agri-Culture

agri-Culture

Join Rick and Elara of Backyard Green Films as we traverse the U.S on a green adventure! We travel throughout the land in our travel trailer (nicknamed Bessie), on a mission to share the stories, dedication, and wisdom of America's stewards of sustainable agriculture who've followed their own 'call of the land.' From scientists to geneticists to organic farmers and ranchers - plus a bounty of interesting folks we meet along the way, each voice is uniquely diverse, and each story compels us to uncover, discover, and share. Please become a Patreon member and help support our podcast. Copy and paste the link in your browser. https://www.patreon.com/agriCulturePodcast read less
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Ep 213 Anson Tebbetts: The Darn Tough Cherry Garcia Donkey Run
1w ago
Ep 213 Anson Tebbetts: The Darn Tough Cherry Garcia Donkey Run
We concluded the World Devon Congress adventure with the State that put these cattle on the map – okay, they’re on the flag, anyway.  We had a wonderful tour through the Green Mountain State of Vermont, on our way to meet up with Anson Tebbets, Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets.  This lovely man took a walk down the lane on his family farm to talk about the finer things in agricultural life that are represented in Vermont – maple syrup, socks, adult beverages and ice cream, just to name a few.  He believes in those who produce our food and fiber products, and works to support them with legislation, funding and promotion, and, of course, his valuable time.Vermont is a quietly beautiful agricultural state that is definitely worth a visit – even if you don’t have time to hit the Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour (though we strongly recommend it).  These hills are alive…with the taste of maple…and cider…and wool…and pickles…and… Links:https://agriculture.vermont.gov/administrationhttps://agriculture.vermont.gov/agency-agriculture-food-markets-news/12-vermont-companies-running-2020-good-food-awardhttps://agriculture.vermont.gov/agency-agriculture-food-markets-news/fifteen-vermont-companies-running-2022-good-food-awardhttps://www.lancasterfarming.com/farming-news/dairy/american-milking-devons-the-perfect-breed-for-this-vermont-homestead/article_aec3cc10-0ef7-11ef-929b-83733b95d1f5.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Vermonthttps://darntough.com/https://www.benjerry.com/https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/https://skinnypancake.com/https://thetipsypickle.com/https://cabotcreamery.com/Well Beyond Medicine: The Nemours Children's Health PodcastExploring people, programs and bold ideas changing children's health for good.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the Show.
Ep 210 Steve Montgomery:  …and We’ll Leave the Lamppost on for Ya
Mar 18 2024
Ep 210 Steve Montgomery: …and We’ll Leave the Lamppost on for Ya
Steve Montgomery of Lamppost Farm is our guest on today’s podcast, coming to you from a stop on the Devon Congress pre-tour - Columbiana, Ohio style this time.  Steve and his family raise Devon Cattle, Coopworth Sheep, pigs, turkeys and a partridge in a pear tree (okay, no partridges, but there are more chickens than you can safely count).  Their goal is to make and teach connections between living things, but the annual flock of Lamppost interns can tell you that they learn how to do the sweaty part on the farm as well.  These are just plain good solid people who open up their hearts and farm to those in need, wanting to make a difference.  As the Narnia bunch would tell you, when life gets rough, it’s always lovely to have someone who’s willing to leave the lamppost burning so others can find their way home.  C.S. Lewis would be proud. Links:http://www.lamppostfarm.com/https://whatnerd.com/movies-with-hidden-meanings-deeper-metaphors/https://iep.utm.edu/plato/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platohttps://historycooperative.org/norse-mythology/https://greekgodsandgoddesses.net/gods/https://greekgodsandgoddesses.net/gods/apollo/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._S._Lewishttps://www.cnn.com/style/article/keep-calm-poster/index.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Narniahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._R._Tolkien Well Beyond Medicine: The Nemours Children's Health PodcastExploring people, programs and bold ideas changing children's health for good.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the Show.
