Modern Farm Girls Podcast



Nutrition, natural skincare, & healthy baby makin'


  • Nicolette Hahn Niman on Defending the Environmental, Nutritional, and Ethical Case for Meat

    14/07/2021 Duração: 52min

    On today's episode of the podcast, I chat with Nicolette Hahn Niman about the nutritional, sustainable, and ethical case for meat production.   Nicolette is an author, lawyer, rancher, and one of the many environmental experts featured in the film, Sacred Cow.   In this episode, we dive into why well-raised cattle actually improve ecosystem function and how removing them from our food system would create a gaping hole for us, both nutritionally and environmentally.   Nicolette is a wealth of information and it's always a joy to speak with her.   Tune into this episode and be sure to check out her books including the upcoming edition of Defending Beef: The Ecological and Nutritional Case for Meat.

  • Think Like a Vegan with Emilia Leese and Eva Charalambides

    06/07/2021 Duração: 01h06min

    On today's episode of the podcast, my co-host, James Connelly, chats with Emilia Leese and Eva Charalambides, authors of the book Think Like a Vegan: What everyone can learn from vegan ethics. They discuss a range of topics including how veganism has evolved, the ethics of a healthy food system, reconnecting with our food producers, and the nuance and intricacies of supporting food sovereignty and peoples' rights to healthy, just, and sustainable food. Learn more about their book project here.

  • Lierre Keith on The Vegetarian Myth and her recovery from 20 years of being vegan

    29/06/2021 Duração: 37min

    In this episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, I speak with Lierre Keith, author of The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, about her experience being a vegan for almost two decades and her eventual transition back into eating meat.   If you've watched my film, Sacred Cow, you'll recognize Lierre and her story about how it occurred to her while trying to grow a vegan garden that there is no life without death.   She could either be a part of the cycle that creates more death or she could be a part of the cycle that creates more life.   We discuss this and so much more.   If you are vegan or a former vegan (or know someone who is), I encourage you to check out this episode.   This episode is sponsored by Teton Waters Ranch, one of my favorite “better meat” companies. Their sausages and hot dogs are 100% grass-fed beef and delicious. Bring hot dogs back to your dinner table and check out all of the amazing products at Teton Waters Ranch.

  • Shannon Hayes of Sap Bush Hollow on Radical Homemaking, Farming, and Redefining Rich

    23/06/2021 Duração: 01h01min

    On this episode, Diana interviews Shannon Hayes of Sap Bush Hollow Farm. Shannon is the Chef & CEO of Sap Bush Hollow, as well as the author of several books & host of The Hearth of Sap Bush Hollow podcast. She has written several books about sustainability, including Radical Homemakers and several other amazing books on food. She has a PhD in Sustainable Agriculture and operates a farm and cafe in West Fulton New York. Diana and Shannon talk about her inspiration for living differently and sharing that with the world and we discuss her community and her deep feelings about how it is part of healing and deserves dedication.  They dive into Shannon's latest book, available for pre-order here, Redefining Rich, where she writes about what people can do to experience true wealth by stretching and being inventive but also by recognizing what is right in front of us. If the past year has made you reevaluate life as you know it, the episode is for you! You can find more information about Shannon at Sap Bush

  • José López a.k.a. Wild Quetzal on Reconnecting with Ourselves & the Natural World

    15/06/2021 Duração: 48min

    I first discovered José López via his Instagram account, @wildquetzal. His content is clear, concise, educational, and I found myself rapidly consuming it as quickly as I could. This episode is a long-form conversation about his own personal journey to where he is today, how he connects with the natural world to learn, grow, and educate, and his vision to inspire others to reconnect with themselves and observe the "Three Worlds" we are all a part of. Tune in as my co-host and co-producer of Sacred Cow, James Connolly, interviews López. Be sure to check him out on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, and see his conscious design and marketing work at Kaizen Designs.

  • Dr. Anthony Gustin On visiting the Hadza tribe, vegetable oils, keto misconceptions, reconnecting with our food system, & more.

