickly.  For this one we had to think intensely to remember what comes after “quads.”
    Rhinebeck is over, but the interviews are not.  This one is one that gives us hope for the future of agriculture, and the new generation of people who do it.
    Links:
    https://www.yankeerockfarm.com/
    https://www.virtual.sheepandwool.com/41
    https://web.archive.org/web/20130718022110/http://hhr.highlands.com/default.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Tear_of_the_Clouds
    https://darrp.noaa.gov/hazardous-waste/hudson-river
    https://www.epa.gov/superfund/what-superfund
    https://www.nps.gov/places/hudson-river-valley-national-heritage-area.htm
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Airways_Flight_1549
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    • 50 min
    Ep 137 Tammy White: Peace Like a River – Or a Sweater

    Ep 137 Tammy White: Peace Like a River – Or a Sweater

    Tammy White, of and at Wing and a Prayer Farm.  Custodian of one of the “finalist” places Elara wants to have her Elara’s ashes spread when the time comes.
    (Or maybe we’ll just hope that in the next life we come back as a Shetland Sheep in Vermont.)

    Links:
    https://www.wingandaprayerfarm.com/
    https://www.virtual.sheepandwool.com/41
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    • 28 min
    Ep 136 Chef Stephanie Oelsligle Jordan: Sometimes Lentils Have Grassroots

    Ep 136 Chef Stephanie Oelsligle Jordan: Sometimes Lentils Have Grassroots

    From Sustainable Solano’s website…
    “We are a grassroots, countywide movement uniting people through work that aims to serve the future of Solano County, to promote ecologically regenerative, economically and socially just communities in a world that works for everyone. Sustainable Solano has grown out of decades of dedicated community work that started with community gardens and has grown to include an emphasis on creating sustainable, regenerative environments, community capacity building, supporting local food systems and building youth leadership and workforce skills for a better future.”
    That’s definitely right up our alley, and perfect for those that want to support their local food supply.  But can they cook?  The answer is undoubtedly “Yes!”
    Listen in to this week’s podcast, as we chat with Chef Stephanie Oelsligle Jordan – Sustainable Solano’s Program Manager, Chef Extraordinaire, and spreader-of-the-good-vibes (and yummy cold lentil salad on a warm summer night).  We met at a farm screening of the Holstein Dilemma documentary (the Ag and Art Film Fest in Vacaville, California is again right up our alley), and were truly impressed with the yummy offerings.
    Follow the links to make your own at home.  Here is a recipe and support-your-local-farm-system combination that gives back – to your heart and your stomach.
     Links:
    http://sustainablesolano.org/
    http://sustainablesolano.org/our-team/
    http://sustainablesolano.org/local-food/ 
    https://agandartfilmfestival.com/  
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    • 36 min
    Ep 135 Dr. Amy McLean: You bet your…sweet bippy.

    Ep 135 Dr. Amy McLean: You bet your…sweet bippy.

    It’s Donkey Season again!  

    If you don’t know why it’s Donkey Season, you’ll have to listen to the podcast intro to find out.  But not only do you get your curiosity satisfied on that count, you get to hear one of our favorite interviews in its entirety.  Dr. Amy McClean (B.S., M.S., Ph.D., thank you very much) gives us a quick lesson on the joys of the donkey universe – and we didn’t even have to pay tuition at UC Davis to hear it (Although we have to say we are tempted to go look at the course catalogs, because she was pretty interesting even without the big donkey standing there).
    Join us in a windy, chaotic, informative, thought-provoking, bray-filled and stimulating chat with a very smart lady, straight from Bishop Mule Days 2019.  As conversations go, it was one of our very favorites.
    And Elara would like to note that she got through the written intro without one inappropriate-yet-suitable reference.  Don’t say she has no self control.  You bet your…sweet bippy.
    Links:
    https://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty/amy-mclean
    https://ce.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/symposia-article/2021-donkey-welfare-symposium
    https://muledays.org/
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    • 30 min
    Ep 134 The Boer Wars: Randy Dusek - American Goat Federation

    Ep 134 The Boer Wars: Randy Dusek - American Goat Federation

    Goats were brought over to this country almost exactly five centuries ago.  For something that has been around so long, it’s amazing that this animal has flown under the radar of popular consumer taste for most of its residency here in North America.  But goats have a lot to offer to the agricultural universe, as the rest of the world has known for thousands of years.  That realization is finally hitting our production markets, and it’s due to the efforts of people like our guest today.
    Randy Dusek, President of the American Goat Federation, was gracious enough to sit down with us (okay, so we stood in the goat pasture) to talk about the amazing animal that is the goat.  On The Lazy S-T Ranch in the San Angelo area of Texas, Randy raises the powerhouse meat producer known as the American Boer Goat.  He also has about 100 head of Hereford’s – the bovine type – and is busy helping to create The Cattleman’s Guide to Raising Goats, which outlines the benefits of having these two non-competitive critters pastured together.  Randy is tireless in his efforts to help people to learn about these amazing animals, and about as patient a guy as we’ve met.  We’ll be speaking with him again in the future about not only the American Boer Goat, but about all of the breeds of goat that he faithfully represents.
    Just a note here:  We know there are dairy goats, and fiber goats, and meat goats, and even brush control goats, but pack goats?  That was a new one to us.  Future podcasts are on our radar for something as interesting as that sounds.  Randy, we’re coming back to test your patience again soon.
    Links:
    www.americangoatfederation.org
    www.abga.org
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    • 38 min
    Ep 133 A Little Ditty About Jack & Kim...Two American Kids Raising British Sheep

    Ep 133 A Little Ditty About Jack & Kim...Two American Kids Raising British Sheep

    It’s that time of year again, and we can hardly wait.  The super extravaganza known as The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival is back in 2021.  Okay, so we just call “Rhinebeck” because, after all, it’s tons easier than remembering the acronym.  But it’s here!  
    Running up and down the aisles of the livestock barns was one of the joys of our filming lives, and the people we spoke with were fascinating.  One of those moments was our conversation with Kim and Jack Mastrianni from Maple Frost Farm in Langdon, New Hampshire.  Not only was Jack wearing a deliciously chunky sweater (do not touch the personal textiles, Elara), but Kim has a history connection that is truly something to speak about.  And, of course, there was that gorgeously soft and fluffy Leicester Longwool sheep standing there.  That one was safe to pet, even if the sweater wasn’t.
    We’re whetting your appetite by bringing you a podcast that will help tide you over until October 16th and 17th, when Rhinebeck comes alive in the virtual realm - and in-person.  You bet your sheep it does.
    Links:
    https://www.virtual.sheepandwool.com/41
    https://www.leicesterlongwool.org/new-page-1
    http://www.maplefrostfarm.com
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    • 24 min

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