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FarmHer Talks

Join Founder and Host Marji Alaniz in thoughtful conversations on the FarmHer Talks podcast every other week to connect and inspire the FarmHer in all of us.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST April 21, 2021

Dear FarmHer, Help Me Grow My Tomatoes

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Marji doesn’t like tomatoes and never has. But leave it to FarmHer Jennie Smith of Butcher Crick Farms in Iowa to get her to try a few varieties and change her mind. Listen in to this episode of FarmHer Talks where Marji and Jennie discuss varieties of tomatoes, how to plant them, successful growing methods, and of course, the best way to eat them!

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST April 14, 2021

A Community Coming Together and Farmers Helping Farmers

When the unexpected happened, Taylen Abarr and her farming community pulled together to make the best of an unfortunate situation. Listen in as we talk to Taylen about the farmers who created a harvest day when her family needed help the most on this Everybody Eats Nationwide sponsored episode of FarmHer Talks.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST April 8, 2021

Diggin’ Into Life With the Soil Sisters

FROM THE ARCHIVE: This week on FarmHer Talks, we are having some Wisconsin fun! Marji is talking with a few FarmHers that she met on the road, who have done things their way and are winning in that space. Meet Lisa Kivrist and Kriss Marion, the Soil Sisters! Both are FarmHers, entrepreneurs, political activists, and all-around fun people.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST March 31, 2021

Tips and Tricks from a Work-From-Home Pro

This podcast is for the unstoppable work-from-home moms! Listen in as we head to Chelsie’s Chatter on FarmHer Talks to chat with Holly Spangler, a work-from-home pro! She gives all her tips and tricks for working from home and how having her children around the farm all day was truly a blessing in disguise.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST March 24, 2021

Who Are the Food Heroes That You Never See?

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Every single part of agriculture is essential. As we kick off National Farmworker Awareness Week (March 25-31, 2021), we revisit an important conversation with Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel with Proteus, Inc. To continue our look at the ways that food makes it to our plates, we’re taking a look at the people who are often behind the scenes on farms, but front and center to making sure the food gets to our table are the farmworkers. There are 2.5 million agriculture laborers working day in and day out to plant, care for, harvest, process, pack and ship the food from the fields to the store.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST March 17, 2021

A Pioneer For All Women In Agriculture

As we continue the conversation around farming and all of its complexity, I wanted to highlight a side of agriculture we don’t often hear about: Media. We all rely on media to break down the subject of agriculture and inform ourselves and others. Media can teach farmers how to effectively and efficiently get our food from farm to table. When I think of agriculture media, one name comes immediately to mind: Sara Wyant. She is a pioneer for all women, not only in agriculture but also in the media industry.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST March 11, 2021

Walk A Mile In Their Shoes

We’re talking about diversity in the workplace on this episode of FarmHer Talks. Listen in as Marji chats with Claudia Schabel, President of Schabel Solutions. She works with businesses to diffuse the dangers of unconscious bias from overlooked potential to outright trainwrecks.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST March 3, 2021

Women Make History Everyday

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Little girls with dreams become women with vision. We’re celebrating Women’s History Month! Listen in as Marji chats with three strong and intelligent women, Lexi, Carly, and Cristen about women who made history. From governors to the creators of beer, medical syringes, and dishwashers, this is an episode you won’t want to miss!

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST February 23, 2021

We’re Celebrating FFA Week and the FarmHers Who Participate

FROM THE ARCHIVE: It’s FFA week and we are celebrating fifty-one years of women being a part of the organization. Listen in to FarmHer Talks as Marji chats with Jennifer Maruszewski of FMC and Caitlin Remington an FFA advisor at Bondurant Schools. Then, we keep the National FFA Week party going with singer Tenille Townes and Molly Ball of National FFA. Hear about their journeys since then and how they are helping the next generation still today.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST February 17, 2021

A Conversation Centered Around Farm Safety

FROM THE ARCHIVE: This week on FarmHer Talks we’re diving into a deep topic centering around safety on the farm. We’ll start with Sam Goldberg, producer of the feature-length film, Silo on his why, how, and what he hopes we all can learn from his film. Then we’ll hear from Marilyn Adams, a FarmHer who has lived out this horrible tragedy on this week’s FarmHer Talks.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST February 10, 2021

