Podcast Episode 27: Henry Gordon-Smith – Agritecture

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Our guest today is Henry Gordon-Smith of Agritecture.  Agritecture offers consulting services for entrepreneurs, companies, and cities, including feasibility studies, farm design, recruiting, and local food system planning.  Some topics we will discuss include how  architecture changed in the last few decades in agriculture, examples of international partners and what are their plans for urban agriculture and much more!

If you’re interested in international agriculture and urban agriculture, you’ll love this episode!

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Talking Points:

  • Agriculture and Architecture
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Water Wars
  • “Grow more with less”
  • Singapore food independence
  • Saltwater Asparagus
  • Agtech Solutions
  • Locally Grown In Podcast
  • Connection to Agriculture

Podcast Episode 26: Daniel Leonard – UF Extension

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Today’s guest is another old friend, Daniel Leonard.  Daniel is an Extension Agent with the University of Florida.  He worked in Walton County, Florida as a Commercial and Residential Horticulture Extension agent and recently took the position of Extension Director in our home county of Calhoun County, FL.  Daniel will tell us about his upbringing in the Florida panhandle, the responsibilities of a horticulture extension agent, and much more!

For more of Daniels work, check out the links below.

http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/waltonco/author/dleonard/

http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/author/dleonard/

For more information on the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences:

UF IFAS Website

Additional Episode Links:

Podcast on iTunes

Podcast on Spotify

Podcast on Waypoint

Talking Points:

  • Growing up in the Florida Panhandle
  • University of Florida Extension
  • UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
  • Master Gardener Program
  • Florida Friendly Landscaping Program
  • Walton County IFAS
  • Calhoun County IFAS
  • Timber Industry
  • Fantasy Football

Never compare

Ever think the grass is greener on the other side?  Yeah, me too.  Especially when it comes to other podcasts.

A few days ago, my wife and I went to a wedding rehearsal dinner and tried to mingle with some of the guests.  The first person we talked with just so happened to be a podcast creator.  What are the odds?!  Sure, more people are turning to podcasts to get various messages out there, but how crazy is it that it’s the first person you meet at a rehearsal dinner had a successful podcast!?

We quickly talked numbers and about our messages and audience.  Austin was a host of the Captains Collective, a long forum interview podcast dedicated to learning from captains, and other leaders in the fishing industry.  He stated that they’ve had around 50,000 downloads and have just gotten signed with a podcast network and various sponsors.  How cool is that?!  A new podcast that’s really gaining traction and getting a cool message out there.

As cool as it was to hear from a fellow podcaster, I certainly started to get a little envious.  They have 50,000 downloads to our modest 2,000.  They have over 600 followers on their Instagram page, to our small amount of around 270.  Okay, I was more than a little envious.  I was very much envious.

But after a good little motivational talk from Allie, the wife, and adjusting back to reality, I realized our growth has been pretty good here at the Farm Traveler Podcast.  After recording around 27 episodes as of this post (19 of which are live now), I’ve learned a ton from some awesome people who have some pretty cool lines of work.  Dairy farmers in the UK, vegetable farmers around the United States, and I’ve even been able to interview several long time friends who work in the industry.

Although the message of food production hasn’t reached as many people as I would like just yet, it has found a pretty cool audience.  Below you will see some pretty neat stats about the show like countries and cities where people have listened to the podcast.

(The below stats are for our last 5 episodes.)

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UK, Australia, Denmark, California, and Washington, just to name a few?!   Our little podcast is slowly finding an audience around the country and around the world!  How cool is that?!  I can not believe it.  We have spent exactly $0 on marketing and we already achieved a great audience.  So all I can say, is THANK YOU.  Thank you for listening.  Thank you for following our little show.  Thank you for telling your friends and sharing our posts.

I hope our show continues to grow because the stories we share need to get out there.  People need to learn about the work that farmers do and the part we can all play in food sustainability.

I hope you’ve learned a thing or two, I certainly have.  I’ve most recently learned to be content with where you are.  And no matter the size of the audience, be grateful for them.  Metrics shouldn’t matter.  The conversations are the things that matter.

Thanks for listening to our show.  We’ve got some other great episodes on the way and I can’t for you to hear them!

Piece, love, and chicken grease.

-Trevor

Launch of the Farm Traveler Podcast

The Farm Traveler Podcast is now live! 

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We are so excited to bring you interviews with farmers, ranchers, extension agents, teachers, and countless other people involved in the agriculture industry.  We hope this podcast not only better informs consumers but that it also gives individuals in the ag industry a chance to share their knowledge as well as their experiences.

Starting today, you can search for the Farm Traveler Podcast in iTunesSpotify or your favorite podcast app.

                               

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You can even listen to the podcasts on our website on the Podcasts page and follow the link to the podcast player.

Each week we will bring you a new episode, rotating between production agriculturalists one week and people working in the ag industry in supporting roles the next week.  Just a few examples of upcoming episodes: vegetable farmers in South Florida, extension agents from Texas and Maryland, dairy farmers, hop farmers, honey producers, and more!

Thank you for joining us on this venture.  If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and rate the podcast and of course, share it!  Or if you’d like to be on an episode, please email us at farmtravelerseries@gmail.com.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Trevor