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e.98: Breeding for Better Flavour and Row 7 Seeds

The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers

Release Date: 03/23/2018

Drivecast No. 3 show art Drivecast No. 3

The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers

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. 

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Drivecast No. 2 show art Drivecast No. 2

The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers

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.

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Drivecast No. 1 show art Drivecast No. 1

The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers

In which your host catches you up on things as quickly as possible, and then makes some calls.

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Rotational Grazing Tips with Sarah Flack (e.111) show art Rotational Grazing Tips with Sarah Flack (e.111)

The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers

Tristan Banwell, BC-based rancher and occasional co-host of the show, recorded this interview with Sarah Flack, author of : How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals and Farm Ecosystems. From : 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...

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Participatory Plant Breeding (e110) show art Participatory Plant Breeding (e110)

The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers

This ep: my interview with Alex Lyon, a 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:

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Farming is Gay show art Farming is Gay

The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers

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:

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e108: Aliwawa? show art e108: Aliwawa?

The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers

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 , and my contact there is Ada Guo. Show sponsors: and

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e107: A Cynical Farmer Rebuffed show art e107: A Cynical Farmer Rebuffed

The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers

My guest this ep is Stefan Morales, producer of the 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:  

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e106: How to Gross 250K on 1/2 Acre show art e106: How to Gross 250K on 1/2 Acre

The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers

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: Many thanks to professional thespian , who co-produced this episode with me.  

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e105: Ramial Wood as Soil Amendment and More with Karl Hammer show art e105: Ramial Wood as Soil Amendment and More with Karl Hammer

The Ruminant: Audio Candy for Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers

This episode I speak with Karl Hammer, founder of 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: and In our conversation, Karl refers to research done by Laval University and Cornell University on this subject. Go google for it!

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Have you read The Third Plate by chef Dan Barber? Great Book. This episode explores one of the legacies of that book: a brand new seed company, representing a collaboration between chefs and plant breeders, that aims to improve the flavour and performance of our plant varieties. My guest is Michael Mazourek, plant breeder at Cornell and a partner in Row 7 Seeds.