Episodes

Listen to the voices of the Upstart Farmers movement inspire future farmers and tackle current issues. Bookmark this page to find New episodes of Upstart Farmers Radio!

  1. Why I’m an Upstart Farmer (and You Should be, Too) – What it means to be an Upstart farmer and the origins of the movement
  2. Hydroponics or Aquaponics? – Pros and cons of hydroponics and aquaponics for commercial farmers
  3. All About Greenhouses – Greenhouse types and factors that Upstart Farmers need to think about when building a greenhouse
  4. Crops For Upstart Farmers – Our favorite crops and experimenting with new varieties
  5. Green Walls: Not Just Transforming Urban Landscaping – Creative and profitable uses for Green Walls
  6. Farmer’s Markets – Tips From the Pros – An overview and tips for setting yourself apart at farmer’s markets
  7. Crowdfunding an Upstart Farm – Tips, tricks, and common mistakes to avoid for a successful crowdfunding campaign.
  8. Integrated Pest Management on Upstart Farms – Get an overview of the reason and rules behind an IPM strategy.

Episode 8: Integrated Pest Management on Upstart Farms

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Integrated Pest Management on Upstart Farms Just about everybody is thinking about pest control around this time of year. Today we’ve got Dr. Nate and Amy Storey here to discuss what a good integrated pest management strategy looks like. In this episode: (2:00) – Fresh With Edge’s common pests (2:42) – What is Integrated Pest Management all about? (4:40) – When to get an IPM strategy going (6:45) – Steps to setting up a strategy (11:00) – Lancaster Farms most common pests (11:55) – Types of control and examples (15:55) – Other tips for Upstart Farmers You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, episode announcements, and other exciting updates. Helpful Links Spraying your greenhouse Benefits and rules of an IPM strategy Biological pest control Mechanical pest controls Cultural pest controls Find your Extension office Special Thanks To… Chris Lukenbill and Hank Thornburg for their...

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Episode 7: Crowdfunding an Upstart Farm

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Crowdfunding an Upstart Farm Chris Michael gives us general advice for crowdfunding success, and Paul Meyer gives us insight into his successful Kickstarter campaign. Be sure to check out the links below to explore more resources on crowdfunding. In this episode: (0:30) – Bright Agrotech’s Kickstarter campaign and crowdfunding experience (2:16) – Why is crowdfunding important for Upstart Farmers? (4:00) – Choosing a platform: perks and costs of different platforms (6:43) – Creating and knowing your “crowd” (8:55) – Rewards (9:32) – What to do during the campaign (11:50) – Resources to help you succeed (13:51) – Paul Meyer and his campaign (15:57) – How Paul marketed his campaign (16:45) – Hardest and easiest parts of setting up a campaign: the video (20:00) – How Paul chose a platform (21:05) – Paul’s advice for Upstart Farmers who are crowdfunding (29:45) – Other Upstart Farmers’ campaigns (30:35) – Chris’s tips for success (33:05) – Common mistakes to avoid You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, episode announcements, and other exciting updates. Helpful Links The Iceberg Approach Barnraiser – Browse through their resources! Kickstarter – Check out other campaigns! Crowdfunding Webinar with Barnraiser’s Marie Sayles Interview with Barnraiser’s CEO, Eileen Gordon Why You Should Think About Crowdfunding Your Farm Paul’s Kickstarter data Special Thanks To… Paul Meyer of Virginia Vegetable Company, for his great insight! Chris Michael for his tips! Tom Deacon and Hank Thornburg for their campaign...

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Episode 6: Farmer’s Markets – Tips From the Pros

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Farmer’s Markets – Tips From the Pros Today, we get the overview of farmer’s markets from Dr. Nate, and we hear some tips on setting yourself apart from our “farmer’s markets superstar”, Chris Lukenbill. In this episode: (0:29) – Farmer’s markets for beginning Upstart Farmers (6:24) – Meet Chris at Fresh With Edge and hear some tips on selling at farmer’s markets (19:43) – What Hank Thornberg and Paul Meyer are doing at farmer’s markets (20:25) – Christina at Lancaster Farms discusses how to start your own farmer’s market You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, episode announcements, and other exciting updates.   Helpful Links The Benefits of Farmer’s Markets for Hydroponic Growers Special Thanks To… Chris Lukenbill at Fresh With Edge Christina Keeling at Lancaster...

