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Gowan Global Media
Podcast by Gowan Global Media
Nov 22, 2022
"The grass is always greener..." Gene and Sara Moster, MosterTurf.com
Fascinating episode with two super nice people. Gene and Sara Moster of Moster Turf. From lawns to Superbowl fields, they've done it all. And all of it from a little town in Indiana. Dream big!
Sep 16, 2022
1,000,000 Gallon Ocean in the Desert? John Adams, Biosphere 2
OFR S3 | E1 Great interview with John Adams as he tell us all the ins and outs of Biosphere 2. The good, the bad and the future. Amazing conversation.
Aug 17, 2022
"Useful, with a pleasant degree of humor" Janice Stillman Editor, Old Farmers Almanac
OFR S2 | E24 Janice Stillman from The Old Farmer's Alamac join us for a trip through history, time and space. Amazingly curious and fun.
Aug 3, 2022
The King of Green! Stephen Ritz, Green Bronx Machine
S2 | E23 In this episode we are revisited by the one and only Stephen Ritz and the Green Bronx Machine. Stephen is a great friend of the show. He gives us an inside look at what's happening with agriculture in urban school districts and how we can get involved.
Jul 7, 2022
"Honey, would you pass the sugar?" Patrick Frischhertz, 7 generations of sugar cane
OFR S2 | E22 Sugar is in everything! Especially in Louisiana. Patrick Frischhertz tells us all about the more than 200 year history of sugar in the great southern state and his families seven generations of farming sugar cane in America.
Jun 22, 2022
From the Field to the Jukebox - Eugene Edwards, Country Music And Ag
OFR S2 E21 In this episode we talk with Eugene Edwards, guitarist for country legend Dwight Yoakam. It's a cool conversation about all thing country music as we try to connect the dots and once and for all link agriculture and country music. Did we do it? Oh man...
Jun 2, 2022
FLYING ROBOTS! Mike Winn, Drone Deploy
S2 | E20 In this episode we talk with Mike Winn of DroneDeploy. Amazing company doing amazing things to not only integrate but simplify the use of drone functionality in agriculture. He call them flying robots. We call it cool.
May 11, 2022
Faith, Farm and Football - Jason Brown, former NFL lineman turned farmer
OFR S2 | E19 In this episode we talk with Jason Brown, former center for the St. Louis Rams. He's got a great story of being at the top of his NFL game. Money, career, big house...all of it. And then walking away from the whole thing. What was to happen next, only God knew. Hear Jason's great story of walking the tight rope, living the dream he didn't he had and his role in inspiring the youth of America to consider a future in agriculture.
Apr 25, 2022
Space Farmers! - Simon Gilroy, Space ag
OFR | S2 | E18 Incredible episode with Simon Gilroy, Gilroy Life Science Lab, talking agriculture in space. The future is now! Simple, practical and mind blowing. Don't miss it!
Apr 10, 2022
"Money for nothing..." or is it? - Max Feinberg, Verdova Ag Data
OFR S2 | E17 As farmers cultivate fields did you know they also cultivate data? In this episode we talk with Max Feinberg from Verdova Ag Data about the use and complexity of ag generated data.
Mar 31, 2022
"I'll put the kettle on." - Thomas Steinwinder, Longleaf Tea Co
OFR S2 | E16 In this episode we talk with Thomas Steinwinder, Longleaf Tea Co. Laurel, Miss. Great conversation about his love for tea and now the adventure on growing it commercially. A big undertaking that has big potential.
Mar 20, 2022
"It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!" - Melvin Williams Golf Course Superintendent
OFR S2 | E15 Our 40th episode! We talk with Golf Course Superintendent Melvin Williams. He worked and associated with golf legends and has the stories to go with it. Great golf history and turf management insights.
Mar 1, 2022
The Farming Soul of a Chef - Patty Gentry Early Girl Farm
OFR S2 E14 In this episode we visit with Patty Gentry, chef turned farmer and owner of Early Girl Farm in Brookhaven, New York. (Long Island) Such a great conversation. She grows and incredible amount of food on only 2 acres of land. All for her chef clientele and the local community that she is such a part of.
Feb 14, 2022
ROBOT TRACTORS The Sequel - Daniel Carmichael Bear Flag Robotics and John Deere
OFR S2 E13 In this episode we visit with Daniel Carmichael of Bear Flag Robotics and John Deere. Really interesting time as we talk about the future of robotics in agriculture as well as the acceptance of technology in farming. Daniel is our first returning guest having appeared on OFR in season 1 episode 12.
