In Her Boots Podcast

The re-boot of our podcast highlights the stories of Black and Brown women who traditionally have not had a platform to share their voices. Learn about the life and work of other women in agriculture through their conversations with new host Tiffany LaShae.




Tiffany is a farmer, researcher, educator, and activist with a diverse background in food justice, regenerative agriculture, afroecology, agroecology, ‘permaculture’ & more.



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Archived Episodes


The In Her Boots Podcast was started by Lisa Kivirist, founder of the In Her Boots project.
Initial funding of the podcast was provided by NCR-SARE.


Episode 154: Dr. JohnElla Holmes on Resilience through Community

Today, we talk to Dr. JohnElla Holmes, executive director of the Kansas Black Farmers Association and part of the wheat farming community in Kansas. She shares a deep-rooted story of resilience from her family’s farming history and building the African American agricultural community in Nicodemus, Kansas. Hear how being proactive, asking questions, and cultivating community add up to strength to stay in farming for the long haul.

JohnElla retired from Kansas State University in 2015 to come “home” to historic Nicodemus, Kansas, which is the oldest all-African-American town west of the Mississippi River and now a National Historic Site. She is a 5th generation descendant of these original settlers in a community that today raised wheat, milo, and cattle.

Episode 153: Kelsey Ducheneaux on Strength through Connection

Today for our “Resilience Boot Camp” series, Kelsey Ducheneaux shares how her Indigenous roots drive her work, building on the themes she talked about in her MOSES Conference workshop this past February. It’s all about connections for Kelsey, from observing and appreciating the diversity on our land to building awareness to know when soil is depleted.

Kelsey Ducheneaux is a member of the Lakota Sioux Nation. She is the fourth generation at the DX Ranch on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, offering locally raised beef for direct sale. Kelsey also works as the Natural Resources Director and Youth Programs Coordinator for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, which presents her with the unique opportunity to support the improvement of Indian lands for Indian people across the nation.


Episode 152: Mariann Holm on Grit

Mariann Holm of Holm Boys Dairy talks about the turning points in her life that cultivated grit—the courage and resolve to be a farmer. From taking the risk to leave a cushy corporate gig in California to start their organic dairy in Wisconsin to successfully battling thyroid cancer when the odds were not in her favor, Mariann inspires us all to change life’s curveballs into opportunities to make us stronger farmers and women.

Mariann and her husband, Doran, own a grass-based organic farm in Dunn County, Wisconsin, where they raise organic dairy heifers. Mariann is an organic crop and livestock inspector and serves on the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council and the Menomonie Market Food Co-op Board of Directors.


Episode 151: Molly Rockamann on Regeneration
For our Resilience series, today we connect with Molly Rockamann of EarthDance Farm to explore how she overcame burnout by taking a year sabbatical from the farm to travel, experience new things, and prioritize the in-person people connections in her life. Most importantly, she returned to her farming career recommitted and renewed—just in time to lead her organization through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Molly is the Founding Director of EarthDance Organic Farm School in Ferguson, Missouri, and the visionary who saved the oldest organic farm west of the Mississippi from development, transforming it into an educational platform for organic agriculture and community empowerment. A native of St. Louis, she resides in Ferguson near the farm. Her passion for good food includes social justice and equity; she believes that the most regenerative agriculture is inclusive of people from all backgrounds.


Laura Gosewisch, Vital Ground Farm

Episode 150: Laura Gosewisch on Taking Care of Your Body While Farming
Today’s episode in our Resilience series focuses on how to take care of the most important tool on our farms: our own bodies. Clinical massage therapist Laura Gosewisch shares her clinical knowledge alongside her own first-hand farming knowledge to help us “calibrate the compass of life” for holistic well-being.

In her practice, Laura supports people recovering from complex injuries. She and a partner run Vital Ground Farm, growing and selling vegetables, fruit, and herbs along with preserved foods at the Twin Cities Farmers Market under Minnesota’s cottage food law.



