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The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers
24 minutes | Jul 10, 2022
The Case for Slower
This ep: we introduce a new segment called Farm Sounds. This time: when the tradeoff that comes with a gain in efficiency on the farm doesn't feel worth it. Plus another installment of The Farmer Questionnaire.
54 minutes | Jun 2, 2022
Crop Wild Relatives in Plant Breeding
This episode I speak with Dr. Patrick Byrne, Professor Emeritus of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Colorado State University. Our topic: crop wild relatives, the forebears to all of the agricultural crops we love and depend on. Patrick helps us understand the relationship between, say, Teosinte and modern corn, and why the conservation of these wild relatives is crucial to the improvement of our crop cultivars. Links: http://grin-u.org (Grin-U.org): a great repository for online learning materials on plant genetic resources conservation and use. Free Ebook: https://colostate.pressbooks.pub/cropwildrelatives/ (Crop Wild Relatives & Their Use in Plant Breeding) https://www.youtube.com/c/GRINUEducation (Or some related videos instead) Our guest on the Farmer Questionnaire in this episode was Tracy Robertson of Stony Mountain Farm in BC's Cariboo Region.
67 minutes | May 19, 2022
The Very First One. It's about potting blocks!
The interview we planned to record yesterday and release today was postponed, so I dug up the very first episode of the show, from way back in 2012, until now never released on the newer podcast feed. It's an interview with Jason Beam about potting blocks, you lucky ducks. We'll be back with a new episode in two weeks, promise.
42 minutes | May 5, 2022
The Biggest Little Disappointment
This episode: to mark the release of an update (sort of?) to Netflix's big, farmy 2018 hit The Biggest Little Farm, herein we review both the original documentary (Netflix) and an update, called The Return of the Biggest Little Farm, which dropped on Disney+ on Earth Day. Also: another installment of The Farmer Questionnaire!
48 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
I Hope You Die: Livestock Farmers on the Threats They Receive
This episode, three farmers who slaughter animals reflect on the experience of encountering hate, vitriol and worse from animal rights activists. This episode was produced by Jordan Marr & Philippa Mennell.
60 minutes | Apr 7, 2022
Did Certified Organic Pay a Price for its Success?
This episode: Rebecca Kneen, a BC-based organic https://leftfields.ca/ (farmer) & https://www.crannogales.com/ (brewer), whose roots and activism in the organic sector go back decades, on the evolution of organic standards and oversight over time, some aspects of which she has misgivings about. Rebecca put her thoughts down in an open letter that was the basis for this coversation; you can download a PDF of that letter here. Also: Jessica Bell of http://splitcreek.com (Split Creek Farm) Grade A Goat Dairy in South Carolina answers our first ever Farmer Questionnaire!
57 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
Let's Whet Together
Hi Everyone! Herein: four audio segments I think you'll enjoy. Each comes from a 25-episode podcast series I'm in the middle of producing for my province's annual organic conference. So yeah, this is a teaser for the conference, but be assured that each segment in this episode stands alone as an interesting piece of audio on its own merits. More info on the conference here: https://bcorganic2021.eventbrite.ca
34 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
Drivecast No. 3
I've had it with trying to produce a show during the farming season so I cut out a lot of production & administrative BS by just cold-calling people to see what they have to say. Episode 3.
55 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Drivecast No. 2
Episode two of driving around and cold-calling people. Mainly farmers and extension specialists. A good mix of strangers and friends. Mostly to talk about the pandemic, but really to talk about anything food or farming related.
29 minutes | Jun 12, 2020
Drivecast No. 1
In which your host catches you up on things as quickly as possible, and then makes some calls.
52 minutes | Jun 19, 2019
Rotational Grazing Tips with Sarah Flack (e.111)
Tristan Banwell, BC-based rancher and occasional co-host of the show, recorded this interview with Sarah Flack, author of The Art and Science of Grazing: How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals and Farm Ecosystems. From Sarah’s website: Sarah Flack is an author and consultant specializing in providing practical information on grass based and organic livestock production to farmers, organizations, institutions and individuals. She has a diverse background in sustainable agriculture, which includes both on-farm and academic experience. She is nationally known for her public speaking, workshops, books and numerous articles on a range of agricultural topics.
