The Hello Farmlife Podcast

Cavaleiro Farm

The Hello Farmlife Podcast is the show where you learn how to live the farm life and build a self-sufficient, profitable farm. Hosted by Antonio Gomes and Janice Ho from Cavaleiro Farm in Schomberg, Ontario, Canada.

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EP13: Inherited a farm? How to know if you should keep it
21-07-2021
EP13: Inherited a farm? How to know if you should keep it
Summary In the final episode of The Hello Farmlife Podcast season one, Janice and Antonio talk about the always-timely topic on inheriting a farm. We discuss the challenges that come with inheriting a farm property as well as the goals and motivations that make heirs see the value of their inheritance.   Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating if you enjoyed this episode as well as the rest of the first season of The Hello Farmlife Podcast. Help us reach more people who want to learn more about how to do farm life better!   Timestamps: 00:24: This is our last episode for the season: How’s the journey been? 01:02: Introducing the main topic for the last episode: inheriting a farm 01:48: Why are there so many people inheriting farms and what are the challenges that come with it 03:30: The skyrocketing land crisis 04:15: How should people decide on what to do with inherited farmland 04:51: Goals and motivations that make people see the value of having a farmland 07:43: On resilience and self-sufficiency 09:50: On knowing what type of farm you have 11:03: On building a community and systems 12:23: On what infrastructure is available 12:53: On helping the environment and combating climate change 16:02: Looking back to Cavaleiro Farm’s story  16:40: The opportunities for innovations 18:40: Inherited farm as an investment 20:27: Good farmland vs. shitty farmland 21:39: The farm is not just the land - it’s a whole system 22:19: The big takeaway 23:14: We’re passionate about helping people through farm property decisions 23:35: How to get in touch with Antonio for farming advice 24:05: Leave us a review and rate The Hello Farmlife Podcast - see you in season two!
EP13: Inherited a farm? How to know if you should keep it
21-07-2021
EP13: Inherited a farm? How to know if you should keep it
Summary In the final episode of The Hello Farmlife Podcast season one, Janice and Antonio talk about the always-timely topic on inheriting a farm. We discuss the challenges that come with inheriting a farm property as well as the goals and motivations that make heirs see the value of their inheritance.   Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating if you enjoyed this episode as well as the rest of the first season of The Hello Farmlife Podcast. Help us reach more people who want to learn more about how to do farm life better!   Timestamps: 00:24: This is our last episode for the season: How’s the journey been? 01:02: Introducing the main topic for the last episode: inheriting a farm 01:48: Why are there so many people inheriting farms and what are the challenges that come with it 03:30: The skyrocketing land crisis 04:15: How should people decide on what to do with inherited farmland 04:51: Goals and motivations that make people see the value of having a farmland 07:43: On resilience and self-sufficiency 09:50: On knowing what type of farm you have 11:03: On building a community and systems 12:23: On what infrastructure is available 12:53: On helping the environment and combating climate change 16:02: Looking back to Cavaleiro Farm’s story  16:40: The opportunities for innovations 18:40: Inherited farm as an investment 20:27: Good farmland vs. shitty farmland 21:39: The farm is not just the land - it’s a whole system 22:19: The big takeaway 23:14: We’re passionate about helping people through farm property decisions 23:35: How to get in touch with Antonio for farming advice 24:05: Leave us a review and rate The Hello Farmlife Podcast - see you in season two!
