Author Archives: FRAN

Sharkfarmer Podcast – Merry Christmas

Here it is…. The Christmas episode!!!
From John Deere colored trees to present shaming… this one has it all
Merry Christmas!!!!!

Stories from
Mark Kannmacher

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: All plugged up and nowhere to go!

A simple way to diagnose a restricted exhaust system.

Salt of the Earth Podcast -Dr. Patrick Wall

In this podcast episode, I speak with Dr. Patrick Wall, Professor of Public Health at University College Dublin. Professor Wall qualified in Veterinary Medicine in UCD and in Human Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. In addition, Professor Wall was the first Chief Executive of the Irish Food Safety Authority and the second Chairperson of the European Food Safety Authority, a pan-EU Agency with a remit on food safety for the entire food and feed supply chains.

Future of Agriculture Podcast – Finding a Niche in Endive Farming with Rich Collins

Richard Collins is the owner of California Endive Farms, a farming operation that specializes in growing endive, a vegetable of the chicory family that is so special, it’s grown twice. Due to the strict conditions and labor-intensive manner of growing it, the endive was deemed a rare crop to produce. However, Rich took advantage of this fact and decided to niche down and focus on building a farming business around it. Today, California Endive Farms is still the largest American endive grower.

Rich joins us to share the story of how he learned about the endive plant and what made him decide to grow such a complicated crop. He explains what endives are, why they’re difficult to grow, and the market potential it has. He describes the various factors they have to consider and how they manage to control them on their farm. Rich also shares why there’s hardly any competition for them when it comes to growing endive.

“There’s a huge window of opportunity for us to grow crops in a much more rational manner with respect to soil and water resources.” – Rich Collins

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Rich’s journey in the ag industry and the people who influenced his business decisions.
  • What endive is, why it needs to grow in the absence of light, and the difficulty in farming it.
  • What the market is like for endive, its uses, and its health benefits.
  • How marketable is it growing endive as a primary source of income?
  • The factors that influence endive growth and the conditions they control.
  • Finding a niche like endive farming today compared to what it was like decades ago.
  • The competition for endive growing and why they hardly have competition.
  • The costs of growing endive and why it’s not easy to automate.

Connect with Rich Collins

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Suzanne Swift-Cook first generation farmer

Imagine living in a camper with 6 kids and your spouse…

listen as I talk to Suzanne Swift-Cook, first generation farme

What the Farm Podcast – Scott Powell Christmas Tree Star

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: I work best under pressure…the engine coolant said!

The lowly radiator pressure cap does more than you think.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Wheelock Fruits

Wexford strawberries are known the length and breadth of Ireland, but timing and location can prove important factors in deciding where to grow and sell them.  Here strawberry grower, Cyril Wheelock from Wheelock Fruit Farm in Co. Wexford tells how has recently diversified his fruit farm into a farm shop and restaurant, providing some insight and background into what is a relatively unique development within Ireland.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Don’t tune me out!

The modern light-duty diesel needs to be tuned. Ray Bohacz tells you how!

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Christmas 2019. The second annual gift guide

Click here for gift suggestions for this year. Click here for gift suggestions from last year