Cynthie Christensen with the Minnesota Advisory Council on Mental Health

Episode 149: Cynthie Christensen on Gratitude in Farming
Our Resilience series continues as Cynthie Christensen shares her perspective on cultivating gratitude in the daily farming routine. Cynthie’s resilience roots dig deep into her rural upbringing and childhood experiences, including the loss of the family farm and how that impacted her and inspired her role today as an advocate and educator in farmer mental health.

Cynthie is both a farmer and a licensed therapist with a passion for rural mental health. She has a private practice, Oak Ridge Teletherapy, and has worked as a psychiatric nurse in an inpatient hospital for the past 20 years. Cynthie has been connected to farming all her life. She is a graduate of the Minnesota Agricultural Rural Leadership Program and currently serves as the President of the Houston County Farm Bureau. Recently, she was appointed to the Minnesota Advisory Council on Mental Health.


Venice Williams of Alice's Garden

Venice Williams of Alice’s Garden

Episode 148: Venice Williams on Mindfulness in Farming
We continue our Resilience series this week with Venice Williams of Alice’s Garden. She shares her insights and inspiration on keeping grounded and mindful while farming.

“I have not met a woman farmer who is not passionate about her work,” she says. “It’s not a job. We’re not going to a job. We’re going to a vocation. Farming is a vocation that renews me every single day. It strengthens us. It excites us. We give ourselves way more tasks than we can ever accomplish in one season, which makes us eager for the next thing.”

Venice is the visionary leader of Alice’s Garden, located on the north side of Milwaukee, which models regenerative farming, community cultural development, and economic agricultural enterprises for the global landscape. Venice calls herself a cultural and spiritual midwife, strongly believing she was put in Creation to help bring forth all that is good and whole in people and places. She has been doing just that in Milwaukee for the past 31 years.



Episode 147: Meg Moynihan on Building Your Resilience Toolbox
We kick off our Resilience series with Meg Moynihan who knows a thing or two about resilience. She shares how her farm suddenly lost its milk buyer and the learnings she harvested through the experience. “Sometimes resilience is staying on the horse and in the saddle… Sometimes it’s getting up again after you fall off the horse. And, sometimes it’s knowing enough that, after you fall, you just need to lie there a while and regroup and recuperate before you can decide whether you run after the horse, get back on the horse, or sell the horse.”

Meg Moynihan leads the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s efforts to support farmers and others in agriculture who are experiencing financial, emotional, and mental stress in their lives and communities. Trained as an agronomist, Meg previously worked as a program director, educator, and evaluator. She also served with the U.S Peace Corps in Thailand. She and her husband, Kevin Stuedemann, own a diversified 70-cow organic dairy farm in Le Sueur County, Minnesota.

Learn more about our “Resilience Boot Camp.”

Lisa Kivirist, In Her Boots Coordinator

Episode 146: Lisa Kivirist on ‘Resilience Boot Camp’
Building resilience and supporting the mental and physical health of our women farmer community is a strong priority of the MOSES In Her Boots project. In today’s episode, host Lisa Kivirist shares thoughts on what it means to be resilient in the face of the current public health crisis and, really, every day. She also shares a preview of upcoming episodes in our 8-week “Resilience Boot Camp.” Listen in and decide if you’re a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean.

Learn more about our “Resilience Boot Camp.”


Lindsay Rebhan, Ecological Design

Episode 145: Lindsay Rebhan on Regenerative Agriculture
Today we wrap up our women caring for the land series with Lindsay Rebhan, taking a deep dive into regenerative agriculture—what it is and why it is important and how we as a community of women committed to sustainability can lead and champion the movement. As Lindsay points out, the important first step in permaculture is observing your land and seeing, understanding, and appreciating what the foundation you already have.

Lindsay Rebhan is a co-owner of Ecological Design, a certified permaculture designer and ecological consultant based in western Wisconsin. A specialist in agroecology, land design, and land management, Lindsay works with farmers, food nonprofits, and organizations to increase the ecological, human, animal, and economic wealth of land over time.


