February 16, 2022
Special Guest Mary Jeanne Packer, president and founder of Battenkill Fibers Carding & Spinning Mill (https://battenkillfibers.com/) in Greenwich, N.Y., joins Cindra to chat about working with your fiber mill, including selling fleeces vs. processing, how to select a mill, questions to ask, options for processing, proper fleece preparation, pricing and timing.
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January 24, 2022
In 2022, Marketing Monday is focusing on how to turn your audience into a community. This week Samantha Gasson at the Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) and Brittany Sweeney at The Livestock Conservancy are chatting with Andrew Perkins of Bluestem Creative (https://bluestemcreativeco.com/) about what makes a successful website.
Andrew's expertise includes content creation, digital marketing, e-commerce development, web development, and event production. Since 2010, he has served as Director of the Mother Earth News Fairs, a national event series that takes place around the country (and, in 2020, virtually online) for folks interested in farming, organic gardening, food independence, and off-grid living. This multi-million dollar event series has attracted more than 100,000 attendees and more than 10,000 participating businesses. During his professional career, Andrew has also worked as an editor, advertising sales executive, merchandise manager, e-commerce developer, project manager, and event director, and holds a Strategic Communications degree from the University of Kansas.
Co-host Samantha Gasson joined the FACT team in 2019 as coordinator of the Mentorship Program and as part of the Humane Farming program in 2021. She also owns and operates Bull City Farm with her husband and kids in the piedmont of North Carolina, where they raise pork, dairy cows, turkeys, layers, lamb and a geriatric emu named George. The farm is part of A Greener World’s Animal Welfare Approved program, which is the cornerstone of their farming business. In addition to raising food for her community, Samantha is committed to education, especially when it comes to farming. The farm holds summer camps for kids yearly and adult classes on cheese and sausage making. Samantha also holds a BS in Biology from Virginia Tech University.
Big thank you to Manna Pro for sponsoring Marketing Mondays this year! Learn more about how Manna Pro is Nurturing Life at https://www.mannapro.com/promotions/nurturing-life-2022
January 18, 2022
Special Guest Larry Masters will chat with Charlene Couch and Brittany Sweeney about processing and working with your processor. Larry Masters is the owner of Underground Farmers and Underground Processing, a USDA inspected meat processing company located in Walling, TN. He is also the President of the tech company, Cake Development Corporation, and a Marine Corps veteran.
Larry grew up in Shorewood, Illinois, but would frequently visit Sparta, Tennessee since he also had family in the area. His frequent visits to Sparta allowed him to learn the ins and outs of sustainable farming from his grandfather. This resulted in a passion for farming and the humane treatment of animals. He is looking forward to continuous growth in the agriculture sector, to bring more jobs in the community, and help new farmers and processors along the way.
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January 11, 2022
Special Guest Gracie Cardwell will chat with Charlene Couch and Brittany Sweeney about this critically-endangered breed. Gracie knew she wanted to be a farmer or involved with animals in kindergarten. Unfortunately, her family, teachers and Sunday School teachers did not approve because she was neither rich nor a boy.
"Well, I'm still a girl and still not rich but I own and run Gateway Farm," she said. "We have gone from 5 acres to almost 25 and I am eyeing some more space now. We started with veggies, then added critters. When I was about ten, I told my Uncle Lee Cassell that I didn't like piggies because the mud squished up between their toes. He said there was a breed that had a horse hoof, but he thought they were extinct. Fast forward to the mid 2010s, I was setting up for pigs and had American Guinea Hogs, Kune-Kune and American Mulefoot Hogs on my shortlist."
Gracie is a Charter Member on the Board of Directors of American Mulefoot Breeders Association since it's inception in 2012. She served from Secretary to Chairman. Learn more about the association at https://americanmulefoot.com/.
Big thank you to Manna Pro for sponsoring Pig Chats this month! Learn more about how Manna Pro is Nurturing Life at https://www.mannapro.com/promotions/nurturing-life
January 4, 2022
Even though it's Swine Month, we just can't get enough turkeys! Brittany wanted to share a pre-recorded video with Tom Mozena, president and founder of the new American Turkey Association filmed at the Ohio National Poultry Show.
To learn more or join the association, email Tom at AmericanTurkeyAssociation@gmail.com
We'll be back next week with a live Swine Chat. We hope you'll join us!
Thank you to Heritage Foods USA for sponsoring Turkey Chats https://heritagefoods.com/
December 21, 2021
This week Brittany airs a previously recorded chat with award-winning waterfowl breeder Nate Rynish about the critically-endangered Tufted Roman goose. Nate is an APA and ABA Licensed Judge and an APA Grand Master Exhibitor of Tufted Romans. He chatted with Brittany and Jeannette about the breed standard, what makes Romans a great bird for holiday dinners, and more.
Big thank you to Manna Pro (https://www.mannapro.com/) for sponsoring Goose Chats and Goose Month.