In this episode of Mother Earth News and Friends podcast, our conversation circles around Heritage breeds, why we love them, need to save them, and why we eat them.
Hank Will is a business leader, academic, and agricultural practitioner devoted to conservation and small scale, sustainable agriculture. He’s currently the editor-at-large at Ogden Publications in Topeka, Kansas, publishers of titles such as Grit, Capper’s Farmer, Mother Earth News, Farm 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.
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.
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.
Our Podcast Team:
Carla Tilghman and Jessica Mitchell
Music by Zack Slaten
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