Episode #156: The Future of Food and Farming

In Part II of this two-part series, Frank Aragona concludes his interview with Tom Giessel, who is the honorary historian of the National Farmer’s Union. Tom begins with a brief foray into the history and status of farmer cooperatives, and … Continue reading

Episode #131: Spiral Ridge Permaculture

Frank is joined by Cliff Davis of Spiral Ridge Permaculture. Cliff begins by breaking down the natural history, forest composition, soil types, and topography of his permaculture farm in central Tennessee. The topic then shifts to permacultural strategies for success in this challenging environment, and concludes with a discussion of the political challenges of a establishing a permanent culture in a damaged society.

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Episode #126: The Paicines Ranch

Frank is joined by Sallie Calhoun, Owner/Executive Director of the Paicines Ranch.   Sallie is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Holistic Management International, and is a passionate practitioner of and advocate for Holistic Management.  Please visit … Continue reading

Episode #125: Holistic Management in Saskatchewan

Frank is joined by Blain Hjertaas, farmer, rancher, and Holistic Management Practitioner in Saskatchewan, Canada. Blain tells what is now the familiar tale of a high input farmer making the transition to low-input, holistic agriculture and seeing vast improvements in … Continue reading

Episode #122: Inadvertently Organic

Rancher and Holistic Management Practitioner Walt Davis joins us to talk about his transition from a high, input technology intensive cattle rancher to an observation-based, ecological holistic manager. Topics of discussion include the economics of input-intensive agriculture, controlling parasites through … Continue reading

Episode #118: Cowherd Management

Herder, low stress livestock handler, and cowboy poet Bob Kinford joins us to talk about herding as a strategy for improved grazing planning and management. Topics of discussion include the ecological, economic, wildlife, and animal performance advantages of herding grazing … Continue reading