Feb 1, 2022
Turning Wrenches in the Mud - Ramiro Ruiz Jr, Ag Mechanic
OFR_S2_E12 This week we talk with Ramiro Ruiz Jr., wrench turner for Dole. @ram628 on Instagram. We talk about social media in agriculture, life as an ag mechanic, his perspective on the state of ag labor and don't miss his amazing attitude. Infectious.
Jan 17, 2022
Fruit of Kings! Tom Fitschen Bard Date Company
OFR S2 E11 In this episode we talk with, good friend, Tom Fitschen from Bard Date Company. Cool conversation about things I knew very little about. Dates and date farming. Much more than meets the eye. And besides that, Tom's the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet.
Jan 6, 2022
Can you really grow shrimp in the desert?! Maurice Kemp Phd. Arizona Desert Shrimp
OFR S2 E10 In this episode we talk with Maurice Kemp Phd. of Arizona Desert Shrimp in Gila Bend, Arizona. Tons of cool insight and information. Science and engineering abound. This is nothing like growing sea monkeys.
Dec 20, 2021
Spirits in a Material World - Wes Murack Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery
OFR S2 E9 Great interview with super nice guy Wes Murack of the Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery, Pendleton, Oregon. So much cool info on not just distilling but also the agriculture that goes into every drop of their products.
Dec 6, 2021
Trailblazer! Robert Sakata Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo.
OFR S2 E8 In this episode we talk with Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms Brighton, Colorado. He talks about his family history as Asian immigrants to American, 70 plus years of family farming, growing up to work the farm and a whole lot more. Great episode!
Nov 22, 2021
Wanna be a farmer?!! Susan Koehler Northwest Arkansas Land Trust
OFR S2 | E7 In this episode we talk with Susan Koehler from the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust. This is an amazing organization working to help farmers succeed in Arkansas as well as partnering with other organizations to help streamline the connectivity between the farmer and the local/regional marketplace. Don't miss this inspirational show.
Nov 8, 2021
Describe the taste of a truffle. I dare you. Robert Chang American Truffle Co
OFR S2 E6 In this episode we talk with Robert Chang, American Truffle Company. Great conversation about the science and technology behind the growing truffle industry in North America.
Oct 22, 2021
Truth and Mystery. Water dowser, water witch, diviner Leroy Bull, Stamford, CT., American Dowser
OFR S2 | E5 In this episode we talk with American dowser LeRoy Bull. A fascinating conversation about the science and the un-science of this age old craft. Is it an art? A skill? A gift? LeRoy talks about all of it and it's direct connection to agriculture.
Oct 12, 2021
The Great Pumpkin of Floydada, Texas "The Pumpkin Capital of America"
OFR S2 | E4 Who knew pumpkins grew in west Texas! Floydada, Texas to be exact. And the man to wrangle all of it? Tim Assiter, Assiter Punkin Ranch. Once again, true Americana.
Sep 28, 2021
When dad hands you the keys to the farm...and you're just a kid? Lance Sensenig American Farmer
OFR S2 | E3 What do you do when dad hands you the keys to the farm...and you're just a kid? In this episode we talk with Lance Sensenig, American Farmer. It's that simple. What started out as an interview about his farm and his business etc. turned into a great story of learning to be a kid farmer. Amazing integrity and dedication.
Sep 13, 2021
What's it take to grow Tabasco® peppers? Christian Brown Avery Island, LA
OFR S2 E2 In this episode we talk with Christian Brown of McIlhenny Company, Tabasco® and Avery Island. A fantastic conversation about agriculture, history, tradition and family pride.
Aug 31, 2021
Who put the green in John Deere? Neil Dahlstrom, archivist for John Deere
OFR S2 E1 Welcome to Season 2! In this episode we talk with Neil Dahlstrom, archivist for John Deere. It's a great conversation that goes way beyond tractors and John Deere green, however, we do talk about it! Neil has a new book coming out and he also talks about his experience on History Channel.
Aug 3, 2021
Did Nazis really attack Hoover Dam? Dr J David Rogers Hoover Dam Expert
OFR S1 | E25 In this episode we talk with Dr J. David Rogers, Professor of Geological Engineering Missouri University of Science &Technology and expert of Hoover Dam. This is a fascinating episode full of history, science and passion.