Patti Schevers, Schevers Farm

Episode 144: Patti Shevers on Returning to the Family Farm
We continue our conversations with women landowners passionate about conservation today with Patti Schevers, who returned to her family farm to steward the land for future generations. Patti offers advice on how to learn and self-educate when you’re new to conservation and, as in her case, do so in strong partnership with family.

Patti is the 4th generation stewarding Schevers Farm, located outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The property has been in her family since 1914 and the original 113 acres are all still intact. Patti and her husband, Bradley Burger, are initiating a variety of farm businesses including honey hives, chickens, and vegetables. Patti is leading a variety of conservation initiatives on the land in partnership with NRCS as well as operating a 3-site tent glamping campground on her parcel.


Deirdre Birmingham, The Cider Farm

Episode 143: Deirdre Birmingham on Farm Conservation
We continue our series about women doing conservation work on their land, talking today with Deirdre Birmingham of The Cider Farm. She shares her land stewardship journey and offers tips for tapping into agency expertise and various funding opportunities.

Deirdre Birmingham runs The Cider Farm with her husband, John Bondi, in Mineral Point Wisconsin. They raise organic English and French cider apples which are pressed into a variety of hard ciders and apple brandy, which you can sample at their tasting room in Madison. A life-long conservationist, Deirdre has worked extensively to add conservation practices to her land, including plantings to benefit pollinators to keep the orchard producing bountiful apples.



Jennifer Filipiak of the Driftless Area Land Conservancy

Episode 142: Jennifer Filipiak on Land Trusts
Today on our In Her Boots podcast, we’re talking about tools for land conservation with Jennifer Filipiak of the Driftless Area Land Conservancy. A champion for women landowners, Jen explains what a conservation easement is and how this can be an important tool to strategically preserve your land with your conservation goals in mind. Want to keep your farm in agriculture and protect it from development? Listen in for ideas and resources.

Jennifer Filipiak serves as Executive Director of the Driftless Area Land Conservancy, a land trust in Southwest Wisconsin dedicated to protecting the natural and agricultural landscape through permanent land protection and restoration. Jen and her husband, Pete, recently bought a farm in Lafayette County and jumped into the challenges of restoring fencing and old barns.



Thelma Heidel-Baker of Bossie Cow Farm

Episode 141: Thelma Heidel-Baker on Caring for the Land
As part of our special “Women Caring for the Land” series, we’re talking today with Thelma Heidel-Baker of Bossie Cow Farm in Wisconsin. Thelma shares how she detoured from an academic career in entomology—she’s actually a bug doctor with her Ph.D.—to return to her family farm to re-craft a livelihood for her young family. Thelma’s passion for conservation shines as she gives us practical advice on setting up conservation strategies, noting that land stewardship is a journey. She encourages us to follow what naturally fascinates us…which, in her case, is insects.

Thelma Heidel-Baker and her husband, Ricky Baker, run Bossie Cow Farm, a small, diversified organic dairy farm amidst the rolling hills of southeastern Wisconsin. Using managed rotational grazing to take care of the land and feed their livestock, Thelma and Ricky also sell organic farm products such as beef, eggs, chicken, and pork direct to local customers.

Dr. Jean Eells

Dr. Jean Eells

Episode 140: Dr. Jean Eells on Conservation Plans for Women Landowners
Dr. Jean Eells talks about women landowners and their historic roles on farms, sharing tips based on her research into the best ways to help these landowners learn about conservation practices they can put into practice on their land. If you’re a woman who owns land you farm or rent out or you work in conservation programs, listen in to hear about ways we can encourage conservation practices.

Dr. Jean Eells operates E Resources Group, an evaluation and research business working with private businesses, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations to facilitate and evaluate projects to improve success. She has pioneered a model of outreach to women landowners used by many states and organizations and is a leader in how to best reach and support women in achieving their conservation goals. A landowner in central Iowa, she is working with her family and the tenant farmer to incorporate more conservation practices, like no-till and cover crops.


Episode 139: Stories from Women Caring for the Land
The In Her Boots podcast now has more than 130 episodes featuring women who are changing the food system for the better. Today, host Lisa Kivirist takes a look at the focus of our In Her Boots programming and offers a glimpse of what to expect on the show in the coming weeks.

