Ep 130: Is the Food Supply Chain broken?

Can we fix our food supply chain? Yes, we can! And companies like SIMPLi are going to be at the front of that fight. Today, I’m joined with Matt Cohen, co-founder of a company called SIMPLi that is revolutionizing the food supply chain. Learn more how Matt and everyone at SIMPLi are working directly with farmers to bring better products to consumers while also helping those farmers as much as possible.

SIMPLi, an ingredients company whose mission is to bring the best, most nutritious and delicious single-origin ingredients (quinoa, extra virgin olive oil, beans, etc.) from around the world to your kitchen.

Matt and co-founder Sarela Herrada

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Show Notes

  • Matt’s Background
  • Entreprenuers
  • Metaverse
  • Start of Simpli
  • Normal Supply Chain vs SIMPLi
  • Fraudulent food activity?
  • How has Covid impacted these small farmers?

SIMPLi, an ingredients company whose mission is to bring the best, most nutritious, and delicious single-origin ingredients (quinoa, extra virgin olive oil, beans, etc.) from around the world to your kitchen.

  • Eliminate fraudulent activity in the supply chain + create sourcing transparency on a global level. Food fraud is estimated to cost the industry between $30-40 billion per year. By working directly with growing communities in Peru and Greece to consolidate all the middle parties (co-ops, broker, exporter, importer, distributor, etc.), they have been able to create a fully vertical supply chain for getting products from farms to consumers, preventing 100% fraudulent supply chain activity.
  • Combat climate change. Agriculture emits an estimated 10.5% of greenhouse gases. SIMPLi’s partners use regenerative organic farming in order to grow the most nutritious ingredients possible and to minimize the harmful effects that conventional agriculture has on our environment. Simpli has helped 560 farmers and 1,060 acres transition from traditional to regenerative organic working farms.
  • Supporting global farming communities. After harvest, ingredients will touch about seven steps in the supply chain before landing in the hands of a business or consumers. These middle players can trigger a number of transaction fees, taking money directly away from farmers. Because of SIMPLi’s simple supply chain of “Farmer – SIMPLi – You”, they are able to pay above market price and improve the livelihoods of their farmers.

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Ep 119: What makes Florida Beef special?

When you think of Florida, you probably think of beaches and Disney World. And honestly, you wouldn’t be wrong. But, believe it or not, Florida is actually huge in the beef industry. In fact, the largest beef cattle ranch is located here in the sunshine state! Today, to learn more about beef and its role in Florida, I chat with Gene Lollis from Florida Cattle Ranchers. Gene and I chat about the history of Florida beef and major breeds throughout the state, why land conservation and sustainability is so important in ranching (and how ranchers have been at the forefront of conservation for decades), and how the rise in direct to consumer beef products is improving the relationship between producers and consumers.

Check them out at the links below:

Florida Cattle Ranchers Website

Florida Cattle Ranchers on Instagram

Florida Cattle Ranchers on Facebook

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Show Notes

  • Gene Lollis (Law-less)
  • Florida Cattle Ranchers – Sharing the story of Florida Beef 
  • History of Beef in Florida
  • Desert Ranch – One of the largest beef cattle ranchers in the United States
  • How COVID impacted beef processing
  • How does beef play into sustainability?
  • Land conservation in Florida.
  • Misinformation in beef and it’s impact on the environment
  • The biggest struggles wit beef ranching

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Podcast Episode 77: Seed Salesman and Seminole Indian Reenactor

Matt Griffin and I met during our time at the University of Florida, pretty much everyone in the college of agriculture knew everyone.  While we never shared any of the same classes, we both were active in various student organizations and share a love for all things Florida agriculture.  Matt is a seed product development manager by day and a Seminole war reenactor by night.  Our interview will cover a wide variety of topics, like how Matt develops certain plant varieties for his customers, some Florida agriculture history, as well as why he portrays a Black Seminole Indian for various war reenactments.   This is a great one!  Be sure to check out Matt at the links below as well as another podcast interview he was on, The Millennial Salesman.

