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About Back to the Roots Podcast

We are Bryan Wood and Mike Kline. After nearly 2 years of talking about starting a podcast to offer a voice to the Organic Farmer we finally did it. Our goal for this podcast is to connect people with organic farmers across the country, from Amish country in Ohio and Indiana to farmers on the West Coast. Join us as we travel back to the agricultural roots of our childhood and have conversations with farmers who's livelihood is Organic Farming.


Learning through humility: A journey into organics

Klaas Martens is an organic Farmer from Penn Yan, NY. He and his wife, Mary farm 2000 acres as well…


Bringing agricultural practices to a way of life

Tai Lopez is best known as an investor and entrepreneur as well as for his social media presence. What might be…


Making hay the old fashioned way in Ohio

This is the typical way hay is made on Amish farms in Ohio other than the 24’ mower. I wasn’t…


Christine DeJesus: From market gardener to cannabis farmer

Christine DeJesus, director of cultivation at Galenas Cannabis, talk about growing cannabis organically, transferring knowledge from market vegetable farming to…


David Kline: Farmer, author and Amish bishop

David Kline, author, farmer and Amish bishop from Holmes County, Ohio, joins us to talk about the joys of working…


From Holland to the USA: Building an organic farming co-op

Today’s podcast tells the story of a community forming around organic agriculture. In 1999 Tineke Veldhuis moved to the Williamsburg,…


Listen: The agrarian life with Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry has published more than eighty books of poetry, fiction, essays, and criticism, but he’s perhaps best known for…


What’s life like on an Amish dairy farm?

Tim and Katie Kline are organic dairy farmers in Holmes County, Ohio. They speak with us about how they got…


From grain to glass: Meet the farmer and distiller

We are joined by Dean McIlvane, organic grain farmer, and Kevin Thomas, owner and master distiller at Western Reserve Distillery….


What’s it like having 400 organic dairy cows in Wisconsin?

Our 50th episode features Ron Miller of R&G Miller and Sons Dairy of Central, Wisconsin. There is no doubt that we…


John Palmer on starting his organic farm in Iowa

John is an organic dairy farmer with Organic Valley – he discusses getting his farm started in Waukon, IA. It…


Composting Cleveland: Food waste and the ‘Rust Belt Riders’

Nathan Rutz and Michael Robinson started Rust Belt Riders and Tilth Soil where they compost food waste. They are an…


Meet the ‘soil whisperer’

Mike and Bryan had the opportunity to sit down with the “soil whisperer” Ray Archuleta. What an amazing story he…


Organic dairy farming from the US to UK

We jump across the pond to speak with members of the OMSCo Dairy Cooperative, the UK’s largest organic dairy cooperative…


The history of Amish, with farmer David Kline

David Kline is an Amish bishop as well as a farmer, writer and naturalist who lives in Holmes County, Ohio….