In Her Boots Podcast

The In Her Boots Podcast celebrates the collaborative spirit of women farmers, sharing ideas and inspiration with each other, and champions women farmers in the sustainable and organic farming 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.

 

 

Hosted by Lisa Kivirist, founder and coordinator of the In Her Boots 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.

Funded initially by NorthCentral SARE.

This podcast is available on iTunes and Stitcher.

 

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Clare Hintz, Elsewhere Farm, Herbster, Wis.

Episode 100: Clare Hintz on Adding Value while Farming Solo
On today’s episode, Clare Hintz of Elsewhere Farm discusses how she, as a solo woman farmer, manages risk through value-added products, like the pickles she makes for her CSA box, and how to do things safely when farming alone.

Episode 99: Clare Hintz on Managing Risk on a Specialty Crop Farm
We welcome back farmer Clare Hintz of Elsewhere Farm on the banks of Lake Superior in Wisconsin. Clare shares how she identifies and deals with risks on her specialty crop farm. She explains how you can you work fast but safely, manage labor, and more importantly, take care of your farm’s most important asset:  you!

Clare Hintz runs Elsewhere Farm, a production permaculture farm near the south shore of Lake Superior in Herbster, Wisconsin. The solar-powered farm features perennial fruits and nuts interplanted on five acres, intensive market gardens, and rare-breed pigs and chickens. Clare also serves on the MOSES Board.
Note: These are bonus episodes with Clare focusing on risk management topics. Check out podcast episodes 40-43 for more on her farm story.

 

Alicia Razvi of Wooly Thyme Micro Farm, Stevens Point, Wis.

Episode 98: Alicia Razvi on Leadership
We wrap up our series with Alicia Razvi of Wooly Thyme Micro Farm with important advice to encourage women in sustainable and organic agriculture to step up to the leadership plate. Hear how she became the first female Muslim to be a chapter president in the National Farmers Union.

Episode 97: Alicia Razvi on Diversifying to Manage Risk in Farming
Today we dig deeper with Alicia Razvi of Wooly Thyme Micro Farm to learn how she manages risk through diversification. Not putting all the eggs in one basket is a strategy that has worked well for Alicia, especially during those beginning CSA years. She shares her risk-management strategies from interplanting produce to planning for those “just in case” moments.
[Episode supported by the USDA Risk Management Agency award #RM18RMEPP522C043.]

Episode 96: Alicia Razvi on Cottage Food Business Tips
We continue our conversation with farmer and food entrepreneur Alicia Razvi, talking about diversifying by adding a value-added cottage food business. Hear how Alicia manages risk by using abundant fresh produce for canning and also making baked goods–ventures that allow her teen daughter to be involved in the business.

Episode 95: My Farm Story with Alicia Razvi
Today we kick off a fresh series with Alicia Razvi of Wooly Thyme Micro-Farm. Alicia shares her inspiring story of how she turned a family crisis into her farm dream.

Alicia Razvi is the owner and operator of Wooly Thyme Micro Farm in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, a two-acre farm that specializes in CSA, halal butchered poultry, jams and chutneys, and home-baked goods. She is president of the Wood-Portage-Waupaca County Chapter of Wisconsin Farmers Union. Also, hear her keynote as one of the farmers representing the future of organic at the 2019 MOSES Conference.

 

Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agriculture Institute, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Episode 94: Margaret Krome on the Power of Mentorships
We’re wrapping up with Margaret Krome and focusing on the good things that happen when women have mentors. She shares how her mentoring has had a ripple effect over the years, reaching far beyond the women she has mentored. Her advice to interns could apply to all of us: Don’t take it too personally and surround yourself with good-energy people.

Episode 93: Margaret Krome on Positivity
We’re continuing with Margaret Krome, Policy Program Director for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Today we’re discussing how we as women working in sustainable agriculture can keep up our resilience in advocating for good food. Are you new to policy? This is the episode for you as Margaret gifts us with an accessible navigation of how Farm Bill programs are funded and how we can have our farmer voices heard.

