Episode 005 of the Shine Springs Farm Podcast features an interview with Nashville musician Shane Tutmarc, commentary on the Stanford Organic Study and why Shine Springs Farm intends to seek organic certification and Certified Naturally Grown status.
The “arts” are a key part of a sustainable lifestyle. Music, dance, “hoedowns” and “Hee-Haws” have been a big part of farm life for centuries. Since the Shinecast is about sustainable farming, sustainable lifestyles, real food for real life, I think it’s important to include an artistic element to the show and especially to feature up-and-coming local artists.
It’s exciting to bring you the first music-focused episode of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast and introduce you to our first musical guest, Shane Tutmarc.
Shane Tutmarc, up-and-coming new Nashville voice
Shane Tutmarc moved to Nashville nearly three years ago from Seattle, in part because of his love for and respect of classic country music and Memphis blues. Sheree recently interviewed Shane at WorkPlay in Birmingham where Shane and his band were opening for the legendary Wanda Jackson. Shane had just finished mixing his new album and was gracious enough to do the interview and let the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast debut several tracks.
To connect with Shane Tutmarc, visit his website.
Videos from Shane Tutmarc’s show at WorkPlay Birmingham are available on YouTube: (reerocks channel).
Flickr photo album of Shane’s set at WorkPlay. (I’m happy to license these photos for publication, online or otherwise, provided photography credit is given. Licensing fees will be shared equally between Shane & Sheree).
Does Organic Certification Matter?
Many small farms choose to not pursue third-party certification for quality or sustainable growing methods. Sometimes this choice is made because of the significant costs of getting some of these certifications, which certainly adds to the cost of production. Other times, farms choose not seek certification because the record-keeping requirement can significant, depending on the nature of the certifications. Others take the position that “actions speak louder than certifications” and invite consumers to visit the farm and “see” how the farm operates.
In this episode of the Shinecast, Sheree explains why she plans to seek USDA Organic Certification for at least some fields at Shine Springs Farm and Certified Naturally Grown status for the entire farm.
USDA Organic and Certified Naturally Grown standards currently prohibit the use of genetically-modified (GM) seeds and related practices that are the basis for many GM patents (such as Roundup Ready herbicide applications). One reason organic and related certifications really do matter is that these are the only current way that U.S. food consumers can know that the foods they are purchasing are GMO-free.
Next Week’s Episode:
Next week the Shinecast will feature an interview with John Obert Jr. of J3 Organics, a family-owned Alabama composting business with a small, commercial organic vegetable farm on the side. John and his father started composting horse manures to support their worm casings operation and quickly began to grow into a larger-scale composting facility.
J3 Organics has a carefully-developed composting formula that uses horse manure from a local stable, spent grains from a a local brewery and animal manure from the Birmingham Zoo. I think you’ll enjoy hearing John talk about this family business.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the published results of the recently-released Stanford study comparing past research on health benefits of conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables to the health benefits of organically grown fruits and vegetables. Leave a comment in the comment box below and I’ll share some of these in upcoming episodes of the Shinecast.
And I’d love to hear what you think about including a music-focused episode once each month. Good idea? Distracting?
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