EP12: Back to the family farm: My generation‘s turn at farming (with Sarah Dolomore, Mount Wolfe Farm)
06-07-2021
EP12: Back to the family farm: My generation‘s turn at farming (with Sarah Dolomore, Mount Wolfe Farm)
Summary This episode is an insightful conversation with one of our closest farmers, Sarah Dolomore from Mount Wolfe Farm. In this episode, Sarah shares her journey in transitioning to the farmlife by inheriting a family farm property and making it progress. She also shares some tips for starting a farm business and for creating an effective farm community. Moreover, Sarah discusses the programs and methods Mount Wolfe Farm applies to make their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) a success.   Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm   Connect with Mount Wolfe Farm on: Instagram: @mount.wolfe.farmFacebook: @mountwolfefarmTwitter: @MountWolfeFarmWebsite:  Online store:   Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating if you’re enjoying the show. It’ll help others who want to learn more about how to do farm life better find the podcast!   Timestamps: 00:24: Introducing our closest vegetable farmer Sarah Dolomore (Mount Wolfe Farm) 02:38: Sarah shares background and history about their family farm property 04:32: Seeing an opportunity to create a possibility for the family farm’s ‘rebirth’ 05:15: When Sarah started getting into farming and moving back home 06:00: The opportunity of access to land through family inheritance is an advantage 06:59: Mount Wolfe Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) business story 09:18: Developing several options for CSA members such as the Point System 12:00: Considering customers’ needs and providing people a good experience  13:06: Eating vegetables, grocery dollars, the economy, and ecological integrity 13:40: Things that helped Mounte Wolfe Farm be progressive and profitable 15:45: What happened when COVID-19 hit 16:23 Sarah’s advice for farmers starting a business:look for opportunities that your land based provide in terms of how you can diversify your income streams 17:06: The family and team behind Mount Wolfe Farm 19:30: A farm is not just a place to buy produce, it’s also a place for relationship building with people and nature 23:02: Mount Wolfe Farm’s Work Share Program as affordable, interactive, and inclusive option for CSA members 26:22: Insights from community members: people want to feel involved in something bigger than themselves 27:45: The novel opportunity of having people from very diverse backgrounds get together and relate with each other 28:50: To be an effective farm manager: invest in people and communication skills 29:59: People’s perception of producing and consuming local food 31:42: Eco-anxiety, access to food, and self-sufficiency 34:05: Farmlife is not all rainbows 34:40: Transitioning to farmlife: how farmers can move forward and take advantage of opportunities 36:25: What a farm’ community members value: it’s more than just the vegetables, it’s the experiential element 39:20: Summarizing lessons and insights from Sarah  40:05: Sarah acknowledges all the people who made Mount Wolfe Farm possible 41:33: How to connect with Mount Wolfe Farm
EP11: Jacqueline and Noel (Toronto Black Farmers Collective)
22-06-2021
EP11: Jacqueline and Noel (Toronto Black Farmers Collective)
Summary In this episode, our guests Jacqueline and Noel from the Toronto Black Farmers Collective share about their food and farming journeys. They discuss their experiences growing up in Jamaica to observing the differences in food quality, accessibility, and culture in Toronto. They also share why they got into growing food for their local communities, and provide some insights and tips for how they’ve engaged people to become more connected with their food.  Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating if you’re enjoying the show. It’ll help others who want to learn more about how to do farm life better find the podcast! Connect with Jacqueline/Noel and the Toronto Black Farmers Collective on: Website:  Email: blackfarmersto@gmail.com Phone: (416) 457-3403Farm address: Downsview Parc, 70 Canuck Ave., North York, Ontario (middle greenhouse, enter from the field) (Keele St. & Sheppard Ave. W.)Instagram: @torontoblackfarmersFacebook: @blackfarmerscollectivetoronto   Timestamps: 0:35: Painting the picture at Jacqueline and Noel’s farm in the city (Toronto) 1:50: Jacqueline’s farming experience growing up in Jamaica – sharing food with neighbours, eating in-season food, etc. 5:40: Differences in the food culture and availability that Jacqueline observed when coming to Canada 