Episode 92: Margaret Krome on Racial Equity
Today we dig in with Margaret Krome discussing her passion to increase stakeholder diversity among those affected by agriculture policy. Stretch outside of your comfort zone, find new partners, and make sure you consider all of your stakeholders. True representation is what real democracy is all about.

Episode 91: Margaret Krome – My Story
Today we sit down with Margaret Krome to hear her inspiring story of how she has become a national leader in sustainable agriculture policy, from her family’s citrus farm in Florida to the Peace Corps to eventually rooting in Wisconsin, thanks in part to a night of polka dancing. Listen in and hear why it’s so important for farmers to take an active advocacy role.

Margaret Krome is Policy Program Director for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, Wisconsin. She also conducts workshops nationwide on grant writing and using federal programs to support sustainable agriculture. Since October 2018, Margaret has served as Interim Coalition Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). She works with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to support environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible agriculture.

 

Hannah Breckbill, Humble Hands Harvest, Decorah, Iowa

Episode 90: Hannah Breckbill on Social Justice & Activism
For our last episode with Hannah Breckbill of Humble Hands Harvest, we take things back full circle to the core components of her life: social justice, activism, and farming. Hear how Hannah blends her passion for farming with other areas she feels strongly about, from caring for the area immigrant communities to building equity in a local food system for all.

Episode 89: Hannah Breckbill on Taking Care of Yourself while Farming
We are back with Hannah Breckbill of Humble Hands Harvest talking about how she weaves together the different pieces of her farming livelihood in a way that fuels her personal energy and keeps her going. From singing during farm chores to taking on a partner to scheduling time off the farm, Hannah shares how she keeps her key priorities front and center.

Episode 88: Cooperative Design with Hannah Breckbill
We continue our series with Hannah Breckbill of Humble Hands Harvest as she digs into ways farmers can amplify their missions cooperatively. Hear about her interesting journey to design and legally structure her farm in a cooperative way that is equitable for everyone. Think outside the box and get ideas to farm stronger collaboratively.

Episode 87: My Farm Story with Hannah Breckbill
Today we sit down with Hannah Breckbill of Humble Hands Harvest in Decorah, Iowa, as she shares her inspiring journey of launching her farm. Hear the creative and thoughtful story behind the farm’s name and learn how a math degree can support the analytical side of farming.

Hannah Breckbill has been farming since 2009 when she interned as a CSA manager at World Hunger Relief outside of Waco, Texas. She was part of Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings and Journeyperson programs where she crafted a vision for Humble Hands Harvest, which launched in 2013 and is now a worker-owned cooperative farm that raises organic vegetables, grass-fed lamb, and pastured pork. She serves on the board of Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center and the Iowa Food Hub, and she hosts an annual Queer Farmer Convergence on her farm.

 

Annelie Livingston-Anderson of Good Turn Farm, Stockholm, Wis.

Episode 86: Annelie Livingston-Anderson: Advice For Beginning Farmers
We are finishing up our series with Annelie Livingston-Anderson of Good Turn Farm in Wisconsin as she offers perspective and advice reflecting on her first couple of years as a beginning farmer. She explains why it’s important to identify what’s important to you, which in her case was prioritizing relationships and the need to get off the farm sometimes.

Episode 85: Annelie Livingston-Anderson on Farming with Kids
We continue talking with Annelie Livingston-Anderson of Good Turn Farm in Wisconsin as we explore what it’s like to start both a farm and a family at the same time. It’s all about setting realistic expectations and most importantly, enjoying the ride!

Episode 84: Annelie Livingston-Anderson on Strong Local Food Systems
We’re back with Annelie Livingston-Anderson of Good Turn Farm to talk about all things local food system and her leadership of the Lake Pepin Local food group via a North Central SARE Farmer Rancher grant. She shares inspiring ideas on how women can serve as the catalyst to collaboratively bring farmers together to address common barriers like market access.

