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Dive into the most relevant topics of sustainable and organic farming through interviews with farmers and ag professionals, as well as audio from MOSES Conference workshops and field days. Organic Specialist Chuck Anderas hosts this podcast.

MOSES Organic Farming Podcast MOSES

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Dive into the most relevant topics of sustainable and organic farming through interviews with farmers and ag professionals, as well as audio from MOSES Conference workshops and field days. Organic Specialist Chuck Anderas hosts this podcast.

    Systems Approach to Organic Farming with Rodrigo Cala

    Systems Approach to Organic Farming with Rodrigo Cala

    Rodrigo Cala and MOSES hosted a field day on August 18, 2021 at Cala Farm Origenes in Turtle Lake, WI. MOSES Organic Specialist Rodrigo Cala shared the systems approach he uses on his organic farm, focusing on sheep production with rotational grazing, a perennial system for raising chickens, and much more. Rodrigo realized in the last couple years that his vegetable production system wasn't working as well as he’d like, and he turned to livestock to build soil and strengthen his business.

    You can contact Rodrigo through the Organic Answer Line at 888-906-6737 x 717 or by visiting https://mosesorganic.org/ask/

    Watch this field day on the MOSES YouTube page!

    English: https://youtu.be/gLReqVQP4rk
    Hmong: https://youtu.be/Toak5Y-a2yQ
    Spanish: https://youtu.be/Ek9cjSeOARg

    In Her Boots podcast: https://mosesorganic.org/in-her-boots-podcast/

    New Farmer U: http://mosesorganic.org/newfarmeru

    Organic Valley FAFO grant program: https://www.organicvalley.coop/why-organic-valley/power-of-we/farmers-advocating-organics/


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    • 58 min
    Climate Change: Keynote Conversation from the 2021 Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference

    Climate Change: Keynote Conversation from the 2021 Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference

    Jim Goodman (National Family Farm Coalition), Erin Schneider (Hilltop Community Farm, Wisconsin), and Lea Zeise (Intertribal Agriculture Council) share their unique perspectives on farming and climate in a conversation that explores some of the solutions to one of the greatest challenges we face as a species: climate change. In this conversation, we’ll learn about the connections and contributions we can make across farming systems, as communities and individuals in relationship to other species and the limited resources of our Earth. Moderated by Lori Stern, MOSES Executive Director.

    This episode is part of an ongoing series of climate conversations from MOSES Conference workshops and the 2021 Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference.

    Lori Stern's article in The Hill: To fight the climate crisis, support smart farming

    Also available on YouTube: Farming in the Time of Climate Change

    MOSES Organic Field Days: http://mosesorganic.org/events/organic-field-days/

    MOSES YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mosesorganic

    New Farmer U: https://mosesorganic.org/newfarmeru/


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    • 57 min
    Climate Change: Resilient Soils with Dr. Jessica Gutknecht and Dr. Lauren Snyder

    Climate Change: Resilient Soils with Dr. Jessica Gutknecht and Dr. Lauren Snyder

    Continuing our climate change series, this episode is a workshop from the 2020 MOSES Conference with Dr. Lauren Snyder and Dr. Jessica Gutknecht.

    According to the NOAA, "the Midwest set a record for the wettest year in history (1895-2019) for the second straight year" in 2019. The need to build healthy soils that can withstand weather extremes is clear. In this episode, Dr. Jessica Gutknecht and Dr. Lauren Snyder share research-based guidance on practices that can improve overall soil structure and water-holding capacity—characteristics critical to dealing with extreme precipitation events. And we'll also hear from farmers as they share their reflections after a small group discussion on the topic.

    Lauren Snyder is a science advisor at the Organic Farming Research Foundation and a freelance science contractor. She has a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University.

    Jessica Gutknecht is a soil ecologist at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate.



    Dr. Jessica Gutknecht’s slides: https://mosesorganic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/R-Fri-2_Gutknecht_2.pdf

    Dr. Lauren Snyder’s slides: https://mosesorganic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/R-Fri-2-Snyder.pdf



    Reducing Risk through Best Soil Health Management Practices in Organic Crop Production 

    Video: Soils Provide Hope for Severe Weather



    MOSES Organic Field Days: http://mosesorganic.org/events/organic-field-days/

    MOSES YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mosesorganic

    New Farmer U: https://mosesorganic.org/newfarmeru/


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    • 45 min
    Climate Change: Build Resilience with Soil Biology with Dr. Kris Nichols

    Climate Change: Build Resilience with Soil Biology with Dr. Kris Nichols

    This is episode one of a series on climate change. Whether you have drought or flooding this year, your weather is probably strange. This series of recordings of MOSES conference from the last few years share some strategies in adapting to climate change. The first in the series is a talk from the 2017 MOSES Conference called Build Resilience with Soil Biology with Dr. Kris Nichols. At the time, Dr. Nichols was the chief scientist at the Rodale Institute. She is now an educator, consultant, and researcher with KRIS Systems and MyLand Company. She talks about how soil biology can help buffer your farm from weather extremes.

    KRIS Systems: http://kris-systems.com/

    MOSES Organic Field Days: http://mosesorganic.org/events/organic-field-days/

    MOSES YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mosesorganic

    New Farmer U: https://mosesorganic.org/newfarmeru/


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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Building Community Food Webs, Part 2

    Building Community Food Webs, Part 2

    In this episode, host Chuck Anderas talks to Ken Meter about his new book, Building Community Food Webs. Ken shares some of the best examples of how communities have built relationship-based food systems, and shares his thoughts on why the current food system is extractive, how communities can use co-learning to find creative solutions, how democracy works in food systems, and much more. Listen in!

    Discount code METER gets you 20% off Ken's book at Island Press via https://islandpress.org/books/building-community-food-webs.

    Check out Ken’s work at the Crossroads Resource Center: http://www.crcworks.org

    Read a review of the book in the MOSES Organic Broadcaster.

    Read the Organic Broadcaster story: Commodity system creates persistent losses by Ken Meter & Megan Phillips Goldenberg



    Submit a voice memo telling us about one of your FAVORITE FARM SMELLS. https://anchor.fm/moses-podcast/message

    New Farmer U: https://mosesorganic.org/newfarmeru/


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    • 58 min
    Building Community Food Webs, Part 1

    Building Community Food Webs, Part 1

    From the 2019 MOSES Organic Farming Conference, Ken Meter and Megan Goldenberg dive deep into food systems history and data, and give examples of successful community-based food systems work from around the United States. Ken Meter is one of most experienced food-system analysts in United States, and his work integrates market analysis, systems thinking, quantitative time-series data, and first-hand interviews. His analysis and consulting has fostered 141 farm and food networks in 41 states, 2 provinces, and 4 tribes. Part 2, coming next week, is a conversation between Ken Meter and host Chuck Anderas based on Ken’s new book “Building Community Food Webs.”

    Submit a voice memo telling us about one of your FAVORITE FARM SMELLS.

    Check out Ken’s work at the Crossroads Resource Center: http://www.crcworks.org 

    You can find his new book Building Community Food Webs (Island Press) here: https://islandpress.org/books/building-community-food-webs

    HEAL Food Alliance webinar on Community Food Systems Over Corporate Control: Ensure Fair and Competitive Markets


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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

vanderwoudetm ,

Informative, helpful host and great guests!

Thanks to MOSES for putting on a relevant and useful series. Great to hear perspectives of farmers who are adapting and growing in a pandemic. Keep it up!

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