Ep 208 Lakota Ranch:  Jeremy is Running for Congress 2024
Feb 13 2024
Ep 208 Lakota Ranch: Jeremy is Running for Congress 2024
It’s another stop on our Devon Pre-Tour run.  This time, we’re bringing you the sights and sounds from a delightful and delicious visit to Lakota Ranch in Remington, Virginia.  Lakota is the home of Jeremy Engh, President of Red Devon USA, Dr. Jerry Engh, the founder of the herd itself (and Jeremy, for that matter), and Patty Engh, who runs them both, we’re fairly sure. We had a visit that included pasture rotation avec spicy herding dogs and spicier cows, a 30-year old Devon cow with calf (yes, we said that correctly), a stunning and mouthwatering winery luncheon experience (thank you, Chef Tim at Early Mountain Winery – what an amazing spread!), a hilltop hike to meet a tolerant bull and a world-travelling vet, and…well, we could go on, but we’ll let you hear for yourself.  And you can not only hear, but also see parts of it as well if you go to our Backyard Green Films YouTube channel.  We’re going to have to put it in a few episodes, as this visit was a two-day adventure and it was hard to put the camera down.  The hospitality of the Devonites was phenomenal, yet again.  Wow. Links:https://www.britannica.com/place/Mason-and-Dixon-Linehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_in_the_American_Civil_Warhttps://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/old-dominion/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chancellorsvillewww.reddevonusa.comwww.milkingdevons.orghttps://reddevonusa.com/lakota_ranch https://www.earlymountain.com/https://youtu.be/VhI0L26rs_E?si=tmESo1d41eJiUY4YWell Beyond Medicine: The Nemours Children's Health PodcastExploring people, programs and bold ideas changing children's health for good.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the Show.
Ep 203 Jeri and Irina: The Non-Expendable Dependables (Don't Tell Sly)
Nov 9 2023
Ep 203 Jeri and Irina: The Non-Expendable Dependables (Don't Tell Sly)
Our podcast guests today are Jeri Robinson Lawrence and daughter Irina Lawrence Mathias.  This hardworking mother/daughter team has contributed a few soundbites in between Points A, B, C and X in the rush of the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival every year, but as they’re the ones that everyone needs something from at all times, a relaxed moment has been hard to come by with these two.So we went to the mountain (so to speak, although it’s southern Pennsylvania just west of the Susquehanna River, so there were a few hills in there).  They have plenty of things available on their website for anyone who might want some delicious shades, colors, and types of fiber, but the physical location of the farm and shop known as Flying Fibers is a place for the senses.  Sheep (mostly Shetlands, with a few Leicester and Wensleydale in the mix), chickens, dogs, cats, toddlers, and what seems like every other creature in Noah’s Ark are napping, creating, munching, gamboling or just sitting picturesquely on this little homestead, with green pastures surrounded by waving wheat and banks of bee-covered lavender.  We don’t know how they trained all the critters to perform so beautifully for the cameras (but not the husband, I’m afraid – he ran when we pushed “record”), but the visuals were absolutely lovely.  The scents were fantastic too -- lavender AND lanolin included.Our Shetland mascot, Jane, could not have a better home with better people.  And the world is a better place because of pretty much everything connected with this little spot of heaven.Links:https://www.flyingfibers.com/https://www.shetland-sheep.org/https://sheepandwool.com/Well Beyond Medicine: The Nemours Children's Health PodcastExploring people, programs and bold ideas changing children's health for good.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the Show.
Ep 202 Hulse Hill Farm: Mr. Whipple – Please Don’t Squeeze The Cashmere
Oct 18 2023
Ep 202 Hulse Hill Farm: Mr. Whipple – Please Don’t Squeeze The Cashmere
You know how there’s always someone who not only goes the extra mile, but looks good while they do it?  And does it with a genuine smile, to top it off.  That’s Christine Hulse, from Hulse Hill Farm.  Just outside of Cooperstown on a little slice of heaven, this tireless woman has set up shop (and her farm shop).  She excels at all things she puts her mind to:  She runs a blissful farm stay B&B and is a hostess extraordinaire; she’s a businesswoman and the co-owner of her fiber company Clean Cashmere; she’s a member of the Board of Directors for the Cashmere Goat Association, and she’s gracious as all heck.  And, of course, every animal on the place seems to think she’s Dr. Dolittle.  Martha Stewart, look out.We’ve met the hubby and think he’s pretty darn nice as well, but he’s going to have to step lively to keep up with this one, because she’s as fantastic as could be.  He probably agrees with us, we think.(And did we mention that she understands the blissful joy of organic cotton sheets, good coffee and real half and half?  Zen, defined.)Links:https://hulsehillfarm.com/https://www.cleancashmere.farm/https://cashmeregoatassociation.org/https://americangoatfederation.org/https://www.goatusa.org/Well Beyond Medicine: The Nemours Children's Health PodcastExploring people, programs and bold ideas changing children's health for good.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the Show.
