Episode 003 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features our first interview. Our guest is Margaret Purcell of Katie Farms in Coker, Alabama. Margaret and Jon Fleenor purchased Katie Farms in 2005 and have grown the farm steadily over the past seven years.
Margaret and Jon started with chickens—free range, of course—and a vegetable patch. Local restaurants discovered their produce at the Farmers Market on the University of Alabama campus. Today, Jon and Margaret sell directly to several local restaurants. Everything is else sold directly off the farm.
A few years ago Margaret and Jon added Scottish Highland cattle to the mix and have been a leading force in introducing Scottish Highlands cattle to Alabama. I can only say this: If I ever get the chance to raise cattle on Shine Springs Farm, I want to raise Scottish Highland cattle. Aren’t they the coolest?
This episode’s music is by the Chatham County Line from Raleigh, North Carolina and used under a Creative Commons noncommercial license with attribution. The excerpts are from a performance of “Birmingham Jail” for a live show on WFMU and shared on Free Music Archive.
Upcoming episodes of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast will include interviews with John Obert, Jr. of J3 Organics in Bessemer, Alabama, filmmaker Andy Grace, whose film Eating Alabama is drawing raves at film festivals around the U.S. Also look for a musical performance episode featuring the Wildwood Ruminators. Lots of other interviews and performances are in the works.
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What did you think about this episode? Do you like the interview approach? Do you have suggestions for future interviews? Why do you care about real food and sustainable farming? I’d really love to hear your thoughts, ideas and feedback.