Oscar Chavez of Microledon Farm stepped in as a guest host for the Bootstrap Farmer Radio Podcast. Oscar owns Microledon Farm with his wife Michele where they focus on sustainable growing. The focus on their farm is providing nutritious food for their community. Oscar shares many of his personal farming insight's throughout his interviews along with his passion for nutrition.
Oscar interviews Jesse Frost of the No-till Market Garden Podcast. They discuss biodynamic farming practices; Fukuoka farming, Korean natural farming, and cover cropping. Jesse Frost covers their differences and advantages how to go about adapting them into your own operation.
Frost believes that the benefits of No Till help to increase the resilience of your farm. No Till has been touted as a method that improves soil health, water retention, and decreases the soil erosion. Hoop Tunnels were also discussed as a direction that farms are moving to increase productivity and consistency.
Oscar is back to host another episode, this time with Ray Tyler of Rose Creek Farms in TN. They discuss many aspects of starting and building a year-round lettuce producing farm and the importance of mentors in the process.
"It's easier to upsale to an existing client, than to sell to a new client" Ray Tyler.
Rose Creek Farms pivoted from a large amount of variety, into more of a niche market. Tyler talks about how he transitioned into grocery stores sales and the benefits to this sale's channel.
Oscar Chavez interviews Nathan Cash of On the Acre. Oscar and Nathan discuss microgreen distribution, microgreen experiments, trials, and data collection. Nathan talks about his first sales to chefs and collaborating with bartenders for microgreen projects.
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Ryan Pierce of Fresh Impact Farms and Guest Host Oscar Chavez sat down for a reality check that will leave you inspired and proud to be a part of agriculture.
"We need to find ways to attract the best and the brightest to this industry.."
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Guest Host Oscar Chavez sat down with fellow beginning farmers Alicia & Oaken Beeson of Wispy Greens to discuss working through a proof of concept for their new farm venture. Wispy Greens started their venture in order to provide their family with healthy, sustainable produce for their family. Converting their third garage stall into a hydroponic operation has enabled them to grow over 300 heads of lettuce, microgreens, and herbs from their space to supply food for approximately 50 clients. Their sale's channel is primarily direct to consumers with very little restaurant sales.
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Inside how Michele Madison of Farming the Future created a profitable business with aquaponics by teaching STEM to Title 1 schools. Michele focuses on aquaponics, terrestrial gardening, and hydroponics in order to grow food in food deserts.
Finding much disparity in the access to fresh foods for kids in Title 1 schools, she sought to make a change. She discusses the barriers that she encountered when trying to add fresh produce into school lunches. Creating Farming the Future made this possible.