Podcasts for the Field: Recommendations from Women in Food and Ag

by Ash Bruxvoort

Podcasts are changing the way many farmers spend their days in the field. They're a great way to learn about farming practices, stay up to date on food system news, or to feel a sense of connection to other farmers through storytelling. In a recent Facebook post we asked women in our network what their favorite podcasts were. This list is a compilation of their comments, which you can read here. *Most descriptions come from the podcast creators.

Female Farmer Project

Beginning in the fall of 2016, The Female Farmer Project documents the rise of women in agriculture. We chronicle the stories of women who are creating change in our food system. Topics include farm financing, water rights, and an episode on veteran farmers is forthcoming.

Listen here.

Farmer to Farmer with Chris Blanchard

Are you a lifetime farmer, just getting started, or looking to take the leap? Well, this podcast is for you! Chris is a veteran farmer and educator who draws on over 25 years of experience to get at the big ideas and practical details that go into making a farm work. Whether his guests are discussing employment philosophy or the best techniques for cultivating carrots, his down-to-earth conversations with experienced farmers - and the occasional non-farmer - will be time well spent. The Farmer to Farmer Podcast provides a fresh and honest look at everything from soil fertility and record-keeping to getting your crops to market without making yourself crazy.

Listen here.

In Defense of Plants

It would seem that most people don’t pay any attention to plants unless they are pretty or useful in some way. I reject this reality outright. Plants are everything on this planet. They have this amazing ability to use our nearest star to break apart water and CO2 gas in order to grow and reproduce. From the smallest duckweed to the tallest redwood, the botanical world is full of amazing evolutionary stories. I am here to tell those stories. My name is Matt and I am obsessed with the botanical world. In Defense of Plants is my way of sharing that love with you.

Listen here.

On Farm: Conversations with Practical Farmers

PFI has only released one episode of their podcast but we are excited for more. Each week, staff member Nick Ohde will interview a different Practical Farmers member about their farm. We’ll hear from new and experienced; young and old; small and large; horticulture, livestock and row-crop farmers. We’ll talk with farmers about the issues most relevant to the farming community: the nitty gritty of growing and raising all sorts of plants and animals; on-farm research; protecting and improving soil and water quality; farm profitability; the challenges facing beginning farmers; building community in rural areas; and of course, food.

Listen to the first interview here.

The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann

The Permaculture Podcast is a globally respected go-to resource for all things permaculture with over 15,000 listeners per episode. Scott Mann has built relationships and facilitated conversations with the world’s leading permaculture practitioners, authors, and scientists from all backgrounds and areas of expertise, such as David Holmgren, Tao Orion, Eric Toensmeier, Karryn Olsen-Ramanujan, Jack Spirko, and Rachel Kaplan, to name a few. Since 2010, this extensive collection of episodes has become an archive of valuable insight, practical tools, inspiration and storytelling that is made possible by the direct support of our community.

Listen here.

The Ruminant

The Ruminant is a farming podcast whose primary focus is knowledge transfer to, and among, farmers and gardeners. The podcast also covers current events and big ideas of interest to food security nerds.

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Urban Farm U

This 3-day per week 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 explore topics such as urban beekeeping, chicken farming, permaculture, successful composting, monetizing your farm, and much more! Each episode brings 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!

Listen here.


The Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature is an award-winning annual 13-part radio and audio series featuring breakthrough solutions for people and planet.The greatest social and scientific innovators of our time celebrate the genius of nature and human ingenuity. The kaleidoscopic scope covers biomimicry, ecological design, social and racial justice, women’s leadership, ecological medicine, indigenous knowledge, spirituality and psychology. It’s leading-edge, hopeful, charismatic, provocative, timely and timeless – like nothing you’ve heard before.

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The Farm Report with Erin Fairbanks

Erin Fairbanks, Executive Director of HeritageRadioNetwork.org, explores building a strong community and sustainable farm system. Each week on The Farm Report, Erin digs into the nitty-gritty of agriculture with the people producing our food. Conversations with the Nation’s most important agents for change may explore distribution networks, dissect policy issues, or other current issues in the world of agriculture and food.

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Inside School Food

Join expert guests from all over the nation to explore topics across a spectrum of concerns: coping with regulation, relieving hunger, meeting sustainability goals, and creating kid-friendly menus that are fresh, healthy, delicious, and affordable.

As you listen, we hope you’ll reflect on the show’s vision for school nutrition—make that nourishment–that extends beyond the tray into the community, the natural environment, and the local economy.

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Rootstock Radio

Follow hosts Theresa Marquez and Anne O'Connor as they expose the realities of our broken food system and explores solutions put forward by our country's brightest changemakers.

There is a dire need for honest—yet personable—education amidst the rampant apathy, ignorance and worse, denial about the true state of food and farming in our country today. As we face the plethora of rubber-stamped GMO releases, we need to amplify the hard truth with compassionate and honest voices, balancing the doom-and-gloom with solutions for contributing to a sustainable future.

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The Uncertain Hour

“The Uncertain Hour” is Marketplace’s podcast documentary series, brought to you by the Wealth & Poverty Desk. The first season is a timely, immersive look at the welfare system 20 years after reform. We follow the money and read the fine print to magnify how one of the most controversial federal programs works. Marketplace spent nearly a year tracking down the folks involved in the reform, and we pored over state spending to create a database where you can discover how your state spends welfare dollars.

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Seattle Kitchen

A foodie's dream! Chefs Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, both winners of the prestigious James Beard Award, review the Puget Sound's best restaurants, share recipes based on a special weekly ingredient, and answer your burning culinary quandaries.

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The Sporkful with Dan Pashman

The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters. Each week Dan and his guests explore the huge, fun world of food and eating that's beyond the realm of recipes, chefs, and restaurants. Episodes range from a parody of the hit podcast Serial in which Dan investigates a series of office fridge food thefts to a feature on Asian-Americans in the food world who are defying stereotypes to a debate over the definition of a sandwich to a comedian's struggle with his autistic son's eating issues.

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Your Last Meal with Rachel Belle

What would your last meal be? Host Rachel Belle asks every guest this question - but that’s just the beginning! Each dish’s origins, preparation, and cultural influence are among the many stones upturned as Rachel consults chefs and culinary anthropologists, fishmongers and fry cooks on her quest to explore every facet of Your Last Meal. Twice monthly.

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