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.
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.
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.
Handy for areas where permanent irrigation is unfeasible
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
A review of Verge Permaculture's The Salatin Semester, and a conversation about vacuum seeders and soil blocks.
Four listeners share some great tips for farming and parenting at the same time
Incubator farms are helping new farmers get started without betting the farm to do it
This time we focus on tomato variety selection: how tomato colours are classified, best heirlooms for commercial gardeners to grow, etc.
Craig LeHoullier on growing epic heirloom tomatoes