Thu, 24 October 2013
Rebecca Krossnoski of Nature Delivered Farm joins me to talk about her passion for pigs. Rebecca left her job as a construction estimator 6 years ago to start pasture raising pigs. She realized that her old job wasn't going to be there forever so she began the transition into the farming business while she was still working at her old job. She had no prior farming experience when she embarked on the venture, learning along the way from her grandfather's notes, other farmers, and books, then building on that book knowledge with real world trial and error.
Show Notes: www.permaculturevoices.com/17
Fri, 18 October 2013
016 - Darren Doherty Talks The Keyline Design Process and the Importance of Building Soil in the Landscape.
Darren Doherty of Heenan Doherty and Regrarians joins me from Australia to fill in some of the gaps surrounding Keyline design.
Fri, 11 October 2013
015 - Joel Salatin On The Next Generation of Farmers. Starting Out, Interning, Mentoring, and Partnering with Existing Farmers.
Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm joins me to talk about his new book Fields of Farmers which focuses on the next generation of farmers.How young people can work with existing farmers to transition into farming. He talks about young people can do today to take advantage of the huge opportunity that is out there. Topics range from leasing land to forming synergistic, non-competitive enterprises on existing farms. The whole key is that you have to start. Movement creates movement.
This episode also has a very heavy entrepreneurial component. Hopefully it will motivate some people to get out there, stop thinking about farming, and actually start farming.
You don't have to own land to farm. Look for land to lease. Look to add another enterprise onto an existing farm. Focus on mobile infrastructure.
Insource carbon instead of outsource carbon. So many farmers start out bringing in fertilizer at the beginning.Start building up your soils at the beginning to lower your long term input costs.
Grow what you like to eat. You may have to eat through your inventory.
Be willing to do whatever it takes to make it work. That might mean putting in a lot of hours, making a lot of sacrifices, cutting expenses, and taking some odds jobs.
Make use of what you have first. Don't buy anything. So many people want to run out and buy things when they first start out. Access what you have, use that, and only buy what you absolutely need.
Better to become 80% self reliant that get analysis paralysis and not doing anything while trying to become 100% self reliant.
Doing something is better than doing nothing.
Stack multiple enterprises on a single land base whenever possible.
Thu, 3 October 2013
John Backes of Circle B Ranch joins me to talk about raising pastured hogs on 90 acres in Missouri. John didn't come from a farming background. He transitioned into farming in 2009 with his wife Marina after leaving a career in mechanical contracting. They set out to produce high quality food while focusing on the welfare and humane treatment of their hogs.
-Pick a spouse that is a good compliment to your skills as a farm. It’s a team effort.
-Stress affects meat quality. So try to minimize the animal’s stress.
-Maintain good relationships with the hogs. Keep them calm because ultimately they are big and you want them working with you.