In Her Boots Podcast

The In Her Boots Podcast celebrates the collaborative spirit of women farmers, sharing ideas and inspiration with each other, championing women farmers cultivating the sustainable and organic agriculture movement. Whether you’re a woman with a dream of starting your own farm or already have your hands deep in the soil, there’s something for you here.

Brought to you by the award-winning Rural Women’s Project, a venture of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). This podcast features women who have hosted a MOSES In Her Boots workshop on their farm, offering you now the opportunity to share the In Her Boots experience virtually and meet these amazing women farmers.

Some episodes are “main dishes,” slightly longer and digging deeper into these women’s history and start-up stories. Others are “side dishes,” shorter segments that focus on a specific topic from a female farmer lens.

 

Hosted by Lisa Kivirist, founder and coordinator of the Rural Women’s Project. A farmer herself, Lisa runs Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B with her family in Wisconsin and is the author of Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers. Audio engineer is Liam Kivirist of Techsocket.net.


This podcast was made possible through support from North Central SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education).

 


This podcast is available on iTunes and Stitcher.


Katy Dickson of Christensen Farm

  • Episode 19: Cover Crops with Katy Dickson of Christensen Farm
    Today we’re focusing on cover crops with Katy Dickson of Christensen Farm in Browntown, Wisconsin. Learn about how she worked with her different levels of clay-based soil and rotating different cover crops to enhance fertility.
  • Episode 18: My Farm Story with Katy Dickson of Christensen Farm
    Katy Dickson of Christensen Farm in Browntown, Wisconsin, came back to the family farm—something as a teen she swore she never would do. After stints in the Peace Corp and living around the country, she was drawn back to her home roots. Now she grows healthy organic produce for her community with her husband, Mark, and her parents.

Jen Miller of Prairie Wind Family Farm

  • Episode 17: Transitioning to Farming from a Full-Time Job with Jen Miller
    We’re talking today with Jen Miller of Prairie Wind Family Farm in Grayslake, Illinois, about how she transitioned from a full-time corporate job to full-time farming, and how she uses skills learned on the job to help her farm—think “Excel.”
  • Episode 16: Farming with Kids in Tow with Jen Miller, Prairie Wind Family Farm
    Jen shares how she integrates parenthood with the farm business (walkie talkies help), and how her children are learning entrepreneurial and life skills helping out at the farmers market and around the farm.
  • Episode 15 – Cover Crops with Jen Miller, Prairie Wind Family Farm
    Learn how cover crops serve many purposes on windy land. Jen shares how she experiments to improve soil fertility.
  • Episode 14: My Farm Story with Jen Miller, Prairie Wind Family Farm
    Jen Miller started farming at Sandhill Family Farms and now owns Prairie Wind Family Farm in Grayslake, Illinois. We talk about her farm start-up success strategies, the importance of mentors, networking with other women, and reaching customers through cooking and CSA add-ons. It’s all about building connections and systems thinking, shares Jen.

 

Kriss Marion of Circle M Farm

  • Episode 13: Stepping up to Leadership – Taking action with Kriss Marion of Circle M Market Farm
    We’re digging in with Kriss Marion of Circle M Farm in Blanchardville, Wis. as she inspires all of us to take the time to get involved with issues we care about. From running for and winning a seat on County Board to serving as her Wisconsin Farmers Union chapter president, Kriss shares how being a woman from outside the conventional agriculture norm can spark conversations, community and change.
  • Episode 12:  Find Your Tribe – Growing Local Farmer Connections with Kriss Marion of Circle M Market Farm
    Today we’re talking about the importance of connecting with other kindred-spirited female farmers in your area with Kriss Marion of Circle M Farm in Blanchardville, Wis. It’s all about collaboration and support, and, it turns out, eating really well at potlucks.
  • Episode 11: Farmstay B&B start-up tips with Kriss Marion of Circle M Market Farm
    Do you have a dream of hosting guests on your farm through running a B&B? That’s exactly what Kriss Marion of Circle M Farm in Blanchardville, Wisconsin successfully did quickly. Hear her marketing strategies and how diversification adds up to a savvy business strategy.
  • Episode 10: Success Strategies from Pioneer Women in Organics: Kriss Marion of Circle M Farm 
    Come sit around the kitchen table with the mighty Kriss Marion of Circle M Farm in Blanchardville, Wisconsin. Kriss may have started her farm operation as a new transplant from the urban confines of Chicago over 12 years ago, but she quickly learned the key ingredient to growing a successful farm business: it’s all about community.