Ep 200 Phil Pass: All Things Must Pass...But Not The Scottish Bonnet
Sep 25 2023
Ep 200 Phil Pass: All Things Must Pass...But Not The Scottish Bonnet
Elara and I met Phil Pass last month on our travels in Scotland at the House of Tartan in Crieff. We struck up a conversation with him and noticed that they had a Go Fund Me campaign that said Keep Scottish Bonnets Alive in Scotland. He described what it was for and so we grabbed our camera and mics and said this is too important and you need to tell us all about this.THE STORY:We've just lost Scotland's last Bonnet production line.The one that's been making Traditional Scottish Headwear in Stewarton, East Ayrshire for the last 178 years. (That's a Yes. We've just lost the last production line making this quality product in Scotland, in the UK, or anywhere else in the World.)Stewarton itself is known as ‘the Bonnet Toun’ and has been since the 1600’s, so we’re also losing the last Bonnet Maker in Bonnet Toun.THE PLAN:To establish a new mini factory to continue making these products in Stewarton. Where visitors to The Bonnet Factory will be able to see the hats being finished, learn about the area's history of bonnet making and buy Scottish headwear products whilst there.We are looking for your help with immediate funding to set up this new Bonnet Factory & Shop and start training some younger workers. Urgent action is needed to preserve this craft and its skills while we still have one or two highly experienced folk (albeit semi-retired) to teach them! This will not happen without you.We need help to preserve this important piece of Scotland’s history; win back lost export sales and keep 'Making Bonnets in Bonnet Toun'.Now is the only chance we’re going to get to keep this truly iconic Scottish Product alive. (And thank you so much to all those wonderful folk who have already given!!!)Gies a hand?Links:https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-scott...https://www.houseoftartan.comSupport the Show.
Ep 197 Audra Hall:  Brave(ly) Flowing Lochs
Jul 31 2023
Ep 197 Audra Hall: Brave(ly) Flowing Lochs
The big UK trip is almost here, and we’re prepping for the Edinburgh Castle Tattoo with a visit to the National Western Stock Show, and the Scottish Highland Cattle show.  Those bagpipes and tartans get us every time, no matter what the event.In today’s podcast, we grabbed a moment in the cattle barns with Audra Hall of Clearwater Spring Highlands in Brighton, Colorado.  Audra was somewhere between the fluff and fold cycle that goes on in a mad rush before the annual show and sale.  Elara was mesmerized by the flow of Highland Cattle hair in the big barn fans (Have you ever seen the winds moving over a lush grassy plain a few months after a generous rainy season?  It was like that.).  And then bagpipes, too.  With all of that glorious color, culture and sound – well,, a more fitting preparation for next month’s visit we couldn’t imagine.We’ll be posting all along on the trip, and we hope you join us on our adventure back to the homeland of many of our most important agricultural breeds.  What do we call it?  Tartan and Tweed Tour 2023.  The Rose and Thistle Tour.  The Borderland Bonanza.  The possibilities are endless, and we hope you send in suggestions for naming our adventure! Links:https://www.cshnaturalbeef.com/https://www.highlandcattleusa.org/default.aspxhttps://www.mshca.org/https://www.edintattoo.co.uk/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Scottish_breedshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt1217209/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091203/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112573/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1https://nationalwestern.com/ Well Beyond Medicine: The Nemours Children's Health PodcastExploring people, programs and bold ideas changing children's health for good.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the Show.