Farming

Ep 42: Fun with Fungi – with Tradd Cotter from Mushroom Mountain

Listen as we discuss Mushroom Mountain, which Tradd Cotter owns and operates with his wife Olga, to explore applications in various industries including food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides

About Tradd:
Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

In 2014 Tradd published the best-selling book Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation (2014), that is still one of the top ten releases with the publisher, Chelsea Green. Tradd has won numerous awards for his work including the prestigious Clemson University Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2013), the EPA GRO-U Fellowship Award (2011), and an expert lecturer on all topics related to fungi in agriculture and medicine.

His primary interest is in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone can grow mushrooms on just about anything, anywhere in the world. Mushroom Mountain is currently expanding to 42,000 square feet of laboratory and research space near Greenville, South Carolina, to accommodate commercial production, as well as mycoremediation projects. In 2018 Mushroom Mountain started a daughter company, MYCOMATRIX, that develops novel medicinal extracts for consumers and cobranding into consumer products. Currently the Cotters have opened Blue Portal, a psilocybin research and mediated session center, that is available in Jamaica and soon Costa Rica. Tradd, Olga, and their daughter, Heidi, live in Liberty, South Carolina.

Links:
Website: https://mushroommountain.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MushroomMountainFarm/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sporeprints/

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Ep 40: Fresh Eggs Daily – with Lisa Steele

Listen as we discuss how chickens and ducks can be utilized to improve your garden, the importance of eating pasture-raised eggs and poultry, and Lisa’s hopes for the future of agriculture.

Bio:
Lisa Steele is a 5th-generation chicken keeper, Maine Master Gardener and lifelong thrifty New Englander. She’s the founder of Fresh Eggs Daily®, the popular natural chicken keeping site which has been named one of the top ten garden blogs by Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

The author of several books including Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens Naturally (St. Lynns Press, 2013), Gardening with Chickens (Quarto, 2016), and most recently 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks (Quarto, 2018), she has appeared on Home and Family on the Hallmark channel, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home on NPR, Good Morning Maine, Great Day Houston, Good Day Columbus, and San Antonio Living among others, and has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

In addition to writing books and handling her social media, Lisa hosts a “country lifestyle” television show on NBC in Maine and New Hampshire called Welcome to my Farm. From the farm  in central Maine where she and her husband reside, and she’s carrying on her family tradition raising a mixed flock of chickens, ducks and geese, and growing vegetables and herbs while inspiring others with her natural, fun and accessible approach to integrating gardening and backyard chickens for a more productive flock and a more bountiful harvest.

Learn more about gardening and chickens by visiting Lisa’s website https://www.fresheggsdaily.com/

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Ep 39: Keto & Agriculture – with Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D.

Listen as Dr. Dominic D’Agostino teaches us about the ketogenic diet, nutrition, the link between healthcare and agriculture, and what he and his wife have learned while working on their sustainable and regenerative farm in Florida.

Bio:
Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D., is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine and a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). Dr. D’Agostino received his B.S. in Nutritional Science and Biological Sciences in 1998 at Rutgers University before receiving a Predoctoral Fellowship in neuroscience at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1999.  In 2004 Dr. D’Agostino entered into a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Ohio before moving his research program to USF Tampa in 2006. Funding through the Department of Defense (DoD) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) lead him to develop nutritional strategies related to enhancing resilience in undersea environments, treating neurological disorders and in brain cancer treatment. Dr. D’Agostino participated as a research scientist and crew member on NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations 22 (NEEMO 22) and continues to work closely with federal organizations, private industry, 501c3 foundations and media outlets. Dr. D’Agostino and his wife spend a considerable amount of time working on their farm in Florida with a focus on sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

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Ep 38: Crisis In the Dairy Industry – with Sarah Lloyd

Listen as we discuss the problems facing dairy producers and our rural communities and how we can all work together towards building a better food system.

Bio:
Sarah Lloyd farms with her husband Nels Nelson on the 350-cow Nelson dairy farm in Wisconsin. She works off-farm as the Director of Special Projects for the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU). This work includes; support for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers, organizing for fair prices for dairy farmers through the Dairy Together campaign, and research on fair labor issues in agriculture. She is also the Director of Development and the Secretary of the Board for the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative, which aggregates and sells fresh produce into local wholesale markets for its farmer members. 