Betty Anderson (and her ‘house’ cow) of The Old Smith Place in Brodhead, Wisconsin


Episode 138: Betty Anderson on Caring for Ourselves
We are wrapping up our series with Betty Anderson talking about ways we can take care of themselves. She shares how serving in the military impacts her farming career and how she found healing for PTSD with her hands in the soil.

Join Episode 137: Add Jams and Jellies to your Business Mix
Join us today for another conversation with farmer Betty Anderson of The Old Smith Place as she shares how she added an income stream for her farm by selling jams and jellies under Wisconsin’s cottage food law. Her signature creations have unique flavors (Ever try corn cob jelly?) that make good use of the produce she grows on the farm.

Episode 136: Tips to Diversify your Farm Business from Betty Anderson
“A funny thing happened on my way to the supermarket…I became a farmer.” On today’s episode, Wisconsin farmer Betty Anderson shares the role diversification plays in her farm operation. Hear her advice for strategically saying “no” to some things while amplifying what you’ve said “yes” to and taking care of yourself in the process.

Episode 135: My Farm Story with Betty Anderson
We kick off a new series with Betty Anderson of The Old Smith Place, a diversified farm in southern Wisconsin. Before starting her farm with her husband, Betty served as a cryptologist in the military and lived all over the world. She talks about the importance of finding your tribe and creating a “no judgment zone” when we connect with other women farmers.

Betty Anderson and her husband, Dane, are the current stewards at The Old Smith Place outside Brodhead, Wisconsin. Their 40-acre farm is home to goats, chickens, ducks, guinea fowl, and a Jersey “house” cow. Betty is a Navy veteran and a beginning farmer who sells her jams and other canned items under Wisconsin’s cottage food law.


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BONUS Episode: Market Farming in a Pandemic
From the all-new MOSES Organic Farming Podcast, here’s an episode with vegetable growers Katie Bishop and Rebecca Henderson on what they’re doing in light of coronavirus, as well as online marketing expert Janelle Maiocco on how to quickly get started in online sales.

Inga Witscher from PBS show “Around the Farm Table”

Episode 134: Inga Witscher with Tips on Sharing Your Farm Story
We are wrapping up our series with Inga Witscher of Around the Farm Table, talking today about communications strategies for women farmers to share our stories. Hear her tips and ideas to present your best barn boot forward when the media visit your farm and advice on feeling comfortable on camera from her seasoned experience hosting the TV show Around the Farm Table.

Episode 133: Inga Witscher on Cultivating Resilience
We’re continuing with Inga Witscher of Around the Farm Table and St. Isidore’s Farmstead Creamery as she shares her personal experience dealing with disaster when her barn and new creamery project burned to the ground. Listen to her inspiring story of resilience, self-care, and the importance of community support to heal and rebuild even stronger.

Episode 132: Inga Witscher on Running a Diversified Farm
Today, we dig into a topic near and dear to Inga Witscher: running a diversified farm business. Hear about enterprises she has tried—like a farmstay B&B and growing garlic—that turned out weren’t right for her but provided good lessons.

Episode 131: My Farm Story with Inga Witscher
Inga Witcher of the national show “Around the Farm Table” shares her inspiring farm story, which includes family roots in dairy, a few detours, experience getting a beginning farming loan from FSA, and how she’s running a small dairy farm today while hosting a national TV show.

Inga Witscher is a fourth-generation dairy farmer who owns and operates a micro-dairy in western Wisconsin, turning the milk from her 8 grass-fed cows into a raw milk cheddar. She is also the co-creator and host of the PBS series “Around the Farm Table,” highlighting Midwestern farms and artisan food producers.


FL Morris, Grassroots Farm in Monroe, Wisconsin

Episode 130: FL Morris on CBD Production
We are wrapping up our series with FL Morris of Grassroots Farm diving into a newer passion of hers: CBD production. Are you curious about growing hemp and need the basics? This is the episode for you as FL navigates us through key terms, things to think about, and future opportunities.

