Farmer to Farmer with Chris Blanchard
About This Show
The organic and sustainable farming movement has its roots in sharing information about production techniques, marketing, and the rewards and challenges of the farming life. Join veteran farmer, consultant, and farm educator Chris Blanchard for down-to-earth conversations with experienced farmers - and the occasional non-farmer - about everything from soil fertility and record-keeping to getting your crops to market without making yourself crazy.
Whether his guests are discussing employment philosophy or the best techniques for cultivating carrots, Chris draws on over 25 years of experience to get at the big ideas and practical details that make a difference on their farms and in their lives. If you've been farming for a lifetime, are just getting started, or are still dreaming about your farm of the future, the Farmer to Farmer podcast provides a fresh and honest look at what it takes to make your farm work.
Most Recent Episode
Brian Bates of Bear Creek Organic Farm on Starting Fast, Debt, and Selling to Grocery Stores
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Brian Bates is a first-generation farmer at Bear Creek Organic Farm in Petoskey, Michigan. He and his wife, Anne Morningstar, started farming in 2014, and have rapidly grown their business to anticipated 2016 sales of $180,000. With just an acre and a half of cultivated ground, Bear Creek makes most of its money from greenhouse and high tunnel crops, and Brian breaks this down for us. We get an in-depth look at the tools Brian uses to track wholesale and retail sales, and to track those back to the enterprise they’re a part of – something that gives him insights into where he’s earning most of his returns, which in turn drives his business decision-making. Bear Creek sells half of his produce wholesale, mostly to grocery stores, and Brian shares how his work in the back end of his local natural foods store informed the ways he has structured his production and marketing efforts. We also explore how Brian and Anne financed the startup of their operation, and how they’ve used debt as a lever to both enable and drive the rapid growth of their operation. The Farmer to Farmer Podcast is generously supported by Vermont Compost Company.
Rated 5 out of
There's nothing better to accompany soil block making than listening to Chris Blanchard interview some of the most creative farmers in the business today. I just wish there were more than one new episode per week!
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 5 out of
Useful, Educating, Entertaining
The podcast content is varied and excellent. Audio is great, questions and conversations are clear. There is always much to learn with each episode. This is a great exploration into farming in many different ways. Chris is great at clarifying content and bringing points together. Thank you Chris!
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 5 out of
An amazing resource!
An absolute amazing resource. So many great interviews and a treasure trove of farming knowledge
Date published: 2016-08-16