During the winter months we try to catch up on reading and resources that keep us motivated and help us continue to learn how to farm smarter not harder. At the Young Farmer’s Conference, I heard several people talk about the Farmer to Farmer Podcast as a great resource. After listening to several episodes, I have to wholeheartedly agree. It’s an awesome way to learn and I encourage everyone to check it out. Below are three episodes that stand out to me and are most relevant to what we are trying to do. There are a variety of guests of difference size and scale and you can search the archives to find what best fits your farm.
- Patrice Gros on Real No-Till Farming, Profitability, and Not Working Too Hard
- This focuses on building the microbial activity in the soil and how that allows the farmer to work less and still grow amazing produce. He grows on ~1/2 acre in raised beds and earns a 70% profit margin on his gross sales of $80k. Pretty impressive!
- Adam and Mel Millsap on Four Season Urban Farming
- This episode mirrors what we are trying to do in an urban setting. They farm in Missouri on about 1/3 acre and emphasize the importance of sustainable agriculture. Love what they are doing!
- Ben Hartman on the Lean Farm
- Ben touches on a lot of what he writes about in his book The Lean Farm. If you don’t have time to read the book, this is a good overview of his farming practices.