    08/06/2021 Duração: 56min

    On today's episode of the podcast, I catch up with Dr. Anthony Gustin.   We chat about everything from his recent trip to observe the Hadza tribe in Africa, the dangers of refined vegetable oils, misconceptions about carbohydrates and the keto diet, how we might not be able to return to our hunter/gatherer roots, but how we can reconnect and regenerate our connection with our health, land, and this planet, and more.   Dr. Gustin is a sports medicine clinician, the founder and CEO of Perfect Keto & Equip Foods, the host of The Natural State Podcast, and the author of the best-selling book, Keto Answers.   His youth on a farm in the midwest and personal health issues led him to this path to find optimal health for himself to inspire others to do the same. Through his new project, Joyfield Farm, he aims to set an example that farming can be done ethically, regeneratively, and most importantly: produce the most nutritious food humanly possible as sustainably as possible.   If you're interested in the intersec

  • Sam Apple on Ravenous: Otto Warburg, the Nazis, and the Search for the Cancer-Diet Connection

    01/06/2021 Duração: 38min

    Have you ever read a riveting, page-turner of a book about the metabolic theories of cancer?   Yeah, me neither...until this one, and in the latest episode of the podcast, my co-host, James Connolly, had the chance to chat with Apple.   They dove into Apple's latest book, Ravenous: Otto Warburg, the Nazis, and the Search for the Cancer-Diet Connection, and all of the research that was involved in telling this important story of Warburg and his work on cancer.   In the book, Apple tells the extraordinary story of Otto Warburg, a Nazi-era scientist who discovered how cancer cells eat.   He breaks down the current scientific literature in an easy way and interweaves colorful interviews that make this book hard to put down.   By the end, you'll have a better understanding of not just how cancer cells eat, but also what it means for how we should.   Give this episode a listen and check out the book here.

  • Autumn Smith of Paleovalley on healing from IBS & anxiety, navigating kids' snack culture, & growing a "real food" business.

    25/05/2021 Duração: 31min

    On today's episode of the podcast, I interview Autumn Smith, the co-founder of Paleovalley and Wild Pastures.   She holds a Masters in Holistic Nutrition, is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach and FDN Practitioner, and was an absolute joy to interview!   We talk about our health journeys and how she resolved her struggles with IBS, anxiety, and her relationship with food when she started focusing on the quality of her nutrition, not just the quantity.   As her health completely transformed, she became driven to make healthy, nutrient-dense products more accessible to her family, clients, and fellow parents.   As a dietitian and mom myself, it was great to chat about how out of hand our kids' snack culture has gotten and what companies like Paleovalley can do to help change it. Our kids and our own health are too often hijacked by hyper-palatable, processed foods, and accessible, real food options not only lead to better health and cognition, but they're also delicious.   If you've been following me or talk w

  • Pierre Ferrari of Heifer International on Food Security, Food Sovereignty, & the Impact of Livestock in Developing Countries

    20/05/2021 Duração: 41min

    In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with Pierre Ferrari of Heifer International about creating equitable, resilient food systems.   Pierre is the President and CEO of Heifer International, a global network on a mission to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local farmers and their communities.   We chat about the importance of livestock to create change from the ground up. A small investment of livestock, alongside mentorship and support, can help families earn a living income, improve their food security and nutrition, protect their environment, empower women, and continuously train the next generation of leaders.   Their work is incredible and so is this episode.   Learn more about Pierre and Heifer International on their website, and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.   This episode is brought to you by my favorite fish company, Sitka Salmon Shares. Learn more about it in the show or visit their website here and enter the code Sus

  • Nic Mink of Sitka Salmon Shares on Boat to Plate & Connecting Consumers with Beyond Sustainable Fish

    12/05/2021 Duração: 42min

    On this week's episode of the podcast, my co-host, Lauren Manning, chats with Nic Mink, the CEO of Sitka Salmon Shares, a member of Local Catch and the nation’s largest community-supported fishery (CSF) delivering responsibly harvested seafood to the doorsteps of seafood lovers around the country. Sitka Salmon Shares operates like a CSA (community supported agriculture), providing monthly boxes of wild-caught Alaskan fish and seafood to consumers who pay in exchanges for a share of the season's catch. Nic is on a mission to change the way the world thinks about fish and describes how he aims to advocate for fishing that is beyond sustainable - fishing that is not only good for the environment, but also the social, cultural, and economical systems of the area. Nic and Lauren dive into how we can become more involved with the "boat to plate" process of the fish we eat and what we can do to support small fishermen fishing in a healthy, sustainable way. If you watched the film Seaspiracy, give this episode a list