Matt’s interview on the Millennial Salesman

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Don’t forget to check out Matt at the links below: 

Matt’s Instagram

OmniPresentBeauty – Matt’s photography page

Show Notes:

  • Matt’s Background
  • United Genetics Seed Company
  • Selling seeds
  • Marketing different varieties
  • Researching best growing varieties
  • Working with seed companies vs working with farmers
  • History of Florida Agriculture
  • Importance of remembering our history
  • Seminole Indian Reenactments

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Podcast Episode 76: 4th Generation Michigan Farm

Imagine the pressure of carrying on your family business.  Or better yet, imagine being the 4th generation to work on the family farm, which one day, will be yours.  That’s the challenge and course taken by our guest today, Derek Thom from D & D Thom Farms in Michigan.  Derek will cover the history of his family farm as well as what they grow including wheat, soybeans, cattle, and much more.  

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Don’t forget to check out D&D Thom Farms at the link below:

Thom Farms on Instagram

Show Notes:

  • Derek’s Background –
  • D&D Thom Farms – soybean, wheat, corn, sugar beets, hay, 120 cows, beef steers,
  • Pressures of a 4th generation
  • Michigan Agriculture
  • Crops production methods (organic or conventional)
  • Difference between cash crops and cover crops
  • Beef side of the farm, what type of cattle, daily care, etc.
  • Thoughts on the farmer/consumer relationships
  • What are some misconceptions you think consumers have of farmers.
  • Organic vs Conventional
  • Thoughts on farmer/consumer relationship

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Podcast Episode 74: What is A2 Milk?

Eileen Warburton is a dairy farmer at Sunset Ridge Warburton Farm in Pennsylvania. Her son has a health condition where he can’t drink regular milk without having severe side effects. Determined to find a solution for her son, Eileen found that some of her dairy cows can produce A2 milk, which her son can enjoy with no side effects. So what exactly is A2 milk? You’ll find out in this episode.

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Don’t forget to check out sunset Ridge at the links below:

Sunset Ridge Farms

Show Notes:

  • Eileen’s background
  • Her sons need for A2milk
  • Difference between lactose free milk and A2 milk
  • What type of cows produce A2 milk?
  • Alternative forms of milk
  • Misconceptions consumers have of milk
  • Thoughts on farmer/consumer relationship

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Podcast Episode 73: What Makes Coffee “Fair Trade”?

 

Do you like coffee? I love coffee. Today, my guest is Ben Weiner of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers a specialty coffee farming group that is aimed to connect coffee roasters with coffee farmers. Ben is going to educate us on the coffee trade, why coffee has risen in popularity, and how Gold Mountain Coffee Growers is working to bring high quality coffee to coffee lovers everywhere.

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Don’t forget to check out Gold Mountain Coffee Growers at the links below:

Gold Mountain Coffee Growers Website

Gold Mountain Coffee on Instagram

Show Notes:

  • Ben’s background
  • Why so many types of coffee
  • What is “Fair Trade” coffee?
  • Why has coffee gained in popularity?
  • COVID-19’s impact
  • Misconceptions of coffee
  • Best brewing methods

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Podcast Episode 72: The Humanity Behind Farming

 

Dillon Hancoop is the host of the Real People, Real Food podcast, aimed at discovering real stories of the people behind our food. Today, Dillon and I talk about his podcast, Washington state agriculture, and why animal rights groups are actually really nuts.

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Don’t forget to check out Dillon and his podcast at the links below:

Real People, Real Food Podcast

Show Notes:

  • Real People, Real Food Podcast
  • Humanity behind farming
  • Radio backgrounds
  • Washington agriculture
  • False Narratives
  • Activist groups
  • How to support farmers
  • Building an interview
  • Podcast interviews

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Podcast Episode 71: The future of buying meat.