Episode 129: FL Morris on Taking a Farm Sabbatical
We’re back with FL Morris of Grassroots Farm to talk about an important detour in her farming career: a year-long sabbatical off her farm. Hear about the insights she gained from working on farms on the west coast for a year and how the sabbatical fueled her commitment to her farm. If you’re worried about farming burnout, this is the episode for you!

Episode 128: FL Morris on Managing Risk with a Community Food Hub
We’re continuing our series with FL Morris of Grassroots Farm as she talks about how to manage risk and make smart decisions in a regional food hub. Embrace the fact that change is constant advises FL, especially embracing that our climate is increasingly changing and unpredictable. Hear her evolution with CSA and how embracing cooperative strategies helps mitigate risk.

Episode 127: My Farm Story with FL Morris
We’re starting a new series with FL Morris of Grassroots Farm in Monroe, Wisconsin. Today, she shares how she went from an art degree to a career in organic farming. She offers a dose of inspiration that we don’t need to have our whole farming career figured out, but rather take things step-by-step and follow our hearts.

FL Morris is a first-generation farmer, running Grassroots Farm in Monroe, Wisconsin, where she grows certified organic vegetables and raises pastured livestock. FL is a founding member, president and membership director of the South Central Wisconsin Hemp Cooperative, the first organic farmer-led hemp cooperative in the state.

Kelly Placke-Raaum of Placke Organic Acres and Organic Valley Cooperative

Episode 126: Kelly Placke-Raaum on Farm Evolution & Diversification
We are wrapping up our series with Kelly Placke-Raaum of Placke Organic Acres, talking about how she embraces diversity as part of her business plan. Learn how she adds new ideas and creativity into her farm business in between the daily running of the dairy.

Episode 125: Kelly Plack-Raaum on Cover Crops as Forage
Join us today for another conversation with farmer Kelly Placke-Raaum of Placke Organic Acres as she shares her passion for soil health—everything depends on healthy soil. Hear how she manages risk by building soil fertility through cover crops and how this works into winter feed for the cows.

Episode 124: Communicating Your Farm Story
On today’s episode, hear how Kelly Placke-Raaum talks about her farming story and connection to organics in various settings from the media to conversations with conventional ag farmers. Kelly has found anyone can spout facts and figures, but it’s what lights your fire that moves people.

Episode 123: My Farm Story with Kelly Placke-Raaum
Kelly Placke-Raaum is the herdswoman on her family’s dairy farm outside of Cuba City, Wisconsin. Their farm has been certified organic since 1996. They currently produce small grains, beef, and grassmilk for Organic Valley. Kelly shares how her journey came full circle, from growing up on the first organic farm in her county to earning an art degree and living in the southwest to coming back to join the family dairy.


Barb Perkins of Vermont Valley Community Farm

Episode 122: Barb Perkins on a Safe Farm Environment for Workers
We are wrapping up our In Her Boots podcast series with Barb Perkins of Vermont Valley Farm talking about how to keep workers safe on our farms. Barb reflects on things to think about when moving to paid staff and the role worker-shares played on her farm. Listen in for ideas to use on your farm to keep workers safe.

Episode 121: Barb Perkins on Risk Management with CSA
In this episode, Barb Perkins of Vermont Valley Community Farm explains how the CSA model manages risk in her regional food hub of Madison. Highlights of today’s conversation include making the most of space by succession planting and the all-important “C” in CSA: community. Barb shares ways she involved their CSA members as partners in their farm.

Episode 120: Farm Transition with Barb Perkins
We’re back with Barb Perkins of Vermont Valley Community Farm to hear about her next life chapter after the farm’s last growing season in 2018. Barb shares the challenging thought process she went through to define what retirement from farming looks like. She explains how she’s had to learn to listen to her body as she grows older and joyfully embrace what’s next after decades of running an intense CSA business.

