Podcast Episodes

Ontario AgCast – Sandi Brock

2:25 Growing up on a dairy farm in Paris – not a hostage situation.

4:15 I miss the 80’s…. said no one ever.

7:00 You don’t have to do what your parents do.

11:10 Poor Sandi. Alone with her sheep.

12:20 What’s a shepherd anyway?

14:45 Sheep birth control.

18:00 How Sandi picks her men.

20:30 Parity, not parody.

27:30 Wendell has a totally random thought. Big surprise.

31:30 Why does Mommy wear a tiara and drink during the day?

33:30 Facebook Live A.K.A Amy and Sandi behind the barn.

36:45 Sandi Brock – Sheepishly me.

Future of Agriculture – The Power of A Plant with Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine

Today’s guest is from the Bronx in New York. His journey to agriculture started accidentally while he was dealing with student conflict in his class. From zero agricultural background, Stephen Ritz created a system – a whole school program that changed how the students, the parents, and the community view agriculture. This program, called Green Bronx Machine, is more than about educating his students about farming. Stephen sees it as a way to solve real problems in the community like lack of student engagement in school, poor education, and poor health including unequal opportunities for the disadvantaged.

On today’s episode, Stephen talks about the effects and benefits of Green Bronx Machine to the students and the community as a whole. He shares how he integrates growing food with academics. Stephen also elaborates on one of the goals of the program’s model, which is not about a “me” mentality, but a “we” mentality. This outlook is about people everywhere working together in achieving the goal of making wise choices, living healthy, and personal and community development. He is encouraged to see the outcome as his students are empowered to make healthy choices as a result of instilling child wellness and mindfulness in them.

“When we teach our children about nature, we teach them to nurture. And when we teach children to nurture, we as a society collectively embrace our better nature. And that’s what this work is about.” – Stephen Ritz

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

The 9-1-1 situation in Stephen’s class that lead to a 3-1-1 moment
One of the significant effects of the Green Bronx Machine Project: Students you don’t expect to go through college ending up as college graduates
Evolution of the program, how it has evolved today, and some of the programs offered such as after-school programming, weekend programming, and summer camps
Age window of students allowed in the program
How the collateral learning influence the behavior of the students
How the program can change the community’s outlook on food as medicine in relation to diabetes and obesity
The process that Stephen adapts especially for first-time student-growers: If they grow it, they eat it
The focus of the model of the program – quality of teaching and quality of learning
Metrics Stephen uses in the program concerning academics (attendance, performance, etc.)
What makes the Green Bronx Machine a whole-school solution and not just any other kind of school economics program
Content of Stephen’s book – his story, his children’s story, the community’s story, and tools that equip people to grow something great and impact their community

Check Out Stephen Ritz Across the Net:

Green Bronx Machine Website
Green Bronx Machine on Facebook
The Power of a Plant Book by Stephen Ritz

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The Shark Farmer Podcast – Mandy Rizzo… ignorance isn’t malicious

Mandy Rizzo has some good lessons for the rest of us on how to deal with ignorant people…. because ignorance isn’t malicious. From her experience with Autism to a really bad joke… this one has it all

 

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time stamps:

5:22     Mandy is the podcast molder

10:30    Raising a kid with Autism

25:32    Scared into organic

36:49     Ignorance isn’t malicious

56:22    Another bad joke

Ontario AgCast – Robyn Walsh

 

Robyn Walsh is our Favorite Newfie. Now Bring on the Robot Overlords.

1:20 Milking cows and growing corn on the Rock.

4:10 Canadian history according to Wendell.

5:50 Robyn claims to be a triple threat. Pretty sure that means drama queen.

7:50 Robots and ruminants.

10:00 Robots never get hangovers. And they like to party!

12:00 Someone in Lely marketing is WAY into outer space.

13:00 #pooproomba #pooproomba #pooproomba #pooproomba

15:00 Technology – making cows lives better.

17:20 Starting a career in ag as a millennial woman.

23:00 Can Robyn teach Wendell to dance?

25:25 In Newfoundland, Newfie jokes are just jokes. Robyn shares her favorite.

