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Bootstrap Farmer Radio is a podcast discussing how to break into the modern business of agriculture on a bootstrap budget & education. The internet is making more connections and distributing knowledge in a way that makes it accessible for us all. Our focus isn't mega-greenhouses with million dollar machinery, instead, we talk about low-cost, versatile and adaptable green businesses that can sustain a family through the best and worst of times. We find the small farmers running profitable fa ...
 
This podcast aims to combat the misleading information about controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) by providing listeners with facts and information about the subject. If you’re interested in learning more about topics like urban farming, greenhouse growing, etc., then this is the agriculture podcast for you!
 
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Part 4. Karl Binger of @parisnaturalfarms/ discuses refining systems of his market farm homestead for income opportunities. Time Stamps: 00:00 Intro 00:39 Refining systems, leveling up, increasing crop yields 05:09 Measuring crop value 07:39 Heirloom variety woes 09:17 Hybrid seeds are not GMO 10:25 Picking your startup battles 10:41 Mass market ap…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Kelli Hague about her program at the school. More about Kelli Hague: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kelli67533910 More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens S…
 
Part 3. Karl Binger of @parisnaturalfarms/ discuses year two & three of his market farm homestead. Time Stamps: 00:23 Year 1, 2, & 3 infrastructure budgets 04:25 Deciding how big to expand structures and hoop houses 09:59 Becoming the Bootstrap Farmer Test Farm and Gothic thoughts 12:59 Next goal: grow 100% under cover 14:36 Day in day out working …
 
The Future of Agriculture Podcast is with Tim Hammerich. This show explores the people, companies, and ideas shaping the future of agribusiness. If you are curious about innovations in AgTech, rural entrepreneurship, agricultural sustainability, and food security, this is the show for you! Joe and Nick interview Tim about his experience with starti…
 
Part 2. Karl Binger of @parisnaturalfarms/ discuses year two of his market farm homestead. Topics include: Developing four season clients Cold wet springs Standard farm practices vs. in field engineering Irrigation Time management and setting boundaries Raising a family on a new farm A walkthrough of a week on and off the farm Farmers market set up…
 
Green Bronx Machine is an impact driven, for-purpose organization with 501(c)(3) status rooted in the belief that we are all Amer-I-Cans! Green Bronx Machine was born via collaboration between life-long educator Stephen Ritz and his students who observed that as waistlines expanded, engagement and opportunities in school decreased, school performan…
 
Bootstrap Farmer Podcast is back for 2022! Karl Binger and his family's homestead near Paris, Texas is in its third year of production. In this episode we discuss a wide range of topics including: budget, infrastructure, land clearing, used hoop house hindsights, propagation, hoop house worries, microgreens, poultry eggs, and first farmers market. …
 
Kyle started his career as a grower in both aquaponic and hydroponic operations focusing on leafy greens and lettuce production. After joining the BrightFarms greenhouse team in 2015, he was promoted to Key Account Manager for the company, focusing on the sale of produce to supermarket chains and distribution channels. Kyle later took a position wi…
 
In this Part 2 episode Joe and Nick will explain about hydroponically grown tomatoes one of the most common methods used for tomato farming, the Dutch Bucket method. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.c…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick will explain about hydroponically grown tomatoes one of the most common methods used for tomato farming, the Dutch Bucket method. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/Info…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick reflect on past guest, like Vijay Rapaka, Jenn Frymark, Dan Ovadya and much more... More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreen Support the show (https://www.patreon.co…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick talk about plant nutrients, NPK, and source water. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick talk about plant nutrients, NPK, and source water. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)…
 
Joe and Nick interviewed Josh, the new Polygreens Podcast assistant, about the start in his growing journey. More about Josh Pekler: Email: simplegreensco@gmail.com More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.co…
 
Neil Mattson is an Professor and Greenhouse Extension Specialist at Cornell University. He has an appointment in research, extension, and teaching. He researchers strategies to optimize floriculture and vegetable crop production while reducing energy, fertilizer, and water resources. He directs Cornell’s Controlled Environment Agriculture group whi…
 
Automation & Control systems for greenhouses, WAREHOUSES, and grow rooms. Autogrow is your trusted provider of automation and control solutions to grow any crop and manage it from anywhere. More about Kelley Nicholson: Website: https://autogrow.com/ More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant Mo…
 
