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Seasonal conversations on food and farming. Dirt Rich is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota. www.sfa-mn.org

Dirt Rich Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota

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Seasonal conversations on food and farming. Dirt Rich is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota. www.sfa-mn.org

    72: Farm Marketing & Mindset with Charlotte Smith

    72: Farm Marketing & Mindset with Charlotte Smith

    Click here to learn more and register for the upcoming workshop with Charlotte Smith. 
     
    Charlotte Smith swore she would never return to farming after a very difficult family farm bankruptcy while growing up. Spoiler: After some time working in the corporate world, she started a farm in 2009. She found that the time management, hiring, and interpersonal skills she had learned also really benefited her farm business. Others noticed too, and in 2013 she started teaching marketing to fellow farmers.
     
    According to Smith, the longest-standing principle of marketing is connecting in person. Digital marketing is not a substitute, although it is a very valuable tool that she helps farmers learn to use productively. Challenging a common farmer belief of "I don't like people, that's why I became a farmer!", she believes that as farmers build relationships and connect in person with others, they start thinking about people and their farm product differently, and they start showing up better. Sales follow.
     
    If you like what you learn in this episode, you may want to join our upcoming workshop! Learn more and register for the April 18, 2024 workshop with Charlotte Smith in St. Joseph, Minnesota: https://sfa-mn.org/events/three-crucial-steps-to-build-your-profitable-farm-with-charlotte-smith/
     
    Charlotte's recommendations:
    Mailchimp
    Mailer Lite
    Flodesk
    Squarespace
    Wix
    Square
    CharlotteMSmith.com

     
    Charlotte Smith
    Jonathan Kilpatrick, SFA Farmer Education Director
    The viewpoints of the speakers expressed within or outside of this episode do not necessarily reflect the goals and mission of SFA.
    Dirt Rich is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.
    If you enjoy Dirt Rich, consider supporting our work by becoming a member of SFA or donating at www.sfa-mn.org.

    • 59 min
    71: Shifting Agriculture with Dan Kittredge

    71: Shifting Agriculture with Dan Kittredge

    Dan Kittredge grew up on a homestead with a family deeply engaged in the organic movement. Over the years, he worked on farms across the globe and learned from permaculture, biodynamic, agroecology, indigenous, conventional, and microbiological perspectives.
    With a foundation in both the practical and the philosophical, he created the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) in 2010, who makes it their mission to "increase quality in the food supply." If you've heard of the concept of "nutrient-dense foods," you might already be familiar with some of BFA's work.
    The Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) is excited to be partnering with BFA to host Kittredge for a two-day "Principles of Biological Systems" workshop on January 26 & 27, 2024 in Elk River, Minnesota. Don't worry about sitting in front of a slide presentation for the whole weekend -- the workshop will be highly interactive and suitable for anyone who grows anything. Bring your questions and expect to leave with a better understanding of living systems and practical tools to make a positive impact on your plant and soil health. Learn more and register here.
     
    Dan Kittredge, Bionutrient Food Association Executive DirectorJonathan Kilpatrick, SFA Farmer Education Director
     
    Resources:
    Bionutrient Food Association
    Bionutrient Institute
     

     
    The viewpoints of the speakers expressed within or outside of this episode do not necessarily reflect the goals and mission of SFA.
    Dirt Rich is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.
    If you enjoy Dirt Rich, consider supporting our work by becoming a member of SFA or donating at www.sfa-mn.org.

    • 56 min
    70: Building Your Dream Team and Farm with Derek Schmitz

    70: Building Your Dream Team and Farm with Derek Schmitz

    Derek Schmitz has never dreamt of being anything other than a farmer. He also really doesn't like doing field work. An adaptively managed, perennial grazing dairy just makes sense. 
    In this conversation Schmitz shares how fellow dairy farmers helped him get started, and how genetics, observation and building his own farm team through the Minnesota Dairy Initiative have been key to his success -- and has even reduced his labor by about half.
     
