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From farming and agriculture to amazing restaurants, vintage markets, and even tech start-ups, people are thinking outside the box, taking risks, and bringing life back to the hometowns and small communities we love. Our hope is this will be a place where you can be inspired to do the same. So jump in, hear the stories of people who are doing life in rural America and loving it, and start dreaming. And then let us know what you're up to so we can share your story, too!

Latest Episodes

Episode 072: Adam and Dayna Kocinski of French Press Coffee

This week on the podcast we’re in Natoma, Kansas (pop. 334) with Adam and Dayna Kocinski of French Press Coffee. They’re sharing how their journey as entrepreneurs came to life when they decided to turn a literal dream that Adam had into reality. Now they’re serving the community more than just coffee — they’re creating a space where they can invest in people, make a space for local artists, and pay it forward. You’ll love how invested Adam and Dayna are in their community and their heart to give back, and their plans to bring the letterpress back to their building that used to house a print shop. We can’t wait to see that come to life! Be sure to check out the show notes, where you’ll find links to French Press Coffee on social media and can keep up with Adam and Dayna there.

40 MIN4 d ago
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Episode 072: Adam and Dayna Kocinski of French Press Coffee

Episode 071: Bonnie Ramsey of Ramsey's Market and Ramsey's Ace Hardware

This week on the podcast we’re in Lenox, Iowa (pop. 1,407) with Bonnie Ramsey of Ramsey’s Market and Ramsey’s Ace Hardware. Bonnie’s telling us all about how she and her husband Theo have turned a grocery store into an entertainment business that’s focused on providing a unique, one-of-a-kind experience for their customers. We also talk about why grocery stores are so important for our rural communities, how they compete against the big box stores in a small, rural town, and how they opened the first Ace Hardware in the US with a bar - where you can literally have a beer and buy a lawnmower at the same time. You’ll love Bonnie’s heart for this community and her passion to give back. It really shines through in everything she and Theo are doing. She also has a great perspective on how to set your retail business apart and stay relevant in our rural communities. Bonnie and Theo truly are making Lenox a fun destination and it’s one you’ll want to put on the list for your next road trip.

23 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 071: Bonnie Ramsey of Ramsey's Market and Ramsey's Ace Hardware

Episode 070: Maggie Haron of Iron & Pine Design

We’re in Cody, Wyoming (pop. 9,885) this week on the podcast with Maggie Haron of Iron & Pine Design. Maggie makes beautiful, custom-made handlettered and handpainted signs using old barn wood. Today she’s sharing how what started out as a fun way to make some extra cash eventually turned into a dream that wouldn't quit — and a legit, full-time business! She also talks about the unique way she gained her Instagram community, and her passion to use her gifts and talents for others. We got to be there to celebrate with Maggie a major milestone in her business, which you’ll hear more about on the podcast. One look at her Instagram feed and you’ll see things are going great for Maggie — she recently got married and she’s gearing up for Christmas orders, which you’ll want to be sure to get in soon so they’re back in time for Christmas!

24 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 070: Maggie Haron of Iron & Pine Design

Episode 069: Mikaela Endress and Kami Stahl of Kamaela's Kreamery

Welcome to the Rural Revival podcast. I’m your host Danna Larson. We’re in Brimfield, Illinois (pop. 933) this week on the podcast with Mikaela Endress and Kami Stahl of Kamaela’s Kreamery. Mikaela is a student and Kami is a farmer, and together these two best friends have a pop up ice cream shop in a vintage trailer called Little Dipper, and can be found hitting up fun locations across Illinois all summer long. Kami and Mikaela are sharing about how this all started as a dream when they were four years old and riding their bikes to the local ice cream store. You will love everything about this story, and how much fun these girls - and their customers - are having with this business. And while Kamaela’s Kreamery may be closed for the winter and Little Dipper tucked away on the farm, they’ve got some great things coming when they open again in the spring. They will definitely be on our road trip route next summer, and we hope you put them on yours as well!

-1 s3 w ago
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Episode 069: Mikaela Endress and Kami Stahl of Kamaela's Kreamery

Episode 068: Farmers Kevin and Sara Ross

This week on the podcast we’re in Underwood, Iowa (pop. 917) with sixth generation farmers Kevin and Sara Ross. We’re talking about Kevin and Sara’s important role in connecting with farmers and advocating for agriculture, including Kevin’s new role as President of the National Corn Growers Association. We also touch on life on the farm with their four boys, the importance of technology and connectivity in farming and rural America, Sara’s involvement with CommonGround, and some great stories around her transition to farm life. You may also learn a few things, like how corn is the only crop grown in all 50 states, and there are over 4000 uses of corn! We’re excited to follow along with Kevin as the President of the National Corn Growers Association, and encourage you to do the same, so head to the show notes for those links. We want to wish all of our Iowa Corn farmers - and farmers everywhere - a safe and successful harvest.

