Creative Destruction - Honest Conversations About Farming, Business, and Life

 

An interview with Peter McCoy of Radical Mycology.

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Radical Mycology is a movement and social philosophy based on accessibly teaching the importance of mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological health. Radical Mycology differs from classical mycology in that classical mycology generally focuses on taxonomy, identification, mycophagy (eating mushrooms), and the more personal benefits of working with fungi while Radical Mycology is about using fungi for the benefit of larger communities and the world.

As a concept, Radical Mycology is based on the belief that the lifecycles of fungi and their interactions in nature serve as powerful learning tools for how humans can best relate to each other and steward the world they live in.

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We all have this great chance to go great places.  Yet we all don't take it.  Today's episode is a look at the opportunity and why some people squander it, and why some people don't.

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The person buying Darby's turkeys isn't focused on the sticker - they have other reasons to buy a turkey from him, reasons that are strong enough for them to look past the price.

Reasons like being locally raised, being raised in better conditions, being raised by a farmer that they know, and them as a customer being able to support a farmer and a method of agriculture that they believe in, and one that's preciously opposite the methods being used by the Butterballs of the world.

It's these factors that have made growing turkeys an attractive niche business for Darby.

And it might be a business that fits you and your enterprise, especially if you already have an established customer base.

Think about that as we go through this episode, because today, it's a turkey day.

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Today I will be talking to an entrepreneur, Stacey Marcellus who had an idea for a better food product and partnered with a friend to make that idea a reality.  With the right blend of hard work and luck Stacey helped take Cappello’s Gluten Free from a local farmers market to stores nationwide.

In this episode she will share some of the struggles and challenges that she faced doing it.  It's a hard dose of reality for anyone look to start a business, and refreshing it's not just me story for those of us already in the game.

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Brent joins me to talk about the challenges of growing in hot and wet Southeast Texas.  It's forced him to adapt and modify things he has seen on other farms for his own context.  Today you'll hear what he's doing and how he's doing it.

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Over the past few years I have interviewed over one hundred different farmers.  During the course of our conversations I have noticed quite a few trends - some which lead to struggling farms and some which lead to successful farms. Today I am going to share 7 of the traits that I have noticed that successful farms and farmers exhibit.  Regardless of whether you are a vegetable farmer or a livestock farmer, I think these traits are universal and apply across the board.

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Marianne West is a cancer survivor who in the unique position of both going through traditional chemotherapy and the alternative cancer treatment The Gerson Therapy.

Today Marianne and I discuss what her experience was like going through the Gerson Therapy and what her thoughts on it are. Despite my early introduction into this space via this subject matter I tried to approach this episode as neutral as possible and not going in with any assumptions of what was true or not true. As you listen to it, do the same, form your own opinions.

The views expressed here are Marianne’s based on her actual real life experiences. I hope it helps.

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Chris Thoreau has grow microgreens for over 10 years, but he recently reached the point where he Chris realized it was time to do something else and move on.  Find out what changed and why Chris is changing with it.
 

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Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter.

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Dan Ohmann is a homesteader who has recently started raising lamb on a homestead level, while dabbling in selling some of the finished product off farm to see what is possible.  Today Dan discusses how that's working for him.

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Permaculturalist, educator, and my guest today Adam Brock dives head-first into this question with his new book Change Here Now. Drawing from ecology, sociology, community economics, social justice, and indigenous practices the world over, Change Here Now presents 82 proven solutions for building resilient and empowered communities. The book offers answers for permaculturalists, organizers, activists, nonprofit directors, social entrepreneurs - and anyone else looking for meaning in a chaotic world.  Read the book: Change Here Now
 

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