The Ruminant aims to share good ideas for farmers and gardeners via a podcast & photo based blog. Each week small-scale farmers, food experts, and innovative thinkers weigh in on a range of topics relating to your garden.
This ep: Jean-Martin Fortier returns for a quickie. We talk about fame, semi-fortune, cocaine, compost tea, the tool he's most obsessed with at the moment, and a few other tidbits.
This ep: WSU Extension Specialist Linda Chalker-Scott says that compost tea isn't steeped in good science.
This ep: another take on farmer mental health featuring Javan Berkanevitch.
This ep: GH expert Andew Mefferd on making the most out of caterpillar tunnels and Extension Specialist Judson Reid on avoiding and managing toxic levels of soil nutrients in greenhouses.
Coming Friday, March 2: the first episode of the next season of The Ruminant Podcast. To tide you over, I've produced a microsode. I hope you enjoy it!
The microbes that colonize us when we're in the womb and as infants have lasting impacts on our health later on. My conversation with Claire Arrieta, author of Let Them Eat Dirt.
Despair on the farm and what to do about it: this ep we explore mental health issues among farmers.
A conversation about food artisans as flavour preservationists.
Simran Sethi on the slow loss of foods we love.
This ep: America's food culture does exist! Plus: tips for setting up a good CSA pick-up point
A new season of episodes launches in January. For now: enjoy this ode to productivity
Take better care of your flower garden through the season with these tips. Then learn about an upcoming workshop on the state of farming internships.
Two farmy gents with insights about setting up a solid farm lease and managing the landlord/tenant relationship
A conversation on antibiotic use in the livestock industry and the antibiotic resistance that has resulted. Tom Philpott is my guest.
To accompany the conversation with Hermann in podcast episode 85
This one is all about pigs and weddings.
Listen to this and your media savvy will blossom.
Roll out/Roll up in a hurry, on your own, without damaging the material.
Handy for areas where permanent irrigation is unfeasible
Susan Kerr on non-chemical forms of parasite control in small ruminants.
A conversation with anthropologist Stephen Le
Bob Siegfried of MidAtlantic Farm Sensors on wiring up your farm for better management, plus John McCauley of Chicken People returns to recommend the best bird to start with if you're new to pasturing livestock.
Adam Montri on the finer points of incorporating high tunnels into your market gardening.
So far, so good.
In which we learn more about Winter bale-grazing livestock, the perils of biodegradable plastic mulches, and the merits of regular soil tests.
The sustainability of organic versus conventional systems, compared and discussed
This week: over-wintered crops like green garlic, some easy-peasy cut flowers to try out, and a tip for keeping pastured poultry dry and warm when it's wet and cold.
Microbes are way more crucial to plant and human health than we've traditionally given them credit for