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The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 67 – Transition Planning with Agriculture Transition Specialist, Annessa Good: Part 1

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 67 – Transition Planning with Agriculture Transition Specialist, Annessa Good: Part 1

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll meet Annessa Good. Annessa is an Agriculture Transition Specialist at Farm Credit Canada where she helps people start the transition conversation, giving them the tools and resources to work towards goals that keep their operations viable and sustainable.  Annessa recently moved back to the family [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 66 – Growing the Next Generation of Farmers with Dana Penrice

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 66 – Growing the Next Generation of Farmers with Dana Penrice

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll meet Dana Penrice. Dana is the Prairie Program Manager for the Young Agrarians which  is a farmer to farmer educational resource network for new and young ecological, organic and regenerative farmers in Canada. Dana works with a great team of community facilitators to help grow [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 65 – What You Need to Know In Case of Emergency on The Farm with Amanda Volsen

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 65 – What You Need to Know In Case of Emergency on The Farm with Amanda Volsen

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Amanda Volsen. Amanda grew up on a hobby farm in western Wisconsin and now finds herself in south central Minnesota, married to a 6th generation farmer.  She and her husband, Eric, keep very busy raising corn, soybeans, small grains and four children who are [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 64 – Raising Pasture Poultry with Nicole Vernon

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 64 – Raising Pasture Poultry with Nicole Vernon

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll meet Nicole Vernon. Nicole is co-owner of Vernon Family Farm, a non GMO pastured poultry farm on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. She is a farmer, a Spanish teacher, a bilingual mama of 3 adventurous farm girls, a committed wife, a serious multi-tasker and a [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 63 – Grass Fed Before It Was Cool with Kyle Brisendin

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 63 – Grass Fed Before It Was Cool with Kyle Brisendin

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Kyle Brisendine. Kyle began farming at age 5 when she bought her first sheep with money she saved.  The next year she showed her first registered ewe against the adults in the open class because she was too young for 4-H.  Fast forward a [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 62 – June Dairy Month Part 4 – The Struggles Make You Stronger with Nicole Wren

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 62 – June Dairy Month Part 4 – The Struggles Make You Stronger with Nicole Wren

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast we are wrapping up our June Dairy Month series with Nicole Wren. Nicole owns and operates a dairy farm in northern Michigan with her husband Brad. Together in 2008 just weeks after saying 'I do' the couple purchased six local dairy cows and began milking in [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 61 – June Dairy Month Part 3: Cheese Please! with Naomi De Ruiter

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 61 – June Dairy Month Part 3: Cheese Please! with Naomi De Ruiter

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Naomi De Ruiter who is a first-generation dairy farmer and the Modern Milkmaid at Birdsong Farm, where she raises registered Jersey cows and teaches cheese making classes. Naomi was 14 when she got her first cow, a Jersey-cross she named Blossom, and she fell [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 60 – June Dairy Month Part 2: Brown Swiss & Holsteins & Cats, Oh my! with Becca Hilby

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 60 – June Dairy Month Part 2: Brown Swiss & Holsteins & Cats, Oh my! with Becca Hilby

On this week's episode of The Rural Woman Podcast we're continuing June Dairy Month with Becca Hilby. Becca is a first generation dairy farmer from America’s Dairy Land, Wisconsin. Becca and her husband, Joey, live on his family’s farm with their three year old daughter Sophia, and one year old son, Joseph. They raise steers, [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 59 – June Dairy Month Part 1: Don’t Downplay Your Farmer-ness with Sarah Sache

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 59 – June Dairy Month Part 1: Don’t Downplay Your Farmer-ness with Sarah Sache

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll meet Canadian dairy producer Sarah Sache. Sarah operates West River Farm Ltd. in Rosedale, BC alongside her husband Gene and brother in law Grant. In her twelve years farming she has worked to become well connected in the dairy industry and agriculture community both locally [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 58 – You’re Either a Goat Person or a Sheep Person with Sara Beth Johnson