Episode 119: My Farm Story with Barb Perkins
Barb Perkins left the city and her criminal justice degree to start farming with her husband, David, in 1994. The two of them pioneered Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the Midwest. Here, she shares how she got into farming and became enamored of the CSA concept, and how they grew a successful CSA at a time without email, websites, or social media.

Barb Perkins and her husband, David, ran Vermont Valley Community Farm CSA from 1994 through 2018. The farm, near Madison, Wisconsin, was one of the first CSAs in the state and one of the largest. The farm engaged its members in many ways and became a vibrant community over the years. Barb is an advocate for CSA and an educator for CSA farmers and the community. Barb and David retired the CSA after 24 amazing seasons. Vermont Valley continues to grow and sell certified organic seed potatoes.

Jen Riemer of Riemer Family Farm

Episode 118: Reducing Business Risk through Value-Added Meat Products
We are finishing up our series with Jen Riemer of Riemer Family Farm talking about how value-added meat products add to the farm’s business mix and help the family farm manage risk. Jen explains the challenge of finding processors to produce their value-added products, such as sausage sticks and ground turkey, and explores opportunities for more ready-to-eat meat product options for today’s busy consumers.

Episode 117: Jen Riemer on Caring for Land for the Long Game
What can you do now to improve your land for years to come? Listen in as Jen Riemer of Riemer Family Farm in Wisconsin explains her family’s systems-based, holistic approach to nurturing the land for the long term. Livestock and cover crops play big roles! We discuss our appreciation for diversity and how our nurturing instincts serve us well in farming.

Episode 116: Cover Crops for Livestock Forage with Jen Riemer
We’re back with Jen Riemer to talk about the importance of diversity on the farm. Jen shares how she uses cover crops to build healthy soil, and adds value/fertility by using cover crops as livestock forage—wins all around!

Episode 115: My Farm Story with Jen Riemer
Jen Riemer shares how she, a former vegetarian, grew into a passionate rancher and steward of the land. Hear her inspiring story of moving from the Chicago suburbs and a regular paycheck to her husband’s family farm 10 years ago, and how her first MOSES Conference gave her the confidence to take that leap. Jen Riemer and her family have a regenerative and diverse livestock farm selling pastured, farm-fresh meat and eggs directly from Riemer Family Farm in south-central Wisconsin. Jen’s family is transitioning the farm from a commodity beef and crop operation to 100% grass-fed beef and lamb as well as pastured poultry and hogs. She focuses on regenerating soil and bringing diverse ecology back to the land.


Rachel Armstrong of Farm Commons

Episode 114: Farm Law—How Diversifying Your Business Impacts Labor Rules
We wrap up our farm law series with this bonus episode with Rachel Armstrong as she helps us navigate employment rules when we venture outside of farming into value-added products, on-farm food service, offering classes, etc. While this diversification is great for spreading risk over a broad range of enterprises, it changes the rules for paying employees. Hear Rachel’s recommendations to help you avoid issues.

Episode 113: Farm Help—Legal Aspects of Hired Hands & Volunteers
Today, Rachel Armstrong helps us understand “human risk” on our specialty crop farms. Learn about the different categories of labor, from volunteers to paid staff, and how to navigate legally and safely for everyone.

Episode 112: Navigating Risks when Marketing Value-Added Products
We continue our series with Rachel Armstrong of Farm Commons talking about empowering women farmers to take charge of our businesses and manage risk effectively. Farming is unpredictable with variables we cannot control. Rachel helps us navigate and plan for what we can control, with a particular focus today on direct marketing value-added products.

Episode 111: Find the Sweet Spot with a Regional Food Hub
We’re back with Rachel Armstrong of Farm Commons to talk about legal issues on the farm and dig into the concept of risk and how to manage that. Rachel explains how marketing through a regional food hub can be “the sweet spot” for farmers, providing the right amount of support so they can hit a home run in the farming business.

Episode 110: Rachel Armstrong, Farm Commons Founder – My Story
We kick off a new series with Rachel Armstrong, who grew up on a farm in Minnesota, headed off to law school, then saw the need for legal education for farmers and founded the nonprofit Farm Commons. Rachel’s story reminds us that there are many roles for women in the sustainable agriculture world and to experiment, research and—as she did—create new things that support our good food movement.

