Gardeners and farmers are kin, and I’ve found myself listening incessantly to a particular podcast where one farmer, Chris Blanchard, interviews other farmers. The Farmer to Farmer podcast has given this gardener wheelbarrows of food for thought.

Some of my favorite episodes are the ones with:

Nigel Walker of Eatwell Farm, from whom I gained a deeper appreciation for soil,

Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Family Farm, from whom I learned a whole new universe worth of insight on potatoes,

Bob Cannard, who challenged me to reassess my relationship with weeds,

and Karl Hammer of Vermont Compost Company, who would be entertaining enough to listen to even if I didn’t care about compost. But maybe the most fascinating thing I heard in the interview was that he raises hundreds of laying hens that live solely off of his mountains of compost.