A Rising Woman Leader Shares How She Embraces Being the Only One

Join in the conversation with Dr. Olga U. Bolden-Tiller about how embracing being the only one in a situation has helped her rise as a woman leader in agriculture.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST February 4, 2021

A Rising Tide

FROM THE ARCHIVE: We’re celebrating women who go beyond boundaries in agriculture. First, Marji and Erin visit with female FFA officers as National FFA week quickly approaches. Then, they switch gears to a woman who is not a stranger from firsts. As the first African American female to hold her position, Rosalind Fox continues to break through barriers as an example for other women considering careers in manufacturing. From her humble beginning in St. Louis, MO to a valued team member at one of the most recognizable companies in the world, she teaches us all the power of persistence.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST January 28, 2021

New Look, Same #FarmHer

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Welcome to the refreshed FarmHer brand experience…a place to explore the world around you, expand your horizons, and live your best life with entertainment, connection, and inspiration for the FarmHer in all of us. Introducing FarmHer Talks (formerly Shining Bright), FarmHer Stories, and soon, FarmHer On the Road!

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST January 21, 2021

Let’s Talk Backyard Chickens

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Here’s a not-so-secret…I don’t like chickens (notice a theme here) We’re digging into the things that I don’t like!. Come along as I visit my sister-in-law’s backyard bird farm…yes she has chickens!. We’ll talk why, where, how, and more on this new FarmHer Talks!

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST January 13, 2021

Meet the Woman Leading Feeding America

If you have donated to a local food bank, chances are it started with Feeding America. Feeding America is a United States-based non-profit organization. It is a nationwide network consisting of more than 200 food banks. On average, they feed more than 46 million people and 5 billion meals through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based agencies. FarmHer had the pleasure of chatting with their Chief Executive Officer, Claire Babineaux-Fontenot about being a woman who is a leader in this industry and how they are ensuring that everybody eats.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Dec 14, 2020

How FarmHers Can Fix Food Waste

In another Everybody Eats episode of FarmHer Talk take a deep dive into food waste and learn some ways that you can make a change in your community from community leader and food advocate Aubrey Alvarez of Eat Greater Des Moines.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Dec 29, 2020

The FarmHer Team Recaps 2020

We rounded up the FarmHerd and recapped our 2020. Listen in as the FarmHer Team talks about their successes and struggles in the last year and where they see 2021 going.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Dec 22, 2020

Dancing Into 2021 Like, I Got This!

We’re dancing into 2021 like we got THIS! Join us as we talk to our favorite fitness guru, Katie Crow about how to stay on track with our health resolutions, and then we’ll talk to Anne Ahmann, a professional organizer about easy ways to declutter and lighten our load on this episode of FarmHer Talks.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Nov 18, 2020

Passing the Pork to Make Sure Everybody Eats

Food insecurity and farming can and do go hand in hand. Listen in on the realities of food insecurity in America and hear what farmers are doing to pass the pork to make sure Everybody Eats with Tessa Jarvis.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Nov 10, 2020

Holiday Hacks

FROM THE ARCHIVE: This week we’re in the studio with one of our favorite FarmHers, Cristen Clark of Food and Swine! Join us as we talk about holiday traditions, and she shares some of her best holiday hacks, whether it’s baking or making it through with less stress and more enjoyment.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Nov 4, 2020

Women, STEM and Breaking Down Barriers

It’s STEM week and of course, we’re talking about women who are WINNING in that space! You don’t want to miss this as Dr. Kathy Shelton talks about being a leading woman in STEM through her role at FMC.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Oct 19, 2020

Digging Into Finances

FROM THE ARCHIVE: This week on we’re digging into finances! We’re talking to financial expert and author Joey Beech who has navigated a career in the financial industry and recently wrote A Girls Guide to Personal Finance – don’t miss her inspiring story!

