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
089: David Hambleton of Sisters Hill Farm on Keeping Things Simple and Making Systems for a Productive, Happy Farm
4 days ago
David Hambleton manages Sisters Hill Farm in Standfordville, New York. David says he has five acres in production, but it’s worth noting that with what seems like typical attention to the details, that’s five acres of ground actually growing vegetables – he figures he’s got another four acres in field roads and other grass areas around the farm. All of Sisters Hill’s produce is sold through a market-style CSA. Sister Hills’ CSA program has maintained an 80% retention rate by selling the farm experience as well as the vegetables, and we dig into the details of how he’s created a farm that provides a peaceful, relaxing, and community-oriented experience for its members, as well as for David and his apprentices. David shares how he’s designed the farm so that it serves him rather than him serving the farm. We dig in to his apprenticeship program, how David has created his own tools to solve little bottlenecks, his design for weed control from soil prep through mechanical cultivation, and more – including how the management and teaching structures he has put in place helped the farm survive David’s two surgeries in the past year. 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