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 58 – You’re Either a Goat Person or a Sheep Person with Sara Beth Johnson

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll hear from Sara Beth Johnson from Flying Pig Cattle Co. in Arkansas. Sara Beth along with her husband own and operate a commercial cow/calf operation, raise meat goats, and even have a few miniature Hereford cattle for fun. Sara Beth also works off the farm [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 57 – From Fashion to Farming: The Journey to Carbon Beneficial Wool with Star Hoerauf

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 57 – From Fashion to Farming: The Journey to Carbon Beneficial Wool with Star Hoerauf

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet fashionista turned first generation Farmer Star Hoerauf. Star worked in the clothing and fashion industry for many years before she made the jump into farming where she began raising Blue Faced Lester sheep. She says there have always been three key elements throughout her [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast – Shop Our Sponsors

The Rural Woman Podcast – Shop Our Sponsors

Hi, friends! The Rural Woman Podcast wouldn't be where it is today without the help of our sponsors! Check out the amazing products and discount codes exclusively for the listeners of The Rural Woman Podcast. Your purchase with the use of these promo codes provides a kickback to the show that directly helps financially support [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 56 – The Next Generation of Farming with The Prairie Farm Project

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 56 – The Next Generation of Farming with The Prairie Farm Project

On this week’s episode of you’ll meet Dana, Jenna, and Nikki of The Prairie Farm Project. The Prairie Farm Project is a partnership of Central Alberta producers dedicated to providing nutritionally dense and ethically raised food and other farm products to families. Together, Lady’s Hat Farm, Redtail Farms and Lazy T Farm market their products [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 55 – California Ranchin’ & Craft Beer Brewing with Alli Fender

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 55 – California Ranchin’ & Craft Beer Brewing with Alli Fender

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet, Alli Fender. Alli is a fourth generation cattle producer in San Diego County, California. She grew up on the family ranch and always had a love for the cattle and livestock. Alli participated in 4H and FFA growing up and when her and her [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 54 – Preserving Rural Community in The Maritimes with Alicia Parsons Lushington

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 54 – Preserving Rural Community in The Maritimes with Alicia Parsons Lushington

On this week's episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you'll meet Alicia Parsons Lushington. Alicia grew up in rural Nova Scotia surrounded by chickens, horses, dairy cows, honey bees and gardens and woods. She attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College first with thoughts of becoming a vet but soon distracted by the world of plants [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 53 – Focusing on Holistic Management and Regenerative Agriculture with Becky Doherty

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 53 –  Focusing on Holistic Management and Regenerative Agriculture with Becky Doherty

On this week's episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you'll meet Becky Doherty. Becky became a first generation farmer back in 2016 when she and her husband John, along with their two young kids Cadence and Keagan , bought a farm and started Stonepost Farms. They are a mixed operation offering pasture raised meats, naturally [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 52: Meat Goat Farming with Leslie Svacina from Cylon Rolling Acres

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 52: Meat Goat Farming with Leslie Svacina from Cylon Rolling Acres

On this week's episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you'll meet Leslie Svacina who owns and runs Cylon Rolling Acres, a grass-based livestock farm near Deer Park in Western Wisconsin. Leslie, with the help of her husband Scott and their two kiddos raise  Boer-Kiko cross goats for meat on pasture. Leslie Svacina | BIO Leslie [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 51 – Feeding The Farm with Deanne Frieders from This Farm Girl Cooks

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 51 – Feeding The Farm with Deanne Frieders from This Farm Girl Cooks

On the week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Deanne Frieders. Wife to a farmer and mother of four, Deanne Frieders is the blogger behind This Farm Girl Cooks. Her focus is on simple, delicious meals your family will actually eat! If you love easy meals, a sprinkle of humor and a dash [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 50 – Speaking From The Heart with Richelle Barrett

