10 episodes

Conversations with the professionals who are changing our food and agriculture systems through regenerative practices. Don is an Ambassador with Steward (https://gosteward.com/).

Regenerative Agriculture Club Don Davidson

    • Business

Conversations with the professionals who are changing our food and agriculture systems through regenerative practices. Don is an Ambassador with Steward (https://gosteward.com/).

    Liz Weigand: Agricultural Connections

    Liz Weigand: Agricultural Connections

    Liz Weigand is the owner of Agricultural Connections. Based in Central Oregon, Agricultural Connections provides farm-fresh food year-round to homes, companies, restaurants and grocery stores.

    Please support this podcast by checking out Steward: https://gosteward.com/


    EPISODE LINKS
    Agricultural Connections Website: https://agriculturalconnections.com/


    PODCAST INFO
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/regenerative-agriculture-club/id1589813038
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3NcUjBj2OIXjjcQBV0rPv2?si=ruFlImdlTvK9NBkTh1ptOQ
    RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1847147.rss
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqEOn-dUAkZxJzkzuRfs8yg




    OUTLINE:
    00:00 Introduction
    01:19 What was your journey into this space?
    03:14 Scope and services
    04:07 Wholesale customers vs retail customers
    04:48 Origin story
    06:01 Can you describe the community in the region that you are based?
    09:06 What are the types of end users that you are working with?
    11:14 How did you manage the pandemic?
    13:12 What are the fluctuations in terms of seasonality?
    14:31 What are the types of farmers or producers that you welcome in the platform?
    16:39 Geographical footprint
    17:24 Value Added Products
    18:30 What's your advice to those who are entering the space?
    20:40 What are the big challenges for producers right now?
    24:11 Shared Kitchens
    26:17 Where can people follow you?


    PODCAST SOCIAL MEDIA
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/regenerativeagricultureclub/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/regenerativeagricultureclub/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donpdavidson/

    • 28 min
    Jesse Frost: No-Till Growers

    Jesse Frost: No-Till Growers

    Jesse Frost, aka Farmer Jesse, is a certified organic market gardener, freelance journalist, and the host of The No-Till Market Garden Podcast. He is also a cofounder of notillgrowers.com, where he helps collect the best and latest no-till insights from growers in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Europe. He and his wife, Hannah Crabtree, practice no-till farming at Rough Draft Farmstead in central Kentucky.
    Please support this podcast by checking out Steward: https://gosteward.com/
    EPISODE LINKS
    Rough Draft Farmstead Website: https://roughdraftfarmstead.com/
    No-Till Growers Podcast: https://www.notillgrowers.com/podcast
    The Living Soil Handbook: https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/the-living-soil-handbook/?gclid=CjwKCAiA7dKMBhBCEiwAO_crFI65AsgrFkVxULLkG81o-IjJCkNRDy8b2YEt2Bh6TKpry1Nn7QSiDBoCdbIQAvD_BwE


    PODCAST INFO
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/regenerative-agriculture-club/id1589813038
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3NcUjBj2OIXjjcQBV0rPv2?si=ruFlImdlTvK9NBkTh1ptOQ
    RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1847147.rss
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqEOn-dUAkZxJzkzuRfs8yg


    OUTLINE:
    0:00 Introduction
    03:53 What was the evolutionary path of your career?
    08:03 Products grown on Rough Draft Farmstead
    09:51 Overwinter production

    10:48 No-Till Market Garden Podcast
    13:53 Living Soil Handbook
    15:32 Understanding soil health
    18:45 Use of Compost
    22:41 Where are you sourcing your compost for your farmstead?
    24:14 Using different mulches



    GET IN TOUCH
    If you would like to connect, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to email me at don@raclub.co


    PODCAST SOCIAL MEDIA
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/regenerativeagricultureclub/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/regenerativeagricultureclub/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donpdavidson/

    • 28 min
    Lauren Abda: Branchfood / Branch Venture Group

    Lauren Abda: Branchfood / Branch Venture Group

    Lauren Abda is the Founder and CEO of Branchfood, the largest community of food entrepreneurs and startups in New England, and Co-founder at Branch Venture Group, an angel network for investment in early-stage food startups. Prior to Branchfood, Lauren consulted for foodtech businesses in Boston and San Francisco, worked as an analyst for Salt Venture Partners LLC, a venture capital firm, focused on food startups, targeting content, commerce, and technology, and wrote reports on international food safety development initiatives on behalf of the Agriculture and Commodities division at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She has a Masters in Food  Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont.


    Please support this podcast by checking out Steward: https://gosteward.com/


    EPISODE LINKS
    Branchfood Website: https://www.branchfood.com/
    Branch Venture Group Website: https://www.branchventuregroup.com/


    PODCAST INFO
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/regenerative-agriculture-club/id1589813038
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3NcUjBj2OIXjjcQBV0rPv2?si=ruFlImdlTvK9NBkTh1ptOQ
    RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1847147.rss
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqEOn-dUAkZxJzkzuRfs8yg


    OUTLINE:
    0:00 Introduction
    1:14 Origin story and Lauren’s family background
    4:41 What is Branchfood?
    14:31 Origin story of Branch Venture Group
    18:10 Geographic footprint of the Branch Venture Group
    23:40 Are there unique challenges in the Food Tech space?
    25:14 Advice to upcoming next generation of food and ag tech founders
    28:07 Solo founder vs multi person founding team
    29:46 Was there a moment that made you realized that this business would pop?
    31:18 What's next for Branchfood and Branch Venture Group?