Rachel is the founder and Executive Director of Farm Commons, a nonprofit that empowers farmers to understand and create their own solutions to business law challenges in an ecosystem of support. She strives to make farm law approachable and relevant to every farmer.

Halee Wepking of Meadowlark Organics

Episode 109: Halee Wepking on Opportunities for Women in Local Grain
We are finishing up our In Her Boots series with Halee Wepking of Meadowlark Organics, talking about the bright future of organic local grains and the role women can play. From planting regional-specific grains to starting a mill, there are lots of business opportunities to think about.

Episode 108: Halee Wepking on Marketing Local Grains
We continue with Halee Wepking of Meadowlark Organics to talk about how she direct markets organic grains to local bakeries and consumers. There are legalities to navigate, she cautions, as she shares how important it is to educate bakers when you’re trying to sell them on grains that are new to them.

Episode 107: Halee Wepking on Marketing through Local Food Hub to Manage Risk
Artisanal bakers and craft brewers have created a demand for local grains. Halee Wepking of Meadowlark Organics explains how to access these markets and manage risk by marketing through a regional food hub.

Episode 106: My Farm Story with Halee Wepking
Today we sit down with Halee Wepking as she shares how a Craigslist ad and a unique land transition plan launched her family’s farm, Meadowlark Organics. From a degree in modern dance to stints as a professional cook, Halee’s inspiring journey reminds us to follow our heart and stay open to opportunities.

Halee Wepking and her husband, John, run Meadowlark Organics, working with Paul Bickford on his 800-acre farm, shifting the focus from organic feed crops to a diversity of food-grade small grains, buckwheat, edible dry beans, and open-pollinated corn. Halee is mom to two young kids, Henry and Lyda, and also manages a grass-fed beef herd.


Marie Raboin, Brix Cider, Mount Horeb, Wis.

Episode 105: Risk Mitigation With Cover Crops
For our last episode with Marie Raboin of Brix Cider, we tap into her conservation expertise and learn about smartly using cover crops as livestock forage and how that helps your business bottom line while building soil fertility.

Episode 104: Advice on Managing Workers with Marie Raboin
We are back with Marie Raboin of Brix Cider on how she manages staff in the orchard and the rest of her businesses. Learn how to identify and manage human risks on a specialty crop farm like hers, and, how to retain employees by keeping it all fun in the process.

Episode 103: Advice on Managing Legal Risk with Marie Raboin of Brix Cider
Every business, including a farm, has legal risks associated with it. Hear how Marie identifies and manages legal risks in running her farm and cider business. Find and hire the experts, advises Marie. Even if you pay more upfront, it will definitely payback in the long term when direct marketing value-added products.

Episode 102: My Farm Story with Marie Raboin of Brix Cider
Get a dose of entrepreneurial inspiration as we hear how Marie Raboin of Brix Cider launched an orchard, hard cider company, and farm-to-table restaurant in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Marie explains how she learned to ask for help, embrace the unknown, and tap into a collaborative women farmer network.

Marie Raboin runs Brix Cider, a hard cider company, farm-to-table restaurant and small orchard with her husband, Matt. They’re also raising two young kids, Teddy and Vera. Marie has worked in conservation agriculture for over 15 years with organizations such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Land Conservation, and UW Extension. She also was the director of agroecology for an NGO in Malawi, Africa. With degrees in soil science and agroecology, Marie has focused her work on supporting farmers that practice conservation agriculture, specifically managed grazing and cover cropping systems.


Clare Hintz, Elsewhere Farm, Herbster, Wis.

Episode 101: Clare Hintz on Managing Risk with Cover Crops
Everyone’s talking about cover crops. In this conversation, farmer Clare Hintz of Elsewhere Farm shares how she uses cover crops for livestock forage. Take a “birds-eye” view of her farm and “see” her American Guinea hogs and how she employs them and other means to add soil fertility and control pests in her perennial fruit orchard.

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 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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