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The Thriving Farmer Podcast


Mar 21, 2023

What ways can your farm bring more value to your community?

 

In this week’s podcast, we’re hosting Kelly Shepherd, Co-Owner of What the Farm, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. What the Farm is focusing on the health and vitality of the land through regenerative farming, and their mission is simple: serve the soil, serve the animals, and serve the community. 

 

They recently expanded their operations and opened What The Farm Store so they can share farm to table with others. What the Farm aims to provide local families with an affordable way to bring home food free of chemicals and hormones, and they do so swimmingly!

 

Come hear all about how they do it in this episode

You’ll hear:

  • What prompted Kelly to shift from business coaching to farming 2:03
  • The first sales outlets for the farm 6:05
  • Classes the farm offers to homeschoolers 10:09
  • How Kelly handles the farm’s meat CSA 17:39
  • What What the Farm does with the Savory Institute 21:20
  • What Kelly would do differently if she could go back to the beginning of her farm 31:56
  • Kelly’s favorite farming tool 33:30

About the Guest:

Kelly Shepherd is the co-owner of What The Farm, a regenerative farm that specializes in chicken, pork, lamb, and beef in Virginia Beach, VA. With a background in business coaching, her primary focus is helping farmers achieve profitability through agritourism, education, and subscription-based sales. Kelly believes that the only way to grow the sustainable farm movement is to make it a win/win for both farmers and consumers. 

Resources:

Website: https://whatthefarmlife.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheFarmVa

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthefarmva/

 

The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsors!

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