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Welcome to the Bede Sisters Podcast with your host, Kay! We'll chat about knitting and country life in South Carolina.
 
The organic and sustainable farming movement has its roots in sharing information about production techniques, marketing, and the rewards and challenges of the farming life. Join veteran farmer, consultant, and farm educator Chris Blanchard for down-to-earth conversations with experienced farmers - and the occasional non-farmer - about everything from soil fertility and record-keeping to getting your crops to market without making yourself crazy. Whether his guests are discussing employment ...
 
Heartsong Fit with Vickie Maris is conversation for the stressed and stretched-too-thin listener. I chat with interesting people I've met who handle life stresses in healthy ways. I also take you on hikes with the llamas; on visits to a remote fishing resort in Minnesota and back to the 1940s in conversations with my mom, Lucille Maris, and others who lived through the stresses of World War 2. In short segments at the end of several episodes, Lucille talks about life being married to a B-24 ...
 
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This week, I've done a little knitting, a bit of sewing and a lot of decluttering. I also announce a pattern giveaway from BostonJen of Down Cellar Studio. I'm also continuing to ask for your thoughts on having a hand made life.
 
This week, I have a finished cowl and two other projects that are coming alone nicely. I've also been asking what "hand made life" means.
 
This week I finished a pair of socks that will be a Christmas gift. I'm also working on two advent projects and have even made YouTube Vlogmas videos.
 
This week I have two finished projects, the Perfect Retreat Shawl by Susan B. Anderson and Spindrift by Helen Stewart. I have a few more suggestions for mini skein advent sets and I did not use my feet to get down the stairs.
 
This week, I have three finished projects--two pairs of socks and a Christmas stocking. I also have lots of ideas for advent mini skein sets.
 
This week is the 3rd Annual Pre-SAFF Flyby. I'm headed out at before the crack of dawn to go to Fletcher, NC for the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair. I'm taking two classes, one on angora rabbits and one on stick weaving. See you there!
 
This week, I'm finally back and our hens are laying! I finished a pair of socks for Halloween and I made a mistake on my Perfect Retreat Shawl. Hurricane Michael took the roof off our goat shed but no one was injured, even Moe the free range rooster.
 
This week is a very quick update before I leave for Into The Wool. I have two finished hats, a Barley by TinCanKnits and the Courage Hat, a new pattern from Sally Jane Cameron I've also cast on The Perfect Retreat Shawl by Susan B. Anderson. And off I go!
 
This week, I announce winners of the Grow Along and update you on the Pay It Forward Project. I also managed to mess up on two, yes two, hats.
 
Jan Libbey raises three acres of vegetables with her husband, Tim Landgraf, at One Step at a Time Gardens in North Central Iowa. With sales through their CSA and the North Iowa Fresh Food Hub, the market farm makes up one of multiple streams of income that include cash rent and CRP income on their 132 acre farm. We dig into how Jan and Tim have ...…
 
Lauren Palmer raised 15 acres of vegetables in Smyrna, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. With year-round production, a sprouts operation, a 300-member CSA, wholesale accounts, farmers markets, and on-farm events, Bloomsbury Farm is a thriving hot spot in the local food scene in Nashville. We dig into how Lauren has built the farm from the gro ...…
 
This week, I've finished a pair of socks and cast on my first Barley Hat. I've also been working on the All the Love pullover but I'm worried that the fiber content will make it grow. And UPS is on my naughty list.
 
Jack Algiere is the farm director for Stone Barns Center in the New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Actively farming since the early 1990s, Jack has been the director at Stone Barns since its inception fifteen years ago. Jack oversees the extensive and diversified farm operations, including indoor and outdoor vegetable production, small grains, and ...…
 
Jean-Martin Fortier is most famous for his book, “The Market Gardener,” based on the high-output systems he developed at Quebec’s Les Jardens de la Grelinette, where his wife, Maude Helen, currently produces over $150,000 of produce on an acre and a half of production ground. He currently farms at La Ferme de Quatre Temps, an enlarged version o ...…
 
Allan Gandelman raises 45 acres of crops at Main Street Farms in central New York state with his partner, BobCat. With twenty employees in its eighth year in business, Main Street Farms sells through a CSA, farmers market, and wholesale accounts. Main Street Farms got its start in 2011 with an acre of production and an aquaponics set up, so the ...…
 
This week, I've been working on socks and a shawl. I've also done some sewing on a notions pouch and laundry bags.
 