Episode 83: Annelie Livingston-Anderson – My Farm Story
Today, we sit down with Annelie Livingston-Anderson of Good Turn Farm in Wisconsin to learn about her farm story. She and her husband, Kevin, are the 5th generation to farm her husband’s historic family land, now incorporating sustainable and organic practices. Spoiler alert: this is the land Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family was on during Little House in the Big Woods.

Annelie Livingston-Anderson grows certified organic vegetables and cut flowers with her husband, Kevin (and their 3-year-old daughter, Hazel) on Good Turn Farm in Stockholm, Wis. She is also on the steering committee for Lake Pepin Local, a group of local farmers & buyers cooperatively marketing locally grown products. Last fall she started working with the Land Stewardship Project as an organizer for Farm Beginnings, a training program for beginning farmers.

 

Erin Schneider of Hilltop Community Farm

Episode 82: Erin Schneider on Beauty
We wrap up our conversation with Farmer Erin Schneider today, talking about “beauty.” Erin says beauty drives her farming mission to grow flowers and connects her passion for the earth and people. Listen in to hear how beauty can open conversations and build bridges.

Episode 81: Women Farmers and Regenerative Agriculture
Today, we’re talking about a topic of increasing interest to women farmers: regenerative agriculture. Learn about systems theory and how we are all connected to ecology and our world around us. Channel your inner biologist and learn how our guest, Erin Schneider, successfully integrates this into her farm business.

Episode 80: Erin Schneider on Leadership Roles
Today, we dig into how we can encourage and support more women farmers to step up to leadership roles. From skill sharing to supporting women farmers in Africa to volunteering for grant review committees, Erin inspires us to go beyond just participating in something and to take an active leadership role.

Episode 79: My Farm Story with Erin Schneider
Today we sit down with Erin Schneider of Hilltop Community Farm as she shares her inspiring story of farming just a few miles from where she grew up. Erin has a passion for hardy Midwest perennial fruit and beautiful flowers. She shares how she married someone who was already running a farm business and how she carved out her own niche on the farm.

Erin Schneider runs Hilltop Community Farm in LaFarge, Wis., in partnership with her husband, Rob McClure, raising a wide range of vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers. A graduate of the National Farmers Union Beginning Farmers Institute, Erin has volunteered on multiple assignments to increase women’s economic empowerment and food security in Senegal through the Farmer to Farmer Program with USAID. She currently serves on the Administrative Council for North Central SARE.

 

MaryAnn Bellazzini, Campo di Bella

Episode 78: MaryAnn Bellazzini on Working With Family
We are back and wrapping up with MaryAnn Bellazini of Campo di Bella as we take things back full circle to the core of her business decisions: family. Hear how MaryAnn both involves her two sons in the farm and business process and bottom line, they all enjoy each other’s company.

Episode 77: MaryAnn Bellazzini with Tips for On-Farm Food Service
We are back with MaryAnn Bellazini of Campo di Bella digging deeper into the start-ups of an on-farm commercial kitchen, winery, restaurant, and more. It’s all about relationships and getting to know details level by level, from the township to county to state and perhaps even federal level.

Episode 76: MaryAnn Bellazzini on Launching an On-Farm Restaurant
We continue our series with MaryAnn Bellazini of Campo di Bella as she digs into how she and her husband started their farm-to-table restaurant and winery. She explains the importance of research, persistence, and being open to new ideas. Key tip is strategically testing the idea by first renting a licensed commercial kitchen.

Episode 75: My Farm Story with MaryAnn Bellazzini
Today, we sit down with MaryAnn Bellazzini of Campo di Bella as she shares her story of growing up on the north side of Chicago and evolving from being on the expected track of having suburban careers and the detour she made by moving to rural Wisconsin. Abundant gardens led to a farm enterprise and eventually a farm-to-table enterprise.

MaryAnn and her husband, Marc, run Campo di Bella, a farm-to-table restaurant and winery in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, serving Italian-inspired dining experiences. Self-taught on the farming side, MaryAnn and her family moved from the Chicago scene and for several years ran a vegetable CSA from their abundant garden. Her Italian heritage and love for creating welcoming settings around food inspired the current food service venture.

