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The No-Till Growers Podcast Network

Dec 5, 2022

Hey everyone, it's Alex, and I'm beyond excited to bring you all a very interesting conversation with Brian Bates of Bear Creek Organic Farm. Brian is one of my favorite farmers in the state of Michigan and I got the privilege to spend a day with him and his crew, learning how they grow food efficiently year-round. In this episode, we dive deep into the philosophy of farm growth, Spring plant sales, experiments in no-till, and investing in the most valuable asset of a farm. Surprise? It's their employees. 

~ Alex Ball, Old City Acres

Mentioned in the show...

Follow Bear Creek Organic Farm on Instagram

Morgan Compost Dairy Doo

The Bear Creek Look Book

Weed the Soil, Not the Crop by Eric & Anne Nordell of Beech Grove Farm

Folks who make the show possible...

Orisha for wireless greenhouse+ automation, get 15% off with code "No Till Grower"

RIMOL Greenhouses quality greenhouses and high-tunnels.

Tilth Soil amazing compost-based living potting soils and soil blends.

Certified Naturally Grown grassroots, peer-to-peer, holistic certification.

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