    GET IN TOUCH
    If you would like to connect, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to email me at don@raclub.co


    PODCAST SOCIAL MEDIA
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/regenerativeagricultureclub/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/regenerativeagricultureclub/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donpdavidson/

    • 35 min
    Anthony Myint: Zero Foodprint

    Anthony Myint: Zero Foodprint

    Anthony Myint is an American restauranteur, chef, activist, author and food consultant. Anthony is mobilizing the restaurant industry to address the climate crisis by shifting acres from extractive to renewable farming practices.
    Please support this podcast by checking out Steward: https://gosteward.com/


    EPISODE LINKS
    Zero Foodprint Website: https://www.zerofoodprint.org/
    Anthony Myint Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Myint


    PODCAST INFO
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/regenerative-agriculture-club/id1589813038
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3NcUjBj2OIXjjcQBV0rPv2?si=ruFlImdlTvK9NBkTh1ptOQ
    RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1847147.rss
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqEOn-dUAkZxJzkzuRfs8yg


    OUTLINE:
    0:00 Introduction
    01:01 Anthony's path into the food scene?
    03:59 Chef culture and the food / climate change link
    06:15 Carbon farming
    09:04 Origins of Zero Foodprint
    17:14 Geographical of ZFP 
    18:22 Substantial pivots that you made during the pandemic
    20:09 What you found successful in terms of marketing outreach
    21:57 Basque Culinary World Prize
    23:11 Humanitarian of the Year
    25:05 Goals for the team in the next few years
    25:54 Where can we follow the team on all the work you are doing?


    GET IN TOUCH
    If you would like to connect, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to email me at don@raclub.co


    PODCAST SOCIAL MEDIA
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/regenerativeagricultureclub/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/regenerativeagricultureclub/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donpdavidson/

    • 28 min
    Dan Miller: Steward

    Dan Miller: Steward

    Dan Miller is Founder and CEO of Steward. 
    Steward is transforming agriculture by equipping human-scale, regenerative farms with the capital they need to grow. As a private commercial lender, Steward provides access to flexible financing and expert support services, partnering with producers to scale their operations, improve the health of their lands, and bolster local food systems. Individuals can support the movement and fuel the growth of regenerative agriculture by putting their own resources to work as participating lenders. Steward is proud to be a certified B Corp.
    Please support this podcast by checking out Steward: https://gosteward.com/


    EPISODE LINKS

    Unsettling of America by Wendell Barry: https://amzn.to/3mjzlzt
    Steward Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steward/
    Steward LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/go-steward/
    Steward Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoSteward/


    PODCAST INFO
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/regenerative-agriculture-club/id1589813038
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3NcUjBj2OIXjjcQBV0rPv2?si=ruFlImdlTvK9NBkTh1ptOQ
    RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1847147.rss
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqEOn-dUAkZxJzkzuRfs8yg


    OUTLINE:
    0:00 Introduction
    1:06 How did Steward start?
    6:49 Steward’s Certified B Corp status 
    10:23 The sharing of resources across regenerative producers
    12:06 Value-Added products
    18:44 Steward Loan Products
    25:53 Grants
    28:00 Bookkeeping 
    29:34 Series A investment round
    35:03 Steward website walk through


    GET IN TOUCH
    If you would like to connect, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to email me at don@raclub.co


    PODCAST SOCIAL MEDIA
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/regenerativeagricultureclub/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/regenerativeagricultureclub/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donpdavidson/

    • 38 min
    Riley Gordon: Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

    Riley Gordon: Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

    Riley Gordon graduated with honors from Brandon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics (Mathematics minor) in the spring of 2014. Then, in 2017 he completed a degree program at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, obtaining a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering with Environmental Emphasis in water related topics. Coinciding with his time at the U of M, Riley interned with a Civil Engineering consulting firm, working in both Intelligent Transportation Systems and Water Resources groups.
    As an engineer, Riley will be applying the skills he gained through both his education and related industry experience to assist in AURI’s broad range of projects and initiatives. He primarily works out of the Co-products lab in Waseca, MN, but will also apply his skillsets by delving into projects related to all four of the focus areas that encompass AURI’s work.
    Riley is originally from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

    Please support this podcast by checking out:
    Steward: https://gosteward.com/

    EPISODE LINKS
    AURI Website: https://auri.org/


    PODCAST INFO
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/regenerative-agriculture-club/id1589813038
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3NcUjBj2OIXjjcQBV0rPv2?si=ruFlImdlTvK9NBkTh1ptOQ
    RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1847147.rss
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqEOn-dUAkZxJzkzuRfs8yg


    OUTLINE:
    0:00 Introduction
    4:33 AURI’s geographic footprint
    5:56 Main focus areas
    10:48 What's the path when clients first engage with the Institute?
    12:17 North America major ag trends
    15:28 Changes since the 2018 farm bill
    22:58 Interacting with larger companies who are testing the waters in the hemp space
    24:51 Production and processing
    29:11 Supporting Native Communities
    32:45 What's your advice to young people who are considering a career in agriculture?
    35:29 How can people get in touch with you?


    GET IN TOUCH
    If you would like to connect, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to email me at don@raclub.co


    SOCIAL MEDIA
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/regenerativeagricultureclub/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/regenerativeagricultureclub/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donpdavidson/

    • 37 min

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