 

Jennifer Nelson of Humble Pie Farm and MOSES

Episode 74:  Jennifer Nelson on Farming with Family
We are finishing up our series with Jennifer Nelson today, as she offers some perspective and advice on farming with a spouse. Hear how defining roles and being specific can keep things sane, especially during the busy summer season. Jennifer’s advice: Embrace each of your different skill sets and celebrate differences to strengthen your business.

Episode 73:  Jennifer Nelson on Farming with Family
We’re continuing with Jennifer Nelson of Humble Pie Flower Farm, diving into ways to connect and balance a farm business with family life. Spoiler alert: There’s no master secret here and it’s all about keeping communication lines open and enjoying the moment with no regrets.

Episode 72:  Jennifer Nelson on Growing Flowers
We continue with Jennifer of Humble Pie Flower Farm talking about her passion and a favorite of many women growers: flowers! Hear the pragmatics of how the gross income of flowers can be much higher per acre and the satisfaction from raising something that brings beauty and joy.

Episode 71:  My Farm Story with Jennifer Nelson
Today, we sit down with Jennifer Nelson of Humble Pie Flower Farm in Wisconsin as she shares her farm story and her journey to growing flowers. Hear how various experiences led her to the land and farming and the importance of having time and place to explore. As Jennifer says, “I used to work to live—jobs that gave paychecks. Now I am so grateful that my work—my farm—is my life and I am really grateful for that.“

Jennifer and her husband co-own Humble Pie Flower Farm in Plum City, Wisconsin. She also is as an Organic Specialist with MOSES. She loves a bright, beautiful sunflower, being outside with her young son, and growing, cooking, and eating good food.

Susan Waughtal, Squash Blossom Farm, Oronoco, Minn.

Episode 70:  Life Balance with Susan Waughtal
We wrap up our series as Susan shares important advice and ideas on putting all the pieces together in a diversified farm business while fostering balance between work and life. Hear about how using deadlines can help us keep those personal projects moving forward in balance with the farm, how the skills of multi-tasking as a mom can really transfer to farming, and old-school traditions like lists on paper make it all work.

Episode 69:  Pizza Farms with Susan Waughtal
We are back and digging deeper with Susan Waughtal of Squash Blossom Farm in Oronoco, Minn., on the start-up of their pizza farm and on-farm kitchen installation. She provides the inside scoop on building a commercial kitchen and the impact of adding a pizza night to the farm business mix. Persistence sounds like the key ingredient!

Episode 68:  Susan Waughtal on Launching a Farm at 50
We continue our conversation with farmer and food entrepreneur Susan Waughtal of Squash Blossom Farm in Oronoco, Minn., talking about a decision that proved to be life changing: launching the farm mid-life. Susan offers advice on how to parlay your past experiences into new farming ventures, sharing how she found the most important thing is to realize what you don’t know – and that there’s probably a YouTube video to help you out.

Episode 67:  Susan Waughtal: Squash Blossom Farm’s Story
Today, we kick off a fresh In Her Boots podcast series with Susan Waughtal of Squash Blossom Farm in Oronoco, Minn. Susan shares her inspiring story of the farm dream she had been brewing for over 25 years, which she brought to life right at her 50th birthday.

Susan and her husband, Roger Nelson, run Squash Blossom Farm, a 10-acre historic 1910 farmstead where their vision is to combine local food, art, and music. Squash Blossom includes a small vegetable CSA, an on-farm bakery for wholesale and farmers markets, and a pizza night and from their wood-fired oven and on-farm commercial kitchen.

 

 

Lauren Langworthy, Blue Ox Farm, Wheeler, Wis.

Episode 66:  Lauren Langworthy on Finding Farming Resources
We are wrapping up our interviews with Lauren Langworthy of Blue Ox Organics and MOSES. From training programs to working with farmers in Africa, Lauren shares how to strategically approach learning opportunities with an open mind and heart.

Episode 65:  Lambs 101 with Lauren Langworthy
In this episode, Lauren talks about a topic near and dear to her hearts: lambs! She shares how she read books and took workshops to prepare. But, eventually she just needed to jump in and learn by doing—something most beginners can relate to.