 

Home meal kits are on the rage, especially now during COVID-19.  One company is making a dent in the meat delivery services and offers products like beef and lobster to even the most famous beef out there, wagyu.  Joe Heitzeberg, co-founder of Crowdcow is our guest today on the podcast.  Joe and I will talk about the history of Crowdcow, how they strive to be different by working with farmers to bring tasty and sustainably raised beef and other meat products straight to your door.  

 

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Don’t forget to check out crowdcow at the links below:

Crowd Cow Website

Show Notes:

  • Joe Heitzeberg’s background
  • Starting Crowdcow
  • At home food deliveries
  • Working with farmers
  • Improving quality of beef and quality of production
  • The story behind wagyu beef
  • No unnecessary antibiotics?
  • How COVID-19 has impacted sales

Interview on YouTube:

 

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Podcast Episode 70: Colorado Aquaponics and Supporting Student’s Mental Health

 

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Ryan Smith and Sean Short are the co-founders of Blooming Health Farms, a Colorado-based business focused on educating students on STEM as well as supporting mental health. On today’s show, I talk with Ryan and Sean about the programs offered at Blooming Health Farms, what their aquaponic system is like, and how they are helping kids focus on positive mental health.

 

 

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Don’t forget to check out Blooming Health Farms at the links below:

Blooming Health Farms Website

Show Notes:

  • Ryan and Sean’s backgrounds
  • Starting an Aquaponic business in Colorado
  • Aquaponic basics
  • Nonprofit
  • Training job skills while working with mental health
  • Getting at-risk students out of the streets and learning about STEM
  • Working with restaurants
  • Fitting a niche
  • COVID-19’s impacts on students mental health

 

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Podcast Episode 69: Why do cranberries grow in a pond?

 

Amber

I LOVE cranberry juice.  Growing up, my dad always rationed his supply of cran-grape juice and would call us out anytime we drank more than we should have.  Fast forward to my first day out on my own as a college student, I bought a gallon of cranberry juice.  I called him bragged that I have a gallon all to myself.  It really is all about the little things in life.

Today on the show, we have Amber Bristow, a 5th generation cranberry grower in Wisconsin.  Amber will talk to us about the growing and harvesting behind cranberries, which is a lot more difficult that I originally thought, and what it’s like working with OceanSpray, the leading cranberry growers co-op.  She’ll also answer a burning question, why do farmers flood cranberry fields and how do they prevent frost damage on their crops.  Be sure to check out Amber over on Instagram as well as her new podcast, Forward Farming Podcast with co-host Becca.

 

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Don’t forget to check out Amber at the links below:

Amber on Instagram

Forward Farming Podcast

Forward Farming Podcast Instagram

 

Show Notes:

  • 5th generation cranberry farmer
  • Working in sports to working on the farm
  • Basics of cranberry production
  • Soil/Sand requirements for growing cranberries
  • Why they flood cranberry beds
  • Growing, Draining, and Dams
  • Harvest times in Septemer to November
  • Frezing crops to protect from frost
  • Adding sand and ice to protect the berries
  • Working with Oceanspray
  • Starting a podcast: Forward Farming

 

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Podcast Episode 68: Onions don’t grow on trees?!

 

Shay

 

Shay Myers, a 3rd generation farmer, is our guest today on Farm Traveler. Maybe you’ve seen Shay on Instagram or even on TikTok as her creates quick but super educational videos on farming, specifically on onion production. Today on the show, Shay will talk more about why he started his videos, why it’s important to get the message out there, and how the industry is battling COVID-19. Be sure to follow Shay at the link below to see his awesome videos!

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Don’t forget to check out Shay at the links below:

Shay on TikTok

Shay on Instagram

Owyhee Produce

Show Notes:

  • Shay’s background
  • 3rd generation farmer
  • Growing onions and potatoes
  • Working with buyers and distributors
  • Onions DO NOT grow on trees
  • COVID-19’s impact on onion production
  • Farmers adapting to COVID
  • Importance of farmers sharing their stories
  • The power of social media
  • Instagram and TikTok
  • Flying
  • Crop worth
  • Mexico cartels affecting US agriculture?
  • The importance of the American dollar
  • Thoughts on farmer consumer relationship

 

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Podcast Episode 67: Why a Second-Generation Family Farm Switched to Organic.

