51 episodes

A show about making the most of the winter growing season, hosted by Clara Coleman.

The Winter Growers Podcast No-Till Market Garden Podcast

    • Education
    • 4.3 • 46 Ratings

A show about making the most of the winter growing season, hosted by Clara Coleman.

    A Robust, Nimble, Mission-Driven, Two-Acre Farm with Kate Woods of Beetlebung Farm

    A Robust, Nimble, Mission-Driven, Two-Acre Farm with Kate Woods of Beetlebung Farm

    Kate Woods, farm manager of Beetlebung Farm in Chilmark, Massachusetts, along with her partner Nick, are the co-managers of a two-acre regenerative and primarily no-till farm on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Before its current iteration, the land had a rich history in agriculture, something of which that has been important to carry on for the island community, as well as a commitment to year-round production and innovation. With only two acres, the focus is on direct retail through a farm stand, farmer's markets, and a handful of wholesale clients, plus some educational opportunities for local school children and the larger island community. On the horizon is the opening of a farm store and a bakery with a focus on the culinary creations of local island products, which is a passion of Kate's. We speak about her background, how the farm started, and her role in helping to realize a vision of a robust and nimble four-season farm with a deep passion and mission to serve the island community.
    Check out the folks who make the show possible...
    RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels.
    Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources.
    BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements.
    ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Art of Kaizen + Holistic Management on a Growing, Year-Round Vegetable Farm with Max & Katie of Winter Kissed Farm

    The Art of Kaizen + Holistic Management on a Growing, Year-Round Vegetable Farm with Max & Katie of Winter Kissed Farm

    As their farm name suggests, Montana farmers Max Smith and Katie Madden of Winter Kissed Farm focus on growing vegetable crops year-round, especially during the winter seasons. On 15 acres and at 3,500 feet in elevation, they use multiple high-tunnels and caterpillar-tunnels to grow crops and sell them through a CSA, an online store, and to some area restaurants. They've had an interesting journey with marketing and production by focusing on winter- and spring-only sales during some recent years, but they are bringing back their summer CSA this year to meet the increasing demand for local, year-round veggies. With a crew of five full-time employees and following the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen and the holistic goal framework, Max and Katie are very intentional with their farm and business practices. Even in the face of challenges, they are flexible and mindful and offer an inspiring example of how to work together and build a farm as a team.
    Check out the folks who make the show possible...
    RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels.
    Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources.
    BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements.
    ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat

    • 1 hr 12 min
    An Inspiring Veteran Farmer on Self, Family, & Community Care with Elizabeth Keen of Indian Line Farm

    An Inspiring Veteran Farmer on Self, Family, & Community Care with Elizabeth Keen of Indian Line Farm

    Elizabeth Keen of Indian Line Farm in Western Massachusetts, has been farming for 27 years and began her farm with her husband on land that was the birthplace of the CSA model popularized by Robyn Van En in 1986. Stewarding this important property, Elizabeth started her CSA with 12 member shares in 1997, which has since grown to 250 members, plus sales at a farmer's market and some restaurants and stores, all from five acres of production. The farm is certified naturally grown, and Elizabeth is an active member of CRAFT, the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training Program, which trains future farmers. The farm has three high-tunnels--she uses no heat in winter--and focuses on producing chard, kale, spinach, lettuce, scallions, radicchio, and cilantro as fresh winter crops. The farm is financially stable and viable, and Elizabeth has been the full-time grower since 2003, deriving all her income from the farm. Not only is Elizabeth a seasoned farmer with a successful CSA model and story, she is also a farmer who prioritizes community, family, self-care, and a healthy work-life balance as an inspiring example for others to follow.
    Check out the folks who make the show possible...
    RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels.
    Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources.
    BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements.
    ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Beginning a New Farm with Intentionality w/ Ellie & Dan of Small Holding Farm