Episode 64:  Lauren Langworthy on Women Farmers Taking on Leadership
Today, we dig into how we can support more women farmers to engage in leadership throughout their community. Listen to Lauren Langworthy of Blue Ox Farm as she shares her story of running for District Director seat within the Wisconsin Farmers Union. We discuss the importance of asking women to run for roles like these and why the potentially uncomfortable nature of a contested elections isn’t inherently a bad thing.

Episode 63:  Lauren Langworthy: My Farm Story
Today we sit down with Lauren Langworthy, co-owner of Blue Ox Farm. She shares the story of how she ended up in agriculture and how the concepts of holistic management helped to re-frame the farm from annual vegetables into a grass-fed lamb operation. Learn how trial by fire can help you discover your values and passions. Lauren and her husband, Caleb, own 153 acres in Wheeler, Wis. Their farm centers on a rotationally-grazed 200-ewe flock of sheep, small beef herd, hay, and wooded wild areas. When she isn’t in the fields, Lauren is the Program Director at MOSES, and District 2 Director for Wisconsin Farmers Union.

Diahann Lohr, Adunate Word & Design

Episode 62:  Marketing Dos And Don’ts with Di Lohr
We wrap up our series with marketing entrepreneur Diahann Lohr who shares her best marketing dos and don’ts for women farmers. Learn about the importance of using your actual farm name frequently in conversations and how an old-school paper business card can still go a long way.

Episode 61:  4 Elements of Brand Building
Today we dig deeper into how we women farmers can brand our farm businesses. Marketing entrepreneur Diahann Lohr shares four tips to help you define your own unique brand. Remember to always ask the question: How do you want people to feel when they buy your products?

Episode 60:  Marketing 101 for Small Farms with Diahann Lohr
We continue our conversation with marketing entrepreneur Diahann Lohr as we talk about how simply sharing who you are and telling your authentic story can be the most effective form of marketing, especially for us women farmers. Her advice: be yourself, talk about what you are passionate about and sell that garlic along the way.

Episode 59:  Marketing 101 for Small Farms with Diahann Lohr
Today we kick off a special series with marketing entrepreneur Diahann Lohr, an inspiring example of a woman not farming yet still using her skill set to grow organic agriculture. In this episode, Diahann shares her own story and connection to the land and food. Plus, she offers some “Marketing 101” on the importance of strategic communication and how that can really be an advantage for those of us running small farms today. Diahann is a marketing professional with a love for healthy food. She owns and operates Adunate Word & Design (ah-doo-NAH-tay), which specializes in helping food and agricultural organizations grow their business.

 

Bridget Holcomb of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN)

Episode 58:  Bridget Holcomb on Embracing Vulnerability
If our guest, Bridget Holcomb with the Women, Food and Agriculture Network, could change one thing for women in the sustainable ag community it would be to stop that nagging voice inside our heads that says we are not doing enough. Listen in to hear how lifting the veil on this and embracing our authenticity and vulnerabilities can help us achieve bigger goals.

Episode 57:  Bridget Holcomb on Championing Women’s Leadership
We’re continuing on the women’s leadership front today with Bridget Holcomb, executive director of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network. With a learning model based on empowerment and connections, WFAN and its partners like MOSES support women through social interaction.

Episode 56:  Bridget Holcomb on Networking and Leadership
In today’s episode, Bridget shares her journey to her current role leading a nonprofit focused on women in sustainable agriculture. In her case, going to grad school, her commitment to service leadership, and taking advantage of opportunities—and connecting with women along the way—all add up to where she is today.

Episode 55:  My Story with Bridget Holcomb of WFAN
Today we sit down with Bridget Holcomb, head of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network. Bridget shares her journey to her current role running a women-focused nonprofit, and how she took advantage of opportunities along the way. Bridget received a Master’s of Public Affairs with an emphasis on nonprofit management from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has worked in sustainable agriculture advocacy at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. A native of Northern Minnesota, Bridget has focused her work on clean water, soil conservation, and making a sustainable living from the land.