45 minutes | Jun 3, 2019
Participatory Plant Breeding (e110)
This ep: my interview with Alex Lyon, a UBC Postdoctoral Fellow focused on seed systems and plant breeding for diverse farm environments. Alex is involved in a number of projects that recruit commercial farmers to assist in the development of better seeds, and she joins me on the show to talk about them. Show sponsor: http://smallscalemeat.ca (The Small-Scale Meat Producers Association of BC)
75 minutes | May 20, 2019
Farming is Gay
This ep: a few perspectives from members of the LGBTQ community who farm This ep: a few perspectives from members of the LGBTQ community who farm Show sponsors: http://bcsamerica.com (BCS America) BC Small-Scale Meat Producers Association
36 minutes | Feb 22, 2019
In which your host tells you all about his experiences sourcing certain farm equipment using Alibaba, the massive, China-based gathering place for buyers and manufacturers. He'll take you through all the steps, from confusion to suspicion to curiousity to impulsivity, before cruising through anxiety and ending up at ambivalent satisfaction. Plenty of tips in here! All the Alibaba tips! The specific supplier mentioned in this episode is Shijiazhuang Daoliangmou Trade Co., and my contact there is Ada Guo. Show sponsors: http://bcsamerica.com (BCS America) and http://duboisag.com (Dubois Agrinovation)
52 minutes | Feb 21, 2019
e107: A Cynical Farmer Rebuffed
My guest this ep is Stefan Morales, producer of the Working Together podcast. Stefan and I both care about food and farming. I brought my passions to farming; he took his into the non-profit and government sphere. We compare notes, things get mildly awkward, and a farmer's heart grows by a couple of sizes. Or: a guy with good insights about the workings of bureaucracy offers advice for reformers about how to engage with it. Episode Sponsor: http://duboisag.com (Dubois Agrinovation)
16 minutes | Feb 21, 2019
e106: How to Gross 250K on 1/2 Acre
This ep: my conversation with urban farmer Kevin Sturdy, author of a book getting a lot of buzz: You're Welcome: How to Crush Your Dreams By Grossing More Money on Less Land Than You Ever Thought Possible. Kevin claims that by following his guide, you can gross 250K on a half-acre urban farm. Episode Sponsor: http://duboisag.com (Dubois Agrinovation) Many thanks to professional thespian Kirk Smith, who co-produced this episode with me.
38 minutes | Feb 21, 2019
e105: Ramial Wood as Soil Amendment and More with Karl Hammer
This episode I speak with Karl Hammer, founder of Vermont Compost and all-around soil fertility expert. We focus on the use of wood chips as a soil amendment, and Karl also shares his thoughts about managing soil fertility on bio-intensive market gardens. Show Sponsors: https://bcsamerica.com/ (BCS America) and http://duboisag.com (Dubois Agrinovation) In our conversation, Karl refers to research done by Laval University and Cornell University on this subject. Go google for it! But here's something to get you started.
59 minutes | Feb 21, 2019
e104: Silvopasture with Steve Gabriel
This ep: Ruminant co-host Tristan Banwell interviews Farmer and Author Steve Gabriel about his book Silvopasture: A Guide to Managing Grazing Animals, Forage Crops, and Trees in a Temperate Farm Ecosystem. Bonus content (more conversation) should show up in your podcast feed, otherwise: get it at theruminant.ca Tristan and Steve discuss what to do with tree biomass you remove from your silvopasture system, a good approach to pruning, and current gaps in the knowledge of this topic. Show sponsors: http://duboisag.com (Dubois Agrinovation)
40 minutes | Sep 20, 2018
e102: Weed Management in the Pasture
This episode my guest is Mark Renz, an extension weed specialist at the University of Wisconsin. He joins me to talk about weed management in the pasture.
51 minutes | Aug 6, 2018
e101: Beneficial Insects on the Farm
This ep: I wanted to learn more about maintaining and increasing bug biodiversity on my farm so I contacted the Xerces Society, a non-profit that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. They connected me with Eric Mader, co-Director of their Pollinator Conservation and Agricultural Biodiversity program. Eric is my guest in this episode. I grabbed this episode's artwork from The Pacific Northwest Bumblebee Atlas
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