Market Gardening in An Extreme Climate – Techniques for Growing with Cold Summers, Poor Soil and High Winds with Brian Kowalski of Newfoundland (PVP133)

[gap size=”50px”] If your listening to this show then you probably have a garden or have had one at one point and time. And for most of you gardeners summer is your primary gardening time. And for most of North America that’s a good time to garden because it’s relatively easy. Plants like to grow…

Adapt or Die – The Importance of Being Flexible with Ideas and Expectations – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 21

[gap size=”75px”] “At too many companies, and in too many hapless careers, the number one imperative is to avoid failure and embarrassment associated therewith at all costs. My take, failure, supported by wildly imaginative hypotheses and incredibly hard work, is something that companies and individuals must embrace. Frankly at all costs. Unless you’re stretching… wildly,…

Growing Sales in Order to Start Farming Full-time – A Case Study with Ben Grimes of Dawnbreaker Farms – Grass Fed Life – Episode 21

  [gap size=”75px”] This episode is a special episode that addresses a question submitted to us by listener Ben Grimes of Dawnbreaker Farms.   Ben’s question was a simple one, but the answer wasn’t simple or straightforward.  Like many things when it comes to farming there’s a lot of nuance and variability involved.   Given…

How to Keep Weeds from Overtaking Your Farm, and How to Manage Them If They Do – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 20

[gap size=”75px”] Weeds. When it comes to gardening and farming, they a polarizing subject. Some people hate weeds with a passion and other people embrace weeds as pioneer plants the restore soils and fight for their rightful place on the landscape and the plate. The love for weeds is weak, compared to the hatred of…

Grass Fed Cattle Basics – Why You Should and How Can Get Started with Cattle Using Stockers – Grass Fed Life – Episode 20

  [gap size=”75px”] Today’s show is Part 2 of our series on cattle. This episode is all about the ins and outs of stockers, cattle that you purchase, raise on farm and sell. It’s a great operation for a beginner and one way of raising cattle that is very different from a cow/calf operation where…

Grazing the Savanna: Lessons from New Forest and Mastodon Valley Farms presented by Peter Allen at PV2 (b039)

[gap size=”50px”] Today’s episode is a replay of the presentation that Peter Allen gave at PV2 in March 2015.. The presentation is titled Grazing the Savanna: Lessons from New Forest and Mastodon Valley Farms. In this talk Peter will share the lessons he learned establishing and managing multi-species rotational grazing operations in a well-established permaculture…

Real World Challenges and Concerns about Starting Up a Farm on Half an Acre – How to Make it Happen and What to Think About – A Case Study – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 19

[gap size=”75px”] Farming, it truly is a lifestyle. And one that a lot of people seek out. This leads people down the road of thinking about how can they start or transition into small scale farming. And when they go down that path they inevitably run into issues.  Because startup isn’t always clear, or easy,…

Grass Fed Cattle Basics – An Introduction to Raising Cattle on Grass – Grass Fed Life – Episode 19

  [gap size=”75px”] Let’s say you start raising chickens on grass, pastured poultry. You’re rotating the chickens around your land and as you do that the chickens leave behind nitrogen rich fertilizer packets at every stop. Something that the grass will respond to but growing, a lot… The more that you do this, the more…

Savanna Gardens: Regenerating the Ultimate Human Ecosystem presented by Peter Allen at PV2 (b038)

[gap size=”50px”] Today’s episode is a replay of the presentation that Peter Allen gave at PV2 in March 2015.. The presentation is titled Savanna Gardens: Regenerating the Ultimate Human Ecosystem. Why Savannas? Savannas were some of the most complex, diverse, and productive ecosystems in North America and provide an excellent model for permaculture – integrating…

Selling to Restaurants is Great! Maybe, Maybe Not. A look at the Pros and Cons of Selling to Restaurants – The Urban Farmer – Season 2 – Week 18

[gap size=”75px”] Today’s show is a continuation of the conversation with Curtis about High Maintenance versus Low Maintenance Customers. This is Part 2 of that series and today we specifically focus on the pro’s and cons of selling to restaurants taking into account high maintenance versus low maintenance. Given that this is Part 2 it…