100 episodes

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.

The Thriving Farmer Podcast Michael Kilpatrick

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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.

    Amy Fewell on Herbalism, Health and Homesteading

    Amy Fewell on Herbalism, Health and Homesteading

    Are you looking for more community and education on homesteading?
    On this episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael is joined by Amy Fewell, who is the visionary behind Homesteaders of America. As a published author, herbalist, and modern-day milkmaid, Amy nurtures her passion for self-sufficiency on her family’s farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. 
    Tune in to hear more about herbalism and community cultivation from this inspiring homesteader.


    You’ll hear:
    When Amy got into homesteading 1:24 Some of Amy’s suggestions for getting kids to eat healthier 4:59 How Homesteaders of America creates a sense of community 15:39 About Amy’s favorite herbs 20:33 What Amy’s advice is for someone just getting into homesteading 25:45 More on the future plan for Homesteaders of America 42:07 What Amy’s favorite homesteading tool is 44:24 About the Guest:
    Amy Fewell is the author of two published books, and runs a homestead alongside her husband and three children in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She is an herbalist, avid gardener, and modern day milkmaid as well as the founder of Homesteaders of America. 
     
    Resources:
    Website - https://thefewellhomestead.com/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/amy.fewell
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thefewellhomestead
     
    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsor!



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    • 46 min
    Tim Joseph on the Grass-fed Dairy Revolution

    Tim Joseph on the Grass-fed Dairy Revolution

    How long do you think it takes to get a cow from grain fed to fully grass-fed?
    On this episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael is joined by Tim Joseph, the pioneering founder of Maple Hill Creamery, the largest 100% regenerative, grass-fed organic dairy farm in the U.S. After leaving his corporate job, Tim positioned Maple Hill at the forefront of the dairy industry, championing grass-fed organic dairy and regenerative farming practices.
    Tune in to hear all about Tim and Maple Hill’s dairy farming journey.


    You’ll hear:
    How Tim got started in farming 1:26 Where all the milk went after the first 60 cows 5:12 About the decision on whether they needed a second farm 16:37 What allowed Maple Hill to scale so smoothly 20:43 More about when Tim knew he needed an experienced management team 26:12 Why don’t they make chocolate milk anymore (everybody loves it, nobody buys it!) 39:11 What Tim’s advice is for someone considering getting into dairy farming 40:49  
    About the Guest:
    In a world dominated by corporate conventional farming, Tim Joseph, Founder of Maple Hill Creamery, chose a different path. He made the decision to leave his corporate job and embark on a journey of owning a farm and raising his four young boys. That same year, Maple Hill Creamery's mission, focusing on "better for the cows, consumers, land, and farmers," began to resonate with a wider audience across the U.S., with this vision going beyond profit margins, seeing dairy farming as a lifestyle to him and hundreds of family farms they work with. 
     
    Resources: 
    Website - https://www.maplehill.com/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/maplehillcreamery/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MapleHillCreamery/
     
    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsor!
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    With initial investments as low as $12.75 for cuttings, the path to a profitable agribusiness is within reach. This resilient crop can be your gateway to tapping into a growing market for health-conscious consumers. 
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    • 45 min
    Alexis Dragovich on Milling a New Path in Grain Farming

    Alexis Dragovich on Milling a New Path in Grain Farming

    What are the unique challenges of growing and milling your own grains?
     On this episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael is joined by Alexis Dragovich, co-operator of Mud Run Farms in northeast Ohio. What started out as a 1st generation dairy farm has turned into a father daughter team working hard to make certified organic grains and fresh stone-ground flours more commonplace.
    Tune in to hear about Alexis’ passion for healthy grains, small business and their local community. 


    You’ll hear:
    How Mud Run Farm got started in growing grains 1:21 About the kind of mill Mud Run uses 3:11 What the difference is between hard red wheat and soft red wheat 6:38 More about how Mud Run Farm markets their products 12:07 What Alexis’ advise would be to herself at the start of her journey 18:37  
    About the Guest:
    Alexis Dragovich is co-operating Mud Run Farm, a small, certified organic farm in Northeast Ohio. What started out as a 1st generation 6-head family dairy farm has turned into a certified organic, diverse small grain farm, mill and business. Along with her father, Alex, Alexis is now focused mainly on producing and milling small grains to produce something that was really lacking in their region and community. This father-daughter team shares a strong passion for organics, the environment, and small businesses.
     
    Resources: 
    Website - https://www.mudrunfarmorganics.com/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mudrunfarmorganics
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mudrunfarmorganics
    Resource mentioned: Artisan Grain Collaborative



    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsor!

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    • 20 min
    Jodi Roebuck on Mastering the Elements on a New Zealand Market Farm

    Jodi Roebuck on Mastering the Elements on a New Zealand Market Farm

    How does your local climate influence your agricultural decisions?
     On this episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael is joined by Jodi Roebuck who is the trailblazing market gardener and mentor at Roebuck Farm in Taranaki, New Zealand. 
    With over two decades of experience, Jodi guides fellow growers toward more economically viable farming practices, embodying his belief that when environmental and financial health go hand in hand, true sustainability is achieved.
    Tune in to hear all about farming in windy and wet New Zealand! 
     
