Mark Brock, 2019 Canadian Nuffield scholar along with Sandi Brock (Sheepishly Me) discuss topics relevant to agriculture. With guest interviews and kitchen table conversations, it’s their hope to challenge farmers to think outside the box and challenge the status quo.
The 22nd Floor
Covid-19 has us back together discussing how this has affected us as a family, as farmers, and as an industry as a whole.
A candid, disjointed conversation because that feels like where we are at right now... In limbo. Waiting to see what is next, where it will affect next, and when will it finally be over.
We talk about this "great pause" and the problems we face today, but also the undiscovered opportunities that await.
Curriculum is hard to say
In today’s episode, we talk with Clare Peltzer another Nuffield scholar we both have had the pleasure of hosting at our farm last fall.
Clare farms 9,000 ewes in Tasmania and up until recently, also doubled as a part-time school teacher.
For her Nuffield project, Clare tackled the age-old topic of how we entice youth into agriculture as a profession.
Hoping to search the world for that one country who got it right.... what she found is that we all have our work cut out for us in this plight.
A Bigger Pie
In this episode, Mark interviews Richard Heath, a former Nuffield scholar who works as Executive Director of Australia Farm Institute. A timely conversation that also touched on Covid-19 and the effects on agriculture, and where there may be some gaps in us relying heavily on a just-in-time delivery mechanism.
They also touched on how climate change is not a trend, and in fact, it just may be integrating into the business side of our farming operations in ways we had never considered before.
The Royal Brownie
We had the good fortune of sitting down with Corrigan Sowman, a dairy farmer who along with his family, run Uruwhenua Farms Ltd in beautiful Golden Bay.
Dairy farming in New Zealand has changed dramatically over the last decade, bringing both opportunities and challenges to those involved. Social license being a front runner of these challenges which prompted Corrigan's topic.
One that began as trying to solve a technical problem, digging deeper to realize it's more of social one.
Hither & Yon
Mark got to visit our good friend Richard Leask from McLaren Vale who runs Leask Agri and along with his brother Malcolm, Hither & Yon.
Richard discusses their unique vineyard incorporating innovative soil management practices for a more holistic grape growing system. Mimicking this same circular mentality, they also have a storefront "cellar door" that very much is an extension of the farm, families, and grapes behind their label Hither & Yon.
Disruptors from Down Under
In this episode we head down under... that's right.
Mark is now in Australia on the first leg of his Nuffield travels and has discovered that although on the other side of the globe, farmers everywhere share many of the same issues.
Digging a bit deeper, he finds that collaboration may not just be key to some strategic opportunities, it may be the one way to survive in this business of farming.
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Thank you so much to Sandi and Mark Brock for this Podcast. I had fallen in love with Sandi’s Sheepishly me YouTube channel because of cute animals and then I started learning and her personality is so authentic. She is kind and gentle and strong and vulnerable. So incredibly strong. Then we got a peek into her family, and fell in love with them too. Sandi and Mark have raised two very responsible and sweet kids. I learned more about where our food comes from. I was one of those people that thought of small family farms as a good thing, but big corporate farms as evil. I think in huge part due to media. I no longer think that way, because of your family. A huge farm is most likely a family farm. You work as a family harder than any other family I know.
This Podcast is fantastic. Hearing the back and forth between a husband and wife talking about their business and careers and feeling the love between them, while sharing knowledge of the industry of where our food comes from. It is warm and raw and I have fallen in love with this family all over again and have learned a whole new appreciation for the people that bring food to our tables.
This is a great load set to listen to. It’s like a behind the scenes look at their farm and channel.
I love watching/listening/following! Everything about you two! Growing up around sheep and watching/listening you guys talk about life is made me miss it so much. This podcast is a great reminder that the world exists outside of the USA. I only live a few hours away from you guys but our economy’s and government are so drastically different. Very interesting and keep up with everything you’re doing! So excited to listen when Mark is abroad!