Episodes
Have you ever seen one of those commercials for an all-American heavy-duty truck, with an all-American cowboy or farmer?  They’re usually off-loading dirty-but-not-too-dirty hay into a field, parked on a majestic mesa, with the sun shining about. There’s not a lot of sweat, and perfectly-placed dirt on all the faces.  No dirt on the cows, either.  It’s lovely and stirs the patriotic soul.  But the glories that can be achieved with a model, perfect lighting and a 20-person crew are not the...
Published 05/19/22
Published 05/12/22
Every once in a great while you meet people who are just plain special. The Hostetler Family and the company they run, Mountain Meadow Wool, is a true family affair. Now, we aren't talking of just the related kind, but the Hostetler's run their business and treat everyone who works for them as family. Rick and I saw this first hand as we filmed there in Buffalo, Wyoming last week. So, today we bring you part two of our story from Mountain Meadow Wool. We speak with Karen's son Ben, as he...
Published 05/12/22
We’re back from the cold and snowy north.  Our trip to Mountain Meadow Mill in Buffalo, Wyoming was delightful, and today we’re bringing you a conversation with Karen Hostetler, its founder – who is also the matriarch of a fast-growing clan of Hostetlers.   They were a truly nice bunch, and we’ll definitely want to go back again after this trip (even after next week’s podcast with Ben, aka Hostetler #2).  The Wyoming and Montana regions are full of many things, even though many people don’t...
Published 05/05/22
We’re back on the road, and we’re celebrating this Spring burst of energy with a giveaway from Premier 1 Supplies.  Joe Putnam will give us a quick check in on the shipping news, and we tell you how to put your hat in the ring for the freebee.  And next time…not just the old run of the mill. ...
Published 04/28/22
In honor of all of us surviving an overload of people, places and holidays in the news this month, we’re giving you another conjunction – the FFA and the Collegian FFA and Farm Bureau Chapter Ag Club at SUNY Morrisville.  And a Mustang.  And a tractor.  And 60,000 kids (okay, we didn’t have the 60,000 kids on the mic, but they were all there in the background somewhere in the building). The practice of agriculture is not just only a “raise either cows or pigs or wheat or corn” thing anymore...
Published 04/21/22
Every once in a while life and art intertwine. This week we bring you James Reams, who is a musician and artist who started life off in Kentucky, traveled to Wisconsin and had a long  career in New York. He has been named the Kentucky Songbird and the Ambassador of Bluegrass, but he started life off on a farm. We caught up with James in Arizona this week, where we sat down with him to talk about his background and how farming and music have some similarities. Both are an art...
Published 04/13/22
This week we are in Oregon at Shepherds Lane and it's lambing season - again.  There's no sleep for a shepherd at this time of year, and Joy Dally tells us all about it. A shepherd's life isn't an easy one,  and we're getting a crash course in the glorious highs and sad lows of a real reality show - life on a farm. We are following her as she goes and we hope you follow along with us this Spring.   We couldn't have a better shepherdess to guide...
Published 04/06/22
We've mentioned that we are going to start to periodically check in with some people we've met along the way, bringing you a moment of conversation.  The ag update, so to speak.  Sometimes it's a farmer, sometimes it's a research scientist, and sometimes it's a supplier.   Today we are speaking with Joe Putnam from Premier 1 Supplies. Links: https://www.premier1supplies.com Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/agriCulturePodcast)
Published 03/30/22
In the spirit of that impromptu moment that often happens in the Bowman universe, today we're going to bring you a quick conversation that occurred at the National Western Stock Show this January. You might know that the draft horses hold a special place for me, and there are very few things that are as majestic and glorious as a full hitch at speed thundering around the ring. One of those hitches this year was driven by a woman named Audrey Popoff, from Colton, California. And since March...
Published 03/23/22
Small ruminants are the bedrock of agriculture in much of this little ball of rock we humans inhabit.  That said, here in North America they can be an afterthought for much of the population.  We think that's going to change. Whether they're used for meat or fiber (or even as pack animals these days for a trek through the wilderness), we believe the time has come for us to rexamine the "lost category" of small ruminants.  This year, one of the themes we'll be following at Backyard Green...
Published 03/15/22
Today’s excerpt is from a now-public domain book called Everybody’s Standard Poultry Guide, Second Edition, Volume I.  It was Published in 1919 by Everybody’s Poultry Magazine Publishing Company, Hanover, PA.  The copy I have in my hand was a bit of a romantic present from my hubby, because he knows I love old books. This book is a beautiful thing, though.  The pages are so old, they have a buff patina that looks like they have been dipped in tea, and every time I turn a page it emits that...
Published 03/09/22
We bring you another episode of our Fencepost Ruminations talk with Tammy White from Wing and a Prayer Farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont.  It's March and Tammy is taking a few minutes from her day to share what's happening at her farm this month.  Whether early in the morning or late at night, you’ll get an intimate glimpse into her conversation that occurs between a human and her animal.  For all of you real and pretend farmers out there, this one’s for...