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 50 – Speaking From The Heart with Richelle Barrett

On today’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Richelle Barrett. Richelle is a Rancher, Photographer and Writer from Havre, Montana who’s name might sound familiar to those of you have who have been listening to the Rural Woman Podcast from the beginning. Richelle Barrett | Bio I was born and raised on a [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 49 – Raising Gotland Sheep with Kim Goodling

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 49 – Raising Gotland Sheep with Kim Goodling

On this week's episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you'll hear from Kim Goodling. Kim is shepherd to a flock of Gotland sheep on a hillside farm in Vermont. Kim and her husband began homesteading many years ago as a way to provide healthy food for their family,  live a self sufficient lifestyle, and participate in Vermont's rich [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 48 – Rotational Grazing & Growing Local with Kate Estrade

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 48 – Rotational Grazing & Growing Local with Kate Estrade

Hey guys. Welcome to this special Sunday episode of The Rural Woman Podcast. As you know, new episodes of the show typically release on Fridays but as you may have seen on social media this week I’ve been a bit under the weather, My husband and I returned form a trip to the US on [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 47 – Nursing The Farm with Mel Gallup

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 47 – Nursing The Farm with Mel Gallup

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll meet Mel Gallup from Southern Idaho. Mel is a registered nurse who farms alongside her family and started her own business Calloused Hands Bounty where she makes soaps and other handmade products. Who knew back in January when we recorded this episode that soap would be [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 46 – Healing Through Animals and Nature with Tammy Thielman, BSW, MSW, RSW

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 46 – Healing Through Animals and Nature with Tammy Thielman, BSW, MSW, RSW

On this week's episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you'll hear from Tammy Thielman. We talk about he unique counselling practice as well as mental health in agriculture. Tammy Thielman | Bio Tammy is a registered Masters-Level Social Worker and Mental Health Counsellor who lives with her husband John, of 25 years, and three children [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 45 – LIVE Broadcast: Organic Alberta 2020 Conference – Sharing Your Ag Story Through Podcasting with Katelyn Duban + Interview with Holistic Management Professional Certified Educator Kelly Sidoryk

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 45 – LIVE Broadcast: Organic Alberta 2020 Conference – Sharing Your Ag Story Through Podcasting with Katelyn Duban + Interview with Holistic Management Professional Certified Educator Kelly Sidoryk

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll get to hear my presentation I recently gave at the 2020 Organic Alberta and Holistic Management Canada conference in Camrose, Alberta. It was an honour to be asked to speak about my journey in agriculture and how The Rural Woman Podcast got its start. I [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 44 – Blueberry & Pig Farming with Tiffany Duncan, RVT

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 44 – Blueberry & Pig Farming with Tiffany Duncan, RVT

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Tiffany Duncan. Tiffany is a third generation blueberry farmer turned pig farmer at a 700 head farrow to wean operation in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Tiffany shares with us about her love of animals plus what it’s like to be a military wife [...]

Podcast tells stories of prairie farm women: The Western Producer Highlighting The Rural Woman Podcast

Podcast tells stories of prairie farm women: The Western Producer Highlighting The Rural Woman Podcast

Podcast tells stories of prairie farm women By Mary MacArthur READ THE ARTICLE I was recently featured in an article by Mary MacArthur in The Western Producer, the leading agricultural publication targeted for Western Canadian farmers and ranchers and has been a staple in the agricultural industry since 1923. I shared my story of The Rural [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 43: Grass Fed Beef and Foraging 101 with Caiti Pierce

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 43: Grass Fed Beef and Foraging 101 with Caiti Pierce

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll hear from Caiti Pierce. Caiti is a first generation farmer who lives in Northern Wisconsin with her husband and kiddos where they raise grass fed grass finished beef and pastured eggs to sell direct to consumers. We also get into chatting about how and why [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 42 – Learning About Online and Digital Marketing for Farmers with Kelsey Jorissen Olesen