Alison Parker of Radical Root Farm

Episode 54:  Alison Parker on Farming with Children
Alison and her husband run their farm while also raising two young boys. She reminds us to keep the fun factor in farming, cobble together a patchwork of childcare support, and enjoy those kids, especially while they are little.

Episode 53:  Marketing Advice from Alison Parker
We are back with Alison Parker of Radical Root Organic Farm talking marketing advice and tips. She recommends starting small and growing ideas based on what you’re passionate about. For Alison, that meant switching farmers markets to be closer to many of her CSA members, who were wanting to buy additional produce. It also meant following her passion and growing an herbal medicine business.

Episode 52:  Alison Parker on Innovative Land Access
Alison Parker of Radical Root Organic landed on an interesting way to get into farming. Today, she shares how she and her husband launched the farm by partnering with a land trust and nonprofit in a long-term rental agreement. This opened up more cash flow and gave them an incredibly strategic location in the heart of the Chicago suburbs.

Episode 51:  My Farm story with Alison Parker of Radical Root Farm
Today we kick off a series of interviews with farmer Alison Parker of Radical Root Organic Farm. Alison shares her farm start-up story and how, not coming from a farming or even an outdoorsy family, she found her love for growing things through literature. A self-taught, first-generation farmer, she launched her farm with her husband, Alex Needham, in 2009. It is a certified organic farm located in a Chicago suburb on land accessed through an innovative land trust where she is reinventing a 150-year-old farm through organic and permaculture principles.

Sylvia Burgo Toftness , Bull Brook Keep, Amery, Wis.

Episode 50:  Education as a Marketing Strategy
We are back with Sylvia Burgos Toftness today as she shares why education is important not only to grow our organic movement, also as a business strategy. You don’t have to be the ultimate expert to teach, just share from where you are, advises Sylvia. Listen in for sage advice from a former marketer-turned-farmer.

Episode 49:  Growing Women’s Leadership
We are talking women’s leadership today today with someone who has worn many hats leading our organic movement: Sylvia Burgos Toftness. Be involved, share your story and take hold of an issue you are passionate about because, as Sylvia has learned, it just might take a long time before things change.

Episode 48:  Amplifying Women Farmer Voices
Today, we chat with the inspiring Sylvia Burgos Toftness on ways we as women committed to sustainable an organic agriculture can amplify our voices. It’s all about “lifting the veil” as Sylvia calls it, and owning and using the title of farmer when introducing ourselves. A seasoned leader in the organic food movement, Sylvia produces and co-hosts Deep Roots Radio and serves on the board of MOSES. She and her husband, David, raise 100% grass-fed beef in Amery, Wisconsin. Sylvia has worn many hats before then, including begin a television reporter and working in public relations, all skills that partner well with her farm life today.

Episode 47:  My Farm Story with Sylvia Burgos Toftness of Bull Brook Keep
Sylvia Burgos Toftness shares her journey from the Puerto Rican community in the South Bronx to farming in the middle of Wisconsin, with sidetracks as a TV reporter and work in public relations—experiences that have helped her be a leader in the organic food movement. Sylvia produces and co-hosts “Deep Roots Radio” and serves on the board of MOSES. She and her husband, David, raise 100% grass-fed beef.

Joyce Ford, Blue Fruit Farm, Winona, Minn.

Episode 46:  Advice for Beginning Farmers from Organic Pioneer Joyce Ford
Joyce Ford, a pioneer in the organic movement, shares expert advice and tips particularly for women who are beginning farmers: Experiment small before you go big and take on debt, grow things you are passionate about and sometimes keep some of the best of your harvest for yourself. Listen in to our conversation for great advice and ideas!

Episode 45: Joyce Ford on Marketing Fruit
Want to grow and sell fruit? Listen in as we get marketing tips from an expert in her field, Joyce Ford of Blue Fruit Farm, a certified organic berry operation in Winona, Minnesota. Tip #1: teach people why they should eat your fruit. Who knew aronia berries have 4x the antioxidants of blueberries!

