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Episode 27 – Working at the “Radical Center”

Episode 27 – Working at the “Radical Center”

Working at the “Radical Center” How do adversaries find common ground? How do they work together to find ...
Episode 26 – Food, faith, and farming — the Good Tree Farm

Episode 26 – Food, faith, and farming — the Good Tree Farm

Food, faith, and farming — the Good Tree Farm Dr. Hisham Moharram founded The Good Tree Farm and Good ...
Episode 25 – Pasturemap: High tech on the range

Episode 25 – Pasturemap: High tech on the range

Christine Su is CEO and co-founder of Pasturemap, a tool that helps ranchers increase productivity on their rangelands. We talk about the synergies among soil health, grass abundance, profitability, carbon sequestration, and intergenerational–and inter-regional–information sharing.
Episode 24 – Practicing regenerative agriculture

Episode 24 – Practicing regenerative agriculture

Practicing regenerative agriculture Nicole Masters is an agroecologist who teaches, writes about, and consults
Episode 23 – Planting the seeds of local agriculture

Episode 23 – Planting the seeds of local agriculture

Planting the seeds of local agriculture Bill McDorman is executive director of the Rocky Mountain Seed ...
Episode 22 – Cattle grazing, community building, and ecosystem restoration

Episode 22 – Cattle grazing, community building, and ecosystem restoration

Cattle grazing, community building, and ecosystem restoration Ariel Greenwood and Guido Frosini are ...
Episode 21 – Eating wild foods in the industrial age

Episode 21 – Eating wild foods in the industrial age

Eating wild foods in the industrial age What’s the difference between one head of lettuce and another? A lot, ...
Episode 20 – Saving the Gunnison Sage Grouse: Community Conservation in Action

Episode 20 – Saving the Gunnison Sage Grouse: Community Conservation in Action

Saving the Gunnison Sage Grouse: Community Conservation in Action In Gunnison, Colorado, there is an ...
Episode 19 – Fowl play: our insane poultry system and how to fix it

Episode 19 – Fowl play: our insane poultry system and how to fix it

Fowl play: our insane poultry system and how to fix it Why is it that poultry breeds in the US grow so fast ...
Episode 18 – Science, Spirituality, and Agriculture: The Faithlands Initiative

Episode 18 – Science, Spirituality, and Agriculture: The Faithlands Initiative

Science, Spirituality, and Agriculture: The Faithlands Initiative Religious leaders as farmers, ...
Episode 17 – Laura Ingalls Wilder — the story of the land behind the Little House stories

Episode 17 – Laura Ingalls Wilder — the story of the land behind the Little House stories

Laura Ingalls Wilder — the story of the land behind the Little House stories Caroline Fraser just won the
Episode 16 – Does Money Really Grow on Trees?

Episode 16 – Does Money Really Grow on Trees?

Does Money Really Grow on Trees? Author and sustainability ecologist Tony Juniper talks about his book, What ...
Episode 15 – Organic production agriculture in Montana: Scaling up at Vilicus Farms

Episode 15 – Organic production agriculture in Montana: Scaling up at Vilicus Farms

Organic production agriculture in Montana: Scaling up at Vilicus Farms Doug Crabtree and Anna Jones Crabtree ...
Episode 14 – Science on the range: studying wide open landscapes in the American West

Episode 14 – Science on the range: studying wide open landscapes in the American West

Science on the range: studying wide open landscapes in the American West Geographer Nathan Sayre talks about ...
Episode 13 – Cows Save the Planet

Episode 13 – Cows Save the Planet

Cows Save the PlanetJudith Schwartz is the author of Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of ...
Episode 12 – Opening the conversation about living soils

Episode 12 – Opening the conversation about living soils

Opening the conversation about living soilsChris Jagger is a vegetable farmer in Oregon, and he’s founder of ...
Episode 11 – From conflict to conciliation on Western landscapes

Episode 11 – From conflict to conciliation on Western landscapes

From conflict to conciliation on Western landscapesLesli Allison, executive director of the Western Landowners ...
Episode 10 – What on earth is earth? A soil scientist tell us…and why we shouldn’t treat it like dirt.

Episode 10 – What on earth is earth? A soil scientist tell us…and why we shouldn’t treat it like dirt.

What on earth is earth? A soil scientist tell us…and why we shouldn’t treat it like dirt.Christine Jones is a ...
Episode 9 – Eat Mesquite? Yes. Really.

Episode 9 – Eat Mesquite? Yes. Really.

Eat Mesquite? Yes. Really.Brad Lancaster is co-founder of Desert Harvesters, in Tucson, Arizona. He’s author of
Episode 8 – Patron saints of regenerative agriculture: Gabe and Paul Brown

Episode 8 – Patron saints of regenerative agriculture: Gabe and Paul Brown

Patron saints of regenerative agriculture: Gabe and Paul BrownGabe Brown and his family endured hail, drought, ...
Episode 7 – Wes Jackson on the problem of agriculture and the perennial solution

Episode 7 – Wes Jackson on the problem of agriculture and the perennial solution

Wes Jackson on the problem of agriculture and the perennial solutionWes Jackson is a visionary. Plant ...
Episode 6 – The Water Win-Win: Food and ecosystems in balance

Episode 6 – The Water Win-Win: Food and ecosystems in balance

The Water Win-Win: Food and ecosystems in balanceSandra Postel‘s new book is Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of ...
Episode 5 – The deck is stacked against family farmers. Here’s one rancher’s powerful response.

Episode 5 – The deck is stacked against family farmers. Here’s one rancher’s powerful response.

The deck is stacked against family farmers. Here’s one rancher’s powerful response.Mike ...
Episode 4 – The Butchers meet the Buddha: Conscious meat production today

Episode 4 – The Butchers meet the Buddha: Conscious meat production today

The Butchers meet the Buddha: Conscious meat production todayAdam Danforth left behind a career in advertising and ...
Episode 3 – Slowing climate change, one farm at a time

Episode 3 – Slowing climate change, one farm at a time

Slowing Climate Change, One Farm at a Time...Calla Rose Ostrander is an expert on climate change policy and ...
Episode 2 – Fighting climate change with cattle…a scientist-rancher’s view of a new landscape.

Episode 2 – Fighting climate change with cattle…a scientist-rancher’s view of a new landscape.

Fighting climate change with cattle...A scientist-rancher’s view of a new landscape.Allen Williams is a ...
Episode 1 – Growing vegetables for fun and massive profit … really?

Episode 1 – Growing vegetables for fun and massive profit … really?

Growing vegetables for fun and massive profit … really? Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser went into farming because it

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