7:07: Noel’s farming experience growing up in Jamaica – abundance of food, village bartering aspect, no one went hungry 10:40: Noel’s experience eating food when coming to Canada and understanding the importance of food security 12:40: Jacqueline and Noel’s motivation for growing their own food and food for local communities 14:35: Their challenges accessing farmable land 15:45: What they grow! 17:50: The TFBC’s community food model, which includes gardening but also creating diverse products; building collaborative partnerships with other farmers; and food programming with community leaders 20:16: How COVID has changed the food shopping and eating culture for people – and the need for good, diverse food in Toronto 22:56: The TBFC’s recent partnership with the Black Community Consultative Committee from the Toronto Police Services and other community partners and leaders to distribute 185 food boxes to communities in need 24:42: Jacqueline and Noel’s experience searching for farmland 27:52: Their advice for doing a community food business successfully, including providing education to “animate” food 32:44: How the TBFC has gotten young kids (and adults) to love eating fresh, local veggies! 37:58: Jacqueline’s advice to all eaters: “Know your source” (including visiting farms) 40:57: Final words from Jacqueline and Noel (send your farmer a note of “thanks,” governments need to make land more accessible to farmers, etc.) 45:10: The importance of breaking down oppressive barriers so everyone can eat well 46:59: How you can connect with Jacqueline/Noel and the Toronto Black Farmers Collective
EP10:  You can’t farm alone: How to get community to help
08-06-2021
EP10: You can’t farm alone: How to get community to help
Summary In this episode, Antonio and Janice talk about what community farming is and why it’s ideal to build a community at a farm. They also share some tips on how to create a farm community and discuss how building good relationships brings value to the farm by having members share their skills and expertise.   Resources:  Learn how to be part and get involved in our community at Cavaleiro Farm:     Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm   Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating if you’re enjoying the show. It’ll help others who want to learn more about how to do farm life better find the podcast!   Timestamps: 00:36: Farming alone is like swimming against the tide 02:05: Community farming and civilization 03:33: The current deterioration of rural communities and its consequences 08:07: How to cultivate a community at the farm 11:20: There’s different levels of communities – and it’s more than just the people 16:44: Reading nature, adapting with natural communities 20:36: Ways that members of a farm’s community bring value to the farm 23:41: Relationship-building plays a role in building the community 27:27: Other strategies Antonio used to create a community at Cavaleiro Farm 30:06: The formalized community farming system we use on our farm 35:46: How landowners can engage community members to help with doing farmwork and support their farm goals 39:20: The big problem of farmers accessing farmland: How can landowners help? 42:12: How do we actually get it done? Walk and talk. 43:41: Communities in the city versus rural communities 46:20: You don’t wanna burn bridges – make good with the people and build a relationship 46:55: So what do you get out of having a community? What are the benefits? 49:11: How to connect with us
EP9: From the farm to table to farm (with Ivan Wadgymar, Maizal)
20-05-2021
EP9: From the farm to table to farm (with Ivan Wadgymar, Maizal)
Summary In this episode, our guest Ivan Wadgymar (Maizal) shares his insights and experiences on the other side of farming: eating and the restaurant industry. He talks about how the pandemic has affected his own food business and what he sees as the role of restaurants in food security. Antonio and Janice also share how Cavaleiro Farm’s relationship with Ivan and his restaurant has impacted the farm and created a beneficial circular economy.   Resources:  This Mexican Restaurant In Toronto Is Leading The Way For Zero Food Waste (Narcity)This might be Toronto’s first zero waste restaurant (BlogTO)People just like you are stewarding zero waste meals from seed to table (David Suzuki Foundation)2021 Nourish Trend Report (Nourish Network)   Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm   Connect with Ivan Wadgymar and Maizal on: Instagram: @maizaltoFacebook: @maizalTOWebsite: www.maizal.ca   Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating if you’re enjoying the show. It’ll help others who want to learn more about how to do farm life better find the podcast!   