Jul 20, 2021
What Is Open Field Radio?
OFR S1 | E24 In this episode, we look back to the inception of OFR, monumental shows from season one and what's ahead for season two. As the R&B bandleader Tiny Bradshaw said in 1951, "the train kept a-rollin". All aboard!!
Jul 6, 2021
Here Comes the BOOM...get it? Julie Heckman American Pyrotechnics Association
OFR S1 | E23 In this episode we talk with Julie Heckman, executive director for the American Pyrotechnics Association. What do pyrotechnics and agriculture have in common? More than you think. From regulations and industry committees to celebrations and pest control. Great episode.
Jun 19, 2021
The Earth, Wind and Fire of Ag Tech Mary Tangen DTN Ag Technologies, News and Information
OFR S1 | E22 In this episode we talk with Mary Tangen, VP of Agriculture Strategic Initiatives at DTN. We talk farmers and ag tech, weather, rain and wind, farmers and no internet and generation gaps and ag technology.
Jun 7, 2021
Forest for the Trees! Katie Commender Agroforestry and Appalachian Sustainable Development
OFR S1 | E21 In this episode we talk with Katie Commender, Agroforestry Program Director with Appalachian Sustainable Development. She walk us through all the aspects of agroforestry, forest farming, row cropping and much more. She also, tell about the ongoing effort of ASD and it connection with local forest farmers.
May 25, 2021
Can you tell a good bug from a bad bug? Steven Arthurs BioBee USA Beneficial Insects
OFR S1 | E20 In the episode, we talk with Steven Arthurs - entomologist, bug lover and proponent of beneficial insect use in agriculture. His work with BioBee USA puts him in the field where he see the science and the process working hand in hand. Great interview. Who new bugs were this cool?
May 11, 2021
OFR S1 | E19 Kenny Barnwell Appalachian Apples
This week on OFR we talk with Kenny Barnwell, Henderson County North Carolina. What starts off as a regular conversation about North Carolina apples takes a deep dive into one man's perspective on the future of apple farming and the realities that come with it. We talk about the culture and the mystery of the Appalachian region, his families seven generations of apple farming in that region and the successes and struggles the North Carolina apple farmer faces everyday.
Apr 25, 2021
Roadside Novelty or Ag Genius? The World’s Only Corn Palace - Doug Greenway Mitchell, SD
OFR S1 | E18 This week on OFR we talk with Doug Greenway and The Worlds Only Corn Palace. Pure Americana. A structure entirely covered in South Dakota corn. What a statement. Doug tells the history, the stories and the adventure of maintaining this one of a kind destination.
Apr 13, 2021
Barn Storming, Crop Dusting, Aerial Applicator Rick Richter - Richter Aviation Maxwell. CA
OFR S1 | E17 This week on OFR we talk with Ric Richter of Richter Aviation, Maxwell, California. Crop-duster, aerial applicator, air ag. It's all cool. Rick gives us the ins and outs of the business, the plane and the future of this critical industry. And his passion for it is amazing.
Mar 30, 2021
Why Do Farmers Love Pickups? Jim Travers - Car and Driver Magazine
OFR S1 | E16 This week on OFR we talk with we talk with Jim Travers, contributor to US News, Cars.com, and eBay, former Buyers Guide Editor for Car and Driver and an Autos Editor at Consumer Reports. We had a great time talking the entire history and then some of an American original...the pickup truck. And who doesn't have a pickup truck story?!
Mar 16, 2021
The Onion King of Texas Don Ed Holmes McAllen TX
OFR S1 | E13 This week on OFR we talk with Don Ed Holmes of The Onion House in Weslaco, Texas. They call him the Onion King of Texas. We talked all kinds of things from the good ole day of onion farming and selling, to the new way things are done. Great stories and a perfect picture of onion farming in the Rio Grande Valley.
Mar 16, 2021
Edible Bugs! (Crickets) Jarrod Goldin Entomo Farms
OFR S1 E15 This week on OFR we talk with Jarrod Goldin of Entomo Farms, Norwood, Ontario, Canada. He paints a great visual of what a cricket farm looks like, feels like and sounds like. (Think about that one!) He also walks us thru the many uses for crickets. Everything from human consumption to uses of byproducts and much, much more. Very interesting!