Sarah has a PhD in Rural Sociology from UW-Madison and a Masters in Rural Development from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She has served on the National Dairy Board and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

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Ep 37: Crisis in Our Rural Communities – with John Ikerd

Listen in as we discuss the history of monopolization and corporate influence in our agriculture system, the decline of the family farm and rural America, the rise of private funding for agriculture research at public universities, his work on the new film Right to Harm, and how we can work together to fix our food system, support our farmers, and how if we each work on our little piece of the world we can work together towards a better one.

About John:
John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, Columbia.

John was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri and received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. He worked in private industry for a time and spent thirty years in various professorial positions at North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri before retiring in early 2000. Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on economics and agriculture. He is author of six books which are available through Amazon.com via http://johnikerd.com/books. In 2014, Ikerd was commission by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations to write the regional report, “Family Farms of North America,” in recognition for the International Year of the Family Farming. He currently resides with his wife, Ellen, in Fairfield, IA. More complete background information and a wide selection of writings are available at http://faculty.missouri.edu/ikerdj/  or http://johnikerd.com.

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Ep 35: Quivira Coalition – with Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, Executive Director

Listen as Sarah teaches us about the Quivira Coalition and how they foster ecological, economic and social health through education, innovation and collaboration.

About Sarah: 
Sarah Wentzel-Fisher is the Executive Director of the Quivira Coalition, an innovative conservation organization devoted to building soil, biodiversity, and resilience on western working landscapes. Sarah, a committed champion of the local food movement and of resilient agriculture, has worked in food and agriculture planning for over a decade with a focus on supporting young and beginning farmers and ranchers. She was the editor of Edible Santa Fe from 2011 to 2017. From 2013 to 2015 she worked for the National Young Farmers Coalition as an organizer. She is currently on the boards of the Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust and the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance. In her free time she enjoys visiting farms and ranches, experimenting in her kitchen, and keeping chickens in her backyard.

About Quivira: 
The Quivira Coalition builds soil, biodiversity, and resilience on western working landscapes. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration.

  • The Land and Water program helps ranchers develop plans and management strategies for restoring and building resilience on slope wetlands, grasslands, and other working landscapes.
  • The New Agrarian program helps to ensure that living and working knowledge of these practices, and the landscape itself, is stewarded into the future.
  • The Education program, including the annual conference and open source publications, creates a space for the coalition to share ideas and resources, and for the general public to learn about the critical role working lands play in the health of our food systems, communities, and our planet.

At the foundation of all the work is the concept that well managed working rangelands and forests are two of the most effective, efficient, and immediately viable paths to remedy the devastating impacts of climate change.

Links:
Website: www.quiviracoalition.org
Podcast: www.downtoearth.media

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Ep 33: Holistic Management International – with Ann Adams, Executive Director

Ann Adams, Executive Director, Holistic Management International (HMI) joins us to discuss regenerative agriculture, helping family farmers and ranchers become more prosperous, improving food quality, and how we all can do our part in improving the environment.

Bio:

Ann has worked in the nonprofit world for over 20 years, creating and directing national programs, collaborating with over 100 non-profit and government entities to create positive impact among producers and land stewards seeking to build & maintain sustainable farms, ranches and healthy land. Her fund development work has included raising over $1 million for national whole farm planning training for beginning farmer programming. In 2015, she was awarded the Quivira Coalition’s Leadership in Conservation Award.

Ann has been a Holistic Management Certified Educator since 1998 and has practiced and taught Holistic Management® in multiple capacities for 20 years. She also has facilitated classes (onsite and distance learning), taught workshops and presented at conferences. She has written countless articles, helped develop agriculture-based software for financial and grazing planning and written a training handbook, At Home with Holistic Management: Creating a Life of Meaning.

Ann also taught courses at Indiana University, Wittenberg University, and Antioch College. She earned her BSED from Ohio University and her PhD from Indiana University. When she isn’t serving as our Executive Director for HMI, Ann is Chief Goatherd on her small farm in the Manzano Mountains and Captain of her Earthship (a house made out of tires with photovoltaics, composting toilet and rainwater harvesting) southeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Links:
Website:  www.holisticmanagement.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/holisticmanagement/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/hminternational
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/HolisticManagement

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Ep 29: Infinity Hundred Farms – David McConnell

Listen as David McConnell teaches us about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and discusses how he juggles being a full-time farmer, artist, record producer, furniture designer and father.