34 MINOCT 11
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Episode 068: Farmers Kevin and Sara Ross

Episode 067: Mary Morgan Gentry of Gentry's Farm and Hatcher Family Dairy

This week on the podcast we’re in College Grove, Tennessee (unincorporated) with Mary Morgan Gentry of Gentry’s Farm and Hatcher Family Dairy. From growing up on the farm in Franklin, Tennessee to working in several shops on Franklin’s historic Main Street, Mary Morgan has had a front row seat to the revival that’s happened here. Now she’s stepping fully into the ag world as the new wife of a dairy farmer, and she’s telling us all about it, including the important role agritourism has played in bringing both her and her husband’s family farms into the next generation. You’ll love Mary Morgan’s perspective on the growth that’s happened in Franklin, and how Gentry’s Farm has embraced the changes that have come along with that growth. Her new house on the Hatcher Family Dairy farm really is amazing, and you’ll want to hit up her Instagram and new blog to see more of that. And, if you’re anywhere near the Franklin area, you won’t want to miss Gentry’s Farm, open weekends ...

25 MINOCT 4
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Episode 067: Mary Morgan Gentry of Gentry's Farm and Hatcher Family Dairy

Episode 066: Marji Guyler-Alaniz of FarmHer

We’re celebrating FarmHers everywhere this week on the podcast, and we’re so excited to have Marji Guyler-Alaniz, creator of FarmHer, with us to share her story and how she has built the FarmHer brand. From quitting her corporate job to start what she didn’t know at the time would be FarmHer, Marji talks about how she somewhat unexpectedly turned her passion for photography and writing into a household name. She’s giving us an inside look at how she has made a career out of creating content for women about women through words, photos, radio, and videos. You’ll love Marji’s passion and commitment to honor women in ag, and all she has done to create awareness around these hard-working women. As she mentions, Season 4 of FarmHer is now airing on RFD-TV, so be sure to check out the show and the stories of these amazing women for yourself.

39 MINSEP 26
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Episode 066: Marji Guyler-Alaniz of FarmHer

Episode 065: Alyson Dorr of The Red Barn

This week we’re in Columbia Falls, Montana (pop. 4,710) with Alyson Dorr of The Red Barn. Alyson is a fourth generation farmer who is helping bring up the next generation of family farm kids. She and her husband Casey share their little slice of heaven through The Red Barn, their luxury loft vacation rental, their farm-grown peppermint oil, raw honey, and pastured, all-natural pork. And she’s telling us all about it on today’s podcast. You’ll love hearing about the amazing legacy that Alyson and her family get to carry on and what they’re doing to preserve that. She also has a great take on 4-H livestock and land stewardship. Alyson is being featured in the Where Women Cook Holiday magazine, which will be on news stands October 1. Be sure to go grab a copy and check out the links below. We’ll also be featuring stories of rural revival on the blog this week, so go to ruralrevival.co to follow along.

61 MINSEP 20
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Episode 065: Alyson Dorr of The Red Barn

Episode 064: Callie Lee of Osage Outfitters

We’re in Pawhuska, Oklahoma (pop. 3,589) this week with Callie Lee of Osage Outfitters. Callie and her husband Joey moved to Pawhuska in 2013 to open their store, and since then have helped completely transform the town’s historic downtown and bring the best quality boots and highest end of western fashion in the area. Callie’s talking about why they chose Pawhuska, how Ree Drummond has helped romanticize the cowboy lifestyle, and when the Real Housewives of New Jersey came to town. Callie has some great stories to share, and you’ll love how she and Joey saw something in Pawhuska BEFORE it became a major tourist attraction, and the role they’ve played in helping bring a revival here. The quality of items at Osage Outfitters really is second to none, so be sure to check out their social media and make plans to stop by next time you’re in Pawhuska. And with their fall open house coming up in October, that would be a great time to stop by!

52 MINSEP 12
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Episode 064: Callie Lee of Osage Outfitters

Episode 063: Jesse Renfors of Cody Coffee Roaster

This week we’re in Cody, Wyoming (pop. 9.885) with Jesse Renfors of Cody Coffee Roaster. From a professional luger to a stay-at-home dad turned coffee roaster, Jesse is sharing about his journey and how he has grown his company from a side hustle to an international success. Whether it’s turning an older service station into the ultimate Cody Coffee shop, to opening two locations in a month, to his unique experience working his way up in the restaurant industry, this episode is packed with value. You’ll love Jesse’s heart for community over competition, and his perspective on what it’s like doing business - and living in - a tourist town and how that plays into his business. He has definitely created a great experience for his customers and he’s just getting started! So get to planning your trip to Cody Yellowstone and be sure to make Cody Coffee a stop along the way!