  • Bryan Charles of Ketoned Bodies on Regenerating our Planet and our Health with Food

    05/05/2021 Duração: 01h27min

    On this week's episode of the podcast, my co-host, James Connelly, chats with Bryan Charles of Ketoned Bodies, the nation's first Keto Meal Delivery Company and the only Regenerative Agricultural Meal Delivery company in the country.   Bryan became interested in nutrition as a result of his mother’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He believed that food was the cause, and he knew that food would be the cure. His quest for the optimal diet led him to work on a Master’s in Applied Clinical Nutrition. He's also working towards being a Savory Institute Accredited Field Professional.   They take a deep dive into the current food system, why our disconnection with our food is at the root of many of our problems, and how food that is grown in a manner that regenerates the planet will regenerate humanity.   Enjoy this wide-ranging conversation between James and Bryan and learn how we can work together to create a healthier life and planet.   Learn more about Bryan and Ketoned Bodies on his website, and be sure to fol

  • Esther Blum about Food Justice & Optimal Nutrition for Hormonal Balance, Health, & Vitality

    30/04/2021 Duração: 58min

    On this episode of the podcast, I chat with my colleague, Esther Blum.   She’s an Integrative Dietitian, High-Performance Coach, and the best-selling author of Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous. She has helped thousands of women feel and look their best, balance their hormones, eliminate their need for medication, and reverse chronic illness.   We discuss everything from nutritional changes throughout a woman's cycle, advocating for ourselves and loved ones in our medical system, and the need for more diversity, food sovereignty, regional appropriateness, and empathy in our food system and dietary recommendations.   Esther and I got fired up in this chat and you'll hear our passions throughout this entire show.   To keep the energy of this episode alive, Esther is gifting a mini-course, Crush Your Sugar Cravings, and has also generously opened up her calendar for 6 listeners to book a 30-minute Custom Metabolic Blueprint call with her. Visit to claim your spot.   Learn more about Esther, her

  • John Arbuckle of Singing Pastures Farm

    20/04/2021 Duração: 47min

    In this episode of The Sustainable Dish Podcast, Lauren talks with John Arbuckle of Singing Pastures. John and his wife, Holly, are 9th generation farmers. In 2016, they started Singing Pastures with their mission to showcase and practice Wildly Regenerative Agriculture.   Lauren and John discuss their Maine farm and how they identified the need to do things differently, what they are doing, how they are doing it, and what regenerative agriculture means to them and the food system as a whole. If you're interested in starting a regenerative farm or are new to farming, check out this episode.   Learn more about John and Singing Pastures Farm on their website, and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.   This episode brought to you by DrinkLMNT who has an exclusive deal for my listeners. Visit this page to learn how you can get a sampler pack for only $5. It's also brought to you by my favorite fish company, Sitka Salmon Shares. Learn more about it in the show or visit their website here and

  • Sean B. Carroll on the Evolution, Adaptation, and Regulation of Life

    14/04/2021 Duração: 50min

    In today's episode of the podcast, my co-host, James Connolly, chats with Sean B. Carroll. Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and film producer. He received a Ph.D. in immunology from Tufts University. He is currently the Andrew and Mary Balo and Nicholas and Susan Simon Endowed Chair of Biology at the University of Maryland, Vice-President for Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Executive Director of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and Professor Emeritus of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin. James and Sean discuss the book and the subsequent documentary film, Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works, and Why it Matters. They also discuss Brave Genius: A Scientist, Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures From the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize. The latter book describes the conflict that happens when ideology trumps science in agriculture and the resulting famines in the USSR and China. Lastly, they touch on his

  • Drew Ramsey, MD on How to Eat to Beat Depression & Anxiety

    06/04/2021 Duração: 49min

    In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with my good friend and colleague, Drew Ramsey, MD. We discuss the most important parts of his latest book, Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety, and how we can use nutritional psychiatry to help combat our current mental health crisis. Drew Ramsey, MD, is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. We chat about mental well-being and in the context of the pandemic and overall life. “We’ve all had our mental health challenged in a way that really hasn’t happened to many of us before,” he says, “from losing employment to the profound grief so many families are experiencing to the loss of our social structures and our ability to maintain our connections.” But nutrition is an oft-forgotten medicine in our toolkits and we dive into the foods

