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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 167 Jeremy Michaud: A Fine-Tuned Machine – with Heart

    Ep 167 Jeremy Michaud: A Fine-Tuned Machine – with Heart

    Have you ever seen one of those commercials for an all-American heavy-duty truck, with an all-American cowboy or farmer?  They’re usually off-loading dirty-but-not-too-dirty hay into a field, parked on a majestic mesa, with the sun shining about. There’s not a lot of sweat, and perfectly-placed dirt on all the faces.  No dirt on the cows, either.  It’s lovely and stirs the patriotic soul.  But the glories that can be achieved with a model, perfect lighting and a 20-person crew are not the reality of what actually happens on a farm.  It’s dirty.  It’s difficult.  And it’s really, really hard work with really long hours, seven days a week.


    Sometimes you meet people who are the epitome of all that, without the aid of the makeup girl or the continuity department.  You know them when you see them, and they don’t usually talk much about it, they just do it.  They built our agricultural production system in this country.  Today, we have an impromptu tailgate conversation with one of those people.


    Jeremy Michaud, from East Hardwick, Vermont is the head of the Michaud family, Kingdom Creamery, and Clair-A-Den Farm.  He is a no-nonsense man, with a strong love of family and the commitment it takes to raise a human being with solid values.  He is a perfect example of the best characteristics of the multipurpose American Milking Devon Cattle breed, because he gets right down to business, and does as much as he can to move forward in good times and bad.  

    (Though we do have to say that in our 90-degree weather last weekend, we did wish we had a 20-person crew and an air-conditioned star trailer).



    Links:
    http://milkingdevons.org/index.html
    https://www.kingdomcreameryofvermont.org/
    http://afs.okstate.edu/breeds/cattle/milkingdevon/index.html/
    https://www.vtfarmtoplate.com/organization/kingdom-creamery-of-vermont


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    Ep 166 Mountain Meadow Part 2: A Fam-Mill-ly Production

    Ep 166 Mountain Meadow Part 2: A Fam-Mill-ly Production

    Every once in a great while you meet people who are just plain special. The Hostetler Family and the company they run, Mountain Meadow Wool, is a true family affair. Now, we aren't talking of just the related kind, but the Hostetler's run their business and treat everyone who works for them as family. Rick and I saw this first hand as we filmed there in Buffalo, Wyoming last week. So, today we bring you part two of our story from Mountain Meadow Wool. We speak with Karen's son Ben, as he takes us through some of the day's adventures at the mill. Ellen who was our extraordinary tour guide through the facilities, explaining how things operate and introducing to some of the wonderful workers who help produce their products.  So, please sit back and listen to the sounds of the mill in full operation and the people who love what they do.

    Links:
    https://mountainmeadowwool.com/
    https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/most-famous-national-parks-set-visitation-records-in-2021.htm
    https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/annual-visitation-highlights.htm
    https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/highlights.htm 



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    Ep 165 Karen Hostetler, Mountain Meadow Wool NOT Just the Old Run of the Mill

    Ep 165 Karen Hostetler, Mountain Meadow Wool NOT Just the Old Run of the Mill

    We’re back from the cold and snowy north.  Our trip to Mountain Meadow Mill in Buffalo, Wyoming was delightful, and today we’re bringing you a conversation with Karen Hostetler, its founder – who is also the matriarch of a fast-growing clan of Hostetlers.  
    They were a truly nice bunch, and we’ll definitely want to go back again after this trip (even after next week’s podcast with Ben, aka Hostetler #2).  The Wyoming and Montana regions are full of many things, even though many people don’t think of what surrounds one of the country’s most famous and majestic National Parks.  Sheep ranching, Basque and other history, and more things than we can quickly mention abound in this area, so we’ll be back.  Maybe we’ll have to buy another sweater, too, just in case it gets cold again.
    Links:
    https://mountainmeadowwool.com/
    https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/most-famous-national-parks-set-visitation-records-in-2021.htm
    https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/annual-visitation-highlights.htm
    https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/highlights.htm
    http://toprams.com/catalog.htm
    https://www.shepherdslane.com/
    https://mountainmeadowwool.com/collections/apparel/products/mountain-merino-wool-hoodies
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    Ep 164 Hey, Joe…Where You Goin’ With That Freebee In Your Hand?

    Ep 164 Hey, Joe…Where You Goin’ With That Freebee In Your Hand?

    We’re back on the road, and we’re celebrating this Spring burst of energy with a giveaway from Premier 1 Supplies.  Joe Putnam will give us a quick check in on the shipping news, and we tell you how to put your hat in the ring for the freebee. 

    And next time…not just the old run of the mill.  Literally.
    Links:
    https://www.premier1supplies.com/
    https://www.ctlr.org/
    https://www.abga.org/
    https://www.milkingdevons.org/index.html
    https://www.sheepusa.org/
    https://www.heritageyak.com/board
    https://www.holistichooves.com/about
    https://www.shepherdslane.com/
    https://mountainmeadowwool.com/
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    Ep 163 SUNY Morrisville at FFA: Conjunction Junction – What’s your Function?

    Ep 163 SUNY Morrisville at FFA: Conjunction Junction – What’s your Function?

    In honor of all of us surviving an overload of people, places and holidays in the news this month, we’re giving you another conjunction – the FFA and the Collegian FFA and Farm Bureau Chapter Ag Club at SUNY Morrisville.  And a Mustang.  And a tractor.  And 60,000 kids (okay, we didn’t have the 60,000 kids on the mic, but they were all there in the background somewhere in the building).
    The practice of agriculture is not just only a “raise either cows or pigs or wheat or corn” thing anymore for today’s youth.  The field is wide open (so to speak), and the future is theirs to shape.
    Links:
    https://www.morrisville.edu/?msclkid=20dfb492c11711ec8394a404619d3355
    https://astronomy.com/observing/sky-this-week/2022/04/the-sky-this-week-from-april-15-to-22
    https://www.afar.com/magazine/northern-lights-making-rare-appearance-in-the-us-right-now
    https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
    https://convention.ffa.org/2021-convention-streaming/?msclkid=59b77265c11411ecacb1180480baeddf
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    Ep 162 James Reams: Everything Is Better With Cows Around

    Ep 162 James Reams: Everything Is Better With Cows Around

    Every once in a while life and art intertwine. This week we bring you James Reams, who is a musician and artist who started life off in Kentucky, traveled to Wisconsin and had a long  career in New York. He has been named the Kentucky Songbird and the Ambassador of Bluegrass, but he started life off on a farm. We caught up with James in Arizona this week, where we sat down with him to talk about his background and how farming and music have some similarities. Both are an art form.

    Links:
    http://www.jamesreams.com
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Reams
    https://www.facebook.com/jamesreams.barnstormers/
    https://bluegrasstoday.com/rough-around-the-edges-from-james-reams/
    https://www.bluegrassunlimited.com/article/like-a-flowing-river-soundtrack-album/
    https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B09LZ7Z7FF?ref=sr_1_1&keywords=James+Reams+like+a+flowing+river&crid=3ADURMU6V091K&sprefix=james+reams+like+a+flowing+river%2Caps%2C259&qid=1649871513&sr=8-1
    https://www.amazon.com/James-Reams-Flowing-Bluegrass-Passage/dp/B08DCVLTQX/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3ADURMU6V091K&keywords=James+Reams+like+a+flowing+river&qid=1649871513&sprefix=james+reams+like+a+flowing+river%2Caps%2C259&sr=8-2
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