American Family Farmer

American Family Farmer

A weekly look at trends in Family Farming and Healthy Eating.

Episodes

April 29, 2024 19 mins
Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Alexis Burnham, of Burnham Orchards. https://www.burnhamorchards.com The Burnham Family Farm dates back to the early 1800s when William and Eleanor Tillinghast received 160 acres of land in the Firelands of Ohio. From juicy apples to succulent peaches, they grow fruits that delight your taste buds directly to the public at their 200 year old farm. ...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Jake Carter, Owner & CEO, Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, Georgia, just south of Atlanta. https://www.southernbellefarm.com Southern Belle Farm is an 8-generation family owned 330-acre working farm, open seasonally for fresh produce, berry picking, peach picking, fall fun, Christmas trees, and much more! It's Strawberry Season on The Farm, an...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Jerry Apps, author of "On Farms and Rural Communities: An Agricultural Ethic for the Future." https://bookshop.org/p/books/on-farms-and-rural-communities-an-agricultural-ethic-for-the-future-jerry-apps/20186975 Jerry Apps is a former county extension agent and is now professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he taught for thi...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Steve and Jesse McBee of McBee Farms. www.mcbeefarms.com Their new series on Peacock The McBee Dynasty: Real American Cowboys, is a new reality series that takes viewers behind the scenes of the high-stakes world of farming and ranching in rural Missouri. McBee Farm and Cattle is on the brink of becoming a billion-dollar business... or a financial ...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Warren Shaw, President of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF https://mfbf.net/ ), a non-profit farming advocacy organization representing almost 3,000 family members across the Commonwealth. In this capacity, he assesses the overall direction and strategy of MFBF. Warren is also the owner/operator of Shaw Farm in Dracut, MA. https://sha...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Tami Purdue, from Sweet Peas Urban Gardens, LLC. www.sweetpeasurbangardens.com & www.triangleunitedgrowers.com Tami is a trained as an accountant, but her own “foodie” journey led her from rapt engagement with entertainment cooking, to organic gardening, to a profound fascination with all the ways food culture underlies manifold concerns of hea...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Lesley Sykes, founder, and CEO of Primary Beans. www.primarybeans.com Primary Beans is a new, direct-to consumer online dried bean company offering an array of single-origin beans from recent harvests, sourced across North America from climate-conscious farm partners. They believe that beans as the perfect food from a nutritional, culinary, and pla...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Dr. Chad E. Hart Professor, Iowa State University Department of Economics Area of Expertise: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics. Called "Dr. Doom" by some. Heading into 2024, he paints a somewhat more encouraging picture for grain prices than USDA does. When the Iowa State University Extension ag economist spoke to farmers at the Purdue To...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Glenn Roberts founder of Anson Mills. www.ansonmills.com. Glenn grew up in San Diego, California, the son of a professional singer and photographer, and a former Southern belle from Edisto, South Carolina. Somewhere along the road Glenn’s overarching interests distilled into the study of architectural history and the history of food. Glenn explored...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Cristian Gilces, a New York State FFA Reporter who has a passion for Urban Agriculture. www.nysffa.org Throughout his Supervised Agricultural Experience he has worked at the Queens Farm, and he is a long-term intern at Grow NYC. He is also an avid indoor gardener, with an indoor greenhouse full of house plants. He strongly believes FFA makes a posi...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Arthur Erickson, CEO and co-founder of Hylio, a Texas-based company that designs, manufactures, and offers agricultural drones that precisely apply liquid and granular inputs to a wide variety of crops. https://www.hyl.io/. These units are extremely easy to use and reliable and make farming easier and more successful for everyone. Their systems hav...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Magen Allen of J A Farms Feed. www.jafarmsfeed.com Megan, her husband Jeremy, along with their four children, raise cattle, hay, and operate a feed mill and retail store in Bismarck, Arkansas. Magen is also a State Board Member with Arkansas Farm Bureau, Bismarck School Board Member, and Children's Ministry Volunteer at her local church. Since 2007...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Jean-Martin Fortier, a farmer, educator, entrepreneur, and best- selling author specializing in organic and biointensive vegetable production. His book, The Market Gardener https://themarketgardener.com has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide to reimagine ecological human-scale food systems. His teachings have been adapted to differ...
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January 25, 2024 17 mins
Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Melissa O'Rourke, Farm and Agribusiness Management Specialist at the Iowa State University Extension Service, morourke@iastate.edu . They discuss how the extension offices work, foreign farmland ownership, goat milk, how to keep the farm in the family, being good stewards of the land and women in farming, the problems that Iowa farmers face when tr...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Peter Miller, an Organic Dairy Farmer from Vernon, VT https://www.vtmillerfarm.com and Harley Sterling, director of nutrition for the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union’s food service program. https://www.universalschoolmealsvt.org/ Learn how Miller Farm collaborates with the public school systems for bag in box organic milk. In 2009, Miller Farm ...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Greg Cohen, who is working with Farmer Doug to crate an "Agrihood," called Baiting Brook Farm. https://baitingbrookfarm.com/. Agrihoods are based around the concept of integrating farms and gardens into neighborhoods, allowing for the development of residential neighborhoods that have a rural feel. Integrating agriculture into neighborhoods also al...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Anneliese Abbot - Author, Malabar Farm: Louis Bromfield, Friends of the Land, and the Rise of Sustainable Agriculture. http://historyoforganic.com/ She has been researching the history of organic and sustainable agriculture since 2015.
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Ronny Lee a 6th generation Farmer who runs Lee Turkey Farm. www.leeturkeyfarm.com The farm was first purchased by Ronny’s great-great-great-grandfather, Clement Updike, in 1868. ​At peak, the farm-raised 7000 turkeys, which were sold typically live to various places, including a Kosher plant in Lakewood. When the Federal government became more stri...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Michael Francis, owner of Maple Ridge Nursery. https://japanesemaplesandconifers.com/ Facebook@japanesemaplesandconifers
Michael is a fourth generation nurseryman that has been growing Japanese maples in the Atlanta area his whole life. They grow over 500 different varieties of Japanese maples, as well as hundreds of varieties of rare and unusual co...
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Host and American Family Farmer, Doug Stephan www.eastleighfarm.com introduces us to Gary Steinbrenner & Maryse Laurin of LS Ranch & Farms/Bois D'Arc Christmas Tree Farm. https://boisdarcchristmastreefarm.com/ The ranch/farm was purchased and established in 2012 as a ranch for breeding Registered Texas Longhorns. In 2016, they started the Christmas Tree Farm, with a lot of love, dedication, patience, and hard work. All of t...
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