The Ruminant is a farming podcast whose primary focus is knowledge transfer to, and among, farmers and gardeners. The podcast also covers current events and big ideas of interest to food security nerds. Check out episodes below, or search for The Ruminant Podcast in iTunes or other directories.
Some of you have emailed to ask about the outro song for the Podcast. My wife, Vanessa, wrote and performed it, and I'm adding it here, sans any goodbye message from me.
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
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.
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.
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
Craig LeHoullier on growing epic heirloom tomatoes
Rochelle Eisen on common misconceptions about organic certification
Some apprenticeship alumni on why, and how, the apprenticeship model needs to be tweaked
Jay McCaman wants you to pay more attention to your weeds, because what you've got is likely influenced by what's going on in your soil
It turns out that the flavour and nutrition of food are intimately linked, and that when we figured out how to divorce the two, the consequences were, and continue to be, pretty negative. An interview with Mark Schatzker.
I asked you what you do all Winter. You replied.
A group at Ryerson University in Toronto suped up a greenroof by turning it into a functioning market garden. Scott Humphries interviews the farm's coordinator.
Want to switch to growing perennials? Jim Riddle talks about his experiences growing blue-hued fruits at Blue Fruit Farm