Entrepreneurial and innovative Operations Executive in the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry with documented excellence designing, building, and managing day-to-day operations for cannabis and agriculture centric companies. Advanced knowledge of all aspects of profitable operations in the cannabis and non-cannabis controlled environ…
 
Choosing the right one for your growing operation ensures the utmost success. In this episode, we’ll cover 3 greenhouse types and each one’s pros and cons so you can select the ideal one for your garden. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nic…
 
Do you live in a windy or snow prone area? There are extra supports and bracing available for hoop house builds. Julian and Nick from Bootstrap Farmer take us through the options and explain in detail how they work together to make a more rigid structure. Watch this video to learn more about how to add extra support to your hoop house. ************…
 
Protect your plants from harsh rays and help deliver more usable light with a shade cloth. We discuss the different percentages of fabric growers use and give us tips on how to install it. Are you curious about whether to use white or black shade cloth? Bootstrap Farmer has you covered. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlJ0sz6FJJE Timestamps: 00:12 …
 
Trying to decide whether a double-layer film is something you need for your hoop house? Nick and Julian discuss the benefits of double-layer systems and explain the most efficient way to install them. Video https://youtu.be/vDN3jMLUDu8 Timestamps: 00:20 Considerations with Inflation Fans 01:44 Low v. High Volume Fans 05:02 Mistakes to Avoid with In…
 
Don’t install a hand crank on your hoop house UNTIL you hear these tips! Julian and Nick from Bootstrap Farmer explain the simple mechanism behind the useful hand cranks used for greenhouse roll up sides. Bootstrap Farmer introduces their new very own hand crank system and Julian shows us how to correctly use them! Watch this video to learn more ab…
 
Bootstrap Farmer’s Tech Line specialist, Julian Sandoval explains the most common questions we receive on roll up side hand crank operation. 1- Rolling the hand crank to the inside of the hoop house to prevent catching water in the roll up side. 2- How to begin the roll up process at ground level. 3- How the gearbox works with the guide rod. https:…
 
Learn more about how to install greenhouse film and how to AVOID common mistakes. Nick and Julian discuss methods they have seen used to attach film to hoop houses and give tips on how to make the task easier. https://youtu.be/qxApDmKXYyo Timestamps: 00:10 What to Consider Before Installing Greenhouse Plastic 01:46 Unfolding and Laying out the Plas…
 
Join Bootstrap Farmer for a discussion about greenhouse film and why it is so important to get the RIGHT one. Want to protect your plants from the elements? Learn about how UV protection in greenhouse films work and the Best way to install it. Video https://youtu.be/H3A63Qlb5Gw Timestamps: 00:00 Intro 00:16 Greenhouse Plastic V. Big Box Store Plast…
 
Growers require ongoing education to stay aware of quick-moving developments in technology. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)…
 
Want to know why insect netting is so VITAL for a hoop house? Bootstrap Farmer’s Nick and Julian talk about the latest insect netting technology and why the big box store netting might not cut it. Learn more about the uses of insect netting and when to use it. Timestamps: 00:10 Intro to Insect Netting 02:40 Agricultural Insect Netting V. Big Box St…
 
Watch this video BEFORE you design your end walls and doors! Join Bootstrap Farmer for a conversation about end wall designs and considerations you should have when designing your doors. Avoid making this construction project harder than it needs to be. Nick and Julian from Bootstrap Farmer guide you through the process and offer suggestions that w…
 
Join Bootstrap Farmer for a comprehensive look at the methods used in the industry. Learn why Nick and Julian prefer lock channel and spring wire to attach plastic and coverings. Timestamps: 00:17 What is Lock Channel? 01:41 Benefits of Spring Wire and Lock Channel 02:53 Installing Lock Channel 04:33 Board and Bat V. Lock Channel 05:33 Removing Pla…
 
Want to know why bracing is so necessary for a hoop house? We discuss just how the hip and brace boards contribute to the strength and durability of your hoop house. Learn about installation and troubleshooting hip and baseboards for a greenhouse. Watch this video to learn more about hoop house construction and side bracing at https://youtu.be/Ll9F…
 
Bootstrap Farmer explores how hoop houses are constructed and how the hoop structures are connected to become reliable, stable structures. Want to learn more about purlins and cross connectors? Learn how they can make a huge difference in the strength of the overall structure. See great examples of how this structure works and why purlins bring it …
 
