Here's a suggestion for the podcast: Once you've decided on a speaker and they've agreed to participate, let the listeners know the podcast is coming, and ask us what questions we would like you to ask of this speaker. This isn't a criticism, Jesse - I think you're doing a great job on the interviews. Still, no one can think of every question that might be asked, so putting more brains to work on the problem might be a good thing.
These are great, y'all. And David, I did do that a little this year with the Patreons (as a perk of sorts) with a spoiler alert for those who didn't want to know who the guest would be. I like that though. I wish I could do longer form as well. I would love that. I would also need to take up a massive amount of time from the other farmer so that is sonething I always weigh considering they are lending me their time and rarely promoting something. I'll just do a second podcast! #NBD
I think that the transition to making our own compost as much as possible is a challenge a lot of us as no till growers are looking at these days. The cost of compost is pretty low - $15 a cubic yard here for very nice local stuff - but as you mentioned in one of your videos, it adds up to a substantial cost input. I'd love to hear interviews with folks who have transitioned from bringing in compost/mulch to creating their own on farm at a larger scale. ASP, Vermicomposting, where and how to collect N and C inputs, windrows and turning, etc.
I’d love to hear an episode about the business side of things. What CRM software and/or farm management programs do people use? What are options for small, medium and established farms? What business tools are really helpful for staying organized and planning?
Would also love to see an episode that gets into the nyts and bolts of irrigation on four season farms in cold climates. How do people get around lines freezing?
Apparently I shouldn’t let Siri type for me. Sorry for the typos!
Haha, no worries. Great tips, everyone. I will keep all this in mind going forward. Irrigation is especially interesting. Thanks!
Greenhouse, hoop house, Cat tunnel...what, when, where....etc.. I would love to find someone down South to school me on what is needed based on climate, time of year, etc...The materials such as what mil plastic, and what degree of shade cloth at various times of year. Oh and how season extension works down South. I got lots o questions ;) Appreciate asking for feedback, and love the job you are doing.
I second this! As a Southern grower, I'd like to hear from other Southern growers about controlling for oppressive heat, heavy red clay soil management, pest and disease control.
One thing I have always loved about listening to Farmer to Farmer is how many interviews he did with couples/partners - love the two different perspectives on the same farm, and it brings in more female voices too.
No till cut flowers. Where you at?
Also successful plant breeding practices and/or farms that are saving their own seed or a large portion of.
Yes! Second on the no till cut flowers and care for both perennial and annual cut flowers.
All great suggestions. Definitely going to cover cut flower. Definitely more couples (noe that I have a better system for it). Four season growing will come up and as for greenhouse production in the south I'll see what I can find! Thanks, Y'all!
Thank you for all you do Jesse!
Overall the podcast has been fantastic, thank you Jesse. First of all I would love it if the episodes were longer form such as 90 - 180 minute podcasts. I get it, I'm asking you to do way more work (We need to get that Patreon up!) however even if they were just 30 minutes longer I think it would not only make the interview more candid and more conversational but it would also loosen up the person being interviewed and it wouldn't feel like there as much pressure. In regards to asking the farmer to sit down for a longer period of time most farmers I know are always very happy to talk and talk about their farms and unless you're asking to interview them during their busiest season I doubt you'd have many problems. Second, I'd love to hear more about the business side of things as in how viable is their farm actually when it comes to finances, and then things such as how they are using their No-Till growing practices for marketing and selling more product. I get that you're not the guy who is big into business, however for people like me who are and then others who are get ting started and don't know much about business in general I think it would be very helpful. Lastly, I'd love to hear more when it comes to context surrounding the farm (ie: what the market is like, backstory behind their farm, total screwups, etc). The episode you did with Brooke was a great example of what I am referring to. She really laid it on the table that they weren't dealt a great hand when it comes to the situation in which they are farming, however they're making an incredible go of it. Thanks for asking for feedback. I always feel like a jerk when I volunteer feedback that isn't always "This podcast is perfect!"
Thanks, Dawson. I am happy to make the episodes longer! Will certainly help when I can pay for that audio assistance (thank you for your support in that endeavor!) I'm not anti business but you're right that it doesn't interest me as much as other things. I do think it's good for context, though. In longer interviews I think it would be more worth exploring in depth. I love the critique. I always appreciate this kind of honest feedback--a million attaboys is not worth half of one good criticism. Thanks, man!
Hey, don't know of it's a bug or a feature but when you go to the podcast page on the ntg website there only show a limited number of episodes, it would be nice to see all of them in one place not to have to rummage through the blog should one be looking for a given episode...
Cool. We'll work on that! CC Jackson
It's been added to the 'to-do' list, thanks for letting me know! We'll get that updated soon.