Episode 44: My Farm Story with Joyce Ford of Blue Fruit Farm
A real pioneer in the organic farming movement, Joyce shares her journey from the back-to-the-land movement to today running Blue Fruit Farm with her husband, Jim Riddle. Along the way, Joyce founded the Organic Inspectors Association, served on the MOSES Board of Directors, launched farmers markets, and has led the establishment of various organic standards, training and policy.

Clare Hintz, Elsewhere Farm, Herbster, Wis.

Episode 43 – Clare Hintz on Fallback Careers for a Solo Farmer
Farmer Clare Hintz has earned her Ph.D. in sustainability education as her “fallback” career in case she gets injured or needs to get out of labor-intensive farming at some point. Her dissertation focused on women farmers and permaculture. Clare Hintz runs Elsewhere Farm in Herbster, Wis., a 40-acre permaculture farm located near the south shore of Lake Superior. Listen in for a smart discussion on realistic planning for women farming solo.

Episode 42 – Clare Hintz on Farming Solo
Clare shares her insights and inspiration for women running solo operations. Clare’s 40-acre farm is located near the south shore of Lake Superior–“If you can farm here you can farm anywhere.” She uses organic practices and permaculture design principles and boasts about 700 fruit and nut trees, approximately half of which are in production. She also has a market garden with heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable varieties, and keeps bees and rare breed Icelandic chickens. Lots of work!

Episode 41 – Clare Hintz on Permaculture
Farmer Clare Hintz talks about a topic near and dear to her heart: using ecological design and drawing from a number of traditions to steward our land and produce healthy food to boot. Following permaculture design principles, Clare has planted about 700 fruit and nut trees, and has about half of them in full production mode.

Episode 40: My Farm Story with Clare Hintz of Elsewhere Farm
Today we welcome farmer Clare Hintz of Elsewhere Farm, a 40-acre farm near the south shore of Lake Superior. “If you can farm here, you can farm anywhere,” Clare says of the challenging soils. She uses organic practices and permaculture design principles for about 700 fruit and nut trees, approximately half of which are in production on five acres. Her intensively planted market garden features heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable varieties. She also manages bees and rare breed Icelandic chickens.

Kirsten Jurcek of Bratsett Family Farm in Jefferson, Wis.

Episode 39: Kirsten Jurcek on Ways to Learn about Farming
We wrap up our conversation with Kirsten Jurcek of Brattset Family Farm and get her advice on finding a mentor and harvesting a farming education amidst an abundance of resources. Her top pick? The annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Listen in for good advice from this seasoned grazing educator.

Episode 38: Kirsten Jurcek on Farming with Family
Today we continue our conversation with Kirsten as she shares how she returned to her family farm and built on the farming wisdom of her parents while shifting the farm from row crops to a rotational grazing operation for a grass-fed beef herd—in part to create a workspace to accommodate her role as a parent of young kids. Hear her insights on how she integrates 3 generations on her farm.

Episode 37: Cover Crops with Kirsten Jurcek
Get tips from Kirsten Jurcek on the importance of cover crops in all farming systems. She is a farmer champion for the National Wildlife Federation, teaching farmers about cover crops. Hear how cover crops help keep our waterways clean, protect fields from erosion, and build organic matter and fertility in the soil.

Episode 36: My Farm Story with Kirsten Jurcek of Bratsett Family Farm
Today we welcome farmer Kirsten Jurcek of Bratsett Family Farm in Jefferson, Wisconsin. Kirsten went back to the family farm she grew up on, reinventing the farm in partnership with her family to be an intensive rotational grazing operation and home to a grass-fed beef herd. Kirsten also works as a grazing educator, teaching other farmers to become better graziers through proper management of their soils, forage, and livestock.

Episode 35: Update on the In Her Boots Podcast Schedule
Just a short podcast to update you on the upcoming guests we’ll feature. Good news:  weekly episodes start this Friday, May 11!

