How has organic farming evolved over the years and what might the future hold?

On this episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael is joined by Paul Muller who is a part of the pioneering force at Full Belly Farm, a 450-acre certified organic farm in North Central California. For over four decades, the farm has championed economic stability, year-round employment, and a strong community connection, ensuring nourishment for this generation and those to come.

Tune in to hear all about how Paul ensures that this large organic farm continues to thrive!

You’ll hear:

  • How Paul got started in farming 0:59
  • About the Full Belly team 10:20
  • More on the history of organic farming and the Real Organic Project 15:48
  • About Paul’s take about soil science 22:28
  • How Full Belly uses cover crops 34:39
  • What Paul is doing to bring up the next generation of farmers at Full Belly 46:15
  • About Paul’s advice for new farmers 56:15

About the Guest:

Paul Muller farms with family and partners at Full Belly farm, a diversified 450 acre organic farm in North Central California’s Capay Valley. For more than 40 years, Full Belly has been seeking to evolve a model farm that is economically stable, honors employees with a business design that creates year round employment, strives to grow more layers of life on a farm for environmental complexity, and seeks to connect with a community of farm supporters for a broader social impact.


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