agri-Culture Podcast

agri-Culture Podcast

Backyard Green Films is owned by Elara and her husband Rick. They travel throughout the land in their teardrop trailer (nicknamed Maggie), interviewing people who love farming, science, ranching, getting their hands dirty - or are just plain interesting. These are people who are passionate about what they do. Please come join them on their adventures. ... Show More

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We’re continuing the adventures in Colorado agriculture science with the USDA’s ARS, NAGP*.  Confused?  Don’t be.  Dr. Phil Purdy, Physiologist extraordinaire, decodes any confusion that the acronyms might cause into something practical and meaningful with on-the-ground common sense in the field of assisted reproductive technology and fertility studies.  Part of his job is to collect germplasm on small animals and large.  Cow, s... Read more

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Eggs and sperm and seeds and hair
They’ll take ‘em all, collect with care
They might be used when earth goes south
Or critters die from hoof and mouth
Or climate change or scary bugs
Cuz not all things respond to drugs
A backup place is just plain smart
For when we need to hit restart
But even if it’s just for breeding
And better stock is what you’re needing
Corrective genes are ... Read more

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It’s that time of year again – off to Colorado for the annual National Western Stock Show.  Every January, the streets of downtown Denver ring with the shouts of cowboys and cowgirls, the jangle of harnesses, the creak of wagons, the roar of classic tractors, and the clop, clop, clop of both shod and unshod hooves.  There are usually some excited kids yelling, “Look at the llamas, Mom!” in there, too, and the whole thing is foll... Read more

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I've got me a hankerin’ that may be irrational
I'm wanting to go back again to the National
Western that is, and we've been there now twice
But two times it seems aren't enough to suffice.
There's cowboys and cowgirls and rodeo riders
The food court last year had these great little sliders
The animal auctions are quite a big deal
In nationwide coverage they’re traded with ze... Read more

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It’s almost that time of year.  Chilly air, crackling fire, and the holiday roast goose is on the table.  Well, maybe up until the Cratchit dinner in Dickens, but not so much anymore here in the U.S.  And why is that?  We don’t know, to be honest, as this is said to be one of the tastiest birds used for human consumption.  

And even better, the goose is a multipurpose animal.  It is said to be a great forager for grasses, ... Read more

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We hope that our podcast you click in.
As we talk of some cute little chickens.
In Colonial times
(Are you sick of these rhymes?)
It’s Nankins this week that we’re pickin’.

    Join us this week, as we talk all things colonial (okay, maybe just the livestock) at Colonial Williamsburg.  Elaine Shirley, the manager of the Rare Breeds Program, walks us through on a wonderful tour of the horses, cattle, and... Read more

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 Well, it’s that time again - the 60’s and 70’s are back.  Yes, bell bottoms have been in and out again six times now, but that’s not what we mean.  We’re referring to the fact that people in this generation are becoming active and vocal participants in their future.  Some of us might get up and cheer, some of us might roll our eyes, but you have to admire that they’re doing something.

     The National Western Stock Show ... Read more

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(To the tune of “My Prayer,” by The Platters)

When the Summer has gone, 
and the weather is changing

When the sunshine has gone, 
I head straight to my hearth
 And here at the hearth, I will sit. 
While you knit.

My prayer is some knitwear from you
 To keep me warm through the day
 with a pattern divine

My prayer is a sweater in blue
 with some cables dark gray
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     It’s that time of year again.  The Day before Black Friday.  Football.  The beginning of a week off from school.  The big day to be in a room with all the relatives for more than 20 minutes, then recover from the experience.  And I think there’s something in there about being grateful for something or other, too.   
     Okay, we’ll be serious now.  It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S., so of course we’re talking turkey.... Read more

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Dr. Francisco Javier Navas Gonzalez, DVM, PhD, Professor at the University of Cordoba in Spain.  You would think that all of those letters behind his name would cause him to be less than approachable, but that’s definitely not the case.  He was one of the people at the Donkey Welfare Symposium that was pretty hard to separate from the 42 fans constantly wanting to talk to him, and with good reason.  He is…The Most Interesting Ma... Read more

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      Dirt or soil.  No matter what you call it, it’s the one thing that in many ways is the beginning and ending of life for all of us.  It’s beautiful, rich, and generous.  It moves and breathes, gives us untold wealth, and is the place we look to keep us fed and alive.  Usually.  Unless it loses its balance.


