36 minutes | Dec 14th 2020

Ep 093 Cathy Bardsley: She's A Soap Box Hero

This week we take you back to one of our earliest interviews, and one of our most formative experiences in the Backyard Green Films universe.  We learned the fundamental joy of buying handmade things, and doing so face to face.  And when we say that, we actually mean face-to-face not only in the kitchen where the soap was made, but with the farmer who made it and the goat who produced the milk for the ingredients.  Holy cow (or, in this case…okay, you get it).  How often do you get to thank a goat in person for the product of their labor?  It was a first for us. Our farmer, Cathy Bardsley, gave us the grand tour of her Silk Tree Farm in Little Compton, Rhode Island, where we got to meet Red Wattle Hogs, Spanish and Nigerian Goats, Narragansett turkeys, and Black Jersey Giant and Dorking chickens.  As if that weren’t enough, we were treated to the scent extravaganza that is Cathy’s kitchen/soap and candle factory.  This is where we learned the joy of buying Christmas presents that meant something bigger than the present itself.  Every candle and every bar of soap became a way for us to not only do that gifting thing we always do every year, but it became a way to back up our belief in small farms with something a little more tangible.  Spending, baby.  It’s inevitable this time of year, but this time it had a higher purpose. So go buy stuff.  When was the last time you heard that?  We’re not advocating indiscriminate expenditures, but if you are gifting this year, we hope you consider the small farmers across America, and how they might benefit from your dollars.  Everyone wins on this one. Links:https://silktreefarm.com/ https://www.svffoundation.org/ https://slowfoodusa.org/ark-of-taste/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/agriCulturePodcast)
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