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The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Welcome to The Urban Farm Podcast, your partner in the Grow Your Own Food revolution! This audio only podcast features special guests like Jason Mraz, Lisa Steele, and Kari Spencer as we discuss the art and value of growing food in urban areas. We'll explore topics such as urban beekeeping and chicken farming, permaculture, successful composting, monetizing your farm, and much more! Each episode will bring you tips and tricks on how to overcome common challenges, opportunities to learn from the experience of people just like you, and plenty of resources to ensure you're informed, equipped, and empowered to participate more mindfully in your local food system... and to have a great time doing it!
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Oct 22, 2016

Utilizing managed intensive grazing for maximum benefit for land and animals

Shawn and Beth have been farming together since the 1980’s, for the last twenty years in eastern Ohio, where they manage 24 acres designated by the state as ‘not suitable for agriculture’.  Using intensive grazing as the primary source of food energy, they raise dairy and beef cows, sheep, farm-fed hogs, and a variety of poultry, producing most of the food, and feed, on the farm. 

Concerned that farming is so often dependent upon multiple off-farm resources, from feed, fuel and fertilizer to water and electricity, their ongoing project is to identify and test the means by which farming was done for centuries with a minimum of off-farm inputs. Their research has led them to identify grass conversion, especially the daily conversion of grass into milk by dairy ruminants, as a key to whole-farm sustainability, combined with the integrated nutrient feed-backs that are possible with a community of diverse animal and plant species, domestic and native. They are the authors of The Independent Farmstead, Chelsea Green Publishing 2016.

IN THIS PODCAST: Greg is thoroughly impressed with the transformational successes of Shawn and Beth on their “really trashy” plot of land to the diverse, beautiful, and healthy pasture they now enjoy.  They tell their story of how they bought what they could afford were prompted to do research and replicate the methods of grazing that preceded the modern day mass production farms. They explain why managed grazing is important and so beneficial to both the animals and the land they occupy.
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3 Comments
  • almost three years ago
    Susan
    Fantastic encouragement for a newbie, on a rocky grass covered 15 acres. I keep telling myself I am one step ahead because I do have red crisom clover and some broad leaf plants and several different grasses, persimmons, oak trees and juniper, but not too much juniper. We have a canyon which we are trying to figure out how to keep goats from getting down into, and then off our property at the far end. Hard because when it rains it can have class 5 Rapids, so fencing will have to be imaginative. But I just wanted to let you know that the Dougherty's gave us hope to try and turn this back into the grazing land that it was when antelope, buffalo moved through here. Thanks for the great talk!
  • almost three years ago
    Mary Alice Burt
    Loved the simplicity -- yet dense with information.
  • almost three years ago
    Denise Stalder
    Fantastic and inspiring podcast!
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