Liz reached out to many of the previous guests on the show to get their input on what to ask me, and we dig into what I’ve learned from interviewing over a hundred farmers since the show’s beginnings during a drive to a field day in Minnesota.
We explore how I came to farming in Iowa from an urban childhood in the Pacific Northwest, and Liz gives me a chance to share how my farm grew, the challenges we faced, and what led me to leave the farm behind to pursue my current work as a farm educator.
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Quotes from the Show
If you’re going to play the small market farmer game, somehow your food has to resonate at a deeper level for people. It has to be a tool for connection in some way.
Managing your weeds is something that, when you do that, everything else gets easier. And not just a little bit easier.
I think that three years is that point when relationships get hard. You can coast a certain distance on adrenaline, but you’re going to run into a position where… the shine comes off the penny.
There’s room at any scale to fail dramatically.
The garden answered all of these questions for me about life and death and about the cycle of things. Things live, things die. It’s just part of what happens.
As a business decision, putting an emphasis on your relationships is really important.
Chris coauthored the Fearless Farm Finances book.
We mentioned Patreon as a way to directly support the show.
And one of Chris’ favorite things to mention: the weird and wonderful Deep Springs College had a tremendous influence on his life’s trajectory.