    Beginning a New Farm with Intentionality w/ Ellie & Dan of Small Holding Farm

    Ellie Goldstein and Dan Bryant of Small Holding Farm in Morganton, North Carolina, were recommended by a fan of the show as young, new, year-round farmers. Ellie and Dan started their farm in 2020 during the early months of the pandemic. Ellie has a background in psychology and works part-time in the mental health field and Dan is a certified arborist and carpenter… skills that have undoubtedly helped their recent transition into starting a farm and homestead with a focus on year-round production and building community. Farming on one acre with three high-tunnels, they prioritize building soil using primarily no-till methods, and they experiment with finding the best ways their bodies, the land, and their business can benefit and grow from these choices. I appreciate the full approach Dan and Ellie have taken in building their farm and business, and I hope our conversation can offer other new farmers inspiration as well.
    Mentioned in the show...
    Previous podcast guest Urbavore Farm
    Previous podcast guest Ten Mothers Farm
    Check out the folks who make the show possible...
    RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels.
    Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources.
    BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements.
    ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Year-round Growing on an Island with Aidan Feeney of Fog Town Farm on Nantucket Island

    Year-round Growing on an Island with Aidan Feeney of Fog Town Farm on Nantucket Island

    Aidan Feeney of Fog Town Farm is located on Nantucket Island, 30 miles off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Growing up on Nantucket as an outdoor enthusiast and working in landscaping and doing tree work during high school, Aidan became inspired to learn about agriculture and spent time in New York and in Vermont in college working on farms. In 2019, he returned to the island to start Fogtown Farm on leased conservation land. Now five years later, he has two acres under cultivation and is expanding to an additional three and a half acres on newly leased land. The demand for local produce year-round on the island is great. So, over the years, he's added caterpillar tunnels along with more high tunnels in the coming seasons. The wind and winter storms make year-round growing on the island especially challenging, but Aidan has found creative ways to persevere and grow his farm business. Along with his wife Natasha and their new son Arlo, Aidan is committed to year-round growing and supplying his island community with the freshest vegetables around.
    Check out the folks who make the show possible...
    RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels.
    Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources.
    BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements.
    ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Nearly 20 Years of Four Season Farming Done Well with Nate & Gabrielle of Six River Farm

    Nearly 20 Years of Four Season Farming Done Well with Nate & Gabrielle of Six River Farm

    Nate & Gabrielle of Six River Farm are located just north of Portland, ME. As early apprentices of Paul and Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm—also former guests on the show—Nate and Gabrielle are now in their 18th! year of farming. Starting Six River Farm in 2007, on 2.5 acres of leased land, AND utilizing a collective farm model with four farms sharing infrastructure, they now have grown to 25 acres of vegetable production, with 20 employees during the main-season, 10 of whom work year-round. Farming on a mix of owned and leased land, they use eleven high-tunnels and 11 caterpillar tunnels for their year-round production supplying a self-serve farm-stand that’s set up in a greenhouse, year-round farmers markets, and direct wholesale to natural food stores. They are a beloved farm in central Maine, and as a family with two kids they prioritize a healthy farm-life balance by taking time away from the farm to travel… and visit other farms, too. Nate and Gabrielle offer a tremendous amount of experience and wisdom. They are an inspiring example of four-season farming done well.
    Check out the folks who make the show possible...
    RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels.
    Johnny's Selected Seeds vegetable, flower, and cover crop seeds. Visit the Growers Library for a wealth of growing resources.
    BCS America for two wheel tractors + implements.
    ... and, as always, our work is powered by the individual growers who support us every month over at patreon.com/notillgrowers. You can pick up a copy of The Living Soil Handbook if you don't have one already, as well as a No-Till Growers hat or other merch, check out our YouTube channel, and you can ask you questions or share your insights into ecological market gardening on our free growers forum at notillgrowers.community.chat

    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Daniel Beldar ,

Great podcast!

I love this topic and this podcast. I was really stoked to hear the cut flower episode. It seems like some of the audio didn’t come through very well.

Jaar Farms ,

So helpful

Thanks so much for the time and energy put into this! It has been so much good info. The timing of finding this has been ideal for us as we are now preparing for fall. I look forward to more !

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