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Full Access - Marketing, Adding Land, and Getting the Most Out of An Acre Questions - August 2019
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Full Access - Marketing, Adding Land, and Getting the Most Out of An Acre Questions - August 2019

August 12, 2019

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BEST OF: How Pigs Saved My Farm with Luke Groce of Groce Family Farm

BEST OF: How Pigs Saved My Farm with Luke Groce of Groce Family Farm

August 6, 2019

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Today we'll be going to Louisville, Kentucky to talk to farmer Luke Groce of Groce Family Farm.

Luke and his wife Katherine started their farming career in 2009 as a vegetable farm.  An operation that had its successes and its failures.  

As Luke said...

“I've got a few war stories from the deep trap of doing too many things at the beginning of farming a piece of land with no experience, and then not doing any of it well enough. After treading water, and trying to keep up with all of it for six years, I've decided that CSA farming is a team sport. And I can't be good at, and stay on top of, growing 30-40 things by myself (plus keep up with 40+ pigs). It’s a kind of humbling thing to say, ‘I can't do this well.’ “

It was through some of the failures and struggles with the vegetable operation that led Luke down the path of raising pigs.  Another path that's full of war stories... having tried a bunch over the years from keeping pigs behind two strands of hot wire to experimenting with a unique bulk pork sales program, two things he will talk about today.  Not everything has worked, but some of it has and he's learned along the way continuing to grow his pork operation.  

The move to pork was one that might not have happened, but it did, and it was a move that he wouldn't regret because it was a move would bring his family together living on the farm, and one that would save his farm.

 

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BEST OF: The Future of Agriculture - Changing the Concept with Mark Shepard

BEST OF: The Future of Agriculture - Changing the Concept with Mark Shepard

July 15, 2019

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Mark Shepard of Forest Agriculture Enterprises joins me to talk about the future of agriculture.

Mark has a pretty clear view on how he thinks the future of agriculture could be.. restoration agriculture style farms dotting the landscape with animals roaming through grasslands dappled with trees, a perennial polyculture system that builds soil instead of destroying it, a system that sequesters carbon instead of volatilizing it, a system that utilizes all of the water that falls on a piece of land, a system restores the land, and importantly a system provides nutrient dense food on scale - bulk calories and makes money doing it allowing a farmer to earn a decent living in the process. These systems could restore the land and rural America. I think it is totally possible, and when you hear Mark speak I think you will feel the same way. This is the future of agriculture.

This is probably one of those episodes that you will need to listen to a few times to get every little juicy nugget out of it. Whether you want to farm broadacre or not, this episode is busting at the seems with knowledge and wisdom.

 

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Full Access - Darby Answers Cattle Grazing Questions - July 2019
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Full Access - Darby Answers Cattle Grazing Questions - July 2019

July 14, 2019

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Full Access - Darby Answers Marketing Questions - June 2019
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Full Access - Darby Answers Marketing Questions - June 2019

July 1, 2019

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BEST OF: Profitable Pigs for the Farmstead, Homestead or Small Farm (GFL68)

BEST OF: Profitable Pigs for the Farmstead, Homestead or Small Farm (GFL68)

June 17, 2019

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Running a profitable pig enterprise on just 1 acre, is it possible, and if so, what is possible?

What’s that operation going to look like, what are the trade-offs and the costs, and how much could you make?

It's an operation which could bring some nice cash flow into a homestead or diversify a farms revenue streams, and the time inputs and profits will surprise you.

Because a lot is possible on just one acre.

 

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Full Access - Fence Post Recommendations
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Full Access - Fence Post Recommendations

June 17, 2019

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Full Access - Practical Thoughts on Farrowing Pigs
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Full Access - Practical Thoughts on Farrowing Pigs

June 17, 2019

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Full Access - Defining Pastured Poultry and Free Range Chicken
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Full Access - Defining Pastured Poultry and Free Range Chicken

June 10, 2019

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Full Access - My Goats Are Limping - Help!
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Full Access - My Goats Are Limping - Help!

June 10, 2019

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