23: A recap from Mother Earth News Fair


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, Conservation Girl

Today’s show is a recap of our adventures at the Mother Earth News Fair last weekend in Asheville, NC. We were blessed with a sunny, warm weekend and over 20,000 folks from around the US coming to enjoy learning how to live a greener lifestyle.

First I’d like to thank everyone who stopped by the Livestock Conservancy’s booth and our 27’ Mobile Podcasting & Conservation Studio and to all the heritage farmers, breeders and product producers that were exhibiting. www.HeritageBreeds.org

22: Heritage Breeds Travels to Mother Earth News Fair


Join us the Livestock Conservancy crew at the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, NC this weekend. April 11th and 12th.

Now if you are not familiar. MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine has been helping folks live self-reliant, sustainable, meaningful lives for more than 40 years. With an audience of more than 3 million readers worldwide, it is the largest and longest-running environmental lifestyle magazine on the planet.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS are fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle events that feature dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops from the leading authorities on: Renewable Energy, Small-Scale Agriculture, Gardening, Green Building, Green Transportation and Natural Health.

For more info go to their website: http://www.motherearthnews.com/fair/north-carolina.aspx

Stop by The Livestock Conservancy’s stage or 27’ Mobile Podcasting & Conservation Studio to learn more about Heritage Breeds. www.HeritageBreeds.org


21: Caleb & Stephanie Smith – S.T.E.M. Bunnies


Host: C S Wurzberger, The Conservation Girl

Guests: Caleb & Stephanie Smith, S.T.E.M Bunnies

 More about Caleb:

Caleb Smith- STEM BunniesBunnies is a program was dreamt up by a nine year old named Caleb Smith to help save endangered heritage breeds and to prevent abandoned rabbits after Easter impulse-buying.  This vision turned into a huge educational opportunity for families and schools now the STEM curriculum is also available when you check out a rabbit. https://www.facebook.com/stembunnies

 Additional Contact Information:

Website: http://www.stembunnies.com/


More PR Coverage:

Check out this great PR coverage from the local Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota TV station –



20: Newfoundland Pony – Emily Chetkowski


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Emily Chetkowski, Villi Poni Sanctuary

Emily Chetkowski founder of the Villi Poni Sanctuary is on a mission to protect this amazing breed from extinction. Not long ago, thousands of  Newfoundland Ponies were slaughtered for meat, nearly to extinction. Today only about 350 remain in existence. 30 of those reside in the USA, 7 a  the Villi Poni sanctuary.


More about Emily Chetkowski:

Chetkowski-Pony-NH_7957 2Since falling head over heels for a part-bred Newfoundland Pony some years ago, children’s author Emily Chetkowski’s interest in equines changed from being a casual rider to embarking on a full-fledged non-profit mission to help the breed recover.  Villi Poni Farm sanctuary, a qualified Charitable organization located in southern New Hampshire, is home to a lovely herd of registered Newfoundland Ponies, where the public is welcome for tours and special events that bring awareness to this landrace breed. The sanctuary’s mission is to not only work to save the pony but to educate about the conservation approach in order to cultivate homes essential to the preservation of this genetically diverse, unadulterated landrace. 

Though they do some breeding, Emily feels it is essential the pony is in the hands of conservation knowledgeable people, and as such much of her time is spent writing, teaching and conversing on the subject. However, she believes that every pony must first be considered as an individual, and their importance becomes more than just breeding lines, but a collective treasure.   She started and maintains a website and Facebook page dedicated to helping Newfoundland ponies find good homes, motivated by the senseless shooting of a beautiful pony at the hands of people who just didn’t understand.  Considered by many to be a “mutt” and not a breed at all, with many wishing to put this proven distinct landrace breed under a livestock breed “improvement” program, the pony faces dangers from many sources and the challenge to educate is daunting.  She was recently involved with the successful move of a herd of lovely ponies in need, from the western coast to the eastern coast of Canada, a 4000 mile journey, despite controversy, criticism, and the unexpected obstacles that appeared along the way. That herd represented 10% of the breeding population and amongst them were rare lines and other lines that had dwindled in Newfoundland and the maritimes. 

