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farmer to farmer podcast: profile of liz graznak

Check out the first episode of Chris Blanchard’s new Farmer to Farmer podcast. In this episode he speaks with Liz Graznak about the challenges and rewards of running an organic vegetable farm in the heart of Missouri’s corn and soybean country. You will hear her story, as well as practical tips and ideas about farming. Listen in your car, listen in the field.

Listen HERE or download the episode for playback later HERE.

Find more episodes of the Farmer to Farmer podcast, along with practical links, HERE.

If you want to be on Chris’s show, we hope you reach out to him!

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show ferguson some love!


Young farmers, this is a major situation happening in Ferguson, Missouri. If you haven’t heard, click HERE. If anyone is in the area, this is a great event to attend. 

show ferguson some love

From the Ferguson Farmers Market Facebook Page:

The people of Ferguson need your love now more than ever before. Come to the Ferguson Farmers Market this Saturday morning from 8am – 12noon to show your love for this community in much need of healing.

Let’s put the unity back in community. The Ferguson Farmers Market has always been a place for community conversation. 
Your presence on Saturday would mean a lot to us. Those of us who live, work, and play here are concerned for the future of our community. We are particularly concerned for our young people. Please invite every young Ferguson resident you know to attend Saturday’s market.

While the nation’s attention is on Ferguson, let’s show them who we really are. We will have signs saying WE ARE FERGUSON and I LOVE FERGUSON at a photo station so that you can take photos with it and post it far and wide. @[null:@[null:#Ferguson]] #WeAreFerguson 

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apprenticeship at happy hollow farm

So, you want to be a farmer? These are a few of the things you will learn as an apprentice at Happy Hollow Farm:100_2455

  • composting and methods of soil fertility management
  • crop planning & rotations
  • propagation (both in a greenhouse and direct seeding) of a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers
  • organic pest and disease management
  • an introduction to farm equipment use & maintenance
  • proper harvest and post-harvest handling techniques
  • selling and marketing via farmers markets & thru the CSA
  • how to work effectively as a team player
  • and much more!

My first experience with Community Supported Agriculture was as a member of a CSA farm while in grad school. I was hooked; you could say I had found my calling. But I didn’t know the first thing about farming! So, I attended a few organic farming conferences in upstate New York and everyone I talked to said I should intern on a few farms before venturing out on my own. I’m VERY thankful that I listened to their suggestions! I learned an enormous amount and am certain saved myself countless mistakes, time & money by working with other farmers. Continue reading

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a wonderful program

Training unemployed construction and building workers in the skills of energy retrofit.  This is a magnificent use of public investment!

Home Energy Retrofit Exchange
The Retrofit Exchange was designed to address the critical worker shortage. This Retrofit Marketplace Exchange networks the entire industry together, automates many of the missing business skills, and improves the rate of success for small efficiency retrofit businesses.  It is designed to engage both small businesses and larger contractors in entering the retrofit market to build an industry at scale.

A public/private training consortium being developed in collaboration with the University of Central Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri provides a case study to support the development of high-level national standards for training a national home retrofit workforce

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seeking caretaker – mcclurg, MO

Another great opportunity!

We recently bought 76 acres in the Ozarks (in the defunct town of McClurg, MO) and are planning on retiring there.  We both love gardening and are looking for someone who might be interested in doing caretaker work for our raised gardens, small cattle herd, and small flock of chickens while we visit our family in Colorado.  If someone is interested in making it profession and is short on cash, we can probably provide living space and well water for their help in gardening/farming.  We have a furnished 2 bedroom single wide trailer with electricity and water, the heat needs some work.  We border the Mark Twain National Forest and there is great hunting and good fishing nearby. Continue reading