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Grassfed Life

Diego Footer

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Grassfed Life
Grassfed Life

Grassfed Life

Diego Footer

2
Followers
9
Plays
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Weekly insights for small farmers and aspiring farm based entrepreneurs who want to earn a living on the land doing something that they care about. A weekly show that tracks the farm season featuring two hosts: Darby Simpson and Diego Footer of Permaculture Voices. We focus on small family farming, grass based livestock, pastured poultry, grassfed beef, pastured pigs, farmsteading, farm sales and marketing, and work-life balance.

Latest Episodes

Fiefdoms - A Great or Terrible Idea for Getting More Farm Businesses (GFL137)

Darby and I talk about his actual experience trying to set up several fiefdoms on his farm and managing one. Are they a great or terrible idea? Darby will share his thoughts on what worked, what didn't and what he wished he did better. Interested in starting your own farm? Not sure where to start? Want to take your farm to the next level? Check out some of the resources we have to offer at https://www.grassfedlife.co

15 MIN2 weeks ago
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Fiefdoms - A Great or Terrible Idea for Getting More Farm Businesses (GFL137)

Evolving for Success - 2019 Farm Changes with Darby Simpson and Luke Groce

Luke Groce and Darby discuss some of the changes that Luke has made on his farm in 2019 - why he made them, how they will affect the farm into the future, and how things continue to evolve. Join Darby and Luke for theAdvanced Livestock Marketing Workshop https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/p/advanced-livestock Follow Luke: http://www.GroceFamilyFarm.com Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/grocefamilyfarm/ Interested in starting your own farm? Not sure where to start? Want to take your farm to the next level? Check out some of the resources we have to offer at https://www.grassfedlife.co Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses

71 MIN2 weeks ago
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Evolving for Success - 2019 Farm Changes with Darby Simpson and Luke Groce

Making a Small Farm Work with Luke Groce (GFL103)

This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of aprevious episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Luke Groce and I discuss what makes his small family farm work from grazing to economics. Follow Luke: http://www.GroceFamilyFarm.com Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/grocefamilyfarm/ Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses

62 MINSEP 16
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Making a Small Farm Work with Luke Groce (GFL103)

How Pigs Saved My Farm with Luke Groce of Groce Family Farm

This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of aprevious episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Today we'll be going to Louisville, Kentucky to talk to farmer Luke Groce of Groce Family Farm. Luke and his wife Katherine started their farming career in 2009 as a vegetable farm. An operation that had its successes and its failures. As Luke said... “I've got a few war stories from the deep trap of doing too many things at the beginning of farming a piece of land with no experience, and then not doing any of it well enough. After treading water, and trying to keep up with all of it for six years, I've decided that CSA farming is a team sport. And I can't be good at, and stay on top of, growing 30-40 things by myself (plus keep up with 40+ pigs). It’s a kind of humbling thing to say, ‘I can't do this well.’ “ It was through some of the failures and struggles with the vegetable operation that led Luke down the path of raising pigs. Another pat...

73 MINAUG 7
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How Pigs Saved My Farm with Luke Groce of Groce Family Farm

The Future of Agriculture - Changing the Concept with Mark Shepard

This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of aprevious episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Mark Shepard of Forest Agriculture Enterprises joins me to talk about the future of agriculture. Mark has a pretty clear view on how he thinks the future of agriculture could be.. restoration agriculture style farms dotting the landscape with animals roaming through grasslands dappled with trees, a perennial polyculture system that builds soil instead of destroying it, a system that sequesters carbon instead of volatilizing it, a system that utilizes all of the water that falls on a piece of land, a system restores the land, and importantly a system provides nutrient dense food on scale - bulk calories and makes money doing it allowing a farmer to earn a decent living in the process. These systems could restore the land and rural America. I think it is totally possible, and when you hear Mark speak I think you will feel the same way. This is the fu...