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 42  – Learning About Online and Digital Marketing for Farmers with Kelsey Jorissen Olesen

On today’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll hear from a familiar farmer, Kelsey Jorissen Olesen. Kelsey was on the podcast previously talking all about her farm Green Willow Honestead. You can head back to Episode 7 of The Rural Woman Podcast to hear her farming story. Kelsey is a first generation female farmer [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 41 – The heART of the Farm with Amanda Griffey

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 41 – The heART of the Farm with Amanda Griffey

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll hear from Amanada Griffey who is a 6th generation farmer, farm wife, boy mom and artist. She farms with her 3rd generation farmer husband, Thomas, on his family’s grain, hay, and beef cattle farm in East central Indiana Amanda Griffey | Bio Amanda Griffey is [...]

10 Things I Have Learned About Sharing My Ag Story Online

10 Things I Have Learned About Sharing My Ag Story Online

I recently celebrated my third anniversary of sharing my story in agriculture online! If you've been around for a while then you may recall some of the changes and additions that have been made throughout those three years. I started this journey out over on Instagram with the handle @FarmWifeyBlog. From there, I grew to [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 40 – Starting a Market Garden with Kristin Graves at Fifth Gen Gardens

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 40 – Starting a Market Garden with Kristin Graves at Fifth Gen Gardens

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll get to meet my follow Albertan Kristin Graves from Fifth Gen Gardens. Kristin’s family farm started in 1918 when her great-great grandfather purchased the land to pasture his cattle on. 100 years later, she is the fifth generation to farm on the land, making her [...]

Happy Anniversary (to me): Celebrating Three Years of Sharing my Ag Story Online

Happy Anniversary (to me): Celebrating Three Years of Sharing my Ag Story Online

January 20, 2017 I was sitting by the pool sipping my fruity adult beverage in Cabo nearing the end of my honeymoon. I spent two glorious weeks with my hubby soaking up all the tacos, tequila, and sunshine I could stand. Part of me wanted to stay forever and the other part of me was [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 39 – All About Healthy Soils and Regenerative Ag with Nicole Masters

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 39 – All About Healthy Soils and Regenerative Ag with Nicole Masters

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll hear from Nicole Masters who is an internationally-recognized Agroecologist dedicated to helping land managers regenerate soil health. Her mission is to help producers create vibrant, profitable, healthy food productions from the soil up. Nicole recently released a new book titled “For the Love of Soil” [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 38 – Highland Cattle & Flower Farming with Kristen Primrose

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 38 – Highland Cattle & Flower Farming with Kristen Primrose

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll get to meet Kristen Primrose from Primrose Lane Farm where they raise highland cattle organic produce and have started their own flower farm. Kristen shares her story of why growing flowers is a way of connecting with her mother and how she shares that connection [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 37 – The Story of Rocking Bar H Ranch with Brook Hickle

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 37 – The Story of Rocking Bar H Ranch with Brook Hickle

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll hear from first generation Rancher Brook Hickle from Enumclaw, Washington. Brook along with her husband and three boys own and operate Rocking Bar H ranch which is a Red Angus seed stock operation that you'll learn all about in today's episode. In 2005, Brook's young [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 36 – All About Donkeys with Andrea Durham

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 36 – All About Donkeys with Andrea Durham

On this week's episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you'll hear from Andrea Durham from Long Ear Rescue in South Carolina. Andrea and Jeff Durham live on a 54 acre farm in northern Greenville County, South Carolina. They actually live in the very house Jeff grew up in. During Jeff’s childhood, the farm was a [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 35 – Ask a Farmer, Not Google with Katie Dotterer-Pyle

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 35 – Ask a Farmer, Not Google with Katie Dotterer-Pyle

