The internet is flooded with food photos, recipes and diet advice, partisan news, and farmer-inspired fashion, but who is listening to the farmers themselves? Farmers grow your food and manage nearly half of all land on Earth. It's time to pay attention to the policies, programs, and events that are shaping the future of agriculture.
Our host, Lindsey Lusher Shute, co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, provides a fresh, farmer-centric take on food and farm policy. We talk with policy makers, experts and advocates, and, of course, farmers, about the most critical issues facing farming in the U.S. and globally.
Edited by Hannah Beal and recorded at Radio Kingston.
WAYFC Takeover Finale: Ariana de Leña on Tools for Dealing with Farmer Stress and Anxiety
This week is the finale of our 7 part series created by the Washington Young Farmers Coalition (WAYFC), "Farm Resilience and COVID-19." This week Elizabeth chats with Ariana de Leña, a farmer at Kamayan Farm east of Seattle, about some embodied techniques to combat stress and mental health challenges on the farm.
WAYFC Takeover 6: Ariana de Leña on Farmer Stress and Anxiety (Part 1)
This week Elizabeth talks with Ariana de Leña of Kamayan Farm about the stress and anxiety farmers confront and some practical tips for coping. This is the first part in a two-part conversation with Ari which will continue next week. In the first episode we focus on the ‘big picture’ and make connections between current conditions for farmers and how it affects our mental wellness.
WAYFC Takeover 5: Vero Vergara of Sweet Hollow Farm
Today Elizabeth chats with Vero Vergara of Sweet Hollow Farm in Woodinville, WA about equity, food access, and social justice. Vero Vergara is a nonbinary, disabled, brown, queer farmer and food systems worker based on Coast Salish territories. They work at the intersection of autonomous food systems building and liberatory community care.
Food Safety Part 2: Lean and Clean with Ellen Polishuk
In part 2 of our produce safety series, Young Farmers' Produce Safety Manager, Maggie Kaiser, talks with Ellen Polishuk about integrating Lean Farming principles into your farm's food safety plan.
Food Safety Part 1: Scaling Up with Scott Chang-Fleeman
This week and next we'll be talking about an often overlooked, and sometimes daunting, part of farming: *food safety*! Part 1 is a conversation with Scott Chang-Fleeman, owner of Shao Shan Farm in Marin County, who grows Asian heritage vegetables: "Scaling produce safety with your operation." It's interesting because it seems produce safety really clicks with Scott, as does farming in general, and he has a natural ability to assess risk. He has scaled his operation quickly and considers produce safety every step of the way. Plus he’s just really got his shit together... Enjoy!
WAYFC Takeover 4: Miles Griffin and Amanda Doughty on Farmer Mental Health
Miles Griffin and Amanda Doughty currently live on 20 acres in Twisp, Washington. Amanda is a licensed therapist, who works off the farm full-time but loves a good Saturday weeding session. Miles is the owner and operator of Posterity Farm, producing pastured turkeys, wholesale organic garlic, and diversified vegetables. Miles and Amanda find deep interest in the intersection of their professions, especially the contrast between the risk factors that farmers face and the inherent therapeutic benefits of their practices. Miles and Amanda hope to one day use their experiences to develop a farm therapy
program that reduces stigma around mental health and addresses food insecurity, community-building, and job training. If you are interested in learning more about their farm you can visit posterityfarm.com or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A note: this episode discusses topics related to suicide and mental health. Please take care of yourself and your needs before you listen, as you listen and as you process this conversation.
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I’m loving this podcast. I’m a young farmer in Indiana, and this podcast makes me feel connected to what’s happening nationally. Can’t wait for more episodes.
Everyone should listen to this podcast
I became interested in farming and policy through my climate activism and this podcast has been SO amazing to listen to while I'm trying to understand what the agricultural community is going through and the type of policies we need to be shaping. I have no relationship to rural America and this podcast has made me feel so connected to these communities. Those of us who live in urban areas should be much more involved in how our food is produced. We all eat! Thank you for what you do—I hope this podcast contiues!!
Food Discourse with a Human Touch
I am a college student considering a career in agronomy/soil science. I love this podcast's treatment of issues in food and agriculture: it's very 'human,' presented in everyday language, and I think fundamentally optimistic, even in its coverage of very difficult topics. We need more media like this!