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Let Them Eat Grass
4 minutes | Mar 14, 2020
Episode 35: Farewell
...and many, many thanks!
39 minutes | Mar 14, 2020
Episode 34: August 13, 2016
The true story of how I met my wife, Kelli Williams, on top of a mountain in Colorado. Narrated by Austin and Kelli Williams, Calvin Blaylock, Bradford Barnett, and Ashton Anderson. For your listening pleasure.
10 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Episode 33: Spillin' the Tea
I became a youth pastor, started a new podcast, interviewed friends for a surprise episode on the story of how I met Kelli, and am considering phasing out this podcast. Listen for the full story!
1 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
Episode 32: Two More Weeks!
14 minutes | Jan 22, 2020
Episode 31: Dark Sky
Now, imagine that actually happened. Because it did. We've by and large lost the expectation to be able to see the night sky. It has become the exception rather than the rule. The night sky has been disappearing rapidly from the public consciousness, and it loss is extremely detrimental to more species than just ours. Birds need it to navigate and baby sea turtles need it to help them get from the beach to the ocean, as just a couple examples. Join me as I argue for responsible stewardship of one of our most valuable resources.
36 minutes | Jan 15, 2020
Episode 30: Salvation in the Soil
Rashid Nuri started with a degree in political science from Harvard and ended up as an urban farmer in Atlanta. He's traveled across the post-colonial world to 36 different countries as he sought to aid in nation-building. He wanted a practical skill to help these fledgling nations get off their feet, and he could think of none better than farming. He's on a God-directed mission to bring natural food to communities so they can thrive. Listen to his story.
2 minutes | Jan 1, 2020
Episode 29: Happy New Years 2020!
Seriously, just listen.
18 minutes | Dec 18, 2019
Budgeting for Pasture-Raised Food
During the 2018 Christmas season, the average American family spent over $1000 on holiday-related expenses. Ironically, the average family surveyed a few month's prior believed they'd only spend around $700. That's a $300 gap between expectations and reality. One solution is a zero-based budget, and one way to budget is with an app called Every Dollar. I've been using this app for more than two years, and it's definitely the best budgeting app I've ever used. After all, pasture-raised food is expensive. Our farm's ground beef is twice as expensive as Walmarts, but for good reason! Listen more to find out.
24 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
Episode 28: Off the Record: The Farming Game
As a farmer, I've come to see just how complicated the world of farming is. Debt, severe weather events, and decades of convention have all helped turn the colloquial relationship with the farmer down the street to the world of globalized, commodity-based farming. Stay with me as I try to parse it out for you.
31 minutes | Nov 20, 2019
Episode 27: Come Health or High Water (with Mariah Boatright)
Diets can be overwhelming and confusing. It seems like a new one pops up every minute, and ones we thought were new are just rebranded ones from ten years ago. What do we believe? Especially what do we believe when we have people preaching extremes, and they both seem healthy? Can we be both fully vegan and fully carnivore? (Don't think too hard about it) In this episode I explore a possible middle ground for diet. The easiest answer to the question of whether or not I should eat meat is that... we're omnivores. Some meats and some veggies is probably good for everyone. But God created us so magnificently that we're able to survive on the extremes. For this episode I interviewed Mariah Boatright, who was told she probably wouldn't be able to have children due to ovarian cysts. After trying birth control, she switched to a whole foods/pasture-raised meat diet and she now has two beautiful boys! Listen to the rest of it!
35 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
Farm-to-Fork Restaurants (with Ben Parks)
Farm-to-Fork is a loosely affiliated restaurant movement that champions close relationships with local farmers instead of nationwide distributors. Wherever you live, there are likely restaurants nearby that practice this philosophy. Farm-to-Fork is part of a groundswell of popular support away from processed food and towards wholesome eating. I interviewed Ben Parks, the chef/owner of a farm to fork restaurant in Columbia, MO. He talks about the movement, the struggles, and the future of good food.
40 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Episode 26: Redux: Interview
Recently I got interview on the podcast "Faith and Family Fellowship" by Pastor Chris Buscher. I go deeper into the theological underpinnings of why I do what I do than normally happens on my episodes. I hope all who listen can be strengthened and encouraged. Whether or not you're a brother or sister in Christ, I think you'll find it interesting.