Caroline Pam and Tim Wilcox farm 50 acres of vegetables at Kitchen Garden Farm in Western Massachusetts. Starting with an acre of produce in 2006, Caroline and Tim have steadily expanded the farm’s scale and added fire-roasted salsa and a naturally fermented sriracha to their farm’s production. We discuss the value-added products and how those ...…
 
This week, I have travel knitting and a broken tractor. And the goat ladies are pretty happy.
 
Rebecca Graff and Tom Ruggieri raise vegetables for a hundred-member CSA, manage a small laying flock, and operate a cottage-scale fermented food business at Fair Share Farm, 45 minutes north of Kansas City, Missouri. They’ve been farming together on family land since 2004 after meeting in the fields at Peacework Organic Farm in upstate New Yor ...…
 
Nate Fingerle has been farming with his family at River Ridge Farm in north-central Indiana for ten years. With one-and-a-half acres of production and ten thousand square feet of high tunnels, River Ridge provides vegetables to its customers year-round. River Ridge has found success in a rural agricultural community with a combination of farmer ...…
 
Karen Washington owns and operates Rise and Root Farm with Lorrie Clevenger, Jane Hodge, and Michaela Hayes. Located in Chester, New York, just a little over an hour from New York City, Karen and her partners raise an acre of produce to serve two New York City Farmers Markets. Karen shares the story of finding land for farming in rural New York ...…
 
Genesis McKiernan-Allen and Eli Robb raise vegetables year-round at Full Hand Farm, 45 minutes northeast of Indianapolis. Going into year seven of their operation, Genesis and Eli have between four and five acres of produce production, with half of their sales going to farmers market and half going to restaurants in Indianapolis. Eli and Genesi ...…
 
This week, I finished the Anna Karenina Shawl. I didn't cast on anything new but I worked on vanilla socks and the Cloud Wrap. And dreamed about travel knitting.
 
This week, I finished the Norwegian Fir baby cardigan. I also picked back up the Anna Karenina Shawl and it's more than halfway done. There's also a Bentley update.
 
This week, I finished the Evanesce Shawl by Susie White. The pattern should be released soon. I announce two giveaway winners as well as two new giveaways. Also, there's a blooper at the end. In addition, I seem to need a lot of reminder notes this week.
 
This week, I'm working on a test knit and pondering my moral responsibility to be interesting.
 
This week, I finished my Impressionists MKAL (and wore it to a violin recital) and I'm giving away fiber that is really, really soft. There's also a review of the new eBook by The Geeky Girls, Tickled Pink.
 
This week, I've worked on the Impressionists MKAL (spoiler alert: I'm still behind) and a pair of vanilla socks on the new Addi FlexiFlip needles. We cleaned our porch and there are new chicks in the house.
 
This week, I have a finished project (Skagen Shawl) and some questions for you about shop samples. Also, goats are jerks.
 
Mike Yolo raises 14 acres of organic olives, cut flowers, a variety of tree fruits, and the occasional vegetable crop at Yolo Press, near Davis, California. With his wife, Diane, Yolo Press creates olive oil and a variety of value-added products that are sold with the cut flowers through independent grocers and farmers markets in Davis. Yolo Pr ...…
 
This week, I have two finished projects. One is a crocheted toy and the other is a pair of socks. I've also been working on the Skagen Shawl and the Impressionists MKAL. There's also talk of knitworthiness.
 
Olivia Hubert farms with her husband, Greg Willerer, at Brother Nature Produce in Detroit Michigan, as well as at a farm an hour north of the city. Specializing in salad mix and fresh herbs sold to farmers markets, grocers, and restaurants, Brother Nature provides a living for both Greg and Olivia. Olivia grew up in Detroit, where she fell in l ...…
 
Tom Kumpf raises about four acres of vegetables at Double-T Farm in Garner, North Carolina, just south of Raleigh. Double-T Farm markets through a CSA, restaurants, and a small neighborhood farmers market. Farming full time since 2008, and part time for many years before that, Tom and his wife, Theresa Ryan, have seen their share of transitions ...…
 
This week, I worked on my Anna Karenina shawl and some master knitter swatches. I also talk about how to decide which decrease to use, K2TOG or SSK. Or both.
 
