Our Farms, Our Future brings together the sustainable agriculture community for thought-provoking conversations about the state of agriculture, how we got here, and where we're headed. The series is produced by the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Learn more at www.sare.org.
Why On Farm Research Matters - Dean Baas and Alan Sundermeier
For this episode, our guests discuss the importance of on-farm research. Dean Baas works for Michigan State University Extension, serves as SARE Coordinator for the state of Michigan, and is on the Midwest Cover Crops Council. He’ll be speaking with Allen Sundermeier from Ohio State Extension. Allen also has a history with SARE as a former co-coordinator for the Ohio program.
Aquaponics - JP Knobloch and Tim Hydar
For this episode, two aquaponic experts discuss growing food indoors while saving water and minimizing waste. JP Knobloch and Tim Hydar are co-owners of Straw Hat Aquaponics in Ferguson, Missouri. They talk about the trials and tribulations of starting their business, and explain exciting innovations in the aquaponics industry today.
Building Resilience - Laura Lengnick and Don Teske
Our guests discuss implementing shifts in our food system to value the family farmer. Don Teske is a 5th-generation farmer in Northeastern Kansas. He's not immune to the industry-wide challenges that small farmers face, and is currently transitioning from cropping to cattle grazing. He'll be speaking with Laura Lengnick, a soil scientist by trade and founder of a climate risk management firm. Don and Laura both offer creative ideas for farmers to claim their rights to making a living off their land.
Protecting Our Pollinators - Eric Lee-Mäder and Rachel Coventry
For this episode, our guests discuss the role of native pollinators in agriculture. Eric Lee-Mäder is the Pollinator Conservation Co-Director at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in Seattle, WA. He’ll be speaking with Rachel Coventry, beekeeper at Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch in Champagne, IL.
Women In Agriculture - Jen Filipiak and Maud Powell
For this episode, two women in agriculture discuss their projects to create more access and support for women-identified farmers in the U.S. Jen Filipiak is Midwest Director of the American Farmland Trust, a national organization that seeks to protect farmland and promote sound farming practices. She’ll be speaking with Maud Powell, veggie farmer, Oregon State University extension agent, and coordinator of a Southern-Oregon based growing cooperative.
Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide - Becca Jablonski and Charlie Jackson
For this episode, our guests discuss the benefits of connecting farmers to diverse metropolitan markets. Becca Jablonski is an Assistant Professor and Food Systems Extension Economist at Colorado State University. She’ll be speaking with Charlie Jackson, Executive Director of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, or ASAP, in North Carolina.
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Love this podcast!
As a young farmer in South Florida, this podcast is super helpful and insightful. Love what you all are doing. Keep up the great work!
Super interesting and well made
Just started listening and absolutely love it. What a fascinating listen, even if you aren’t in ag. Mal is an engaging host and the quality of this podcast is really fantastic. Keep em comin!
My new favorite podcast!
Love this idea and the stories that each participant shares. I hope conversations like these are happening all over the country. Great sound and production quality.