42 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Backyard Animals (with Janet Garman)
Across the US, farm animals have been creeping into formerly suburban spaces. There has been an incredible interest in keeping backyard poultry for the many ecological benefits they offer. Trash disposal plus fresh eggs every morning? Sign us up! Chickens do everything from helping control tick populations to recycle biomass. It's a win-win situation. Goats and sheep aren't as common, but they are equally valuable. In fire prone countries like Portugal and states like California, tribes of goats are used to build fire breaks ahead of encroaching wildfires. They eat through all the flammable material, which deprives a fire of any fuel source. Sheep are great to own if you don't want to mow your lawn any more. They'll eat through perennial grass without breaking a sweat. For this episode, I interviewed Janet Garman. She's been keeping backyard animals for many years now, and has a wealth of experience to boot. Check out the Backyard Poultry Magazine if you want to know more about this (she is affiliated with them!)
1 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
Episode 23: Double Episode Featuring Coming Soon
Seriously, just listen for a minute.
22 minutes | Oct 9, 2019
Episode 22: Leave A Trace
Leave No Trace (LNT) is a backcountry wilderness ethic preached in many of our national parks. It makes sense. Don't litter, respect wildlife, stay on the trail, etc. But it has blind spots. It encourages an ecological disconnectedness with actions in our daily lives. We might not litter in the park, what what happens to the plastic wrappers that covered our food when we bought it at the store? See? Trash has to go somewhere, too. Conscious Impact Living (CIL) will hopefully be the replacement for LNT. I didn't create it, and I don't even think LNT is bad. LNT served its purpose for many decades. But we've learned a lot about the earth's climate in the half century since LNT was created, and we know more now than ever that everything is connected. CIL is a roadmap to sustainable living in both the city and the backcountry. I can't wait to show it to you!
16 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
Episode 21: Could Localism Cure Globalism?
Our penchant for global travel is destroying the very places we're trying to see. Whether it's going off trail for the perfect instagram picture, or it's more invisible like carbon dioxide melting around 90% of the world's glaciers, these fragile environments are breaking down right in front of our eyes. Tourism isn't new. Even the Pharoahs of ancient Egypt visited monuments like the Great Sphinx built 1000 years previously. But we aren't going for these grand, month-long tours of different countries. Most tourists now are from the emerging middle class, and they only have time for a week. So ports of call in beautiful locales are swamped with picture-hungry tourists who only have a few hours to prove to their friends back home how much fun they're having. At least 259 people died while trying to take a selfie last year. That statistic alone proves how messed up our social-media driven culture is.
15 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
Episode 20: Are Beef Cows Making the Amazon Burn?
We've heard a lot about the Amazon Rainforest in the news recently. "The lungs of the world are burning!" Well, first off, they really aren't the lungs of the world. And the amount of fires this year in the Brazilian Amazon is actually slightly BELOW the 20 year average for fires by this time of year. So why are we hearing about it now? We're hearing about it because the media are famous for histrionics and over-simplification of complex ecological issues. Having no oxygen might scare us, but it's not true. It might get our attention, but it's a lie. What we need to worry about is having too much carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. It's not our lungs that should be the focus of the Amazon. It's the burning trees.
18 minutes | Aug 28, 2019
Episode 19: Lessons from Sheep
Sheep aren't complicated animals. They eat, sleep, and poop just like we do. But they are the most mentioned animal in the Bible. We are compared to them more than any one other animal. So, what can we learn about ourselves from sheep? Sheep are vulnerable, wayward, and need a mentor. After a year of observing our biological weed control (aka sheep) at work, I have a pretty good idea of what makes them tick. There is a certain nuance to sheep that only becines clear from being around them for months at a time. I checked online to see what other people said about sheep, and I could smell suburbia from across the internet! Our culture is geared towards making us think we're invincible, self-reliant, and always on the right path. We'd all be better off if we watched some sheep... maybe we'd be reminded of our own humanity.
2 minutes | Aug 14, 2019
Episode 18: An Important Announcement!
This is too short for a description! Just listen to it!
9 minutes | Aug 14, 2019
Episode 17: Das Sheep
The average American ate around 5 pounds of lamb as late as the 1960's. Now the average American eats less than 1 pound of it. Concurrently, there used to be herds of 40-50 million sheep in the US prior to WW2. In 2019, there were around 5 million. Sheep are honestly my favorite animal on the farm. They love eating anything with deep taproots, which provides them with nutrients from deep soil sub-layers. This makes their bones incredibly good to boost your immune system in the form of a bone broth. Listen more for why you should start eating more lamb!
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