Timestamps: 2:12: Ivan shares: What’s the current vibe in the city (Toronto)?  3:10: What motivated Ivan to start Maizal, a restaurant in Toronto serving authentic Mexican cuisine (later named Libertad) 4:45: How market and demand shaped Ivan’s next venture: a tortilleria (Maizal) producing handmade tortillas made from farm-grown corn 6:17: How the pandemic has impacted Ivan’s restaurant 8:03: How Ivan works with Cavaleiro Farm and other farms to support his business 13:35: Why Ivan started his Zero Food Waste initiative with our farm (which has been recognized in the press and by the City of Toronto) 17:47: How food waste has positively contributed to our farm and farm animals 19:52: Current customer trends Ivan is seeing in the city in terms of local food, sustainability, and culturally appropriate food 21:47: What Ivan thinks works in terms of food businesses successfully connecting with their customers 24:13: The key thing Ivan thinks people need to know about food (and his intriguing perspective on restaurants being a luxury, not a necessity)  25:59: How COVID has actually helped people reconnect with their food more 26:47: “Restaurants don’t fit into food security”: Ivan and Antonio’s differing perspectives on the role of restaurants in our food system 30:05: Ivan’s future projections on the role of restaurants and how eaters access food, given the pandemic 33:28: Why it’s been important for Ivan to connect to farms and food systems outside of Canada 37:00: Why Antonio has found interacting with farmers from different cultures to be a perspective-shifting and rewarding experience (and how Ivan has helped to bridge that gap) 39:48: What Ivan sees as the opportunity in urban businesses connecting with peri-urban farms or farmland  41:30: How you can connect with Ivan and Maizal
EP8: Learn how to read nature and build a better farm
09-05-2021
EP8: Learn how to read nature and build a better farm
In this episode, Antonio and Janice discuss why being able to observe and read nature are essential skills for landowners and farmers, and the challenges that come up when we don’t learn how to work in harmony with nature. They also share some strategies for how people can improve their nature-observing skills to increase productivity and efficiency on their farms, and examples of nature patterns to watch out for and what they mean.   Resources:    Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm   Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts if you’re enjoying the show. It’ll help others who want to learn more about how to do farm life better find the podcast!   Timestamps: 1:06: What does “reading nature” actually mean? 1:45: Why is reading nature so critical for anyone wanting to get into the farmlife and have self-sufficiency? 3:32: What are the obstacles we have to learning how to read nature? 6:36: Common pitfalls that result when landowners and farmers don’t know how to work with nature (or actually try to work against it) 10:11: Positive outcomes and life lessons learned being in harmony with nature (“What would nature do?”) 15:13: Strategies for how landowners and farmers can improve their skills in observing nature to increase productivity and efficiency on their farm 24:30: Examples of nature patterns you can observe, and what they mean 34:22: How you can connect with us
EP 07: You don’t need to buy a farm to farm successfully (with Angie Koch, Fertile Ground Farm)
28-04-2021
EP 07: You don’t need to buy a farm to farm successfully (with Angie Koch, Fertile Ground Farm)
Summary In this episode, our guest Angie Koch (Fertile Ground Farm, London, Ontario) talks about how she managed to get onto someone else’s farmland as a new farmer, and has since grown a profitable farm and market garden by building community, doing effective marketing, and helping people make stronger connections with their food. Whether you’re an aspiring farmer or someone who’s been in the game for a few years, you’re sure to gain a ton of insights and inspiration from Angie’s interview!   Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm   Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating if you’re enjoying the show. It’ll help others who want to learn more about how to do farm life better find the podcast!   