 

Sun Valley

 

Sun Valley Farms is an organic farm located in California that grows a plethora of organic vegetables and fruits as well as conventional crops.  In our interview today, Rogelio Ponce Jr joins us and explains the history of Sun Valley Farms, how his dad started and helped grow the business, their production methods, and much more!

 

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Don’t forget to check out Sun Valley Farms at the links below:

Sun Valley Farms Website

Sun Valley Farms on Instagram

Show Notes:

  • Start of Sun Valley Farms
  • Rogelio’s background
  • Production methods at Sun Valley.
  • Switching from conventional to organic.
  • Why they chose to grow organic.
  • What consumers understand about food production.
  • How COVID-19 has impacted your farm and distribution.
  • Hoe Sun Valley Farm’s workers are more like family
  • Produce boxes
  • Labor issues
  • Thoughts on the farmer/consumer relationship.

 

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Podcast Episode 66: One to Grow On Podcast

 

One to Grow On 2

 

Today we have another agriculture podcast aimed at educating consumers on how food is made.  One to Grow On is produced by a father/daughter combo, Hallie and Chris Casey.  Hallie has an agriculture background and is a wonderful science educator while her dad, Chris, learns alongside the audience about agriculture.  They cover a wide range of topics such as the food supply chain, organic production, GMOs, plant propagation, and much, much more.  In our interview, Hallie and Chris explain why they started the podcast, who their audience is, and fascinating topics they’ve learned about on the show.  Be sure to check out their podcast at the links below!

 

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Don’t forget to check out the One to Grow On podcast at the links below:

One to Grow On Website

One to Grow On iTunes

One to Grow On Spotify

Show Notes:

  • Start of One To Grow On
  • Hallie and Chris’s Backgrounds
  • Agriculture topics they’ve learned
  • Consumer perspective
  • Labor Issues
  • Future Topics

 

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Podcast Episode 65: Regenerative Farming in Australia

 

Meat your beef

Today’s episode is a fun one as we discuss regenerative farming and cattle ranching in Australia with Ana from @meatyourbeef.

I love learning about what agriculture looks like around the globe and Ana explains what farming looks like on a small island just north of Tasmania, Australia. They also follow regenerative farming principles for their land and their cattle.  To help show consumers what goes on at their farm, @meatyourbeef  uses agrotourism to show consumers how ranching is done. ⠀

Also, Ana weighs in on the whole #Vegemite thing! Check out the episode on your favorite podcast app or at the link in our bio. And be sure to follow @meatyourbeef to see what they are up to!⠀

 

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Don’t forget to check out Meat Your Beef at the link below:

Meat Your Beef on Instagram

Show Notes:

  • Ana’s background and the start of Meat Your Beef
  • What regenerative farming looks like
  • Cattle ranching on an island
  • Australian agriculture
  • Major exports and imports
  • Not relying on government subsidies
  • Vegemite
  • Thoughts on the farmer/consumer relationship

 

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Podcast Episode 64: How a Small Scale Farm Adapts to COVID-19 and WINS

 

Deans Greens

 

Nicola Cogliati is the man behind Dean’s Greens, a North Carolina based small scale farm. The farm practices highly sustainable and regenerative growing methods, and if you’re curious about what that means, Nic will fill you in. He will also tell us how he has grown the business by adapting to COVID-19 and supplying customers with fresh produce.

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Don’t forget to check out Dean’s Greens at links below:

Dean’s Greens Instagram

Dean’s Greens Website

Show Notes:

  • Nicolas’s background
  • Starting Dean’s Greens
  • Micogreens
  • Supplying resutrants
  • Produce Boxes
  • Impacts of COVID-19
  • Delievering straight to consumers
  • Organic production
  • Biology and soil health

 

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