Ashton Beanblossom | #054 04/19/2021

Ashton Beanblossom had a big decision to make when her parents recently decided to retire from dairy farming. Hear how she struggled with the sense of loss, but then chose to build her own dairy -- with an interesting twist.

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Miguel Navarrete | #053 04/12/2021

Living in the shadows is how Miguel Navarrete describes growing up as an undocumented person, explaining what it's like to feel invisible and isolated. Miguel opens up about coming to the US and earning legal status in this week's episode. He also shares how the technology he's responsible for maintaining as an IT Manager on an Eastern Washington dairy defies people's perceptions of farming.

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José Torres | #051 03/30/2021

From farm worker to farm owner... through heartbreak, José Torres realized his dream of owning his own dairy farm. Hear his incredible story and get insight into the struggles his farm faces as he continues to produce high quality milk in Elma, WA.

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Duane Brandsma | #048 11/23/2020

An intense battle with mental illness took Duane Brandsma away from his family's farm and the work that he had cared so deeply about. Duane gives an inside look into the deeply personal details of what really happened when he says he "cracked," and why he's now speaking out about the mental health crisis among farmers.

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Enrique Mendoza | #047 11/11/2020

Growing up in Guatemala, Enrique Mendoza never expected that he would one day run his own dairy farm here in Washington state. But after working for Everson-area dairy farmer Jerry Van Dellen for several years, Enrique found he loved dairy farming and began working toward owning his own farm.

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Lawrence Honcoop | #046 11/04/2020

Host Dillon Honcoop's grandfather produced milk for 45 years and raised a family on a small family dairy near Lynden, Wash. 90-year-old Lawrence Honcoop sits down with his podcaster grandson for a personal reflection on the challenges and triumphs he faced over the years, all the way back to being raised by a single mom with her own small farm just out of the Great Depression.

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Corby Groen | #044 10/12/2020

A rare medical condition nearly took the life of organic dairy farmer Corby Groen earlier this year. He shares the amazing story of how doctors raced to figure out what was killing him from the inside, and how his family and the surrounding community was able to keep the farm going while he was hospitalized for months.

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Kristyn Mensonides | #042 09/28/2020

She could have gone into a career in marketing, but instead Kristyn Mensonides chose to return to her family's dairy farm. In this week's episode, Kristyn gives us a look inside life as a herd manager working with her family and a team of workers to produce milk for a farmer-owned cooperative.

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