 

Dela Ends of Scotch Hill Farm

  • Episode 9: Success Strategies from Pioneer Women in Organics: Dela Ends of Scotch Hill Farm
    Dela Ends of Scotch Hill Farm is a true organic pioneer, starting one of the first CSAs in Wisconsin. Dela raises more than vegetables on her land:  she’s committed to her family and the next generation of eaters, stepping up to the leadership plate to get things done.

 

Rachel Hershberger of Clay Bottom Farm

  • Episode 8: Keeping a Balanced Life while Farming with Rachel Hershberger of Clay Bottom Farm
    We’re digging in with Rachel Hershberger of Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana on how she and her husband, Ben Hartman, prioritize creating a balanced life on the farm, from shifting to a three season CSA so they can have some time off in-between to nearby regular camping trips with the kids.
  • Episode 7: Farming with Kids with Rachel Hershberger of Clay Bottom Farm
    Join Rachel Hershberger of Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana as we talk about farming with young kids and how there’s no magic formula or master plan for integrating family, but a lot of adjusting and joy in the process.
  • Episode 6: Cover Crops with Rachel Hershberger of Clay Bottom Farm
    Today we’re focusing on cover crops with advice from Rachel Hershberger of Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana. Rachel and her family have used a variety of cover crops on their farm to help build the soil from being so dense with clay that her husband could spin a pot to today with soil made up of twelve percent organic matter.
  • Episode 5: My Farm Story with Rachel Hershberger of Clay Bottom Farm
    Gather around the kitchen table with Rachel Hershberger of Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana, and hear how her market farm and young family are thriving. How does she do it all? Creative frugality, keeping things lean and debt-free. “The slow approach lets you not get in too over your head financially,” advises Rachel.

 


Kathy Zeman of Simple Harvest Farm Organics

 

  • Episode 4: Challenges & Opportunities of Farming Female with Kathy Zeman of Simple Harvest Farm Organics
    We’re digging in with Kathy as she imparts insights and wisdom on farming as a female and how to keep true to one’s values and integrity when you are outside the expected norm.  From her first ag job as a feed rep where she was the only female among 432 reps, to navigating regulations while working with agencies, Kathy offers pragmatic advice on being yourself with honesty, integrity, and transparency.
  • Episode 3: Women Farming Solo with Kathy Zeman of Simple Harvest Farm Organics
    Kathy offers personal insight into both the challenges and opportunities of running her operation as a solo woman farmer.  Be brutally honest with yourself, know what you are skilled at, and then admit what you’re not good at or don’t love and hire those out. Farming solo also gives Kathy the opportunity to learn new things she never would have otherwise.  Or, as Kathy puts it: “Plumbing is kinda cool.”
  • Episode 2: Cover Crops with Kathy Zeman of Simple Harvest Farm Organics
    Learn about how Kathy is working to continually add fertility to her highly erodible land and her mission to fight thistle with cover crops.  Kathy’s advice: “Bare land is bad.”  Use those cover crops.
  • Episode 1: My Farm Story with Kathy Zeman of Simple Harvest Farm Organics
    Kathy shares her story, from growing up in a family of 12 on a diversified dairy farm to running her own operation as a solo woman farmer. As Kathy says: “I find joy in doing things I haven’t done before.”  

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under an On-Farm Research/Partnership Project award number ONC15-006 through the North Central Region SARE program. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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