Connect with Angie Koch and Fertile Ground Farm on: Facebook: @FertileGroundCSA Website:      Timestamps: 1:55: Introducing Angie Koch from Fertile Ground Farm – and the sights and sounds on her farm 4:17: Angie’s life before farming: a blend of community development and urban agriculture work (and how she “found therapy” in the garden) 6:59: How Angie’s past, seemingly unrelated work experiences have helped her in the farmlife 8:47: Why Angie fell in love with farming and kept doing it (even though she started with the belief that she didn’t want to farm) 11:40: Factors contributing to our current problem of not attracting and retaining enough people into the farming profession 14:07: How solving the problem can be helped by people becoming more connected to their food and addressing the need for affordable farmland that is close to markets 16:25: Angie’s experience renting farmland versus buying – why and how she did it 22:45: Why starting a CSA was both brilliant and stressful as a new farmer 24:37: Tips for new farmers on how to begin growing and selling veggies 26:10: Challenges with vegetable farming, and the importance of asking for help from community 29:25: How Angie has used social media (and other marketing channels) to get community help on her farm (great tips for workday events!) 32:48: Why keeping it real on social media about the hard side of farmlife can be effective 34:51: How Angie uses storytelling to create a stronger connection between people and their food 37:14: What Angie does to help kids create stronger connections with their food 39:04: What keeps Angie wanting to farm after 13 years 41:08: Benefits of developing more landowner-new farmer relationships  45:50: Angie’s answer to the question she always gets: “What is one of the most important skills a farmer needs?” 48:30: How you can connect with Angie and her farm
EP6: How to sell your food before you even start growing it
12-04-2021
EP6: How to sell your food before you even start growing it
In this episode, Antonio and Janice talk about why marketing is so critical for farms these days, and bust 3 common myths that keep farmers and other entrepreneurs from doing this essential business activity. They also offer 3 foundational tips for marketing beginners to get started on their marketing journey, and share the steps they took to successfully market their farm’s vegetable box program.   Resources: Learn more about how we help other farmers and food business owners build their own marketing campaigns to promote their products and services:     Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm   Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating if you’re enjoying the show. It’ll help others who want to learn more about how to do farm life better find the podcast!   Timestamps: 1:01: The agenda for today’s episode 1:40: “I hated it” – How Antonio used to feel about marketing and why he now sees it as essential for his farm business 4:37: Janice’s love-hate relationship with social media and marketing and ultimately discovering that EVERYONE needs marketing 6:34: Why it’s so important for farms (especially new farmers) to do marketing 8:07: What direct marketing can look like for farms: wholesale to local restaurants, direct to customers (e.g., CSA program), farmers markets 9:27: How social media and having a website can help farmers gain more customers 10:21: Marketing myth #1: My product is so great that people are bound to find it and buy it. And the reality check … 14:13: Marketing myth #2: Marketing doesn’t seem to be very scientific or logical – it’s artsy and about nice packaging. And the reality check … 15:47: Marketing myth #3: There’s so many other important things I need to do to farm – the marketing can wait until later. And the reality check … 18:08: Where do farmers who don’t know anything about marketing begin? Tip #1: Look at who’s doing what, and what’s already working (i.e., start with the customers’ needs). 20:13: Tip #2: Build an ongoing relationship with your customers (i.e., send free, engaging content your audience wants to build trust). 22:15: Tip #3: Use storytelling to differentiate yourself from other farms (and also get YOUR ideal customers). 25:43: Example of marketing a food business: How we promoted our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program our first season 26:25: Step #1: Talk to people and learn their language. 29:10: Step #2: Create your marketing materials (e.g., website, videos, flyers) using tried-and-true marketing templates and processes. 32:52: Step #3: Communicate to your customers through the right marketing channels (e.g. mom groups, Facebook ads). 35:24: Getting feedback from customers can give you useful data for the next season. 36:05: Other things farmers can market and sell – and the challenges and huge opportunities of marketing your product or service online 40:05: How you can connect with us!