The basics of hoops and how to properly install them onto ground posts and connect them with a ridge pole and hip and baseboards. Bootstrap Farmer recommends most hoops are spaced on four-foot centers and are connected throughout the entire structure. Timestamps: 00:08 Installing Hoops on Ground Posts 02:33 Covering Seams and Screws on Hoops 03:53 …
 
Learn about different ways to increase drainage and ways to mitigate flooding issues with your greenhouse floor. Bootstrap Farmer talks about the difference between the flooring options and what situations are the most suitable for each option. Watch this video for more information on hoop house flooring at: https://youtu.be/HC_rPAlRJ_4 Timestamps:…
 
Microgreens are growing in popularity because of their unbeatable health benefits and nutrition-packed capabilities. In this podcast, we’ll cover what you can expect when starting a microgreens business and how to be successful in your expenditure. More about Roberto Meza: Website: https://www.emeraldgardens.farm/ More about Joe Swartz: Website: ht…
 
Learn all about ground posts and how to ensure they are properly installed. Hear from Bootstrap Farmer tips for squaring up a hoop house structure properly. Learn the importance of how having the right tools for the job and hear from industry experts what mistakes to avoid! Video: https://youtu.be/EoEenK1ksA0 Timestamps: 00:07 Installing Ground Pos…
 
Bootstrap Farmer guides you through some important reminders and things to consider while you are waiting for your kit to arrive. Video supplement: https://youtu.be/B7FMJJ8E8Ik Timestamps: 00:26 Reading and Understanding the Manual 03:40 Video 04:31 Tool Selection 07:06 Coordinating Help 08:47 Setting Goals and Pacing out the Build 10:03 Best time …
 
Looking into ordering a hoop house online? Bootstrap Farmer takes you through everything you need to know about freight and shipping hoop house greenhouses. Including troubleshooting tips directly from industry experts! Follow along with this video, and learn more about how the process of freight shipping a hoop house works. Video resource: https:/…
 
Join BootStrap Farmer for an overview of the different building materials and methods that are used to make backyard greenhouses and high tunnels. Learn about the different maintenance items required for hoop houses constructed from various materials. Interested in building a hoop house? Check this video out for ideas and a list of the common build…
 
Listen before you decide on the perfect location for your hoop house greenhouse. Bootstrap Farmer explains the different factors that affect cost when preparing a site for a hoop house build. Follow along with this video, and learn more about what to look for when choosing a building site for your high tunnel. Guide and How-To to Set Up a Hoop hous…
 
Shopping for a Hoop House Greenhouse? Join Bootstrap Farmer to learn about available add-ons and options to consider and how to avoid extra expenses on the backend. Don’t get surprised by hidden costs! We will show you what to look for when buying an outdoor greenhouse. Follow along with this video, and learn more about the right things to look at …
 
Dreaming of owning a hoop house? Watch this video to fall even more in love with the idea. Bootstrap Farmer shares their favorite things about high tunnel greenhouse structures. Learn more about All-metal hoop houses and the huge advantages they have over other temporary structures used for growing. View graphics and video examples at https://youtu…
 
Ready to own your very own hoop house? Bootstrap Farmer brings you this Brand New series on the whole process from purchase to harvest. Join Bootstrap Farmer for tips on comparative shopping, construction tips, and advice from industry insiders along the way. Watch this view to learn more about this upcoming Hoop House 101 series. *****************…
 
Christina M. Johnson is a plant biologist with her mind fixed in space. In April of 2010 she watched her plants blast into orbit on the Space Shuttle Discovery. She spent the next several years analyzing those samples for her PhD, where she learned about the impact of microgravity on the cellular structure and molecular functions in young plants. S…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick will cover the differences between hydroponics vs soil growing and the advantages of hydroponics growing. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Blog: https://www…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick give you examples of industry goals and helping you understand the design process. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Support the show (https://www.patreon.co…
 
Dr. Nadia Sabeh (A.K.A. “Dr. Greenhouse”) is President and Founder of Dr. Greenhouse, Inc., an agricultural and mechanical engineering firm located in Sacramento, CA that specializes in the design of HVAC systems for indoor plant environments. She is considered the subject matter expert in the field of controlled environment agriculture (CEA). More…
 
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