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Episode 5: Green Walls: Not Just Transforming Urban Landscaping

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Green Walls: Not Just Transforming  Urban Landscaping Today, we’re talking about something that has had us excited for quite a while. We anticipated some of the results of the Green Wall, but the innovative Upstart Farmers have surprised us with creative and profitable uses. Our special guest today is Teryl Chapel, who we call the “Godfather of ZipGrow Green Walls.” Teryl took the green wall model and built a business out of it. In this episode: (0:40) There’s a new green wall on the block. What does this mean for farmers, producers and for the urban landscape? (3:28) How are Upstart Farmers using green walls? (4:04) Teryl Chapel’s  green wall-building business. (8:33) Restaurants making a statement with a green wall (16:29) The green wall/restaurant symbiosis with Altitude’s Chophouse and Brewery You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, episode announcements, and other exciting updates. Special Thanks To… Teryl Chapel with City Planet Farms Marilyn Yamamoto with Cowboy Trail Farm Noah Newman with Bright Agrotech Jared Long with Altitude Chophouse and...

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Episode 4: Crops For Upstart Farmers

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Crops For Upstart Farmers Spring is right around the corner. We can feel it in the air… and so can seed companies. Our table in the office is littered with seed catalogs and we’ve had crop varieties on our mind, so we figured we’d take this episode to talk crops with some of our farmers. Today we’re joined by Noah and Dr. Nate to talk about our favorite crops and experimenting with new varieties. In this episode What’s growing in the Bright Agrotech greenhouse? (o:58) Considerations for growing fruiting crops, from support to pollination (2:45) What specific plant varieties do you like? (3:48) Where do you like to get seeds? (4:55) Whats the worst thing you’ve ever grown in ZipGrow towers? (5:38) Are you experimenting with anything in the towers right now? (7:39) Correction: they were zinnias, not mums. But they did look great. (8:44) Haydn’s main crops (9:29) Teryl Chapel’s favorite crops (9:34) ZipGrow design and Nate’s experimental crops (9:50) Nate’s favorites (12:25) Tips for experimenting with crops (13:37) You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, episode announcements, and other exciting updates. Special Thanks To… Noah Newman and Dr. Nate with Bright Agrotech Haydn Christensen with Bayberry Fresh Teryl Chapel of City Planet...

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Episode 3: All About Greenhouses

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All About Greenhouses Today we hear from a few greenhouse managers about greenhouse types, and we discuss the factors that Upstart Farmers need to think about when building a greenhouse. Marilyn Yamamoto runs her vertical hydroponic farm in Las Vegas. She sells produce to a CSA group and restaurants in her area. With high demand, she’s just expanded her greenhouses and is looking at even higher production this growing season. This week we’ll be getting the scoop on her operation. Tune in to learn what she’s growing and how she’s selling it. In this episode Marilyn Yamamoto with Cowboy Trail Farms tells us what’s growing in her greenhouse (0:16) About Marilyn’s greenhouse design (3:20) Noah Newman from Bright Agrotech and Teryl Chapel from City Planet Farms tell us about their greenhouses (8:30) We hear from Nate about types of greenhouses for Upstart Farmers (9:15) What do Upstart Farmers need to look for in a greenhouse? (Coverings, foundations, and price ranges) (10:45) You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, episode announcements, and other exciting updates. Special thanks to… Teryl Chapel of City Planet Farms Marilyn Yamamoto of Cowboy Trail Farms Noah Newman of Bright...

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Episode 2: Hydroponics or Aquaponics?

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    Hydroponics or Aquaponics? This week Dr. Nate, Perry and Haydn from BayBerry Fresh Farms in Fort Collins, CO discuss the pros and cons of hydroponics and aquaponics for commercial farmers and hear from some Upstart Farmers about what they are using and why they are using it. In this episode Welcome Haydn! (0:20) Haydn Intro (0:25) Difference between hydroponics and aquaponics (1:41) What should Upstart Farmers consider about each growing technique (3:09) Compliance differences between hydroponics and aquaponics (4:35) What technique Haydn uses (6:09) Question of the Week:Are you growing hydroponically or aquaponically? (10:28) What should aquaponic producers consider before entering the marketplace? (11:47) Selling fish from aquaponics? (14:52) You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, episode announcements, and other exciting updates. Special thanks to… Haydn from Bayberry Fresh And Noah from Bright...