19 MINSEP 6
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Episode 063: Jesse Renfors of Cody Coffee Roaster

Latest Episodes

Episode 072: Adam and Dayna Kocinski of French Press Coffee

This week on the podcast we’re in Natoma, Kansas (pop. 334) with Adam and Dayna Kocinski of French Press Coffee. They’re sharing how their journey as entrepreneurs came to life when they decided to turn a literal dream that Adam had into reality. Now they’re serving the community more than just coffee — they’re creating a space where they can invest in people, make a space for local artists, and pay it forward. You’ll love how invested Adam and Dayna are in their community and their heart to give back, and their plans to bring the letterpress back to their building that used to house a print shop. We can’t wait to see that come to life! Be sure to check out the show notes, where you’ll find links to French Press Coffee on social media and can keep up with Adam and Dayna there.

40 MIN4 d ago
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Episode 072: Adam and Dayna Kocinski of French Press Coffee

Episode 071: Bonnie Ramsey of Ramsey's Market and Ramsey's Ace Hardware

This week on the podcast we’re in Lenox, Iowa (pop. 1,407) with Bonnie Ramsey of Ramsey’s Market and Ramsey’s Ace Hardware. Bonnie’s telling us all about how she and her husband Theo have turned a grocery store into an entertainment business that’s focused on providing a unique, one-of-a-kind experience for their customers. We also talk about why grocery stores are so important for our rural communities, how they compete against the big box stores in a small, rural town, and how they opened the first Ace Hardware in the US with a bar - where you can literally have a beer and buy a lawnmower at the same time. You’ll love Bonnie’s heart for this community and her passion to give back. It really shines through in everything she and Theo are doing. She also has a great perspective on how to set your retail business apart and stay relevant in our rural communities. Bonnie and Theo truly are making Lenox a fun destination and it’s one you’ll want to put on the list for your next road trip.

23 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 071: Bonnie Ramsey of Ramsey's Market and Ramsey's Ace Hardware

Episode 070: Maggie Haron of Iron & Pine Design

We’re in Cody, Wyoming (pop. 9,885) this week on the podcast with Maggie Haron of Iron & Pine Design. Maggie makes beautiful, custom-made handlettered and handpainted signs using old barn wood. Today she’s sharing how what started out as a fun way to make some extra cash eventually turned into a dream that wouldn't quit — and a legit, full-time business! She also talks about the unique way she gained her Instagram community, and her passion to use her gifts and talents for others. We got to be there to celebrate with Maggie a major milestone in her business, which you’ll hear more about on the podcast. One look at her Instagram feed and you’ll see things are going great for Maggie — she recently got married and she’s gearing up for Christmas orders, which you’ll want to be sure to get in soon so they’re back in time for Christmas!

24 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 070: Maggie Haron of Iron & Pine Design

Episode 069: Mikaela Endress and Kami Stahl of Kamaela's Kreamery

Welcome to the Rural Revival podcast. I’m your host Danna Larson. We’re in Brimfield, Illinois (pop. 933) this week on the podcast with Mikaela Endress and Kami Stahl of Kamaela’s Kreamery. Mikaela is a student and Kami is a farmer, and together these two best friends have a pop up ice cream shop in a vintage trailer called Little Dipper, and can be found hitting up fun locations across Illinois all summer long. Kami and Mikaela are sharing about how this all started as a dream when they were four years old and riding their bikes to the local ice cream store. You will love everything about this story, and how much fun these girls - and their customers - are having with this business. And while Kamaela’s Kreamery may be closed for the winter and Little Dipper tucked away on the farm, they’ve got some great things coming when they open again in the spring. They will definitely be on our road trip route next summer, and we hope you put them on yours as well!

-1 s3 w ago
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Episode 069: Mikaela Endress and Kami Stahl of Kamaela's Kreamery

Episode 068: Farmers Kevin and Sara Ross

This week on the podcast we’re in Underwood, Iowa (pop. 917) with sixth generation farmers Kevin and Sara Ross. We’re talking about Kevin and Sara’s important role in connecting with farmers and advocating for agriculture, including Kevin’s new role as President of the National Corn Growers Association. We also touch on life on the farm with their four boys, the importance of technology and connectivity in farming and rural America, Sara’s involvement with CommonGround, and some great stories around her transition to farm life. You may also learn a few things, like how corn is the only crop grown in all 50 states, and there are over 4000 uses of corn! We’re excited to follow along with Kevin as the President of the National Corn Growers Association, and encourage you to do the same, so head to the show notes for those links. We want to wish all of our Iowa Corn farmers - and farmers everywhere - a safe and successful harvest.

