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.
This ep: a discussion about making your farm a more hospitable place for beneficial insects.
Steve Solomon is back to talk about what's turning his crank in the garden these days: foliar feeding. Steve is the author of numerous gardening books including one of my faves, The Intelligent Gardener.
You know you want to hatch your own chicks.
This ep: a new seed company, representing a collaboration between chefs and plant breeders, aims to improve the flavour and performance of our plant varieties.
This ep: Jean-Martin Fortier returns for a quickie. We talk about fame, semi-fortune, cocaine, compost tea, the tool he's most obsessed with at the moment, and a few other tidbits.
This ep: WSU Extension Specialist Linda Chalker-Scott says that compost tea isn't steeped in good science.
This ep: another take on farmer mental health featuring Javan Berkanevitch.
This ep: GH expert Andew Mefferd on making the most out of caterpillar tunnels and Extension Specialist Judson Reid on avoiding and managing toxic levels of soil nutrients in greenhouses.
Coming Friday, March 2: the first episode of the next season of The Ruminant Podcast. To tide you over, I've produced a microsode. I hope you enjoy it!
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