90 MINJUL 15
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The Future of Agriculture - Changing the Concept with Mark Shepard

Profitable Pigs for the Farmstead, Homestead or Small Farm (GFL68)

This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of aprevious episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Running a profitable pig enterprise on just 1 acre, is it possible, and if so, what is possible? What’s that operation going to look like, what are the trade-offs and the costs, and how much could you make? It's an operation which could bring some nice cash flow into a homestead or diversify a farms revenue streams, and the time inputs and profits will surprise you. Because a lot is possible on just one acre. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses

-1 sJUN 17
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Profitable Pigs for the Farmstead, Homestead or Small Farm (GFL68)

Advice on Choosing Hatcheries, Chicken Tractors, and How Darby Starts His 500 Broilers on Pasture

This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of aprevious episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses 500 baby chicks have arrived at Darby's farm thus beginning the cycle of raising broilers for the season. With the chicks on farm, we will talk about what the next steps are. We also discuss the importance of choosing the right hatcheries and breed. Not just to make sure that you receive quality birds, but also to make sure that you receive quality birds in the shortest shipping time possible. Darby will talk about introducing the birds to pasture and how started with the Salatin style chicken tractor and then evolved away from that. And we talk about how Darby plans his successions of broilers. There is a lot of good advice in this one for those just starting out and those with experience. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses

54 MINMAY 27
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Advice on Choosing Hatcheries, Chicken Tractors, and How Darby Starts His 500 Broilers on Pasture

BEST OF: Regenerative Agriculture with Darren Doherty

This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of aprevious episode. Support the podcast by becoming an Insider at https://www.grassfedlife.co/insider Darren Doherty of Heenan Doherty and Regrarians joins me from Australia to talk about the Regrarian philosophy that he has put together and how it can be used to regenerate landscapes and farming enterprises.The system deals with everything from the work done on the land to how you can synergistically stack multiple enterprises in the same system, and ultimately how to market and distribute those products to the people that actually want them. The system emphasizes participating in all 4 legs of the farm income stool - production, processing, marketing, and distribution. This allows you to be a market price setter, not a price receiver.

50 MINMAY 13
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BEST OF: Regenerative Agriculture with Darren Doherty

Practical Tips for Increasing Sales at the Farmers Market (GFL134)

John Paul Smajda joins me to talk about how he increased sales at their farmers' market by over 300%. From display to customer interactions, to pricing, all of the tips in this one are practical ones anyone could implement. Connect with John: smajda@mac.com Learn more about the Grassfed Life Insider: https://www.grassfedlife.co/insider

89 MINAPR 15
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Practical Tips for Increasing Sales at the Farmers Market (GFL134)

Selling More Product with Buying Clubs featuring Charles Mayfield (GFL133)

Charles Mayfield talks about how he built and set up his buying club and how he interacts with his buying club members. Charles has built his farm on this sales model and it has been the primary income model for the farm since Day 1. Follow Charles: https://www.instagram.com/mayfield.pasture View the Grassfed Life Courses athttps://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses

50 MINAPR 8
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Selling More Product with Buying Clubs featuring Charles Mayfield (GFL133)

Latest Episodes

Fiefdoms - A Great or Terrible Idea for Getting More Farm Businesses (GFL137)

Darby and I talk about his actual experience trying to set up several fiefdoms on his farm and managing one. Are they a great or terrible idea? Darby will share his thoughts on what worked, what didn't and what he wished he did better. Interested in starting your own farm? Not sure where to start? Want to take your farm to the next level? Check out some of the resources we have to offer at https://www.grassfedlife.co

15 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Fiefdoms - A Great or Terrible Idea for Getting More Farm Businesses (GFL137)

Evolving for Success - 2019 Farm Changes with Darby Simpson and Luke Groce

Luke Groce and Darby discuss some of the changes that Luke has made on his farm in 2019 - why he made them, how they will affect the farm into the future, and how things continue to evolve. Join Darby and Luke for theAdvanced Livestock Marketing Workshop https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/p/advanced-livestock Follow Luke: http://www.GroceFamilyFarm.com Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/grocefamilyfarm/ Interested in starting your own farm? Not sure where to start? Want to take your farm to the next level? Check out some of the resources we have to offer at https://www.grassfedlife.co Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses

71 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Evolving for Success - 2019 Farm Changes with Darby Simpson and Luke Groce

Making a Small Farm Work with Luke Groce (GFL103)

This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of aprevious episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Luke Groce and I discuss what makes his small family farm work from grazing to economics. Follow Luke: http://www.GroceFamilyFarm.com Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/grocefamilyfarm/ Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses

62 MINSEP 16
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Making a Small Farm Work with Luke Groce (GFL103)

How Pigs Saved My Farm with Luke Groce of Groce Family Farm

This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of aprevious episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Today we'll be going to Louisville, Kentucky to talk to farmer Luke Groce of Groce Family Farm. Luke and his wife Katherine started their farming career in 2009 as a vegetable farm. An operation that had its successes and its failures. As Luke said... “I've got a few war stories from the deep trap of doing too many things at the beginning of farming a piece of land with no experience, and then not doing any of it well enough. After treading water, and trying to keep up with all of it for six years, I've decided that CSA farming is a team sport. And I can't be good at, and stay on top of, growing 30-40 things by myself (plus keep up with 40+ pigs). It’s a kind of humbling thing to say, ‘I can't do this well.’ “ It was through some of the failures and struggles with the vegetable operation that led Luke down the path of raising pigs. Another pat...