34 MINOCT 11
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Episode 068: Farmers Kevin and Sara Ross

Episode 067: Mary Morgan Gentry of Gentry's Farm and Hatcher Family Dairy

This week on the podcast we’re in College Grove, Tennessee (unincorporated) with Mary Morgan Gentry of Gentry’s Farm and Hatcher Family Dairy. From growing up on the farm in Franklin, Tennessee to working in several shops on Franklin’s historic Main Street, Mary Morgan has had a front row seat to the revival that’s happened here. Now she’s stepping fully into the ag world as the new wife of a dairy farmer, and she’s telling us all about it, including the important role agritourism has played in bringing both her and her husband’s family farms into the next generation. You’ll love Mary Morgan’s perspective on the growth that’s happened in Franklin, and how Gentry’s Farm has embraced the changes that have come along with that growth. Her new house on the Hatcher Family Dairy farm really is amazing, and you’ll want to hit up her Instagram and new blog to see more of that. And, if you’re anywhere near the Franklin area, you won’t want to miss Gentry’s Farm, open weekends ...

25 MINOCT 4
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Episode 067: Mary Morgan Gentry of Gentry's Farm and Hatcher Family Dairy

Episode 066: Marji Guyler-Alaniz of FarmHer

We’re celebrating FarmHers everywhere this week on the podcast, and we’re so excited to have Marji Guyler-Alaniz, creator of FarmHer, with us to share her story and how she has built the FarmHer brand. From quitting her corporate job to start what she didn’t know at the time would be FarmHer, Marji talks about how she somewhat unexpectedly turned her passion for photography and writing into a household name. She’s giving us an inside look at how she has made a career out of creating content for women about women through words, photos, radio, and videos. You’ll love Marji’s passion and commitment to honor women in ag, and all she has done to create awareness around these hard-working women. As she mentions, Season 4 of FarmHer is now airing on RFD-TV, so be sure to check out the show and the stories of these amazing women for yourself.

39 MINSEP 26
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Episode 066: Marji Guyler-Alaniz of FarmHer

Episode 065: Alyson Dorr of The Red Barn

This week we’re in Columbia Falls, Montana (pop. 4,710) with Alyson Dorr of The Red Barn. Alyson is a fourth generation farmer who is helping bring up the next generation of family farm kids. She and her husband Casey share their little slice of heaven through The Red Barn, their luxury loft vacation rental, their farm-grown peppermint oil, raw honey, and pastured, all-natural pork. And she’s telling us all about it on today’s podcast. You’ll love hearing about the amazing legacy that Alyson and her family get to carry on and what they’re doing to preserve that. She also has a great take on 4-H livestock and land stewardship. Alyson is being featured in the Where Women Cook Holiday magazine, which will be on news stands October 1. Be sure to go grab a copy and check out the links below. We’ll also be featuring stories of rural revival on the blog this week, so go to ruralrevival.co to follow along.

61 MINSEP 20
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Episode 065: Alyson Dorr of The Red Barn

Episode 064: Callie Lee of Osage Outfitters

We’re in Pawhuska, Oklahoma (pop. 3,589) this week with Callie Lee of Osage Outfitters. Callie and her husband Joey moved to Pawhuska in 2013 to open their store, and since then have helped completely transform the town’s historic downtown and bring the best quality boots and highest end of western fashion in the area. Callie’s talking about why they chose Pawhuska, how Ree Drummond has helped romanticize the cowboy lifestyle, and when the Real Housewives of New Jersey came to town. Callie has some great stories to share, and you’ll love how she and Joey saw something in Pawhuska BEFORE it became a major tourist attraction, and the role they’ve played in helping bring a revival here. The quality of items at Osage Outfitters really is second to none, so be sure to check out their social media and make plans to stop by next time you’re in Pawhuska. And with their fall open house coming up in October, that would be a great time to stop by!

52 MINSEP 12
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Episode 064: Callie Lee of Osage Outfitters

Episode 063: Jesse Renfors of Cody Coffee Roaster

This week we’re in Cody, Wyoming (pop. 9.885) with Jesse Renfors of Cody Coffee Roaster. From a professional luger to a stay-at-home dad turned coffee roaster, Jesse is sharing about his journey and how he has grown his company from a side hustle to an international success. Whether it’s turning an older service station into the ultimate Cody Coffee shop, to opening two locations in a month, to his unique experience working his way up in the restaurant industry, this episode is packed with value. You’ll love Jesse’s heart for community over competition, and his perspective on what it’s like doing business - and living in - a tourist town and how that plays into his business. He has definitely created a great experience for his customers and he’s just getting started! So get to planning your trip to Cody Yellowstone and be sure to make Cody Coffee a stop along the way!

19 MINSEP 6
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Episode 063: Jesse Renfors of Cody Coffee Roaster
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