Dec 17, 2019
In this episode, I talk to Gowan Batist of Fortunate Farm in
Caspar, CA off the Mendocino Coast. She manages a compost operation
using spent brewing grains from her partnership with North Coast
Brewing Company and runs a market garden that includes pumpkins and
flowers as well as planned grazing with sheep, cattle, and geese.
Gowan spoke about her partnership with North Coast Brewing and how
farming is a family affair.
You'll also hear:
>> How using compost has increased the organic matter in
Fortunate Farm's sandy soils
>> How she's been mentored by women in agriculture,
including her mother and grandmother
>> How their irrigation works being beside the
>> How list-making helps keep Gowan stay on task
throughout the day and manage the complexity that is farming
>> Why at 30 years old, Gowan strives to have mentors
that are younger than herself
>> A discussion about the history and cultivation of
>> Why dogs are Gowan's favorite farming 'tool'!
>> Why she encourages young farmers to reach out to
green businesses and B corporations to form partnerships as a way
of getting their farm off the ground
About the Guest: Gowan Batist is the Co-Owner of Fortunate
Farm and the Sustainability Manager at North Coast Brewing Company.
Gowan studied metal fabrication and sustainable agriculture in
college and farmed in Portland, Oregon before returning to
Mendocino to manage the Noyo Food Forest, Fort Bragg Unified School
District’s farm-to-school program. During her three seasons as
manager of the Noyo Food Forest, Gowan began composting spent grain
from North Coast Brewing Company as a hobby. The hobby became a
mission and a career and evolved into a formal partnership with
North Coast Brewing Company.