What is regenerative agriculture, and what are your options to becoming regenerative as a farmer? 
On today’s episode we’re featuring Jesse McDougall of Studio Hill Farm, located in southern Vermont. Studio Hill Farm’s primary goal is to strengthen the land’s natural water, carbon, and nutrient cycles so that they may restore the abundant ecosystem of their 5th-generation family farm. To achieve this goal they: raise livestock on pasture using holistic land management practices, use no-till gardens for their annual vegetable and flower production, are in the process of building a 4-acre perennial food forest, and keep bees. Jesse is an accredited professional with the Savory Institute, serves on the advisory board for Soil4Climate, and was the author of the first regenerative agriculture legislation. Join us today to hear all about how Jesse, his wife and their team accomplishes all of this and thrives while doing it!

In This Episode:

How Jesse became attracted to farming 1:07

What the different enterprises on Studio Hill Farm are 7:49

What major changes Jesse and his wife have made to the farm since taking over 12:15

How Studio Hill monetizes their sheep 18:52

How Jesse authored the first regenerative agriculture legislation 23:05

How Studio Hill implements their education programs 43:34

What’s going on with Studio Hill’s funding campaign right now 53:29

About the Guest:

Jesse McDougall is a farmer at Studio Hill–a 4th-generation family farm in Vermont and Savory Influencer Hub. He is also co-founder of Regenerative Food Network, Inc., and CEO of Southshire Meats.


Website: https://studiohill.farm

Instagram: https://instagram.com/studiohillvt


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