Regeneration Rising features conversations between young agrarians and their mentors about the challenges and joys of a life in agriculture. Young farmers talk to experienced mentors about everything from fixing tires to marriage to soil carbon. We face the challenge of repopulating our farm fields and rangelands with the next generation of farmers and ranchers equipped to build thriving ecosystems and an abundant future. They are our Regeneration Rising. The relationships they develop with their veteran counterparts are critical sources of hands-on experience, wisdom, and hope.
Julie Morris, Joe Morris (Morris Grassfed Beef) and Marissa Taylor (Lonetree Ranch)
Julie Morris, Joe Morris (Morris Grassfed Beef) and Marissa Taylor (Lonetree Ranch) discuss the thrills and challenges of their calls to ranching, searching for a life in agriculture that contributes to the common good, the double-edged sword of having access to robust consumer markets, and the hope of bringing land stewards back to the land.
Deborah Clark (Birdwell & Clark Ranch) and Katie Scarbrough (Wellborn 2R Ranch)
Deborah Clark (Birdwell & Clark Ranch) and Katie Scarbrough (Wellborn 2R Ranch) discuss their development as business owners and entrepreneurs. Managing a ranch takes more than physical labor; it takes strong people skills and business skills to create profitability. Deborah and Katie also reflect on their partnerships, being kind to themselves, and the importance of having a holistic goal.
Louis Martin, Christopher Burke, Marianna Zavala, Willard Humphries III, Daniel Cleveland (Round River Resource Management)
In this episode, Louis Martin, mentor and manager of Round River Resource Management sits down with Christopher Burke, Round River's Director of People and Culture, and apprentices Marianna Zavala, Willard Humphries III, and Daniel Cleveland, to have an engaging conversation about what it means to live in community and grow as new agrarians.
Betsy Ross (Betsy Ross Grassfed Beef), Nicole Masters (Integrity Soils) and Christine Su (PastureMap)
Betsy Ross, Christine Su, and Nicole Masters have an intergenerational conversation about the connections between soil health and community health. Christine Su is the co-founder and CEO of PastureMap, grazing and livestock management software helping producers improve profits on healthy grasslands. Christine is joined in conversation with Nicole Masters, an agroecologist, systems thinker, and the director of Integrity Soils, and Betsy Ross, the co-owner and founder of Betsy Ross Grassfed Beef as well as the CEO of Sustainable Growth Texas, LLC.
Betsy Ross brings deep experience to the conversation from many years managing her grassfed beef operation. Betsy, Nicole, and Christine discuss their experiences and what they’ve seen on the land, and draw parallels between soil and community resilience. Here are a few of our favorite ideas from their conversation: composting personal failures, leaving mental pore space for new people and ideas, and taking time to regenerate ourselves in addition to regenerating the land. If you were at the Quivira Coalition's Regenerate Conference in early November, you caught their conversation as the keynote panel, "Sisters of the Soil."
Wendell Gilgert and Bre Owens (Point Blue Conservation Science and Cobblestone Ranch)
Wendell Gilgert and Bre Owens discuss passion, purpose, deep listening, and the importance of collaboration between folks with different land ethics. Bre is the owner of Cobblestone Ranch and the Rangeland Watershed Initiative Coordinator at Point Blue Conservation Science, where she works under the mentorship of Wendell Gilgert to assist owners and operators of working lands in implementing conservation practices designed to improve landscape function for the benefit of wildlife and ranch sustainability.
Mentioned in this Episode:
Point Blue Conservation Science
Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
The Shepard’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks
Anna Jones-Crabtree, Doug Crabtree, & Paul Neubauer (Vilicus Farms)
Anna Jones-Crabtree, Doug Crabtree, and their new Farm Operations Foreman Paul Neubauer discuss building a new agrarian community, the role of long-term mentorship, and important moments in their respective agrarian journeys. Paul is the new Farm Operations Foreman at at Vilicus Farms, an organic, dryland crop farm in Northern Hill County, Montana founded by Anna Jones-Crabtree and Doug Crabtree. Since 2009, Vilicus Farms has grown to a 7,400-acre organic farming operation with a conservation-based ethic. In addition to stewarding their land, Anna and Doug are also committed to cultivating beginning farmers. They launched a beginning organic farmer apprenticeship program in 2013 to build their community in Northern Montana. We hope you enjoy the inaugural episode of the Regeneration Rising podcast.
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Informative and heartfelt podcast.
This podcast is starting some really important conversations between agricultural mentors and apprentices. It makes me feel hopeful for the future and inspired by the leaders out there holding the torch for regenerative agriculture.