“On-Farm: Conversations with Practical Farmers” is a new podcast from Practical Farmers of Iowa featuring members from around the state.
Each week, staff member Nick Ohde will interview a different Practical Farmers member about their farm. We’ll hear from new and experienced; young and old; small and large; horticulture, livestock and row-crop farmers. We’ll talk with farmers about the issues most relevant to the farming community: the nitty gritty of growing and raising all sorts of plants and animals; on-farm research; protecting and improving soil and water quality; farm profitability; the challenges facing beginning farmers; building community in rural areas; and of course, food.
Our first guest on the podcast is long-time Practical Farmers of Iowa member Jill Beebout. Jill owns and operates Blue Gate Farm near Chariton in south-central Iowa with her partner Sean Skeehan. They raise fruits and vegetables for a small CSA (community supported agriculture) and also sell their produce at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market. In addition, they produce free-range eggs, raw honey, alpaca fiber and handspun yarn. On this episode, Jill talks about her upcoming field day about two-wheeled tractors, the history of Blue Gate Farm, vegetable production, the roots of the Farm Crawl, being a female boss in farming, PFI’s Labor4Learning program and her alpacas.
On this episode, Jill talks about her upcoming field day about two-wheeled tractors (find out more about the field day here), the history of Blue Gate Farm, vegetable production, the roots of the Farm Crawl, being a female boss in farming, PFI’s Labor4Learning program, and her alpacas.
Conference Presentation: Lady Boss Panel
Deb Finch was our guest on this episode of On-Farm. Deb and her husband Eric farm near Marshalltown in east-central Iowa, where they raise meat goats. On the show, we discuss how she grew up around pigs, cattle and sheep, but happened into raising goats about 15 years ago. Now, she’s an expert in raising goats. Our conversation ranges on everything from feed to fencing to health to markets. We also discuss her upcoming field day, where attendees can take part in a FAMACHA training to monitor parasite loads through assessing goats’ eyelids.