    You’ll hear: 
    What farming is like in New Zealand 1:55 How Jodi got started in farming 3:43 What a high-wind hoop house/greenhouse looks like 12:02 About what a typical day looks like on Jodi’s farm 20:53 What Jodi’s thought process was leading up to the big greenhouse project 28:29 What key principles Roebuck Farm follows to sustain their success 39:17 More on what the next years hold for Roebuck Farm 45:19 What would Jodi do differently given the opportunity to start over 47:50

    About the Guest: 
    Jodi Roebuck is a world-renowned contemporary market gardener with 20+ years experience in sustainable growing and coaches the essentials of a profitable market garden business. Jodi’s philosophy is clear: true sustainability must also be profitable. He firmly believes that being “green” is only achievable if you’re not “in the red,” emphasizing the importance of economic viability in sustainable agriculture.

    Resources: 
    Website - https://www.roebuckfarm.com/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jodiroebuck/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RoebuckFarm
    Podcast Mentioned: The Profitable Mini Farm
     
    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsor!
     

    Real Organic Project is a farmer-led movement that provides an add-on certification held by over 1,000 certified organic, family-owned operations across North America. Real Organic Project strives to uplift farms working within the spirit, not just the letter, of organic principles. Real Organic certified farmers use practices that are centered around the foundational organic principles of soil-based crop production and pasture-based livestock agriculture. To remain accessible to all types of farmers, Real Organic Project fundraises year round to keep this certification available at no cost to farmers.
    You can apply today at realorganicproject.org/thrivingfarmer.

    • 52 min
    Brad Russell on Reviving Chestnut Farming in the US

    Brad Russell on Reviving Chestnut Farming in the US

    What unique challenges and rewards come with chestnut farming?

    On this episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael is joined by Brad Russell of Chestnuts in the Ozarks in Omaha, Arkansas. Brad’s lifelong respect for nature along with his dedication to sustainable agriculture has guided him and his wife, Sandy, to revive and sustain the long-forgotten legacy of chestnut farming in the United States. 
    Tune in to hear all about Chestnuts in the Ozarks and the world of chestnut farming!
    You’ll hear:
    How Brad got started in chestnuts 0:49 What varieties of chestnuts does Brad’s farm work with 8:13 About the care methods for chestnut trees 12:29 How someone who wants to plant chestnut trees would need to plan 14:03 About which insects people should watch out for 18:19 About what bare roots trees typically cost 22:31 How you can learn more about Chestnuts in the Ozarks 27:37 About the Guest:
    In the picturesque countryside of the Ozarks in Omaha, Arkansas, Brad and Sandy Russell discovered their farm’s purpose in the age-old tradition of chestnut farming where Chestnuts in the Ozarks was born. Brad grew up with a profound respect for nature and an unwavering passion for sustainable agriculture. Brad and Sandy’s journey in the world of chestnut farming would become a testament to their love for each other, the earth, and their deep connection to their farm. It has become their determination to sustain an age-old legacy that has been long forgotten here in the United States. 
    Resources: 
    Website - https://www.chestnutsintheozarks.com/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/chestnutsozark/
    Facebook - Chestnuts in the Ozarks
     
    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsor!
     

    Real Organic Project is a farmer-led movement that provides an add-on certification held by over 1,000 certified organic, family-owned operations across North America. Real Organic Project strives to uplift farms working within the spirit, not just the letter, of organic principles. Real Organic certified farmers use practices that are centered around the foundational organic principles of soil-based crop production and pasture-based livestock agriculture. To remain accessible to all types of farmers, Real Organic Project fundraises year round to keep this certification available at no cost to farmers.
    You can apply today at realorganicproject.org/thrivingfarmer.
     

    • 29 min
    266. Ann Accetta-Scott on Embracing Homesteading and Food Preservation

    266. Ann Accetta-Scott on Embracing Homesteading and Food Preservation

    How do you take your homestead from beginner to profitable?   
    On this episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael is joined by Ann Accetta-Scott, a dedicated first-generation homesteader and the author behind "The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest." While managing her family farm in Middle Tennessee, Ann shares her journey from self-taught beginnings to becoming a community cultivator and advocate for a simpler, more sustainable way of life.
    Tune in to hear how Ann teaches others how to establish a life centered around clean eating, food ownership, and homesteading skills.


    You’ll hear:
    About why Ann got started in farming 0:47 What their biggest challenge was when increasing their farm’s acreage 2:18 What Ann’s goal was when she started the garden 12:04 What challenges Ann experienced when moving cross country 14:44 How Ann designed her garden for preservation 20:08 Ann’s tips for making a homestead profitable 39:03 What is covered in The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest 54:19

    About the Guest:
    Ann is a first-generation homesteader who manages her small family farm in southern Middle Tennessee. She is the author of The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest and the content curator for her website, A Farm Girl in the Making. Ann is a teacher by trade but has left the school system to teach individuals how to achieve a simpler and more traditional way of life. 
    Resources: 
    Website - https://afarmgirlinthemaking.com/
    Facebook - A Farm Girl in the Making
    Instagram - A Farm Girl in the Making
    Her Book The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest
     
    The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsor!

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
280 Ratings

280 Ratings

lmviv ,

Such a good find!

We’re Microdairy farmers in PA: 10 cows, 20acres: all direct to consumer sales. This podcast is right up our alley as regenerative farmers ourselves! So glad we found it!

Tmintner ,

Love it!

So much information on many topics whether you are a hobbyist or trying to make a living as a farmer.

gray2188 ,

That’s the question I wanted to ask

Love this podcast!
As a homesteader, I’m curious on how to make my family farm profitable.
You ask most of the questions I want to ask the people you’re interviewing.
Love listening and learning!

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