     One of our favorite childhood books starts out with a only mild inconvenience, due to rain.  Dr... Read more

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The Akhal-Teke horse.  The interviews with these animals (and the people who raise them) are still in the top-ten list of things that make us smile.  Not that they are funny-looking, because words like “majestic,” “graceful” and “exotic” don’t begin to cover it.  Words that describe them include:  Move like a cat.  Some glow like a lightbulb.  Smart as a fox.  Fleet as the wind.  Loyal.  Brave.  Smooth.  And they will go to the ... Read more

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  The New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, held annually in Rhinebeck, New York.  One episode is not quite enough.  Twelve episodes wouldn’t cover it either, but two is all we’re giving you.

    We continue the adventure with Amy Corey, who has managed to develop the most gorgeous charcoal colored sheep ever.  Okay, so maybe the Gotland sheep breed has been around in Sweden for a bit longer than Amy has been alive, bu... Read more

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     The New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, or Rhinebeck Fiber Fest, or The Dutchess County Fiber Fair, or NY Wool Fest, or...it goes on forever.  Whatever you call it, it's pretty much a bucket list item for anyone who does anything with fiber.   We don't know if the most impressive thing is that 50,000 people show up every year, or that 16 volunteers run the whole thing.  Yes, a VOLUNTEER RUN event, believe it o... Read more

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     Unless it adds to context, we're not usually name droppers.  Okay, maybe sometimes when we're really excited about an interview (Temple Grandin) or person (Isabella Rossellini) that has used his or her power for good (Phillip Sponenberg), or maybe someone (Harvey Blackburn) that has done great things in their field of study (Cary Fowler) for the planet as a whole (One more?  No – that would be too much).
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     The free exotic chick.  Well, doesn't that sound racy and exciting.  It's actually one of our favorite live gameshows that you can play at home, brought to us by the people at Murray McMurray.  
     In this snippet from our Heirloom Expo 2019 run in Santa Rosa last month, we have an impromptu conversation with Tom Watkins, VP of Murray McMurray.  The podcast can't bring you the visuals, so you'll have ... Read more

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     It has been a year now since we went to Farm Aid 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut, and our feet are just now recovering.  
     For those of you who have wondered what it may have been like, we thought we would give you a snippet of the experience.  Our interviews, recorded live and uncut (somewhat uncut - it went ALL DAY LONG).  We are giving you the introduction of the founders and their hellos, the overview of the purp... Read more

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     And that's not the last time you'll hear those two words together, when you listen to the podcast.  Maybe I'm purposely misdirecting you, as the wild ass was the origin of the breed we now know as the domesticated donkey, but it's fun to say and makes me feel like a more exciting girl.  That said...

The Donkey Welfare Symposium.  The recipe is like this:
1.  200 (plus) people passionate about... Read more

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The Heirloom Expo.  
     For a while now, this event has been held in Santa Rosa in the heart of a big community of artsy, crunchy, healthy people that like good food (and good wine, as all of you who have been to Napa and Santa Rosa can attest).  People from around the world come to swap seeds, listen to experts in the field, and find interesting new things to grow.
     If you go to their Facebook page, you'll f... Read more

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Where we learned that Pennsylvania is not only the home of Penn State, but it has green pastures, wonderfully gracious and generous people, and steak to die for (sigh).  Dirt that made you want to take your shoes off and run wild.

And Elara got to ride in the grain truck -- Rick the combine.

Oh.  Any by the way, there were big, beautiful, fluffy, majestic Scottish Highland Cattle in various colors everywhere -- one o... Read more

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