Published 03/02/22
This week we travel back to Indiana for the 2021 Future Farmers of America National Convention. There we met up with our good friends from the American Boer Goat Association, who loaned us a couple of roving reporters  from the Junior ABGA, Logan and Alaina. They interviewed FFA Star Farmer Emily Acevedo from Bradford FFA in Florida who says her agriscience journey started in the sixth grade when her show goat unexpectedly gave birth at the Florida State Fair. Next up Elara spoke with Nate...
Published 02/22/22
Watching the Winter Olympics this week made us think back to last Fall and the Future Farmers of America's National Convention. Well, you might say to yourself, "What do the Army, the FFA and the Olympics have to do with each other?"  You'll find out as we speak with Lt. Col. Quint and his associate Jane Tyler, as they introduce us to 2020 Tokyo Olympian Sgt. Phillip...
Published 02/16/22
When you’re the guardian of a living creature – human, livestock or other -- there are some really tough decisions to make.  Do I homeschool or do the public option?  Do I do surgical intervention or see how they do on their own?  Do I breed, cull or slaughter (not on the human side, obviously).  In these days of technical innovation, there are some fantastic tools out there to help us make decisions, but not only are they expensive, they’re sometimes hard to figure out.  Whether it’s SAT...
Published 02/09/22
Fencepost Flights of Fancy?  Ruminations from the Field?  Upside-down Bucket Talks?  My Favorite Way to Ruminate?  No matter what we end up calling these monthly segments, they’re bound to be interesting, and we hope you pitch in to give suggestions on your favorite name. We’re going to bring you a few moments from the lives of those in the agricultural community (read:  farmers and ranchers and the like), in their own words.  Whether early in the morning or late at night, you’ll get an...
Published 02/02/22
This past weekend we went to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.  Have you ever wondered what it takes to put on a show like this, especially one that runs for 3 weeks? Well we had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Kelly Lombardi, the Director of Volunteer Services to explain just how many volunteers and staff it takes work in front and behind the scenes to pull this historic stock show...
Published 01/26/22
In this week's episode, we sit down with four breed organization members. We have representatives from the World Heritage Yak Conservancy, American Boer Goat Association, Cattlemen's Texas Longhorn Registry, and American Milking Devon Cattle Association to discuss genetics, small farms, and what makes their livestock breeds so unique. Links: https://www.heritageyak.com https://www.ctlr.org https://www.abga.org https://www.milkingdevons.org https://livestockconservancy.org Support the show...
Published 01/19/22
Our book selection:  The Trail Drivers of Texas (University of Texas Press)             Killing of “Billy the Kid” (Pg. 240-242) Links: https://utpress.utexas.edu/ https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/huntra https://www.britannica.com/topic/Goodnight-Loving-Trail https://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/fort-griffin-state-historic-site https://www.thc.texas.gov/search?query=cattle+trail&form_token=&form_id=search_form&cx=004905124693252667962%3Asxyaskemxxg&ie=UTF-8 Support the...
Published 01/12/22
We’re starting off the podcast year on a beautifully sunny but slightly chilly day in Connecticut.  Cam (Cameron) and Chip (Chester) Falkowski of C&C Back Achers Farm join us for a conversation about the wonderful combinations that can occur when you play with the ingredients a little.  Scottish Highland and Belted Galloway Cattle, American Boer and Cashmere Goats (though they don’t mix the cattle and the goats – ha, ha), and multiple generations in this great family - all blending...
Published 01/06/22
We are a little goofy at this time of the year.  So, Elara and I put a little ditty together to start this week's episode off,  but it's not about Jack and Diane. It'll go down as a classic. We look forward to bringing you more fun and exciting episodes from our adventures in the upcoming year, but we won't give up our day jobs. Happy New Year!! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/agriCulturePodcast)
Published 12/30/21
We give you the Real Origin Story (so we’ve heard) of Santa’s sled, and the valiant beasts that pull it. Happy Holidays,...
Published 12/23/21
This week we would like to thank all of the farmers and ranchers who work so hard to bring food to our tables. Unfortunately most of the time these hard working people are not thanked enough. We all have stress with our jobs, but for many of us we don't have the added challenges of weather, trade embargoes, and how that's going to affect the price of their crops this year.  While we were at the FFA National Show this year we had the opportunity to speak with Abby Heidenreich from the Purdue...
Published 12/15/21
We’re not taking you to church, but we are going to a monastery (you never thought we’d start a podcast with that one, I bet).   Join us, as we talk to Mother Katherine at the Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery in Otego, New York.  Join us, and over 50 sheep, 12 goats, 3 chickens, and a guardian dog.  And Mother Katherine runs the whole livestock department, if you believe that. One of the most interesting people we’ve ever met.  All that, and her fellow sisters knit a mean pair of woolen socks – to...
Published 12/08/21