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Achieve The Farming Lifestyle You Are Looking For Through Entrepreneurship!

Off-Farm Income Matt Brechwald

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    • 4.5 • 99 Ratings

Achieve The Farming Lifestyle You Are Looking For Through Entrepreneurship!

    OFI 2091: The Capstone That I Have Been Waiting For

    OFI 2091: The Capstone That I Have Been Waiting For

    We celebrated Hattie's high school graduation starting last Wednesday with the ceremony on Thursday and party on Saturday.  That has been all encompassing and is the topic of today's Farm Update.
     

    • 13 min
    OFI 2086: How To Travel Internationally Through Farming | Ben Rykerd | World Traveler And Farmer | Re-Cap Episode

    OFI 2086: How To Travel Internationally Through Farming | Ben Rykerd | World Traveler And Farmer | Re-Cap Episode

    I don't know if you have noticed, but his show is about non-conformists and people who look at the world a different way.  All of us fit that definition a little bit by the mere fact that we want to farm and only 2% of our population is in that career field.  But what about that person that says "why do I have to do it that way"?
    Today's guest, Ben Rykerd, is that person.  Ben is now 29 years old.  He describes himself as having a "travel bug" and he has known this since he was a kid.  So, as high school was coming to a close Ben didn't just take the next prescribed step in the journey, he stopped and asked himself what type of life he wanted to have.

    • 52 min
    OFI 2084: Living The Principles That I Have Been Teaching

    OFI 2084: Living The Principles That I Have Been Teaching

    Today's Farm Update Episode includes a large announcement about the future of the Off-Farm Income Podcast.  I hope you will all tune in and share this moment with me.

    • 41 min
    OFI 2081: Orange You Glad You Aren’t A Rural Crime Victim | Rural Crime Episode

    OFI 2081: Orange You Glad You Aren’t A Rural Crime Victim | Rural Crime Episode

    Tip Of The Week
    Install a driveway alarm
    Rural Crime In The U.S.
    https://abc45.com/news/local/thomasville-police-name-suspect-from-april-tractor-theft-truecrime-northcarolina
    https://www.dailygazette.com/police-thoroughbred-stolen-from-coxsackie-horse-farm/article_681ab881-bafe-5eaf-b793-94726626f9e6.html
    Across The Pond, Down Under And Up Above
    https://www.clare.fm/news/witnesses-sought-bales-hay-stolen-south-east-clare-farm/
    https://www.inverelltimes.com.au/story/8621253/bundarra-farmers-battle-40-year-theft-crisis/
    https://www.9news.com.au/national/three-charged-after-300-cows-allegedly-stolen/3f915918-78a0-4628-829e-c56602d6cb3e
    https://www.farmersjournal.ie/news/news/five-lambs-stolen-in-co-kerry-817974
    Africa
    https://www.mmegi.bw/news/five-in-court-for-stock-theft/news
    https://htxt.co.za/2024/05/how-tech-is-helping-fight-cattle-theft-in-eastern-cape/
    Chalk One Up For The Good Guys
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/two-men-caught-stealing-75-pounds-of-oranges-from-a-hawaii-farm-cops/ar-AA1gyxTZ?apiversion=v2&noservercache=1&domshim=1&renderwebcomponents=1&wcseo=1&batchservertelemetry=1&noservertelemetry=1
    https://www.agdaily.com/livestock/texas-men-guilty-horse-theft/
     

    • 25 min
    OFI 2080: Transitioning To An Heirloom Seed Business | Lynn & Jesse Frey | Life Root Farm

    OFI 2080: Transitioning To An Heirloom Seed Business | Lynn & Jesse Frey | Life Root Farm

    Lynn & Jesse Frey are the owners of Life Root Farm in Stanley, Wisconsin.  These are two people who are definitely listening to and following their inner voices.  Lynn grew up with a mother who was passionate about gardening, and Lynn thought that she would never want to do that.  However, somewhere along the line it clicked and she found herself wanting grow fresh and healthy food for her family.  Jesse grew up on a dairy and was encouraged by his father to go get an education and do something different than farming.  He followed that path but eventually felt himself called back to agriculture.
    Today they are in the midst of transitioning from a CSA based business model to one that is centered around growing and marketing heirloom seeds.  With four children to raise and mentor, they are showing them how rewarding a life on the land that connects with nature can be.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    OFI 2079: The Creation Of A Plant Breeder | FFA SAE Edition | Gabe Olson-Jensen | River Falls High School FFA | Re-Cap Episode

    OFI 2079: The Creation Of A Plant Breeder | FFA SAE Edition | Gabe Olson-Jensen | River Falls High School FFA | Re-Cap Episode

    I am starting to think that plant breeders are born, not made.  At least every time I interview a young man or woman with this passion it appears that is correct.  In today's interview I am speaking with a junior in high school that has already obtained $10,000 in funding to begin an apple orchard on his high school's property.  Gabe Olson-Jensen is our featured guest, and look at this list of accomplishments:
    Started working at a local orchard at age 12 Grafted his first trees at age 12 Obtained land at his school start a 1/4 acre apple orchard in 2020 Applied for and received a $1,000 SAE grant in 2020 Applied for and recieved $9,000 in funding from USDA SARE in 2020 Purchased 200 apple trees and trellising and began the orchard in 2020 Using integrated pest management to sustain and grow the fruit trees Gabe really has an amazing story as so many of these seed breeders do.  Today, we will profile it all for you!

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

freymoto ,

So interesting, so thoughtful.

Matt is a gifted interviewer that brings out the best in everyone.

Stow1 ,

Love the episodes

Came here for the Brad Phares episode (which is great), but learned so much more from the other episodes. Thanks!

steph36357 ,

Negative and complaining.

Host just wouldn’t get to the point. Just droned on and on about mundane life complaints. It’s like listening to a depressed relative at the dinner table.

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