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Keeping Ag Real – KeepingAgReal Enters the Terrible Two’s | Happy Birthday Edition

We are celebrating with a guest host on this week’s episode of Keeping Ag Real.

The mission: Provide the listeners with a better look at my personality by inviting a guest host to interview me, myself and I.

The result: She or he makes me laugh until my stomach hurts. And, has a heck of a time telling us all that Keeping Ag Real is part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network.

Thank you to everyone’s support this last year! I can’t wait to see what is in store for year two.

Take a listen!

Keeping Ag Real – You asked, we’re delivering. Food Truck Nation, Kiosks & Fresh Smoothie Machines

Have you heard of Its a wealth of knowledge for anyone interested in the multi-faceted restaurant and food sectors. The selection of topics which are covered by Fast Casual was too extensive so we asked Twitter, what they’d like to learn more about.

Food Truck Nation was an easy winner, winner, chicken dinner. Jenny had the opportunity to meet with Cherryh Cansler, Managing Editor of They talk about the ever growing food truck movement and how it could revolutionize Jenny’s smalltown baseball concession stand. Cherryh shares new technologies on the food scene (ie., Fresh Fruit/Veggie Smoothies) and the controversy behind kiosk ordering – think ATM machine meets McDonalds.

Time stamps:

  • 1:00 – What does Fast Casual mean?
  • 2:10 – How have food trucks changed the food scene? Even Arby’s has a food truck!
  • 3:03 – Making seafood sexy
  • 5:30 – Food trucks and baseball. The perfect match?
  • 6:40 – There are only so many hot dogs you can eat during a baseball season. Are you with me?
  • 7:30 – Food trucks are the new thing for wedding receptions!?
  • 7:51 – Jeremy Wolf
  • 9:04 – The Rock Stars of Social Media
  • 9:40 – New technologies for Fresh Fruit Smoothies
  • 10:55 – Great news! Food ordering kiosks are not putting people out of work
  • 12:08 – How has technology impacted mom and pop businesses?
  • 13:17 – Let’s talk about food waste – with smoothie and salad machines increase food waster?


Find additional information about today’s guest, CherryH Cansler, visit

  • @CherryhFastCas on Twitter

Keeping Ag Real – How are children in urban areas learning about agriculture?

In the agriculture community, we often hear that someone needs to be teaching children about agriculture. In this segment around community gardens and urban farms, we discover that someone is educating children about agriculture. Listen to find out more.

Time stamps:

  • 1:50-Investing in urban communities & background on Natasha Nicholes’ community garden
  • 2:33-Her husband says hits the brakes…a little.
  • 3:00-The cost of soil testing in Chicago limits
  • 3:50-Harry Connick Jr. raises the bed bar
  • 5:10-Kids motivating parents through urban farming
  • 6:10-Storytime
  • 6:45-Natasha’s seven year old begins a kid edible garden program at the famous Morton Arboretum 
  • 8:20-Morton Arboretum features childrens’ garden
  • 9:15-We Sow We Grow Facebook group
  • 10:45-Correlation between urban agriculture farms and the education children are receiving
  • 15:18-Who are the people behind urban farms?
  • 15:45-The missed opportunity

Keeping Ag Real – Grocery Store Guru Gracie Weinzierl | Destination grocery shopping, local foods & funny stuff at farmers markets.

This week’s episode of Keeping Ag Real, steps off a new segment called “Grocery Store Gurus.” Gracie Weinzierl returns as a co-host to chat about destination grocery shopping, misleading local food labeling and funny stuff at farmers’ markets.

Keeping Ag Real – Improving food buying decisions: How can @Wal-mart @Xerox @McDonalds @EnvDefenseFund and more work together?

They always say, it takes a village and that village just expanded. There is a new player in the agriculture advocacy world. Today’s guest is Nate Birt from Farm Journal’s Trust In Food initiative. This new effort kicks-off with the Trust In Food Symposium, Jan. 23-24, in Chicago.

Nate shares about the goals of Trust In Food, how they feel this effort is different than any other and the intense collaboration. The initiative brings together farmers, ranchers, growers, agribusinesses, food companies, food marketing folks, conservation and more.

Keeping Ag Real – Meet my sister, an Operational Excellence Coach (aka, coaches corporations on the evolving needs of customers)

Thanks again for listening to Keeping Ag Real! Your loyalty and continued support is greatly appreciated!

This week I interviewed my non-agriculture, city dwelling sister – for good reason. Her career path is in the area of Operational Excellence Coaching. What does that mean? Take a listen.

We play a word association game, I explain what GMO means and we toss a little shade at each other. Most importantly she offers perspectives we may not normally hear.

Keeping Ag Real – Part 2: What do Harry Connick Jr., Klout Scores & Kelly Clarkson have in common? @NatashaNicholes

This is part 2 of a great conversation with lifestyle blogger, Natasha Nicholes. We dive in talking about how she has grown an old, dirty lot on the south side of Chicago into a beautiful learning tool. She discusses Harry Connick Jr.’s involvement and her goals for the future. We take a shot at explaining Klout Scores and finish up with her interview with Kelly Clarkson, just another mom with four kids.

Believe it or not, there is still more from our interview! We’ll be talking about an upcoming event Natasha’s daughter will be spearheading. Watch for its release before the end of January.

As always, thanks for joining Keeping Ag Real!

Keeping Ag Real – Natasha Nicholes, THE list & what does she think about the ag community

Natasha Nicholes, THE list & what does she think about the ag community

Keeping Ag Real – Will custom harvesting become extinct? Is gluten-free to blame?

In this episode of Keeping Ag Real, Jenny Schweigert connects with Tracy Zeorian, a custom wheat harvester and founder of HarvestHer. The show tackles USDA data, gluten-free diets and navigating through family dynamics in a 40 ft living space.

When times get tough, the tough get going. Times are tough, especially for farmers and custom harvesters. To ease the stress, Tracy is growing the HarvestHer movement by adding a wellness event for HarvestHer, April 13-15, 2018. Stay tuned for additional information at, and Twitter @HarvestHer.


  • 3:27 – Flashback to the 80’s for Custom Harvesting
  • 6:40 – Stranded by drought and hail
  • 8:18 – Finding a silver lining
  • 10:10 – Family dynamics in a 40ft living space
  • 12:10 – Dive back into one of Jenny’s favorite topics…Data and the USDA
  • 13:50 – Gluten-free
  • 14:23 – History is made as Tracy becomes the first woman President of the U.S. Custom Harvesters Association
  • 15:00 – Women will be women
  • 16:50 – The “Tell Your Story” rant
  • 19:10 – Attitude ain’t bad
  • 22:10 – Bringing back the old fashioned Quilting Bee, without the quilt
  • 24:25 – Tracy doesn’t believe in the word impossible

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