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This week "Pa Mac" from the Farm Hand's Companion joins Scott M Terry for some backwoods conversation about all sorts of things. Promises to be a great show. Be sure to log into the chat room so you can join the fun!
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Its been another busy week on the farm. Scott talks about some of whats been going on, including the decision to switch over to raised bed gardening and why it might or might not be a good idea for you. Also plan cover some questions from listeners.
John Moody, a board member of The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, joins us to talk about the organization and what it does to protect small farmers and consumers. We will also talk about some recent legal cases involving small farmers, what the future of local food looks like and what you can do to help the cause.
The Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Board of Directors hosts U.S. Senate candidates Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) and Mitch McConnell (R) at a “Measure the Candidates” forum on Wednesday, August 20, in Louisville. The candidates an opportunity to share their views and solutions for current agricultural and rural issues.“Measure the Candidates” is a forum, not a debate, and open only to the KFB Board of Directors, selected staff and members of the press.
Created and founded by Mary Blackmon, Farm Star Living is the first of its kind – a new lifestyle brand celebrating both the lives of real farmers and the farming lifestyle in general so that people everywhere can better understand, appreciate and support farmers and the world of farming.
Mary is a 3rd generation farmer from Arkansas, who left her hometown to pursue college and a career in advertising sales and marketing in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York City. She worked for publishing houses and internet companies (Wired, Walt Disney Internet Group). In NYC in 2002, she founded Spa-Addicts.com, the first national discount site for the spa & wellness industry. She grew it into a multi-million dollar business and a leader in the industry, and attracted hundreds of thousands of women as well as sponsors.
In 2008, however, she learned most of her family farm bordering Ark / LA would be sold. Not wanting to lose the family heritage and farmland her family before her had so cherished, Mary, along with the support of her brother Douglas, was adamant to preserve and keep the remaining farmland. She then began making changes in her life so that she could move from Los Angeles back South in order to keep, operate and run the farm. She bought back her grandparents house and renovated it, and discovered that “saving the family farm” had changed her life forever – and for the better. Today she admits that she is happier than ever & inspired, loving the farming business and now launching Farm Star Living, which she felt compelled to create for the good of farming and the people she has met along her new path. She hopes that Farm Star Living will provide farmers the respect, acknowledgment and support they so deserve and attract new farmers as well as support the current ones.
Scott talks about last week's trip to PA and NY's southern tier where he visited a friend's new farm and stopped by the old homestead in the hills. We will also have live reporting from the Redeeming The Dirt Conference.
The Fancy Farm Picnic, hosted by St. Jerome's Catholic Church, is held annually in the town of Fancy Farm, Ky
Grimes blasted McConnell as having gone Washington, pushing the refrain that instead of District of Columbia, D.C. stands for "doesn't care."With hundreds of the 20,000 picnic-goers looking on, Grimes shouted: "What a huge crowd for Sen. McConnell's retirement party. Lexington Herald-Leader
Most homesteaders are looking for ways to generate income from home. This week Leah Keller, from Sew Unique Homestead, joins Scott to talk about her home business producing and selling sewn and crocheted clothing. Learn about Leah's business, how she got started, challenges facing small home based business and more. We will also talk about her latest creation, American made fur trapper hats! Be sure to log into the chat room if you have any questions for Leah.
Peter Greenberg travels to Northern California's Heritage House Resort in Mendocino. He sits down with Pennyroyal Farm owner Sarah Cahn Bennett to discuss the bounteous land of NorCal. They also talk about the vineyard and why Northern California is one of the best locations for growing grapes and what makes the land special. Sarah Cahn Bennett, a Mendocino native, also talks about the hard work it takes to run and sustain a farm.
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