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.
Young Farmers Are Losing Land to Wealthy Buyers
Access to affordable, quality farmland is the top challenge young farmers face, particularly BIPOC farmers, who today make up only 2% of farmland owners. Young Farmer's Land Campaign Director Holly Rippon-Butler talks with New York Times reporter Elizabeth Dunn about her recent article, “How ‘Fairy Tale’ Farms Are Ruining Hudson Valley Agriculture,” about the land access crisis and how the National Young Farmers Coalition is working to transition one million acres of farmland to the next generation of farmers.
Getting on the Land with the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition
Today we're coming to you with a special episode from our Hoosier Young Farmers Chapter. The Hoosier chapter just released their own podcast series which shares the voices of farmers from across the state, farmers you might not think of when you picture the farmers of Indiana. This episode features stories about the challenge of acquiring affordable, quality land for farming, and some of the creative ways these farmers have managed to get on the land. You can listen to the rest of the Hoosier Young Farmer Podcast at hoosieryfc.org/stories.
What does it mean to be accountable?
Jessica Manly talks with Equity and Organizational Change Director and Accountability Report author Michelle A. T. Hughes about what it means for the National Young Farmers Coalition to be accountable to its farmers, partners, and its racial equity commitments.
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.
Farmers and eaters, tune in!
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!