The latest episode of SARE’s Our Farms, Our Future podcast series features Laura Lengnick, a soil scientist and founder of Cultivating Resilience, LLC, a consulting firm that offers ecosystem-based climate risk management and planning services. Lengnick speaks with Donn Teske, a fifth-generation farmer in northeastern Kansas who is currently transitioning from cropping to cattle grazing on his farm. They discuss the valuable role of the family farmer in a sustainable food system.
“My goal in life is to advocate for the family farmer. … I think the family farmer is a centerpiece for community quality of life,” says Teske. Lengnick agrees: “I am hopeful for a change in the food system that brings along the family farmer and recognizes the value of family farms as an important component of the food system.” Teske and Lengnick acknowledge that the family farm is central to resilience in agriculture and that it plays a key role in healthy communities.
The Our Farms, Our Future podcast was created to bring people together for important conversations about our food system, and to share the knowledge of agricultural professionals with a wider audience. Each episode features two members of the sustainable agriculture community in conversations about their successes, challenges, fears, hopes, lessons learned and projects to come.