Interviews and lessons on small scale farming.
018 - Nursery - Akiva Silver of Twisted Tree Farm14/12/2017 Duration: 53min
For the second interview of a short segment on Nursery production, Akiva Silver of Twisted Tree Farm joins me to talk the details of his nursery production. We get really into the details in this episode so if you're looking to get started growing out chestnuts, apples, persimmons, pawpaws, you'll love this one. Links: Twisted Tree Farm Starting a Nursery Business
017 |Plant Nursery | Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres11/12/2017 Duration: 38min
Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres joins me today to talk about his plant nursery and food forest. If you're interested in starting a food forest or plant nursery, you'll want to give this one a listen. Edible Acres: http://www.edibleacres.org/ Edible Acres' YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EdibleAcres
Mushrooms | Ivan Vincent of Ugly Barn Farm on Building Mushroom Farming Infrastructure06/12/2017 Duration: 01h13min
Ivan Vincent of Ugly Barn Farm joins me today to talk about his experience building infrastructure for his mushroom operation. If you are interested in growing mushrooms or just building general infrastructure on your farm, there is a TON of wisdom to be gleaned from Ivan. Enjoy!
Herbal Blends | Sacha Begg of Bullygoth Farm04/12/2017 Duration: 50min
Sacha Begg of Bullygoth Farm joins me today to teach us how she has evolved her farm to specialize in growing and selling herbal blends. If you are interested in growing and selling herbs, I highly recommend listening to this episode and paying special attention to what Sacha has learned from her customers over the years. Enjoy!
015 - Dahlias - Swan Island Dahlias w/ Nicholas Gitts & Heather Schloe30/11/2017 Duration: 01h02min
Nicholas Gitts and his daughter Heather Schloe join me today to tell the story of Swan Island Dahlias. If you like dahlias, you will love this interview with them. We cover a LOT of ground in this interview. After listening you'll have a good sense of how the farm has evolved to where it is today, where it's heading, and the details of how they produce all of their flowers, tubers, and new varieties. Enjoy!
014 - Mushroom Workshops & Tinctures - Steven Kirk of Hexenring Mushrooms17/11/2017 Duration: 44min
Steven Kirk joins me today to talk about the ongoing evolution of his family's farm. They started out by launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to build infrastructure for their mushroom farm. When they didn't meet their funding goals, they pivoted to start hosting workshops and creating value added tinctures. This is a great lesson on how to roll with the punches and keep the momentum of building your farm. Enjoy
013 - Shiitake Mushrooms - Producing 500 pounds a week w/ Alex Winstead of Cascadia Mushrooms09/11/2017 Duration: 49min
Alex Winstead joins me today to talk about Cascadia Mushrooms in Bellingham, WA. He shares his experience from starting this as a hobby in 2005 to where he his now producing 500 pounds per week of primarily Shiitake mushrooms. Enjoy!
Building a Mushroom Enterprise w/ Amy Fox of Fox Farm & Forage LLC05/09/2017 Duration: 01h12min
Amy Fox joins me today to talk about Fox Farm & Forage LLC in North Carolina. We talk about how she started growing mushrooms in her basement as a hobby and how that has evolved into building a 4000 SF mushroom production facility on a dedicated piece of land. Impressive how things can grow! If you're looking to start a mushroom farm, you're going to love this. Support the Show on Patreon
Growing Oyster Mushrooms Commercially w/ Willie Crosby of Fungi Ally29/08/2017 Duration: 52min
Willie Crosby joins me today to talk about Fungi Ally in Hadley, MA. We talk about all of the details of Willie's production system of fresh oyster mushrooms for wholesale customers. Willie gives us great, detailed information, on all aspects of his farm. If you're interested in growing mushrooms commercially, this episode should be a pre-requisite. Enjoy! Support the Show on Patreon
010 - John Michelotti w/ Catskill Fungi - Mushroom Tinctures, Mushroom Walks, and More22/08/2017 Duration: 59min
John Michelotti joins me today to talk about Catskill Fungi. Specifically, we talk about mushroom tinctures, mushroom walks, and the story of his farm. Enjoy! Click here to support the show on Patreon
300 Pounds of Mushrooms/Week - Eli Talbert of Urban Choice Mushroom Farm15/08/2017 Duration: 47min
Eli Talbert joins me today to talk about Urban Choice Mushroom Farm in Richmond Virginia. If you like details on production and infrastructure, you're going to love this interview with Eli. Click here to support the show on Patreon
Nursery Production w/ Grant Schultz23/02/2016 Duration: 52min
Grant Schultz, founder of New Farm Supply and Versaland joins me to talk primarily about Nursery Production. I asked Grant to be on this show because he has undertaken an incredibly ambitious project called Versaland, 145 acres of degraded land in Iowa that he has planted thousands of trees on and is establishing silvopasture systems that could be a model for transitioning the corn and soybean monocultures of the midwest. The hardest part of establishing an orchard is generating cashflow in the beginning years, especially when you are putting so much money into planting trees. Grant has solved this cash flow problem by starting his own nursery, New Farm Supply. He took the liability of purchasing thousands of trees for Versaland and judo'd into an asset by becoming a supplier of the best permaculture plants around. There is a ton to learn from Grant, so you will inevitably hear from him on the show again. Show notes Support the show on Patreon Use code - 'SFA' for 20% off everything at New Farm Supply
Ep. 5 - Raising Pastured Pork w/ Luke Groce of Groce Family Farm17/02/2016 Duration: 01h19min
Luke Groce, of Groce Family Farm joins me today to discuss the details of pastured pork production. Luke started with a market garden and has grown to added pork to his offerings. In this episode we get into the economics of how much you can expect to earn from one pig and the associated costs with it. We touch on briefly why pastured pork is superior to dirt lot pig farming, but in all honestly, we could devote a whole show to this subject. The short of it is that you are raising better pork and paying less in feed while actually adding value to your land. Support the show on Patreon View the Show Notes on Small Farm Academy
Ep. 4 - Mushroom Farming w/ Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain02/02/2016 Duration: 58min
Tradd Cotter, author of Organic Farming and Mycoremediation: Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation In this episode we discuss Mushroom Production, Tradd's business Mushroom Mountain, and much more. Enjoy! View the Show Notes on Small Farm Academy Support the show on Patreon
Ep. 3 - Shiitake Farming w/ Steve Gabriel of Wellspring Forest Farm21/01/2016 Duration: 43min
Steve Gabriel, author of Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests, joins me to talk about his experience cultivating mushrooms and medicinals for his farm, Wellspring Forest Farm. In this episode we discuss the details of shiitake production and farming the woods in general. Enjoy! View the show notes on Small Farm Academy Support the Show on Patreon
Ep. 2 - How to Start a Shiitake Mushroom Farm w/ Joe Crawczyk of Field and Forest09/01/2016 Duration: 01h05min
Joe Krawczyk, founder of Field and Forest Products, joins me today to teach us how to go about starting a shiitake mushroom operation. Joe started Field and Forest Products 33 years ago and specializes in selling mushroom spawn, primarily Shiitake, to commercial and hobby mushroom growers. View the show notes on Small Farm Academy Support the Show on Patreon