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What's the one thing that's a must in this world?
A well worn flannel shirt.
What is the best purchase you've ever made?
Misono Swedish Steel Chef Knife. Quick to take an edge, holds it very well. Has developed an attractive patina from cutting tomatoes and onions through use.
What brings you the greatest joy?
Remember that flannel shirt I mentioned earlier? Putting it on.
What's your favorite smell in the whole world?
It's a tie between garlic and onion sautéing in cast iron skillet or line-dried laundry.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Advice from my Mother, "Companion plant with garlic. You'll keep pests away and wind up with much more garlic."
Joe Putnam works as a marketing copywriter and occasional shepherd for Premier 1 Supplies. He frequently appears in Premier's instructional how-to videos on YouTube. Putnam can be found at farm industry events, where his gentle, hands-on approach makes even the most complex farming topics simple. When not at work, Putnam spends time on his family's 40-acre farmstead in southeast Iowa. There the family raises cattle, sheep, poultry, multiple gardens, corn, hay, and oats. For more on Joe check out