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Episode 1: Why I’m an Upstart Farmer (and You Should be, Too)

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Today’s episode is hosted by Dr. Nate Storey, CEO of Bright Agrotech, and Perry Baptista, Upstart Farmers Director. Who are the Upstart Farmers? Where did they come from? How are they changing the face of agriculture?  Today, we talk about what it means to be an Upstart farmer and the origins of the movement. From its humble origins as just one small farm on the high plains of Wyoming, Upstart Farmers has now grown into a full-blown community, encompassing 70 farmers on 32 farms. We’ll also hear from Upstart Farmers about why they chose to be an Upstart Farmer – to feed their communities, to encourage young farmers, or to just do something that they enjoy. In This Episode What is an Upstart Farmer? (0:55) Why were the Upstart Farmers created? (2:33) What Makes the Upstart Farmers unique? (4:18) Teryl from City Planet Farms in NYC, NY and Hayden from Bayberry Fresh in Fort Collins, CO on why they chose to be an Upstart Farmer. (5:39) What is a ZipGrow tower? (6:26) How did the Upstart Farmers start? (12:15) Growth of the Upstart Farmer movement (15:47) Marilyn from Cowboy Trail Farms in Las Vegas NV and Noah from Bright Agrotech in Laramie, WY on why they are Upstart Farmers How have the Upstart Farmers been received? (20:01) Do a lot of people want to be Upstart Farmers? (21:17) Why should someone become an Upstart Farmer? Is it for everyone? (23:55) You can listen to the episode on iTunes (coming soon), Stitcher (coming soon), or using the embedded player above. Thanks for listening. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Upstart Farmers news, new episode announcements, and other exciting updates. Special thanks to… Teryl from City Planet Farms Hayden from Bayberry Fresh Marilyn from Cowboy Trail Farms And Noah from Bright Agrotech...

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Announcing Upstart Farmers Radio

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Who: The Upstart Farmers Hey guys, Kyle the podcast manager here from Bright Agrotech. Today Bright Agrotech launches a new free podcast called Upstart Farmer’s Radio, and we’re pumped about how it’s going to help small farmers like you. So what is an Upstart Farmer? In short, an Upstart Farmer is someone who is farming commercially (50+ ZipGrow towers) using hydroponics or aquaponics and ZipGrow technology. Upstart Farmers value transparency and understand that people want to know where and how their food was grown. Upstart Farmer Radio is designed for these farmers and their food-loving supporters. What: Announcing Upstart Farmers Radio Upstart Farmer’s Radio presents a place for the Upstart Farmers to share anything with a wider audience, from tips and tricks of the trade to compliance issues and how to sell produce in stores. Upstart Farmers Radio is a biweekly podcast with each episode focusing on a different topic. USFR will be covering a range of topics including hydroponics vs aquaponics, greenhouses, crop choice, and more. Join Perry Baptista, Upstart Farmers Director at Bright Agrotech, and Dr. Nate Storey, Bright Agrotech CEO, as they sit down to talk with Upstart Farmers from all over.  With 32 farms in 15 different states, we ‘re spread out, but that’s just the continental U.S. There are Upstart Farmers all over the world in places like Mexico, London, and even Singapore. Where: Your Favorite Podcast Catcher Upstart Farmers Radio is a podcast that is available on Itunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher Radio. The team here at Bright Agrotech records and edits episodes at their office in Laramie, Wyoming. We hear from and interview Upstart Farmers around the world. When: Every Other Week New episodes will be uploaded biweekly. In the mean time you can always like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or check UpstartFarmers.com for updates. Why: Because We See Brighter Futures We believe that Upstart Farmers enable themselves and others when they share experiences and solve problems. Instead of one farmer dealing with a problem, a whole community of farmers comes together.  This collaborative effort helps individual farmers and prepares the entire community. Altogether, the future becomes brighter – and that’s what we’re about. And it’s not just us; this is about a movement.  A movement that propels independence, transparency, and accountability in food production. You can learn more about being an Upstart Farmer in the first episode of Upstart Farmers Radio and at UpstartFarmers.com. We hope that you enjoy the first episodes of Upstart Farmers Radio. What do you want to hear about? Leave us a note in the comments or shoot us an email at...

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