Ali Berlow, author of The Food Activists Handbook and Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse

Episode 34: Ali Berlow on Diversification
Ali shares how diversification can grow the financial outlook for our businesses and also give us multiple platforms for education and outreach. Ali is a writer, host of the weekly Local Food Report produced by Atlantic Public Media, and co-publisher of Edible Vineyard.

Episode 33: Ali Berlow on Working with the Media
Today we continue our conversation about ways we, as women farmers, can amplify our stories to market and grow our business and also get the story of organic agriculture out there to the media. One idea: organize a farm tour just for media!

Episode 32: Ali Berlow on Leading Food-System Change
The conversation continues with author Ali Berlow as she shares ideas to help us take a leadership role in our local communities to advocate for food-system change.

Episode 31: Ali Berlow on Collaboration to Get Stuff Done
Ali Berlow is a multifaceted entrepreneur, author, educator, and organizer shaped by her Wisconsin roots, growing up under the Aldo Leopold conservation ethic. She makes her home today on Martha’s Vineyard, bringing her community together around the potluck table for collaboration that yields results.

Kara O’Connor (Wisconsin Farmers Union)

Episode 30: Women Leaders with Kara O’Connor, Wisconsin Farmers Union
Today’s episode digs into the heart of what needs to happen to change our agricultural system: more women in leadership positions, especially elected office!

Episode 29: Farm Policy Part 2 with Kara O’Connor, Wisconsin Farmers Union
Join Kara O’Connor (Government Relations Director for the Wisconsin Farmers Union) and continue the policy discussion from our last episode to learn about specific strategies & tactics you can do on your own that will only take minutes but have huge impact.
Episode 28: Farm Policy 101 with Kara O’Connor, Wisconsin Farmers Union
Join Kara O’Connor, Government Relations Director for the Wisconsin Farmers Union, and learn why policy is important to farmers and especially how we as women farmers running operations that don’t always fit the expected agriculture mold need to amplify our voices.

Episode 27 – How to Build a Career Advocating for Agriculture with Kara O’Connor
Kara O’Connor, Government Relations Director for the Wisconsin Farmers Union, talks about how she got where she is, from idea seeds planted during travels in France to law school to always having a desire to fight for the underdog. Great tips for anyone looking to chart a career path championing family farms.

April Prusia (Dorothy’s Range)

Episode 26 – Farm to Table Dinners with April Prusia of Dorothy’s Range
Hear how April diversified her farm business plan to include hosting farm-to-table events to showcase her farm’s meat. From getting her catering license to successfully pulling off that first event, April gives insider advice for those who want to add an income stream from on-farm events.

Episode 25: Marketing Meat with April Prusia of Dorothy’s Range
Today we learn about heritage hogs and marketing meat with with April Prusia of Dorothy’s Range in Blanchardville, Wisconsin. April shares insights to help you research and identify what breeds might be best for your farm, successful marketing strategies, and how to increase the population of heritage hogs – and grow your business – through feeder pigs.

Episode 24: My Farm Story with April Prusia of Dorothy’s Range
Come sit around the kitchen table with April Prusia of Dorothy’s Range in Blanchardville, Wisconsin, as she shares her farm story. She started with vegetables and, thanks to advice from a fellow female farmer and a dash of serendipity, found her niche raising heritage hogs.

Episode 23: Updates on In Her Boots Podcast Schedule
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Jane Hawley Stevens (Four Elements Organic Herbals)

Episode 22: Pioneer Women in Organics – Jane Hawley Stevens of Four Elements Organic Herbals
Jane has been raising herbs and crafting various herbal products since 1990. She has blended her passion for herbs with savvy marketing skills to build a successful enterprise. Hear how she has made it all work.

Katy Dickson of Christensen Farm

Episode 21: Building CSA in Rural Communities
Katy shares how she slowly and steadily built a CSA base in her rural community—it’s all about educating potential members. By sharing information on CSA with her local community, Katy built her business while strengthening other local farms.

Episode 20: Integrating Family in Farming
Katy Dickson of Christensen Farm offers personal insight into raising a family while growing a CSA farm business. Her older kids are now taking active roles in running their own entrepreneurial ventures from the 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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