Bio: 
David McConnell is the principal and head grower for Infinity Hundred Farms. He manages the farm’s multiple sites which total over 30 acres, and make Infinity Hundred Farms one of the largest urban farms in the United States. The land and the hydroponic greenhouse located at the non-profit hub Raleigh City Farm in downtown Raleigh, NC is also under David’s purview as Infinity Hundred Farms’ newest site. Infinity Hundred Farms serves the downtown Raleigh restaurants with nutrient dense, high quality produce grown sustainably and free from GMOs and pesticides. The farm’s CSA program runs 4 times annually, corresponding to each growing season, and proudly serves close to 200 members.

David  incorporates farm practices based on permaculture and biodynamics. With seven years of farming now under his belt, he is currently writing a book all the while juggling being a father, artist, record producer, furniture designer and last but not least, a full-time farmer.

 

Social Media:
Website: www.infinityhundred.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/infinityhundred
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/infinityhundredfarms/

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Ep 28: Peter Byck – Documentary Filmmaker

Listen as Peter Byck discusses documentary filmmaking, climate change, and his research on how regenerative grazing can improve the environment.

ABOUT PETER:
Peter Byck is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, in both the School of Sustainability and the Cronkite School of Journalism. He is the director, producer and writer of carbon nation. He is currently helping to lead a large research project focused on Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazing; collaborating with 20 scientists and 10 ranchers, focused on soil health & soil carbon storage, microbial/bug/bird biodiversity, water cycling and much more. Byck has currently completed a series of 11 short films focused on regenerative grazing: www.soilcarboncowboys.com and is working on a long-form documentary on the AMP grazing research project.

FILMMAKING EXPERIENCE:
Byck has over 25 years experience as a director and editor. His 1st documentary, “Garbage,” won the South by Southwest Film Festival, screened in scores of festivals and played at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center. Byck’s 2nd documentary, carbon nation, has screened all over the world; it won the IVCA Clarion Award, the GreenMe Global Festival, and was runner-up for the EMA Award. Byck has directed shows for MTV starring Will Smith, John Travolta, Nicholas Cage, Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow & David Duchovny. In addition, he has edited documentaries for Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “King Kong,” as well as documentaries and promotional shorts for Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, MTV, Vh1, BBC, Disney and MGM, including “The West Wing,” “The Matrix,” “Scrubs,” “er” & many more.

Websites:
www.soilcarboncowboys.com
http://www.carbonnationmovie.com/

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Ep 26: Elisabeth Erickson-Noe, Independent Cattle Rancher

Listen as Elisabeth Erickson-Noe teaches us about cattle ranching in Southeastern Colorado and the hard work that goes into quality meat production.

About Elisabeth Erickson-Noe:
Raised on her family’s cattle ranch in Central California, Elisabeth’s roots in agriculture run five generations deep. Expanding the family’s ranching operations to Colorado led Elisabeth to her future husband where together they run their own commercial beef operation and enjoy raising their children in the canyons of Southeastern Colorado.

Elisabeth obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Neurology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Advocating for producers is in her nature and she has successfully helped defend local ranchers against government overreach attempts by the National Park Service and United States Forest Service. She is passionate about serving the people on the land and working towards the renewal of decentralized markets.

Elisabeth worked for the Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association as their Media Coordinator, researching and writing for the organization on topics pertinent to independent cattle ranchers. Additionally she served one term as the National Beef Chairperson for Women Involved in Farm Economics. Currently, she devotes her time to raising and educating her two young children, working with her husband on the ranch, and ministering God’s grace and goodness as a leader in the Women’s ministry at her church.

Elisabeth, along with her husband and children, are excited to soon offer their pasture raised, all-natural beef, to American families. Mesa Beef, will offer beef born and raised on the Colorado ranch by them, the small company’s only employees! They look forward to providing honest, quality beef straight from the ranch to your kitchen. Follow Elisabeth on Instagram @elisabeth_jer2911 for the upcoming announcement.

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