Future of Agriculture Podcast – Strategic Communications and Balancing Side Hustles with James Garner of Cogent Communications

Today’s guest is my close friend, James Garner. He is a partner in a company called Cogent Communications that does public affairs work in agriculture and agricultural businesses in Sacramento, California. For ten years, he has been a part of a band called Johnny Cash Tribute Band, where he is the group’s manager and front man. On top of these varied roles, James has also been doing drag racing with his dad. James’ father has been a part of a drag racing team as a racer for years.

On today’s episode, James talks about the significant changes that occurred in his life when he started Cogent Communications with his colleague, together with the ideal clients they work with. He also points out the strong suits that have kept them on top of their game, which are understanding the issues on the farm and coherently communicating these matters to the board (local, supervisory, or regulatory). James also elaborates on what currently seems to be a mild concern, but can be a hot one in the future because of its impact at the farming level – the Food Safety Modernization Act.

 

“We try to be cogent in all our communications – clear, logical, convincing.” – James Garner

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • How technology helps shape the communications and data collection in James’ work
  • High-level issues affecting the clients and what James and his team do: water, water quality, and sustainability
  • James’ magic formula for building healthy business relationships
  • More tips on establishing good business and personal relationships
  • An on-going concern that the consumers keep asking for but valued much and lived out by farmers

Check Out James Garner Across the Net:

 

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The Shark Farmer Podcast – Chad Ingels tuggin away at heartstrings

Chad Ingels talks about how wonderful life is raising two children with Down’s Syndrome. He talks about the total experience, from fear to pride, and why he openly shares pictures on social media. Plus, cover crops and sitting on board of directors.

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Timestamps:

4:41       Chicks dig a dude that plays the saxophone

11:00     Raising children with Down’s Syndrome

32:52     friggin cover crops

39:14     Board after board after board

The Farmer and the City Girl – Food Influencers

Food Influencers aren’t just people like it was twenty years ago.

In this episode Rob and Carrie are sharing their thoughts on so called diet Food Influencers, celebrity chefs, and how what we see, read and watch actually influences how we eat.

Grow Smart Podcast – New Kids on the Block

Ag is becoming more progressive and offering new career opportunities beyond the farm. Donnarie dishes with Tim Hammerich of AgGrad and college student, Derek Doeing about the Future of Ag.

Ontario AgCast – Timothy Caulfield

2:10 Never take advice from Gwenyth Paltrow on vaginal hygiene.

4:55 Yes, I know boys don’t have vaginas.

7:10 Vampire facial – ummm, it’s a thing.

9:40 Speaking up for science and trying weird stuff.

11:30 The science of pop culture.

14:30 The religion of Detox.

16:00 DIY home fecal transplant – it’s as disturbing as you are imagining.

17:45 Hate mail and fighting celebrities on-line.

22:20 Tim’s 6 tips for healthy living.

26:00 The best coffee in the world is in Alberta. Honestly.

 

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Future of Agriculture: Building a Brand from Scratch in Agriculture with Marji Guyler-Alaniz of Farmher

Building A Brand From Scratch in Agriculture with Marji Guyler-Alaniz of Farmher

Women have been part of agriculture since the beginning of time. Today’s guest is passionate about showing how the roles of women have progressed and increased in this field. Born and raised in Iowa, Marji Guyler-Alaniz studied Graphic Journalism and Photography in college. Recently, she had a lot of surprises and transitions in her life in a span of only four years – from insurance to photography to owning a company and being a TV hostess. Today, Marji is the president of Farmher, a company that came about as a result of her passion in shining the light on women in agriculture.

On today’s episode, Marji recounts the Super Bowl advertisement that inspired her to start capturing images of women in agriculture. She shares the exciting story of how she built her brand from scratch and how Farmher has progressed from a hobby to a brand with a regular TV show. She also narrates the quick progression of her journey with Farmher, talks about her mission and vision, and points out her considerations when making decisions.

 

“I started it with a premise of shine me a light on the role that women play in agriculture through photographs and help to update the image of agriculture with those photographs.” – Marji Guyler-Alaniz

 

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Marji’s mission and the tale of the first woman Marji photographed in 2013
  • Effects of the connection between Farmher website creation and the publication Modern Farmer
  • Merchandise creation and the factor that made women identify to her brand
  • Producing FarmHer TV Show and Marji’s reasons for pursuing it
  • Company challenges and breakthroughs
  • Marji’s biggest surprise since starting the business

 

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