EP5: How to balcony garden and eat fresh every day (with Lara Mrosovsky, Miinikaan)
29-03-2021
EP5: How to balcony garden and eat fresh every day (with Lara Mrosovsky, Miinikaan)
Summary In this episode, our guest Lara Mrosovsky (a.k.a. “The Queen of Balcony Gardening”) (Miinikaan) shares tips and tricks for how to grow fresh food on your balcony in the city. She also shares some of the common reasons why people have been more and more interested in growing their own food, plus some great benefits of gardening at home (like gardening therapy!). Register for Lara’s free webinar, HOW TO BALCONY GARDEN and Eat Fresh Every Day, to learn even more essential tips for how to grow an abundant, tasty harvest in your tiny space. "It's easier than you think!" The webinar goes live Thursday, April 8, 2021 (7 PM EST). Grab your spot here!:   Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating if you’re enjoying the show. It’ll help others who want to learn more about how to do farm life better find the podcast! Connect with Lara Mrosovsky and Miinikaan on: Instagram: @miinikaanFacebook: @miinikaan  Website:   Timestamps: 0:45: Introducing Lara’s upcoming free webinar: How to Balcony Garden and Eat Fresh Everyday webinar. Register here to learn Lara's top secrets for how to successfully grow a fresh harvest at home! 2:59: Introducing Lara Mrosovsky, the "Queen of Balcony Gardening," and her business Miniikaan 4:15: Lara’s experience shifting from teaching in-person to online due to the pandemic 5:55: The pros of teaching her first balcony gardening course online last year 6:38: How one of Lara’s participants went from no gardening skills to successfully growing fresh food on her tiny balcony 8:41: Common reasons people want to grow their own food at home (including how the pandemic inspired a lot of folks to think about food and grocery stores differently) 10:20: Lara’s personal motivations for growing her own food, especially in the city 12:02: Lara’s top 3 tips for beginner gardeners 14:30: Bonus tip: What to do if a plant dies...or you make a mistake in gardening... 15:50: Farmer Antonio’s top 3 tips for beginner gardeners 18:20: Bonus tip: What to learn from more experienced gardeners 20:17: Bigger-picture reasons for why people should participate in local food (hint: growing our own food can actually impact the environment) 23:35: Gardening therapy! Plant healing! How growing your own food boosts your mood and brain performance 24:49: How to approach turning your empty balcony into an abundant garden: “It’s easier than you think!” 27:30: What kind of tasty vegetables and herbs are in Lara’s beautiful balcony garden 29:34: Lara’s warning about when to harvest (before the squirrels get at your food first!) 30:49: How gardening in the city can help people bridge the gap between city and farm life 33:27: How building relationships with gardeners and former farmers in the city can teach you how to interact with plants and cultivate your food culture 34:09: The fun of learning different ways to eat the foods you grow 37:20: Wise words: “The hardest thing to grow is your attitude” 38:22: Sign up for Lara’s FREE upcoming webinar (April 8, 2021) to get inspired and excited about starting your own balcony garden! Grab your spot here:   39:43: How to connect with Lara on social media
EP4: Property investment: Have you considered farmland?
10-03-2021
EP4: Property investment: Have you considered farmland?
Summary In this episode, Antonio and Janice discuss some of the ins and outs of buying a farm, including the different ways people can use farmland (no, you don’t have to become a farmer) and what to look out for when visiting farms for sale. They also explain why farmland is such a good investment, and how some farms may bring you more value than others. Resources: Get our FREE Buying Farmland Checklist here so you know what to look out for when visiting farmland for sale. Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating if you’re enjoying the show. It’ll help others who want to learn more about how to do farm life better find the podcast! Timestamps: 1:45: The agenda for this episode 2:26: Antonio’s experience of not having the capital to buy a farm, and why his family resisted helping him at first 4:42: What motivated his family to change their mind about buying farmland (including the financial gains) 7:41: Why folks from other countries know not to give up farmland 8:48: Weighing the options for buying land: Cottage or farm? 11:58: Want a farm, but don’t want to become a full-time farmer? The pros of buying farmland to become a homesteader 17:10: