017 Shinecast – Snow’s Bend Farm

David Snow of Snow's Bend Farm at Pepper Place Saturday Market

Episode 017 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features an interview with David Snow of Snow's Bend Farm in Coker, Alabama. Snow's Bend Farm is one of Alabama's premiere sustainable farms. David and Margaret Ann have a thriving CSA program and supply produce to some of the nation's leading farm-to-table restaurants Although David doesn't name the restaurants, I know that Snow's Bend Farm … [Read more...]

014 Shinecast: Water Policy, Water Use

Playing in surf on Alabama Gulf Coast Fort Morgan Copyright 2012 Sheree Martin

We talk water use, water policy and water rights with Mitch Reid, program director for the Alabama Rivers Alliance, in this week's episode of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast. The focus of this episode is how water policy and a comprehensive water resources management plan helps to ensure everyone who needs water has reasonable access. Water uses include drinking and residential use, … [Read more...]

009 Shinecast: Beekeeping with Dr. Jim Tew, Farm Dogs & Farm Update

Bee on Buckwheat at Shine Springs Farm October 2012

Episode 009 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast includes a brief conversation on bees and beekeeping with Dr. Jim Tew, a consulting professor with Auburn University and retired State Extension Specialist from Ohio State University. Sheree also gives a Shine Springs Farm update, including a near-tragedy involving farm dog Koda, and comments on a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics on … [Read more...]

007 Shinecast: Turnip Greens, Green Building & More

Fresh Turnip Greens

Episode 007 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features a detailed farm update, the health benefits of turnip greens, and a conversation with Justinn Overton, Green Workforce Program Director for the US Green Building Council Alabama. As much as I'd like to use James Bond theme music for this episode, I did not. Copyright law and all that. Use your imagination.   In the farm … [Read more...]

006 Shine Springs Farm Shinecast Featuring J3 Organics

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Episode 006 features a detailed update on what's growing this Fall at Shine Springs Farm and a conversation with John Obert Jr. of J3 Organics LLC, a family-owned composting business in Bessemer, Alabama.   What's Growing at Shine Springs Farm Pak choi and golden turnips are looking great. I can start clipping those for greens any day now. Lots of kale on the way. Kohlrabi is slow to … [Read more...]

005 Shine Springs Farm Podcast: Featuring Shane Tutmarc

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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. … [Read more...]

004 Shine Springs Farm Podcast Episode 004

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This week's episode of the Shinecast features an interview with Jen Barnett, co-owner of Freshfully, a local-foods market in Birmingham, Alabama (and beyond) with a mission to make more local food available to more people—more conveniently. Freshfully is starting to expand to other cities across the Southeast. If you're a farmer and want to sell through Freshfully or a locavore looking for … [Read more...]

003 Shine Springs Farm Podcast Episode 3

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. Visit Katie Farms online. Margaret and Jon started with chickens—free range, of course—and a vegetable patch. Local restaurants … [Read more...]

001 Shine Springs Farm Podcast Episode 1

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These are the show notes for episode 1 of the new Shine Springs Farm Shine-cast, a podcast celebrating sustainable farming and more. I’m excited to launch the Shine-cast. I’ll be sharing the story of Shine Springs Farm, a new farm in Northwest Alabama committed to environmental sustainability. Still learning how to use the plugin! Look for the podcast on iTunes as well. And in … [Read more...]

UVM Food Systems Summit Public Conference: Storify Recap

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Last week I was a part of the University of Vermont's Breakthrough Leaders Program. As part of our VERY intensive week of food systems leadership training, the Breakthrough Leaders attended the UVM Public Conference: "Leading the Necessary [r]Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems: AMPLIFIED" held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 1-6 p.m. During the public conference I took as many notes as I … [Read more...]