We here! We didn't give up the podcast game, just got hella busy over the summer. The kind of busy where you're wore-ass out but can't remember what you accomplished. Brandon starts us back with discussing his pesky neighbors, Theresa and Daryl, and their complaints about his dogs. Theresa and Daryl, UGH. Then we get down to some solid farm talk, including: feral swine damage in South Georgia, USDA grants and local food systems investment, the inevitable trash and worn-out equipment that accumulate on every farm ("shame piles"), and sundry other topics along the way. Authentic outdoor sounds, too.
Wyatt Williams, Meat-Obsessed Expat
Wyatt Williams joins us all the way from Indonesia to talk food writing, burnout, the perfect farm, marketing, and American meat. But before that we have a long discussion about beginning farmers, the disappearance of livestock processing, and food safety. We decry the misguided war by the government against microorganisms, reevaluate science, and contemplate eating a raw chicken. Coop looks forward to upcoming events. Brandon has news about the expansion of his multimedia empire on the coast. A long episode for a good ride. Audio could be better. C'est la vie. Authentically lo-fi is our brand.
Phil Spencer from Farm’d
Our first guest! We enjoy the honor and privilege of keeping company with Phil Spencer, the Community Manager at Farm’d. A buying and distribution platform for local food, Farm’d facilitates linkages between restaurants and farmers. What they’re doing sounds so good, it makes one incredulous. We think you'll really like Phil and hearing about the job he's doing to help Georgia farmers get their product to market. Plus, we have scintillating intro talk, in which we cover the weather, drowned trucks, rural hospitals, pica, annoying turns of phrase, driving a tractor in your skivvies, cussing, and getting punk’d. Episode sponsored by the Georgia Sea Grill (@georgiaseagrill).
Heat and Fever
What is this episode about? What is truth? Can we ever really know another person? We don't talk about none of that. Instead, we cover laughable Yankee tourist traps (we see you, Peach World), vague memories of Midway and the lost Sunbury Road, the cruel turn of weather in Georgia, the possible effects from African Swine Fever’s rampage through China and Southeast Asia, human doodoo, and the salubrious possibilities of human doodoo transfer. Plus, there’s the standard drivel, whatnot, clatter, and noise. But name another podcast with so many loud and abrupt animal sounds.
Finally, we’re back at our game of talking Georgia deep geography and trying on our curmudgeon hats. We talk about the dynamic physical and social upheaval in the Atlanta suburbs over the past 30 years — with a focus on Gwinnett County. Along the way we cover our dreams of writing, Flagpole magazine, bats, and sundry other things. Recordings from the Georgia Organics Conference close the show. Episode sponsored by the Georgia Sea Grill, Classic Georgia, and the Bites & Bands fest on St. Simons on March 23.
Back to a Rough January
We talk about how much January sucked. Along the way, we cover the Durdens again, pod bizness, the one and only Waverly Minit Mart, Coop’s brother, Goodie Mob, late night cravings, the intangibility of fathers’ love, death, the Georgia Organics conference, small farmers, and more. This is probably our best episode yet. Lots of good truck sounds. A longer ride but it’s smooth and easy. Episode sponsored by Georgia Sea Grill, Classic Georgia, and the Bites & Bands fest on St. Simons on March 23.
The Story of Grassroots Farms, Pt. 3: “You Got To Get in Where You Fit in”
The finale of Grassroots Farms' journey to the land of milk and honey — the Georgia coast. As the deal with the chicken distributor fizzles, a mysterious figure appears offering untold riches in the hog business. An old friend comes to the farm for mutual succor. Fame and fortune again seem within reach. But is this the devil's business, or is it ultimate providence? Plus, interstate rest area architecture, O.J. Simpson, the government shutdown, the Farm Bill, DIY veterinary medicine, a dramatic reading from James Dickey's Deliverance, etc. Long, vulgar, troubled with inconsistent volume levels — This is the episode that wins the Poddie! Seriously. No, seriously. Lots of expletives, y'all. Don't say we didn't warn you.
The Story of Grassroots Farm, Pt. 2: “I Owe an Awful Lot to the Chicken”
Part the Second: We follow our plucky hero through the next stage of his journey to small farm glory. Good fortune strikes as a corporate distributor comes calling for that local yardbird. Brandon moves the flock and fam from their suburban homestead to the wide-open pastures of Southeast Georgia (SOUEGA — God's country, per the Bird Mane). Will this path lead to untold riches as foretold in the prophecy? How can one man compete with the scale and efficiencies of Big Chicken? Find out in this week's episode! Plus, more Florida talk and tantalizing details about a "sweet" outhouse.
The Story of Grassroots Farms, Pt. 1: “Man, You’re Going To be a Millionaire”
This is the first of three episodes in which Brandon details his unique journey into the farming life. It’s a story of youthful mistakes, rare opportunity, personal destiny, and abounding love. In Part 1, Brandon talks about getting started as a wide-eyed backyard agrarian in Walton County.
We go way off script to talk about chickens, outdoor chickens, indoor chickens, chicken manure, chicken death, the ugly acts of livestock farming, and the persistent gloom and self-doubt of running a small business during the holidays.... Because mama always said the best way to treat your listeners right is to be as morbid and gross as possible. But, hey, in a world of deceptive social media profiles and marketing shell games, at least SoL gets down and dirty.
Hatin’ on Hotlanta: Grants, Politics, and Rural Living
The Streak of Lean boys are finally back at it to discuss Hurricane Michael's impact on agriculture in Southwest Georgia, the national media coverage of the storm, the Farm Bill, Donn's grant work, developments on Brandon's coastal farm, organics, and our favorite theme — bridging the urban/rural divide. Because, y'all, we love everybody.
Publishing this episode was delayed by technical issues and user error, and some audio has been removed to protect the innocent. So, don't mind the gaps, and discussions about recent political events are still relevant, if not timely. Also, we're going to leave you wanting more....
Welcome to Streak of Lean
We finally record the first podcast after years of talking about talking. We introduce ourselves, outline our hopes for the show, and discuss Hurricane Florence, vittles, Trapper Jim, the Ag Census, slavery, racism in America, chicken farming, etc. Brandon provides free truck sounds. Donn has trouble with multiplication. All in all, not bad for a first go.