If you’re looking to build a profitable farm that works, The Thriving Farmer Podcast is for you. Learn the latest tricks and strategies from successful farmers, strategize with in-depth interviews with leaders in the industry, and connect with stories of farmers just like you. With over 15 years of farming background, your host Michael Kilpatrick has the experience and authority to bring you practical advice, ask the hard questions, tease out the gold nuggets, and help share what it’s really like to build a truly profitable, sustainable farm. In the interviews, we focus on building farms that last, setting up your systems, knowing your customers, building your team, and treading that ever-challenging work/family/life balance.
Evan Folds on Life Force, Growing Soil, and the Power of Regenerative Agriculture
Today on the Thriving Farmer Podcast we’re proud to host Evan Folds, aka “The Soil Doctor” of Be Agriculture located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evan got his start in ag by starting a retail garden center called Progressive Gardens which specialized in hydroponic & beyond organic gardening techniques. With the creation of Be Agriculture, Evan's goal is to create a regional & global regenerative ag system. Tune in to hear The Soil Doctor’s journey and his highly specialized field of agriculture!
Sunshine Vortigern on Building and Growing Their Farm Through Customizable CSA
Have you and your spouse ever considered dropping everything to build a farm together from the ground up?
Today we’re happy to have Sunshine Vortigern of Round Right Farm on the show. Operating out of Cranesville, West Virginia, Sunshine and her husband, Steve, are proud to be a part of the local food movement and to be living in such a beautiful corner of West Virginia. It was a rocky road to success, so listen in to hear how they plowed through the hard times and made it to where they are today!
Jan Van Der Heide on Seed Breeding for Growing Success
How much do you really know about the vast universe of vegetable breeding?
Today we’re joined by a long-time acquaintance of mine, Jan van der Heide of Bejo Seeds, located in Oceano, California. Bejo is a leading company in breeding, production, and sales of vegetable seeds. With operations in more than thirty countries, Bejo is an internationally oriented family business. Join us today to learn how Jan helped build a multinational farming operation!
Michael Kilpatrick - So You Want to be a Farmer?
Are you newly interested in pursuing an agricultural profession? Do you have countless questions for which you could really use some answers?
Today I’ll be taking a break from the traditional interview style podcast to answer a few questions I received from someone who’s interested in getting into the farming life. I take a comprehensive dive into the fundamentals of what it takes to have a thriving career in agriculture. If you’ve found that agriculture may be your passion, I’m here to help!
Lyndsay Biehl on Horticulture, Flowers, and Community
Do you love flowers? Do you love farming? If so, have you considered starting a flower farm?
Today we’re joined by Lyndsay Biehl of Wildroot Flower Co, located in Marietta, Ohio. In 2016, she started Wildroot Flower Co growing specialty cut flowers, using sustainable growing techniques, to bring you the most natural local beauty possible. Customers enjoy their flowers through CSA, farmer’s market, and their custom design services. Tune in to hear how Lyndsay turned her passion into her profession!
Lindsey Lusher Shute on Growing Online Sales in a Digital World Using the Co-op Model
How is the farming world adapting to, utilizing, and merging with the digital world?
We’re joined today by CEO and founder of the Farm Generations Cooperative and Co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, Lindsey Lusher Shute. Lindsey is a fellow farm podcaster as well, hosting the Young Farmers Podcast! She is also the founder of the GrownBy app, a farmer-designed, farmer-owned app created for selling farm products directly to consumers. Tune in to learn all about how she does it!
I love this podcast.
I listen to a lot of podcasts and when I see there is a new Thriving Farmer podcast in my que it’s always the first one I listen to.
Thank you for the inside view of the farming world. You are really helping me get oriented in a new interest. Thanks again, Chuck, NFC Growers,LLC
Always an informative listen!
Keep up the great work Michael.