73 MINAUG 7
Comments
How Pigs Saved My Farm with Luke Groce of Groce Family Farm

The Future of Agriculture - Changing the Concept with Mark Shepard

This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of aprevious episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Mark Shepard of Forest Agriculture Enterprises joins me to talk about the future of agriculture. Mark has a pretty clear view on how he thinks the future of agriculture could be.. restoration agriculture style farms dotting the landscape with animals roaming through grasslands dappled with trees, a perennial polyculture system that builds soil instead of destroying it, a system that sequesters carbon instead of volatilizing it, a system that utilizes all of the water that falls on a piece of land, a system restores the land, and importantly a system provides nutrient dense food on scale - bulk calories and makes money doing it allowing a farmer to earn a decent living in the process. These systems could restore the land and rural America. I think it is totally possible, and when you hear Mark speak I think you will feel the same way. This is the fu...

90 MINJUL 15
Comments
The Future of Agriculture - Changing the Concept with Mark Shepard

Profitable Pigs for the Farmstead, Homestead or Small Farm (GFL68)

This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of aprevious episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses Running a profitable pig enterprise on just 1 acre, is it possible, and if so, what is possible? What’s that operation going to look like, what are the trade-offs and the costs, and how much could you make? It's an operation which could bring some nice cash flow into a homestead or diversify a farms revenue streams, and the time inputs and profits will surprise you. Because a lot is possible on just one acre. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses

-1 sJUN 17
Comments
Profitable Pigs for the Farmstead, Homestead or Small Farm (GFL68)

Advice on Choosing Hatcheries, Chicken Tractors, and How Darby Starts His 500 Broilers on Pasture

This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of aprevious episode. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses 500 baby chicks have arrived at Darby's farm thus beginning the cycle of raising broilers for the season. With the chicks on farm, we will talk about what the next steps are. We also discuss the importance of choosing the right hatcheries and breed. Not just to make sure that you receive quality birds, but also to make sure that you receive quality birds in the shortest shipping time possible. Darby will talk about introducing the birds to pasture and how started with the Salatin style chicken tractor and then evolved away from that. And we talk about how Darby plans his successions of broilers. There is a lot of good advice in this one for those just starting out and those with experience. Grassfed Life Courses: https://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses

54 MINMAY 27
Comments
Advice on Choosing Hatcheries, Chicken Tractors, and How Darby Starts His 500 Broilers on Pasture

BEST OF: Regenerative Agriculture with Darren Doherty

This BEST OF GFL episode is a replay of aprevious episode. Support the podcast by becoming an Insider at https://www.grassfedlife.co/insider Darren Doherty of Heenan Doherty and Regrarians joins me from Australia to talk about the Regrarian philosophy that he has put together and how it can be used to regenerate landscapes and farming enterprises.The system deals with everything from the work done on the land to how you can synergistically stack multiple enterprises in the same system, and ultimately how to market and distribute those products to the people that actually want them. The system emphasizes participating in all 4 legs of the farm income stool - production, processing, marketing, and distribution. This allows you to be a market price setter, not a price receiver.

50 MINMAY 13
Comments
BEST OF: Regenerative Agriculture with Darren Doherty

Practical Tips for Increasing Sales at the Farmers Market (GFL134)

John Paul Smajda joins me to talk about how he increased sales at their farmers' market by over 300%. From display to customer interactions, to pricing, all of the tips in this one are practical ones anyone could implement. Connect with John: smajda@mac.com Learn more about the Grassfed Life Insider: https://www.grassfedlife.co/insider

89 MINAPR 15
Comments
Practical Tips for Increasing Sales at the Farmers Market (GFL134)

Selling More Product with Buying Clubs featuring Charles Mayfield (GFL133)

Charles Mayfield talks about how he built and set up his buying club and how he interacts with his buying club members. Charles has built his farm on this sales model and it has been the primary income model for the farm since Day 1. Follow Charles: https://www.instagram.com/mayfield.pasture View the Grassfed Life Courses athttps://farm-business-essentials.teachable.com/courses

50 MINAPR 8
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Selling More Product with Buying Clubs featuring Charles Mayfield (GFL133)