  • Glenn Elzinga of Alderspring Ranch on managed grazing, wildfire management, & shifting our food system

    30/03/2021 Duração: 01h26min

    On today's episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, my co-host, Lauren Manning, interviews Glenn Elzinga of Alderspring Ranch. Glenn Elzinga is a former Forest Ecologist turned Rancher. Glenn and his wife Caryl run Alderspring Ranch, a small artisanal family ranch that has passionately produced award-winning grass-fed, organic beef for over 20 years in the Idaho mountains. Alderspring Cowboys live with the cattle during the summer months, rotationally grazing them over 46,000 acres of certified organic wild permit rangeland, restoring health to ecologically sensitive areas. In this deep-dive conversation, Lauren and Glenn discuss the carbon sequestration of managed grazing and in-herding, how he manages both the animals and his people to keep his ranch running smooth, how the recent forest fires in the western United States could be mitigated, and more. If you're interested in learning more about this family operation or curious about working or interning at such an amazing regenerative ranch, visit his websi

  • Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac.: Why Health Coaching Will Change the Future of Healthcare

    23/03/2021 Duração: 42min

    On today's episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, I chat with my good friend, Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac., who is an internationally recognized leader in ancestral health and functional, integrative medicine. He is the author of The Paleo Cure and Unconventional Medicine and the founder of The Kresser Institute that helps equip the next generation of functional health practitioners and coaches with the skills and tools they need to turn the tide of chronic disease—and change the future of medicine.  We discuss the current state of our healthcare system, the growing need for health coaches, and what drove him to create his ADAPT Health Coach Training Program. Enrollment for his next class of the ADAPT Health Coaching Program ends April 1, 2021, so be sure to sign up here and tune in to the show to learn how you can get $1,000 off your tuition!

  • Sadie Radinsky on food positivity & her book, Whole Girl: Live Vibrantly, Love Your Entire Self, and Make Friends with Food

    18/03/2021 Duração: 55min

    On this episode of the Sustainable Dish podcast, my co-host, James Connolly, interviews Sadie Radinsky. Sadie Radinsky is the 19-year-old writer and recipe creator behind Sadie starting blogging in 2014, when she was 12, her goal was to educate and empower her fellow teen girls and create a positive community around food. We discussed her new book, Whole Girl: Live Vibrantly, Love Your Entire Self, and Make Friends with Food. Other topics discussed were female empowerment, homeschooling, the pressures on teenagers to go vegan, and our mutual love of Neil Gaiman.  Be sure to learn more about Sadie on her website, Facebook, and Instagram. This episode brought to you by DrinkLMNT who has an exclusive deal for my listeners. Visit this page to learn how you can get a sampler pack for only $5.

  • Andrew Smith On the morality of all diets and why it's impossible to actually be vegan or vegetarian.

    09/03/2021 Duração: 47min

    On this episode of the Sustainable Dish podcast, I talk to Andrew Smith about his book, A Critique of the Moral Defense of Vegetarianism.   We discuss the sentience of plants, the morality of all diets, the impossibility of an animal-free diet, and more.   Andrew brings a unique perspective to the ethical case for better meat and is featured in both my film and book, Sacred Cow.   To learn more about Andrew and his work, visit his website here.   This episode brought to you by DrinkLMNT who has an exclusive deal for my listeners. Visit this page to learn how you can get a sampler pack for only $5.

  • Arsen Islamov on pastoralist traditions in Kazakhstan, the Soviet invasion, & the many consequences of cropping rich pasturelands.

    05/03/2021 Duração: 48min

    Arsen Islamov is a cattle rancher in Kazakhstan. In today's episode of the podcast, we discuss the pastoralist traditions in Kazakhstan, the Soviet invasion, and their reeducation camps. We also discuss the subsequent conversion of rich, pastoral lands to grain and the health consequences of the removal of the traditional diet.   His journey into cattle ranching is unique and inspiring, and his stories about the erosion of topsoil due to cropping are reminiscent of our own dust bowl history in the midwest. This conversation is rich in history and lessons that we all can heed.   Follow Arsen on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.   This episode brought to you by DrinkLMNT who has an exclusive deal for my listeners. Visit this page to learn how you can get a sampler pack for only $5.

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