Podcasts

“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.

Jill Beebout and Percy

Jill Beebout and Percy

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.

You can listen to the podcast episode here:

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.

Jill has long been involved with PFI. Here are some links to a few of the things she’s done over the past few years:

Farminar: Growing in High Tunnels: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Research Reports:

Conference Presentation: Lady Boss Panel

 

 

T.D. Holub Member since 2012 TD n' Guy Garden Oasis LLC Coggon, Iowa

T.D. Holub

T.D. Holub of Garden Oasis Farm was our guest on this episode of On-Farm. T.D. and his fiancée, Sarah Gericke, grow fruits and vegetables for farmers’ markets, restaurants, grocery stores and for a 100-person CSA. On the show, I talk to T.D. about his upcoming field day – on June 9, “Tractors and Tools with T.D.” – focusing on some of the farm machinery he’s purchased over the past few years for the vegetable operation. Included: a water wheel transplanter, a Williams tool bar system, an Allis Chalmers G tractor, a homemade walk-in cooler and more. Also, we talk about whole food and health, selling “weird” vegetables and coming back to the family farm.
T.D. also presented at this year’s annual conference about business planning and financing:
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finch family

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.


You can subscribe to “On-Farm” on iTunes or Stitcher or check out this page for a new episode each week. A special thanks to KHOI Radio in Ames for allowing us to record the podcast in their studios and to PFI member and fantastic blues musician Matt Woods for recording the soundtrack.