Emily believes one of the best ways to change mistaken thinking is to offer hands on learning, to see and experience in person what a breed whose ultimate goal is survival and the incredible disposition and brain that goes with, is like.   Because of their willing, kind, people-trusting temperament, the first  all-Newfoundland Pony Equine Assisted Learning program in the world will be offered at the sanctuary starting this summer, thereby providing a good service to the community as well.  Besides being president of the sanctuary’s board of directors,  Emily is also the Vice President of the provincially designated Newfoundland Pony Society, which holds and runs the only official registry of the Newfoundland Pony.






Newfoundland ponies looking for homes:



Newfoundland Pony Society:

www.newfoundlandponysociety.org  or www.newfoundlandpony.com


19: Sustainable Poultry Farming with Agnew Hopkins


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Agnew Hopkins, Timberock Heritage Poultry Farm


Agnew Hopkins and his 3 siblings are the 6th generation to live and work on the Hopkins Farm. The farm was established in 1834 and thrives today as a horticultural jewel and conservation farm for domestic and wild animals alike. After working for more than 30 years within the hospitality industry, Agnew decided to return to the farm and create a thriving sustainable poultry operation that worked to conserve diminishing populations of heritage poultry.

His father taught him as a child growing up on a large agricultural farm, the value of managing the wildlife that share the same space. His father was a wildlife commissioner for DNR in the state of SC, so Agnew learned many times that we have an obligation to the next-generation to help preserve the native animals that also called the farm home.

Betty the Turkey

Betty the Turkey

Agnew believes it is this sense of responsibility that he learned at an early age, that drives him to help conserve heritage poultry. TIMBEROCK Heritage Poultry Farm was established several years ago. With Agnew’s culinary background, he has been able to work with many local chefs to include TIMBEROCK poultry on their menus. “If we don’t use heritage poultry, we will lose them forever.” That is a motto he tries to utilize when working with the poultry. He is always trying to improve the genetics of his breeding flocks with careful culling of individuals using the APA Standard of Perfection as his guide. Encouraging chefs to try his heritage poultry has helped to put the importance of breed conservation in the forefront of consumers in the upstate of SC, where Agnew lives.

“Basically, as a sixth generation family member of the farm, ‘it is my turn’ to help manage natural and domestic wildlife for the future. My legacy for the next Hopkins generations to call TIMBEROCK home, is for them to have a self sustaining genetically improved  flock of heritage Standard Bronze turkeys, New Hampshire and Delaware chickens, Saxony and Silver Appleyard heritage ducks.”



Email: hopkins.agnew@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.timberockathopkinsfarm.com


18: Farmstead Meatsmith – Brandon Sheard


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Brandon Sheard, Farmstead Meatsmith

Family PortraitFarmstead Meatsmith is a personal abattoir, butchery and charcuterie services for small farms and homesteads in the Puget Sound region. The owner Brandon Sheard and his wife Lauren offer hands-on classes in traditional and heritage breed livestock harvesting from slaughter and butchery to charcuterie and cooking. Their focus is to ensure that no part of the animal is wasted. Their small, family-run business also sells films, e-chapters, booklets, and other instructional tools on the art of homestead harvesting.

I have attached an excerpt from the Pig Slaughter chapter we sell on our website.  It briefly summarizes our approach and most people find that it is in not inimical but first affirming of personal aversions to animal slaughter.  The opposite mindset to harvesting animals is not refusing to eat them, but killing them wantonly.  Those who abstain have more in common with the mindful slaughterman.  Indeed, I have had many vegetarians in my classes.  My first apprentice was vegetarian.

As more fodder for mindful slaughter, I would recommend Episode 2 on the anatomyofthrift.com.


Brandon Sheard came into traditional slaughter, butchery and curing right after finishing his graduate work in Renaissance English Literature. After marrying Lauren, he quit his job at Whole Foods in the supplement department and started work on a small, multi-species and pasture-based farm in the Pacific Northwest. After two years of working on the farm and managing the butcher shop, Brandon left and started Farmstead Meatsmith with Lauren. Largely self-taught in the art of traditional animal harvesting, Brandon and Lauren continue to provide the services of livestock processing and classes through Farmstead Meatsmith with a little help from 5 year-old Wallace, 3 year-old John Luke, 1 year-old Simon and newborn meatsmith, Mary.