Chandler Briggs of Hayshaker Farm and his partner, Leila Schneider, make a living with about six acres of vegetables on the edge of Walla Walla, Washington. Now in their fourth season of production, Chandler and Leila do most of their farming with horses, and sell their produce through two farmers markets, restaurants, and a grocery store. Chan ...…
 
Lorien Carsey and Shea Belahi of Blue Moon Farm in Urbana, Illinois, raise vegetables for farmers market, restaurants, stores, and a CSA. With twenty acres dedicated to vegetable production, and ten high tunnels totaling just under half an acre of year-round production, Blue Moon Farm was founded in 1977 by John Cherniss and Michelle Wander, an ...…
 
This week, I finished my "V Is for Valentine" socks, attempted amigurumi and threw editing out the window.
 
Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser raise a little under three acres of vegetables at Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, California, where they have been farming since 2007. Their ecological farming model rests on a foundation of no-till production, but incorporates many more elements to build soil organic matter and soil biology to support an economicall ...…
 
Stacey Carlberg and Casey Gustawarow manage The Farm at Sunnyside, with twelve acres of vegetables and eight of tree fruits in Rappahanock County, Virginia, about seventy miles from Washington, D.C. We dig into the ups and downs of managing other people’s farms, including why they’ve chosen to do it and how the farm owners set expectations and ...…
 
This week, I finished my Winter Games hat, worked on the Doodler and started a pair of socks. It's been a tough week on the farm, but baby goats help.
 
At Beech Grove Farm, Anne and Eric Nordell manage six-and-a-half acres for vegetable crop production, with half of that in cover crop, and half of that in vegetables. And they do it with horsepower, next-to-no hand-weeding, and no irrigation. Anne and Eric share their experience farming with horses, something that they’ve done since Beech Grove ...…
 
Angie Raines and Miles Okal raise diversified vegetables, rice, and dry beans at South Wind Produce in Rougemont, North Carolina. With sales at five weekly farmers markets plus wholesale sales to restaurants, they have built a viable business in a short amount of time. Angie and Miles take us on a deep dive into their rice and dried bean produc ...…
 
This week, I have another finished object and lots of patterns in the rabbit hole. Also, I found a picture of me from a high school play. It is my claim to fame.
 
David Greenberg of Abundant Acres Farm raises about five acres of vegetables with his wife, Jen, in rural Nova Scotia, about an hour from Halifax. With four full-time employees in addition to David and Jen, Abundant Acres focuses on high-value crops, while also growing a bit of everything for their diversified market streams. David takes a deep ...…
 
This week, I finished my Christmas socks. I've also been working on the All the Love pullover and the Hon Cowl. And if you spot the mistake in it when you see me, I'll give you a podcast pin. Or if you don't spot it, I'll probably still give you a pin. I'm not fussy.
 
After starting out in 2008 on a homestead in the country that grew to a market and livestock farm on several different parcels, my guest Steven Beltram and his wife Becca Nestler moved Balsam Gardens to two large parcels right in the city of Asheville, North Carolina. They now farm on 30 acres of certified organic ground, selling their product ...…
 
This week, I've been doing a lot of decluttering and I talk about it... a lot. But at least there's a giveaway at the end!
 
Howard Prussack of High Meadows Farm raises crops, potted herbs, and vegetable starts with his wife, Lisa, in 30,000 square feet of greenhouses as well as out in the field in Putney, Vermont. Howard has been farming since 1971, and High Meadows Farm was the first certified organic farm in Vermont. We dig into Howard’s history and the growth of ...…
 
This week, I've been taking care of my sick family and I want to cast on ALL THE THINGS! Listen to the Pattern Rabbit Hole segment for a quick giveaway, this week only.
 
Today’s show is a repeat of an episode I recorded in the spring of 2015 with Richard Wiswall Cate Farm in Plainfield, Vermont. Cate Farm has sold produce through a CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale accounts, and has been in business since 1981. Richard is also well known for his excellent book, the Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook. We take ...…
 
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