Why it’s so much work to start building a farm on “virgin land” 18:23: The benefits of buying farmland that’s already been lived on for many years 20:06: Cavaleiro Farm helps folks who are looking to buy farmland. The number one thing we do with clients to start off their search in the right way. 22:03: Good questions to ask when visiting farmland for sale  23:45: Common problems that happen when someone buys the wrong kind of farm 26:18: Antonio’s story: An example of how to buy the right farm 29:24: How to “walk the land” (things to look out for) when visiting farmland for sale 33:34: Get our free Buying Farmland Checklist here 34:34: What to look for in a farm if you’re looking for self-sufficiency and sustainability 35:37: How to get your family’s buy-in when trying to move to farmland (and why it’s critical) 38:27: How your kids can help with the buying farmland process
EP3: The family farm dream: How Chris Krucker (Manorun Farm) achieved it
10-02-2021
EP3: The family farm dream: How Chris Krucker (Manorun Farm) achieved it
Summary In this episode, our guest Chris Krucker (Manorun Farm, Lynden, Ontario) talks about his experiences farming alongside his wife Denise and four kids over the last 25 years. He shares the well thought-out plan for how he and Denise weaned their kids onto farm work (and ensured they wouldn’t hate it), and how all four kids now play a role in running the farm business. Chris also discusses his journey moving to farmland, building a farm slowly, farming full-time, and now handing off the farm to his kids. Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating if you’re enjoying the show. It’ll help others who want to learn more about how to do farm life better find the podcast! Connect with Chris Krucker and Manorun Farm on: Instagram: @manorunorganicfarmFacebook: @manorunorganicfarmWebsite:   Timestamps: 0:20: What impressed Antonio and Janice about their conversation with Chris 1:15: How you can connect with us 2:06: Painting the picture: the sights and sounds at Chris’ farm 3:02: Introducing Chris and Manorun Farm 3:41: What Chris did before farming (probably not what you’d expect) 4:27: What inspired Chris to jump from his first career to farm life 5:19: Getting on the same page about farming with his spouse Denise 7:39: Slowly building from no farming experience to working full-time on the farm  8:27: Chris’ experience starting farm life with young children 9:57: What shape Chris’ farm was in when he first got it 10:48: Growing from a 5- to 150-member CSA 11:16: Reality check: How having wealth can allow you to grow your farm slowly (or farm at all)   13:08: Keeping strict hours for work and play when running the farm business with family 14:44: The meaningful “other” things that Chris gains from farm life in trading off making money 16:28: The flexible approach Chris took to involving his kids on the farm 18:07: Chris’ structured “program” for weaning his kids onto farm work 20:45: “Farms are a great place to break relationships and give kids a very negative farm experience” – how Chris created a different story for his family 22:15: The importance of giving his kids rich learning experiences 22:49: Why Chris’ kids kept coming back to work on the farm every year after they turned 18 24:09: Formalizing the kids’ involvement in the farm business + each of the kid’s roles on the farm 26:58: Next-level talks: How to go from being a seasonal-income farm to making money year round 27:24: Transitioning the farm business from “the older farm couple” to their children taking the reins 29:02: The challenge of dividing up the wealth of a farm among the kids 31:29: How Chris and Denise collaborate as partners (with different approaches) in running the farm  33:05: Why Chris sees other farm kids never wanting to farm again 34:06: Chris’ sage advice: Key questions that anyone wanting to move to a farm needs to ask themselves 36:26: The challenge of paying for life’s expenses and incurring debt through farming 37:49: Big expenses that new farmers may have to shoulder when starting a farm (Chris gives dollar figures) 39:13: The pros of moving away from the farm internship model 40:49: Piggyback farming: the benefits of landowners inviting new farmers to grow on and animate their land 43:50: Considering a fair contract for piggyback farmers 45:09: Chris’ must-read educational resources and books for anyone wanting to farm 46:49: How to connect with Chris on his website and social media channels
EP2: Why do farmers keep farming if they don’t make any money?
10-02-2021
EP2: Why do farmers keep farming if they don’t make any money?