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Oct 21, 2020

5 Steps to Financial Security

Today is the perfect time to take control of your future. As part of our Everybody Eats series, we are focusing on our financial well-being because it matters to farming, business and making sure Everybody Eats! Hear FIVE tips that you can immediately use to take control of your financial future as a female with financial leader, Christine Armstrong.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Nov 10, 2020

STEM is Her FarmHer Style

FROM THE ARCHIVE: From singing opera to embracing technology and diving into drones, meet Dr. Magan Lewis, a STEM loving FarmHer. Join in the discussion about how she is helping implement new technology to agriculture across the globe. We’ll also dive in to why she is passionate about introducing STEM to young girls and how she is getting that done.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Oct 6, 2020

10 Ways We Survived and Thrived in Lockdown

From exercise and daydreaming to pivoting and learning new things, listen in to the discussion when Erin returns to the FarmHer studio and hear the FarmHer Teams top tips for surviving any sort of downturn. They’ll cover it all from sprucing up your website to sprucing up your living room!

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Dec 4, 2019

Making Cheese and Sea Salt

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Join Marji and Erin as they share mics with a few food-making FarmHers and learn about how they went from farming to food-making. First up, meet author and FarmHer Kate Johnson, who teaches others the art of making cheese on her goat dairy. Then, we visit with Teresa Smithmeyer, who harvests, packages, and sells sea salt from Bull’s Bay, South Carolina.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Sep 23, 2020

Into the Bin – A Focus on Grain Safety

No lives lost is the goal when it comes to grain entrapments. As part of the Everybody Eats initiative with Nationwide, Marji goes into a grain bin for a rescue operation and talks to various organizations who are working to spread the message of grain bin safety. Tune in for tips on what to do, and where to turn for help.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Nov 10, 2020

STEM is Her FarmHer Style

FROM THE ARCHIVE: From singing opera to embracing technology and diving into drones, meet Dr. Magan Lewis, a STEM loving FarmHer. Join in the discussion about how she is helping implement new technology to agriculture across the globe. We’ll also dive in to why she is passionate about introducing STEM to young girls and how she is getting that done

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Aug 26, 2020

The Show Must Go On (livestock shows with fair cancellation)

The show must go on! When their beloved livestock shows were cancelled, these two Wisconsin friends teamed up to bring the show back. Listen in as we talk about their love for livestock, why kids need these shows and how they pulled it off

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Aug 12, 2020

Cultivate Community and Foster Leadership, FarmHer Style

Through FarmHer, Marji has shared the stories of hundreds of diverse women, all connected by their love of agriculture. Unfortunately, too many of these stories include a common enemy, cancer. Hear what the Porteus family of Ohio is doing to honor their lost loved one and connect our agriculture industry together with a common hope for a cure on this episode of FarmHer Talks.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Jul 22, 2020

Finding Farm Risk Peace of Mind in a Pandemic

The world is changing faster than most of us can comprehend and FarmHers are changing and adapting with it. In the continuing discussion around farming and pivoting Marji talks to Erin Cumings, a FarmHer and part of the Nationwide team to uncover some of the issues that could get sticky through these changes, how to manager your risk through it, and hear how she is adapting on the farm.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Jul 14, 2020

Pivoting Through Pandemic

Plan, Plant, Pivot and Run. That’s the name of the game for FarmHers…and well…all of us really these days. Keep up with the world or get left behind….and this FarmHer is not getting left behind. In the continuing discussion around farming and pivoting Marji talks to Jenny Quiner about the changes she has made as we sank into a new farming normal.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Jun 23, 2020

Navigating Major Change in Business and Life, FarmHer Style

Pivoting…it’s the new normal. Kara Babinec is no stranger to jumping right into the deep end. As the head of sales and marketing for the family livestock operation, which is one of the largest pastured poultry operations in the country, Kara and the team have made major shifts from selling direct to restaurants to focusing on getting their meat straight into the hands of their new customers….you and me.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST Jun 1, 2020

Rising up as a woman leader

Strong women, may we know them, may we be like them! Jennifer Sirangelo, President and CEO of the National 4H Council is one leader that we all need to know! She is a believer in young people and their capacity to change the world through 4H. Listen in as we find out what lights her fire in this latest installment of FarmHer + Nationwide’s Everybody Eats.

Shining Bright Podcast
PODCAST May 13, 2020

Dear FarmHer, Help Me Grow My Own Tomatoes!

Here’s a not-so-secret…I don’t like tomatoes. I never have…but leave it to FarmHer Jennie Smith of Butcher Crick Farms in Iowa to get me to try a few varieties and to change my mind. We’ll talk varieties, how to plant, good growing methods and of course, our favorite way to eat them!