As a small, family-run business, they sell films, e-chapters, booklets, and other instructional tools on the art of homestead harvesting through their website, FarmsteadMeatsmith.com. They’ll also be starting a destination farm harvesting school in 2015 on their own homestead for folks all over the country to come to. You can keep up with their growth by signing up for their occasional email newsletter. Their home and business is on Vashon Island, Washington.



Here are the links





17-Elizabeth Schnebel farming Heritage Breeds for over 30 years


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Elizabeth Schnebel

SUNP0497Elizabeth Schnebel watched her parents and grandparents farm and for the last 30 years has been farming heritage breed livestock herself. On her farm she has Oberhasli goats under the herd name SWISS*DREAMS, and Pure Shire Drafts, Mediterranean Miniature Donkey, a few chickens such as the Aracauna, the Dominique, Rhode Island Reds and the Transylvanian Naked Neck.


Contact Information:

SUNP0675PHONE: 207-631-1338

Email: eschnebel@aol.com

16: Polly Festa’s ancestors farmed with the original heritage breeds


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Polly Festa, Livestock Manager at the Accokeek Foundation

Mama Lynn

Mama Lynn

Today’s conversation is with Polly Festa, Livestock manager at the Accokeek Foundation. This foundation was formed more than 50 years ago and is the steward of 200 acres on the shore of the Potomac River in MD. Now there are many facets to the foundation, but today episode is focusing on their Heritage Livestock.

The foundation was formed more than 50 years ago and is the stewarded of 200 acres on the shore of the Potomac River. One of their goals of their farm is to demonstrate a compelling variety of possibilities that inspire people to want to grow while creating a thriving engaged community.

Founded to protect the view from George Washington’s Mount Vernon across the Potomac River,

The National Colonial Farm was established in 1958, demonstrates Maryland agriculture during the 18th century, and has been the backdrop for hundreds of school tours each year. The Ecosystem Farm, a certified organic 8-acre farm, teaches about sustainable food production using innovative growing techniques.


polly-festaBefore joining the Accokeek Foundation, Polly Festa had been actively managing livestock for over 15 years. Having been born and raised on Hi Diddle farm near Cooperstown, New York, Polly had many opportunities to show in 4-H at county, state, and regional levels. Her livestock experience also includes breeding various types of cows and goats including Belted Galloways, Scottish Highlands, Jerseys, commercial beef, and meat goats. When she is not working hard for the Accokeek Foundation, she is home with her Brittany Spaniel, aptly named Brittany.




3400 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, Maryland

(301) 283-2113 X 11

Mama Lynn’s Blog post – http://accokeekfoundation.org/what-to-expect-when-youre-expecting-a-cow/


15: Deborah Niemann is a Homesteader, writer and more…


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Deborah Niemann

DeborahGoatsDeborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she relocated her family from the suburbs of Chicago to a 32 acre parcel on a creek “in the middle of nowhere”. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provides fruit and vegetables. A highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader, Deborah presents extensively on topics including soapmaking, breadbaking, cheesemaking, composting and homeschooling. Deborah is also the author of Homegrown & Handmade, Ecothrifty and Raising Goats Naturally; The Complete Guide to Milk, Meat and more.

AUTHOR OF: Homegrown and Handmade (2011) Ecothrifty (2012) and Raising Goats Naturally (2013)



14: Ken Jobe – Pineywoods Cattle


Caroline & Missy 1Bought and paid for a bull, but came home with a cow. Hear the story first hand from
Pineywoods Cattle farmer Ken Jobe from Longwood Creek Farm located in Roberta, GA. Ken is new to farming and part of the movement in this country to return to the land. He is also a proud member of the Pineywoods Cattle Registry & Breeders Association.

Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Show Guest: Ken Jobe, Longwood Creek Farm