On this weeks episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet third generation turned first generation dairy farmer Katie Dotterer-Pyle. Not only is Katie a dairy farmer, but she is a part time Spanish teacher, entrepreneur and AGvocate. Growing up as part of the 3rd generation on her family dairy farm in central PA, Katie [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 34 – Farrow to Finish Hog Farming with Andrea Elias

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 34 – Farrow to Finish Hog Farming with Andrea Elias

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll hear from Andrea Elias. Andrea is the manager at a  farrow to finish hog operation in Southern Manitoba. She has worked in the hog industry for the majority of her life and has a passion for her industry that you’ll hear in today’s interview. Andrea [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 33 – Canadian Poultry Farmer, 4H Leader, and Community Builder Amy VanderHeide

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 33 – Canadian Poultry Farmer, 4H Leader, and Community Builder Amy VanderHeide

On this week's episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you'll get to hear from Amy VanderHeide. Amy calls the beautiful and diverse landscape of the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia home. She grew up next door to her grandmother’s beef farm and now farms full time with her husband and in-laws on their poultry and crop [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 32: Raising Grass-Finished Beef and Free-Range Children with Courtney Williams

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 32: Raising Grass-Finished Beef and Free-Range Children with Courtney Williams

On this week's episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you'll hear from Courtney Williams. Courtney co-owns and operates Williams Cattle with her husband, Eric. Together they raise grass-fed-and-finished beef and free-range children on a farm east of Carstairs, Alberta Growing up as a farmer’s daughter, Courtney saw the challenges that farm life brought and always said [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 31 – Freaky Farmer Friday: Interview with Katelyn Duban Hosted by Annabel Morgan

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 31 – Freaky Farmer Friday: Interview with Katelyn Duban Hosted by Annabel Morgan

Welcome to this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast. Today’s episode is a little different as you’ll be hearing me be interviewed by my dear friend Annabel Morgan. You may remember Annabel from Episode 20 where I was able to meet up with Annabel face to face down in Montana. Annabel is a rancher [...]

Meet My Patron’s

Meet My Patron’s

Hey there, I wanted to create a space specifically to share and thank those who support The Rural Woman Podcast through Patreon. These people not only listen, love and share the podcast but they also financially contribute to the show monthly making it possible to air each and every week. via GIPHY The Rural Woman [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 30 – Farm Wife Life: Two Part Interview with Kylie Epperson and Whitney Larson

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 30 – Farm Wife Life: Two Part Interview with Kylie Epperson and Whitney Larson

On this week's episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you'll hear from the co hosts of the Midwest Farm Wives podcast Kylie Epperson and Whitney Larson. We did an interview swap so make sure once you're done listening to this episode you head on over and listen to my interview on their podcast! Meet Kylie [...]

Midwest Farm Wives Podcast – The One with The Rural Woman

Midwest Farm Wives Podcast – The One with The Rural Woman

Hi friends! I was recently interviewed by Whitney & Kylie on the Midwest Farm Wives Podcast! We has such a great time talking about our farms, family's and the Ag community. Be sure to tune in to The Rural Woman Podcast on Friday, November 1 as Whitney and Kylie shared their stories in Ag with [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 29 – Ready, Set, GOAT! with Lauren Stine

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 29 – Ready, Set, GOAT! with Lauren Stine

On this week's episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you'll hear from Lauren Stine. She is an agricultural law professor, food journalist, and farmer in North West Arkansas raising grass-finished, pasture-raised cattle, sheep, and goats.  Recently, she started working with Diana Rodgers to promote her upcoming documentary and book project Sacred Cow, which makes the [...]

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 28 – Inspiring and Encouraging Words from 25 Women in Agriculture: Part 2

The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 28 – Inspiring and Encouraging Words from 25 Women in Agriculture: Part 2

On this week's episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, we’ll be wrapping up our two part series of Inspiring and Encouraging Words from 25 Women in Agriculture. You will hear from the remaining 13 women from previous episodes of The Rural Woman Podcast. Thank you so much for the positive feedback I received from part [...]