Modern Farm Girls Podcast



Nutrition, natural skincare, & healthy baby makin'


  • Victoria Boren on reclaiming metabolic health within our challenging food climate.

    15/09/2021 Duración: 02h01min

    In this episode, James chats with Victoria Boron about her journey to reclaim her health, the past, present, and future of our food system, must-read books, and more. Victoria Boron is passionate about peoples’ metabolic health. When her own health began to fail after gaining significant weight and becoming pre- diabetic, she began searching for answers about nutrition. In doing so, she found a new love for science and human physiology and left her career in the hospitality industry to pursue a career in nursing. She is currently a student at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington obtaining a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a minor in biology. She hopes to eventually earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and work to help patients achieve metabolic health. Victoria, her husband Ben, and their two young daughters live on a small, upstart urban vegetable farm in North Carolina. When not in the throes of day-to-day parental duties, they love to go hear live music, go to the beach, the park, and ot

  • Marty Kendall of Nutrient Optimiser on Eliminating Nutrient Deficiencies in Your Diet

    31/08/2021 Duración: 47min

    On this episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast, I speak with Marty Kendall of Optimising Nutrition and Nutrient Optimiser, an assessment and program designed to help you identify nutrient deficiencies and guide you through optimizing your nutrition without the use of supplements. I've followed Marty's program several times and learned how to maximize my diet for optimal nutrient absorption and health. I first learned about the importance of nutrient optimization through my own journey with Celiac Disease. Having lived undiagnosed for decades, my body thrived once I began understanding how to maximize my nutrition with testing, diligent tracking, and nutrient-dense recipes. Marty's Nutrient Optimiser assessment and Optimising Nutrition program is a wealth of information for anyone seeking to amplify their nutrition and health. Tune into this show to hear about my own Nutrient Optimiser challenge and learn more about how you can join the challenge, too. Check out Marty's blog for more helpful tools, resources,

  • Megan Parks of Grassroots Carbon on incentivizing carbon sequestration & grassland restoration with carbon credits.

    24/08/2021 Duración: 47min

    On this episode of The Sustainable Dish Podcast, we dive deep into the carbon credit market with Megan Parks, the Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Grassroots Carbon, a public benefit company that makes it easy to buy and sell nature-based carbon storage. Carbon credits, carbon sequestration, carbon storage are all growing buzzwords in today's headlines, but what are they and what do they really mean? Lauren and Megan break down the carbon credit market and what it means for regenerative ranchers and carbon credit buyers now and in the future. They discuss how transparency and stringent, third-party testing are key to long-term grassland regeneration and carbon sequestration. They also reveal that even though carbon storage is in the spotlight right now, there are many other benefits of grassland regeneration that could become even more marketable than carbon credits in the future. If you're curious about the viability of the carbon credit market, interested in purchasing carbon credits, or consideri

  • Christine Dormeier of Heritage Pines Farm on leaving the city to start a small farm in rural Colorado

    17/08/2021 Duración: 57min

    Have you ever wondered what it's like to move from city life to start a farm? If so, give the latest episode of the Sustainable Dish Podcast a listen. My co-host, Lauren Manning, chats with Christine Dormeier of Heritage Pines Farm in Peyton, Colorado. Christine grew up in the suburbs, went to undergrad for business, lived in some of the busiest cities in the world, and is now a small farmer. In the show, Christine shares how nothing in her childhood or education encouraged her down this path, but as a Taiwanese American immigrant, she is working hard to encourage other Asian Americans to become more aware of agriculture and land stewardship. Lauren and Christine chat about helpful resources for budding farmers and how the draws of living their small farmer lifestyles have helped them weather the cultural and experiential obstacles along their journeys. This show can inspire aspiring farmers, encourage new farmers, and rejuvenate seasoned farmers. Be sure to tune in and check out Heritage Pines Farm to learn

  • James Rebanks on Pastoral Song: A Farmer's Journey and Reclaiming the Story of a Small Farmer

    10/08/2021 Duración: 58min

    In this episode of the podcast, my co-host, Lauren Manning, chats with James Rebanks.   James is not only an accomplished sheep farmer in England (you may recognize him from his guest appearance in Sacred Cow), but he is also an author and thought-leader on the future of farming.   They discuss the past, present, and future of agriculture, our growing disconnection with our food system, and his new book, Pastoral Song: A Farmer's Journey.   If you're curious about farming from a farmer's eyes, tune into this show.   Follow James on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to check out his books The Shepherd's Life, English Pastoral, and his latest, Pastoral Song: A Farmer's Journey.   This episode is sponsored by FOND Bone Broth, one of my favorite “better broth” companies. Their broths and elixirs are not only well-sourced, but they are delicious. Visit their website here and enter the code SUSTAINABLEDISH for 20% off your first order.

  • Adam Danforth of Rogue Food Unites on Butchering and Ethical Meat Eating

    03/08/2021 Duración: 40min

    In this episode, I chat with Adam Danforth, a butcher, educator, and James Beard award-winning author. He is an active board member of the Good Meat Project and Chefs Collaborative and through this work, he leads experiential workshops worldwide on butchery and meat science for venues such as Stone Barns Center for Agriculture, the James Beard Foundation Chefs Boot Camp, Google, and the National Bison Association. Adam also consults and provides education to restaurants including Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Bazaar Meat, and Maude.  We talk about Adam's road from corporate marketing burnout to his career in meat processing and humane butchery.  We also discuss his latest initiative, ROGUE FOOD UNITES, a nonprofit which meets the immediate and long-term food needs of fire victims in Southern Oregon with comfort food prepared by locally-owned restaurants. Click here to donate.

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

    14/07/2021 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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 Duración: 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

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