001 – Introduction to Rob Sharkey & Carrie Zylka & the Purpose of This Podcast

001 – Introduction to Rob Sharkey & Carrie Zylka & the Purpose of This Podcast

“The Farmer & The City Girl Podcast Episode 001 – Introduction to Rob Sharkey & Carrie Zylka & the Purpose of This Podcast”




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In the introductory episode, we discuss who we are, and how the idea of the show came about. What we both want to achieve with the show. Our opinions on what the disconnect between the farmer and consumer truly is. What the schedule will be, and how you can suggest topic suggestions or corrections.

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4 Comments

  1. This was a great listen! As a farmer I feel the forest through the trees analogy is perfect because I do talk with people almost everyday (cashiers, shoppers, non ag businesspeople) and honestly I can’t remember the last person who asked me what colour my barn is. For the most part they just want to FEEL they know from whom their food came from. They want to trust and know if comes from a good place and the majority of them don’t need the details-they just need to know there’s a person. But what do I know? I’m not even a “real farmer” and I talk with more consumers than I talk with other farmers most days. The funny thing is that the more they know from whom their food comes from, the more they are inclined to ask serious questions.
    Basically, if you’re busting your ass to get through your shift at work and get home (if public transportation is running on time) in order to stop at the local market and pick up some groceries and grab the kids and then hump what you’ve spent your hard earned money on a couple blocks and up an 8th floor walk up you don’t care whether the farmer loves yoga BUT it gives them a little confidence to know the farmer is a person just like them in some ways AND if they recognize something (a brand or a commodity) as being from a good place because somewhere, at some point they heard or saw something then that’s a good thing.
    People run their mouths about the disconnect between consumer and farmer, but the chasm from field to plate is just as vast and wrought with just as much misinformation and rhetoric, IMO. Sometimes the biggest missing piece is the fact that neither realizes that they’re doing the same damn thing – trying to put food on the table and sometimes even raise a kid or two, or just be happy. It just looks different from the seat of a tractor, the corner office, or the factory floor. Anyways…great podcast and looking forward to the future ones!

    1. Thank you so much for this awesome comment, I personally read your blog and I think you have a lot of great farmer and consumer insights!

  2. Hi! I love this podcast. Full disclosure – I work as a soybean breeder for Pioneer. So I’m on the agriculture side. In regards to the animal rights podcast. Many of my acquaintances (yes of the mom variety) question me regarding “How was this meat raised? How do I know the animals were treated well?” I always answer with my Mom Theory. Not everyone knows a farmer but everyone knows a mom. Most moms (99.99%) just go about their day trying their level best do what they view as right for their families. The moms you see on tv or the news that hurt their kids are not representative of the average mom. They are the sensationalist 0.01% that make the news. Same with farmers. They are just going about their day doing their level best to what is right for their operation (grain, livestock, whatever). Those that you see on tv or the internet doing crazy things are the 0.001%. It helps bring it into perspective for some people! Love the new podcast. Thanks, Jessie

    1. Thanks Jessie! Do moms ever ask you about GMOs?

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