Summary In this episode, Antonio and Janice break down why it’s so tough for farmers nowadays to make money from farming. They share 8 big reasons why farmers are still attracted to the farm life anyway, including their own personal stories explaining why they wouldn’t trade it in for anything. They also discuss the very real challenges new farmers currently face in trying to make their farm dream a reality and how we can solve this problem. Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating if you’re enjoying the show. It’ll help others who want to learn more about how to do farm life better find the podcast! Timestamps: 0:50: The agenda for this episode 1:56: Overview: why people dream of living the farm life 3:09: It’s not just older farmers wanting to live the farm life: who else is moving to farms these days 4:25: The big knowledge gap and loss between older and newer farmers 5:40: Our list of 8 reasons for why farmers keep farming despite its challenges  5:40: Reason #1: Cash out or farm for life? 6:56: Reason #2: How farming keeps you in physical and mental balance  7:49: How Antonio’s mindset had to change moving from the city to farm life 8:53: Learning the lesson of acceptance through working on the farm and with nature 10:02: How Antonio has gained more mastery over his body through farming 11:33: Reason #3: Artificial versus natural ways of being 14:38: Reason #4: Farmers are entrepreneurs – how that {helps} farmers design the work/lifestyle they want and not let age (or anything else) become a limitation to continue farming 17:33: Reason #5: The hustle versus the simple life 18:48: Let’s be real: sometimes farming is the hustle + how that changes over time 19:59: What Janice’s work break looks like after too much time on the computer 21:43: How Janice’s experience eating food has changed from her office cubicle to the farm 22:28: Reason #6: Variety is the spice of farm life 23:39: The different business ventures Antonio has tried on his farm over 6 years that have kept things interesting 25:25: Various ways that farmers provide value and make money outside of farming full-time 27:24: Reason #7: Possibly the most obvious reason why farmers live the farm life 28:45: Reason #8: The bigger picture of why many of us farm 29:30: How Antonio uses food to build relationships with people in his community who support his farm in turn 31:38: We don’t just grow on our farm: how Antonio and Janice work with other landowners and farmers to build better farms 32:54: Win-win: how landowners can help new farmers access the farm life while making their land better 36:45: How you can connect with us
EP1: Introduction: From never farming to living the farm life
10-02-2021
EP1: Introduction: From never farming to living the farm life
Summary In this episode, Antonio and Janice introduce themselves and The Hello Farm Life Podcast. Antonio shares about his experience working in the city and how he went from being an engineer building race cars and robotics for brain surgery to growing his own food and finally getting onto farmland. Janice shares about the life-changing events that took her from living in downtown Toronto and doing research in the criminal justice field to moving to the farm and becoming a freelancer. (You can read all about her farm adventures on her Nature Immersed blog!) Antonio and Janice share about the work they now do together along with their company team and community of farm members. They also give a sneak peek of what’s to come in Season 1 of The Hello Farm Life Podcast! Connect with us on: Instagram: @cavaleirofarmFacebook: @cavaleirofarmWebsite (Cavaleiro Farm): (Urban Crops):  Email: antonio@cavaleiro.farm Please subscribe + leave the podcast a review and 5-star rating if you’re enjoying the show. It’ll help others who want to learn more about how to do farm life better find the podcast! Timestamps: 1:03: Painting the picture: Welcome to our farm! 3:30: The agenda for this episode 4:05: Introducing Antonio Gomes: Antonio’s life and work in the city + wanting to live a life with more purpose 6:21: His family’s history with farming (and how they didn’t want to farm anymore) 8:25: The conversation Antonio overheard in Portugal that changed his whole perspective on how he was living his life in the city 10:15: How the pandemic has impacted people’s fears around food 11:50: How Antonio started the journey of growing his own food  14:00: Why Antonio realized that growing food in his city loft was Plan B (and that Plan A was getting onto his own farm) 17:00: Antonio’s dream and challenges of getting onto farmland 18:49: The story of how Antonio mom’s schooled him when they visited a farm together 20:26: How Antonio’s farm has grown over the years + what we do on the farm 24:40: Introducing Janice Ho: Her life growing up in downtown Toronto + falling in love with nature through backcountry camping 26:08: Janice’s dream to live more of her life in nature and travel, but not knowing how to do it. 26:55: Her ups and downs of her first career + not being happy working to live 28:04: Two big life changes that happened for Janice in 2015 that set her on a new path 29:14: How Janice got connected with Cavaleiro Farm + falling in love with the farm life 30:30: Leaving her career and the city to move to the farm 32:32: Janice’s travels + her return to live on the farm during the pandemic 34:25: Janice’s freelance practice + how she works with Antonio and the farm 35:08: Cavaleiro Farm as a place for community and self-development 37:06: Shouting out the farm team – we don’t do this alone! (Also, how old Antonio and Janice are.) 41:59: The community of farm members Antonio has built – and how you just can’t farm alone. 44:00: Why the Hello Farm Life Podcast? And who is it for? 47:12: Topics we’ll be covering on the podcast this season 49:42: How you can connect with us