In this episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I interview Drew Sample about urban farming and podcasting. Initially inspired by Joe Rogan’s podcast, Drew Sample started his own podcast called The Sample Hour. Initially, it was mainly focused on comedy and stand-up comedians. After becoming interested in permaculture and urban farming, Drew shifted the focus of The Sample Hour. After more than 112 episodes, Drew feels that he is hitting his niche interviewing permaculture and urban farmers (sounds familiar).
Drew and our recent guest Scott Hebert have a weekly podcast where they talk the problems, solutions and progress they are making on their urban farming operations. In addition, Drew has interviewed some very interesting people on his podcast including Curtis Stone, Jean Martin-Fortier, Charles Hugh Smith, Jack Spirko, Diego Footer, Rob Kaiser, Paul Wheaton, Matt Powers, Grant Schultz, Luke Callahan and others. That is a lot of brain power right there (and a lot of links), and I highly recommend you listen to those interviews (after you listen to this one).
Drew started his urban farm in 2015 after determining that he “needed to get outside more” and finding that urban gardening was a path forward. The interesting thing is that his urban farm is on property that he rents in Columbus, Ohio. His farm is called Capital City Gardens, and he is working in cooperation with Heirloom Produce (owned and operated by a life-long friend Joel). Drew is learning how to operate his urban farm with help from his friend Joel, Scott Hebert and from Curtis Stone’s Profitable Urban Farming course. This is his first year of ” urban farming really intensely.”
Drew stated in this episode that he was going to start publishing videos on his YouTube Channel. True to form, he did publish a good quality, great sounding video where he talks about permaculture with Steve Harbolt at Sawyer-Ludwig Park in Marion, Ohio.
We appreciate the time Drew spent with us on the Small Scale Life Podcast. We wish him the best of luck for his urban farming and podcasting operations this season. I hope to have Drew back on the podcast in the future to follow-up with him about the urban farm.
I would also like to thank Austin from Beatsby_Roi for providing permission for using the song “Steady Wzdm” from The Lemon Water Chronicles, Volume 1, on the podcast. I would also like to thank Dillon from The Soapbox Collective Podcast for his assistance.
Drew and I talked about the following links during the podcast (and there were a lot of them):
- The Sample Hour – Drew Sample’s blog and podcast platform; also home to Drew and Scott Hebert’s weekly podcast
- The Sample Hour’s Facebook Page
- The Sample Hour’s YouTube Page
- The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast
- Curtis Stone’s “The Urban Farmer” – Book and online course – Keep in mind Drew offers a 10% discount
- Curtis Stone’s Green City Acres – Urban Farm
- Curtis Stone’s YouTube Channel – Great tips and videos
- Permaculture Voices with Diego Footer – Great podcasts about permaculture and profitable urban farming
- Will Allen’s Growing Power
- Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm and books
- Food Inc. – Documentary film
- John Martin Fortier’s “The Market Farmer” book and blog
- Jack Spirko’s The Survival Podcast
- Ben Hartman’s “Lean Farm” book
- Back to Eden
- Paul Wheaton – The Duke of Permaculture
- Ramps – What are they?
- Little John in Sheboygan, Wisconsin – Drew’s most recent interview with Little John
- Grant Schultz from VersaLand.com – Grant’s YouTube Channel
- Eric Schultz – Farmer to Farmer Podcast
- Charles Hugh Smith’s Of Two Minds Blog
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