Mar 2, 2021
ROBOT TRACTORS! Daniel Carmichael Bear Flag Robotics
OFR S1 | E12 This week on OFR we talk with Daniel Carmichael of Bear Flag Robotics. We talk automation technology, best-in-class autonomous technology for agriculture equipment (Robot Tractors), the future in agriculture and great job opportunities.
Mar 2, 2021
Who doesn't love chocolate? Ricardo Trillos Cao Chocolates
OFR S1 | E14 This week on OFR we talk with Ricardo Trillos of Cao Chocolates Miami, Florida. He walks us through the trials and successes of growing cacao in the continental US, the science of chocolate, sourcing cacao from around the world, working with Guy Fieri, the Food Network and his passion for all things chocolate.
Jan 19, 2021
"The World is Your Oyster" - Matt Gregg Forty North Oyster Farms
OFR S1 | E11 This week on OFR we talk with Matt Gregg of Forty North Oyster Farms. He walks us through the ins and outs of starting and operating an oyster farm in New Jersey. Fascinating episode.
Jan 5, 2021
Special Delivery! Chandler Bennette Parabug drone beneficial insect application
OFR S1 | E10 This week on OFR we talk with Chandler Bennette of Parabug, using drones to apply benificial insects to crops. Not only is this fascinating, the future could be right now.
Dec 22, 2020
Ocean Spray Cranberry Farmer Amber Bristow Ocean Spray
OFR S1 | E9 This week on OFR we talk with Amber Bristow, @cranberychats on Instagram. We talked cranberries, growing for Ocean Spray, cranberry harvesting, cranberry relish, women in farming, a little baseball and much more.
Dec 8, 2020
No Fake Trees! Jim Gibson Timbuk Farms, Christmas Tree Farming Granville, Ohio
OFR S1 | E8 This week on OFR we talk with Jim Gibson, Timbuk Farms Granville, Ohio. We talked Christmas tree farming, Christmas tress and making family memories, the perfect Christmas trees and lots more.
Nov 24, 2020
Shaken not Stirred - Marsh Mokhtari Gray Whale Gin
OFR S1 | E7 This week on OFR we talk with Marsh Mokhtari who, along with his wife Jan, founded Gray Whale Gin. We talked the story, the botanicals, the whale, the journey and a passion for something he'd never done before.
Nov 10, 2020
"Rock Lobster...Ya!" Frey Crawfish Farm
OFR S1 | E6 Crawfish Farm Iota, Louisiana. Crawfish, crawdads, rock lobsters. It's all the same. But did you ever wonder where they come from? This week on OFR we talk with Gerard and Dana Frey, D&G Frey We talk seeding, cultivating, harvesting, cooking, eat and the culture of crawfish.
Oct 27, 2020
The Wild West and Arizona Agriculture - Marshall Trimble Arizona Official State Historian
OFR S1 | E5 This week on OFR we talk with Marshall Trimble, Arizona Official State Historian. We talk ancient cultures, Arizona Ag history, Cowboys, Ranchers and wide open space.
Oct 13, 2020
The Grocer, the Farmer and American Culture Michael Ruhlman America’s food author Next Iron Chef
OFR S1 | E4. This week on OFR we talk with Michael Ruhlman, best selling author of the book "Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America". We talk grocery store history, America's romance with food and Supermarkets, Agriculture and the American consumer, the future of food shopping and the American farmer.
Sep 29, 2020
Coolest guest ever? Could be! Stephen Ritz Green Bronx Machine/ Urban Gardener/ Educator
OFR S1 | E3 This week on OFR we talk with Stephen Ritz, Founder of Green Bronx Machine. Self-proclaimed CEO – Chief Eternal Optimist – of Bronx County. 20+ years of experience as an educator, administrator, urban farmer. And, with a legendary TED talk to his name, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss.
Sep 15, 2020
Field of Dreams: Keeping the perfect baseball field - Steve Lord Head Groundskeeper Cincinnati Reds
OFR S1 | E2 This week on OFR, we spoke with Steve Lord, the Head Groundskeeper for the Cincinnati Reds. We talked about his career path, what it was like to grow grass for the world series, and how Ag science works with baseball.
Sep 1, 2020
Desert farmer and Instagram ag photographer. Jon Dinsmore 4th Generation Farmer Yuma, Arizona
OFR S1 | E1 This week on OFR, we spoke with Jon Dinsmore, a 4th generation farmer from Yuma, Arizona. We talked about his time with the Farm Bureau, the water situation in the desert southwest, and how the Ag industry is truly an open field.
Aug 31, 2020
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