    Jonathan Kilpatrick, SFA Farmer Education Director
    Derek Schmitz, SFA Minnesota Dairy Initiative Coordinator
     
    Resources:
    -MDI Website
    -Newman Turner books
    -"Farm as Ecosystem" by Jerry Brunetti
    -"Dirt to Soil" by Gabe Brown
    -"Building a Profitable Dairy Herd"
     

     
    The viewpoints of the speakers expressed within or outside of this episode do not necessarily reflect the goals and mission of SFA.
    Dirt Rich is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.
    If you enjoy Dirt Rich, consider supporting our work by becoming a member of SFA or donating at www.sfa-mn.org.

    • 53 min
    69: Grazing Management, Drought, & the NRCS

    69: Grazing Management, Drought, & the NRCS

    Jeff Duchene is a Grazing Specialist for the Minnesota NRCS, which offers both financial and technical assistance to producers to help them meet their land management goals and address their natural resource concerns.
    In conversation with host Jonathan Kilpatrick, Duchene shares how his formal education combined with years of learning directly from producers has been foundational in his career: "I think every producer I've worked with over the years I've learned something from."
    The pair also discuss the process of applying for NRCS programs like EQIP, and pointers and resources available to help navigate the current drought.
     
    Jonathan Kilpatrick, SFA Soil Health Lead
    Jeff Duchene, NRCS Grazing Specialist, Minnesota
     
    Resources: 
    NRCS website
    Cropland Grazing Exchange 
    Midwest Grazing Exchange
    MN NRCS YouTube channel
    September 2023 Grazing School
    Send us an email at info@sfa-mn.org.
     
    The viewpoints of the speakers expressed within or outside of this episode do not necessarily reflect the goals and mission of SFA.
    Dirt Rich is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.
    If you enjoy Dirt Rich, consider supporting our work by becoming a member of SFA or donating at www.sfa-mn.org.

    • 1 hr
    68: Dealing with Drought Roundtable

    68: Dealing with Drought Roundtable

    Five SFA farm consultants from across Minnesota discuss how they are approaching and planning ahead for drought conditions on their varying grazing operations. While conditions have changed since this conversation was recorded in early June 2023, their goals and decision-making strategies are evergreen.
    Listeners are welcome to reach out with questions. Drop us a line! SFA also offers our members on-farm coaching and consulting. Get started here.
    Drought can be a real source of stress for farmers. Minnesota has resources to help you cope. Reach the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline at 833-600-2670, or text FARMSTRESS to 898211, or email farmstress@state.mn.us. More information and additional resources are available here.
     
    Jonathan Kilpatrick, Soil Health Lead
    Derek Schmitz, MN Dairy Initiative (MDI) Coordinator
    Angie Walter, Central Minnesota Education Coordinator, DGA; Agricultural Water Quality Certification Project Outreach Coordinator
    Doug Voss, Grazing Lead
    Tyler Carlson, Silvopasture & Agroforestry Project Lead
     
    Resources:
    Contact your county’s FSA office for more information on opportunities and deadlines described in this episode.
    Cropland Grazing Exchange
    Midwest Grazing Exchange
    Minnesota Department of Agriculture Drought Resources
     
    The viewpoints of the speakers expressed within or outside of this episode do not necessarily reflect the goals and mission of SFA.
    Dirt Rich is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.
    If you enjoy Dirt Rich, consider supporting our work by becoming a member of SFA or donating at www.sfa-mn.org.

    • 52 min
    67: What is Farm Profitability?

    67: What is Farm Profitability?

    Jonathan Kilpatrick and Jared Luhman return to the mic to explore farm financial health.
    Doing a thorough business analysis can help you clearly identify specifically where your profits and losses lie across your enterprises, and in turn help you make confident decisions for your farm’s future. In their experience, the time you take to get a handle on your numbers usually pays itself back quickly in labor and input costs.
    The pair walk through some definitions, the components to consider in a financial analysis, on-farm examples, and provide a foundation for listeners to gain a clearer picture of their farm business.
    Find information about SFA's on-farm consults here, and Ranching for Profit School here. And, join us at an event to learn and connect with fellow farmers and food supporters!
     
    Jonathan Kilpatrick, Soil Health Specialist, SFA
    Jared Luhman, Soil Health Lead, SFA
     
    The viewpoints of the speakers expressed within or outside of this episode do not necessarily reflect the goals and mission of SFA.
    Dirt Rich is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.
    If you enjoy Dirt Rich, consider supporting our work by becoming a member of SFA or donating at www.sfa-mn.org.

    • 1 hr 1 min

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