Heritage Breeds

In this episode, our conversation circles around Heritage breeds, why we love them, need to save them, and why we eat them.



Our Podcast Guests Include

Hank Will is a business leader, academic, and agricultural practitioner devoted to conservation and small scale, sustainable agriculture. He's currently the editorial director at Ogden Publications in Topeka, Kansas, publishers of titles such as GritCapper’s FarmerMother Earth NewsFarm Collector and many other print and digital properties. Hank’s small-scale, high-cash-flow farming experience spans more than four decades, with plant and animal crops as varied as native perennials and heirloom laying chickens. His current project, Prairie Turnip Farm in rural Osage County, Kansas, is home to direct-market Highland beef, landrace lamb, soap, feral bee, hay, and metal-working businesses. Hank has also authored or co-authored 9 books and hundreds of articles. He enjoys maintaining open-pollinated corn varieties his great-grandfather developed in Bismarck, Dakota Territory, under the Oscar H. Will & Co. brand.


Rick Bowman

An experienced and innovative filmmaker, Backyard Green Films owner and Director/Producer, Rick Bowman has catalogued over 25 years of broadcast, commercial, and corporate video experience. Rick combines skillful expertise and artistic vision to create top quality projects for clients, and has learned by experience, that each project requires a special approach and solution to meet its goals.

Elara Bowman

A farmer at heart, Elara lives on a mini farm, an urban oasis located in the middle of San Diego, where she tends to 8 chickens, 2 beehives, 2 worm bins, and fruit trees galore! She transferred this passion and life experience to Backyard Green Films where she is helping to produce innovative films for future generations. Armed with a BS in Business from the University of Redlands and an impressive resumé in voice-over production, project management and accounting, Elara brings a wealth of knowledge to the production team in her role as Executive Producer.


Here is a collection of related articles you may enjoy:

Livestock Conservancy

The Holstein Dilemma - A production of  Backyard Green Films

Shave 'Em to Save 'Em


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An Introduction to Heritage Breeds


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