American Family Farmer

The American Family Farmer Show is the weekly voice for small, independent farm owners, as well hobby farmers and all of those interested in eating natural foods that make as few stops as possible from the farm to the table.

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    Meghan Nichols talks High Hopes Farm


    Meghan and Ross Nichols are an energetic, hardworking couple who own and operate High Hopes Farm on a beautiful 120ish-acre piece of land in Bristol, Maine. The couple purchased the farm earlier this summer, and already have a small, thriving operation. They both grew up in the area, and didn’t even consider looking at other farms because they knew they wanted to stay in their community. When they bought the farm, Maine Farmland Trust purchased an easement on the property,...


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    48m
    this year

    Johnny Fonteyn on Rio Gozo Farm


    Johnny Fonteyn is a former chef, and his wife Elizabeth Del Negro, a former educator. They are in their 30’s, and now are full-fime farmers. They started with an 8-acre farm, just north of Los Angeles, in Ojai (PM: O-HI), California, which was formerly a minimum-security prison. Today, they grow vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers on three different farms. The farm is known as Rio Gozo. "Gozo" is Spanish for Joy. The majority of the food they grow supplies Rio Gozo Farm's CSA program;...


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    46m
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    Tom Hanson talks Hansons Farm


    Hanson's Farm has been a working farm since 1715, farmed for almost 200 years. In 1908, Matthew Hanson got the opportunity to rent the fifty acre farm and loved it, finally purchasing it in 1913 after which it officially became Hanson 19s farm. His grandson Tom eventually took over, and began concentrating on the farm stand and adding things such as upick, hayrides and other things. To bring families to the farm, diversifying has helped to keep the farm going and such things as a horse...


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    34m
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    Jana Linderman on the Iowa Farmer's Union


    Jana Linderman is President of The Iowa Farmers Union. She grew up on a family farm in North Dakota and is the 4th generation to work in her family 19s farming operation. As a beginning farmer, she works with her parents raising spring wheat, small grains and non-GMO food-grade soybeans that are direct marketed to processors in Japan. Her long-term goal for the farm is to transition to organic production and start a farm-to-table craft distillery using grains grown on the farm. Since 1915,...


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    39m
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    Sharon Caswell on Pony Up Technologies


    Sharon Caswell is the founder and CEO of PonyUP Technologies, and has been a life-long horse owner. She currently has two horses and rides as often as possible. Pony Up Technologies was founded on the simple desire to make life better for horses and their handlers. Their products give equine professionals a better way to manage the health and conditioning of their horses. The objective is to bring products to market that are simple to use and yet have a profound and game-changing impact on...


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    40m
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    Kriss Marion on Circle M Market Farm


    Kriss Marion is a former Easterner and Journalist from Chicago. Kriss and her husband Shannon, own the Circle M Market Farm and B&B, in Lafayette County. She is the founder of her local farmers 19 market in Blanchardville, Wisconsin. Even though Kriss is a first-generation 1cniche 1d farmers, she always vowed she 19d never do a farmers 19 market. She got into farming because she liked playing in the dirt. Her dream revolved around shepherding animals, growing plants, shaping the landscape...


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    25m
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    Marc Santucci on Saving the Cherry Crop


    Marc Santucci is the owner of Santucci Farm, in Travers City, MI. He says a Federal Regulation has forced him to let 40-thousand perfectly-good tart cherries go to waste. There is nothing wrong with the cherries, but the regulation requires him to dump them, to allow the import of 200-million pounds of cherries from overseas. Santucci said that tart cherries imported from Turkey and Eastern Europe have made up increasingly larger portions of the market, and limiting the amount of domestic...


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    39m
    this year

    Ethan Farrell talks Sunset Farm


    The Farrell Family has transformed Sunset Farm into a local icon in Narragansett. It is the last of its kind in the south-end of Narragansett, being the last working farm in the area. The Farrell Family works pasturing a herd of 100 head of Black Angus beef cattle, born and raised right on the farm. Sunset Farm prides itself on the fact that their beef cattle never leave the state of Rhode Island. Sunset Farm also grows a wide variety of produce in their fields located behind the Historic...


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    39m
    this year

    Mark Schneider on Living Water Farms


    Mark Schneider is a former firefighter who turned full-time grower after he helped his in-laws, Kevin and Denise Kilgus, convert their truck farming operation into Living Water Farms. He is now President and CEO of the farm. LIVING WATER FARMS is owned and operated by the Kilgus/Schneider families. It is a small sustainable family farm, focused on growing the highest quality specialty greens and micro greens year round for top chefs, select distributors, and local retail throughout the...


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    39m
    this year

    Vernon Seipt on Freddy Hill Farms


    Freddy Hill Farms began as a dairy store in 1972. The milk is processed and packaged right on the farm, and then sold in the dairy store. To complement the dairy sales, dipped ice cream is also offered to customers. After learning how to make their own ice cream at Penn State University's creamery, the Seipts expanded their ice cream offerings and began making ice cream cakes. The ice cream sales soon outgrew the small space and a full, sit down ice cream parlor was built in 1988. The...


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    38m
    this year