13: Clun Forest Sheep from Touchstone Farm


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Alan Zuschlag

AZ Clun Forest SheepDiscover more about the Clun Forest Sheep with Alan Zuschlag from Touchstone Farm, the nation’s first Certified Humane sheep operation. I love the quote he gave CNN during an interview, “Small farms are better for the consumers, better for the animals, better for everyone.”Today we are going to learn more about the Clun Forest Sheep Alan raises.


Alan Zuschlag owns and operates Touchstone Farm in Rappahannock County, Virginia, where he raises purebred Clun Forest sheep.   Touchstone Farm lamb is direct marketed to customers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, and fleeces and yarn are available nation-wide.   Touchstone Farm is the first sheep farm in the country to be “certified humane” by Humane Farm Animal Care.  When not farming, Alan, a former World Bank consultant on rural development, is active in local conservation efforts and helping like-minded individuals find nearby farms of their own.


Website: www.touchstonefarm.org

12: Jeannette Beranger named top 45 Country Woman by Country Woman Magazine


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Jeannette Beranger

jeannette & country womanI am so excited to announce that our own Jeannette Beranger, the Livestock Conservancy’s Research and Technical Programs Manager  has been named one of the top 45 amazing women in farming by Country Woman magazine. This is such an incredible honor and we’re glad Jeannette is being recognized for the work she does in saving nearly 200 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction.

Country Woman Magazine wanted to celebrate their 45th anniversary by featuring 45 incredible and inspiring women who embrace and celebrate the country way of life.

Here are a few of the other woman that were featured:

Temple Grandin – Advocate for Animals & the Autism Community

Trisha Yearwood – Country Music Artist/ Cookbook Author/ Volunteer

Krysta Harden – Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Sandra Day O’Connor – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (retired)

Loretta Lynn – Country Music Legend

Nell Newman – President, Newman’s Own Organics

Vivian Howard – Farm-To-Fork Chef & Host of PBS’s A Chef’s Life

View the article at: CountryWomanMagazine.com 


11: Raising Critically Endangered Magpie Ducks with Lisa Steele


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Lisa Steele, Fresh Eggs Daily

MagpieDuckLisa Steele is the creative mind behind Fresh Eggs Daily®, the popular destination for natural chicken keeping advice and one of the Top 10 Gardening Blogs for 2014 as named by Better Homes & Gardens magazine.  She is a fifth-generation chicken keeper and certified herbalist who has been raising her own backyard flock since 2009 and sharing her farming adventures on her blog and Facebook pages, charming readers and drawing them to Fresh Eggs Daily® in record numbers.

Her blog focuses on raising backyard chickens and ducks as naturally as possible. She writes about herbal and other natural poultry illness preventives and remedies, gardening, re-purposing, DIY crafts, and cooking and baking with fresh eggs, herbs and veggies not only for her own blog but also for such magazines as Backyard Poultry Magazine, Hobby Farm Home, Chickens Magazine, Capper’s Farmer and others as well as online articles for Better Homes and Gardens, Grit Magazine, Hobby Farm Magazine, Urban Farm Magazine and HGTVGardens.com.

FreshEggsDailyLogoLet me tell you this lady knows her poultry. Not only does she provide advice to over 410,000 Facebook followers, but her blog was named Top 10 Gardening Blogs for 2014 by the Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Lisa’s blog focuses on providing you with tips and resources for raising backyard chickens and ducks as naturally as possible. Plus, she writes about gardening, DIY crafts, and of course cooking and baking with fresh eggs.

Today’s conversation we are focusing on Lisa’s joys of raising Critically Endangered Magpie Ducks.

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Email: fresheggsdaily@msn.com

10: Is there such a thing as an humane butchering day – Misty Langdon


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Misty Langdon, Our Green Acre

MistyLangdon-OurGreenAcreThis episode is covering an emotional topic. Is there such a thing as a humane butchering day?

I never thought so until I read Misty’s blog post last week. It brought tears to my eyes, hurt my heart, but gave me a new and very different perspective on butchering day. I don’t know about you, but I have a tough time even thinking about the concept. I know, I know it’s all part of the food chain and putting food on our tables.

Leading the discussion is Misty Langdon from Our Green Acre Farm. She is the owner of Our Green Acre in Newton County, Arkansas. She has earned the Animal Welfare Approved certification, as well as “Newton County Farm Woman of the Year.” These two awards were earned as a result of Langdon’s dedication to sustainable agriculture.

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9: Fine Heritage Breed Ducks Travel Worldwide – John Metzer


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: John Metzer – Metzer Farms

metzer logoToday’s guest is John Metzer from Metzer Farms in Gonzales, CA. They are a family owned and operated farm producing the finest ducklings and goslings since 1978.

In fact their birds have been shipped to every state in the nation and other countries such as Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Thailand, Greece, Korea, and the list goes on.

They specialize in waterfowl, hatching 17 breeds of ducks (Pekin, Jumbo Pekin, Mallard, Rouen, Khaki Campbell, Blue Swedish, Black Swedish, Buff, Cayuga, Welsh Harlequin, White Crested, Fawn & White Runner, Black Runner, Blue Runner, Chocolate Runner, Golden 300 Hybrid, and White Layer) and 12 breeds of geese (Embden, Toulouse, White Chinese, Pilgrim, Buff, Tufted Buff, African, Super African, French Toulouse, Large Dewlap Toulouse, Roman Tufted, Tufted Toulouse). We also hatch French Pearl Guineas, Eastern Wild Turkeys and Ringneck Pheasants.

Contact Information:

www.MetzerFarms.com or 1-800-424-7755 or from outside the US 1-831-679-2355


8: Rare Hare Barn – Eric Rapp


Show Host: C S  Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Eric Rapp – Rare Hare Barn

RareHareBarn-logoThe Rare Hare Barn was founded from Eric’s own desire to have more control over and input in his family’s food. The idea caught on. Before long, they were supplying fresh heritage breed rabbit fryers to some of the best restaurants in the Midwest, and coast to coast.

Currently they raise American Blue and White, American Chinchilla, Blanc d’Hotot, Silver Fox and Crème d’Argente rabbits.

Today’s show focuses on the American Chinchilla  and what it really takes to be a rabbit farmer. The American Chinchilla was once a mainstay of the rabbit industry, but now is the most rare of all the heritage breeds. They are superior and consistent producers. Contact Eric & Callene Rapp to learn more.

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7: Historical, Flavorful Meats like our Ancestors Enjoyed-Jeff Duba


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Jeff Duba – Duba and Company

Duba SteaksTravel back in time to enjoy healthier more flavorful meets. Now you maybe aware there is a movement to enjoy heirloom vegetables and fruits. Well, now the time has come to make a similar discovery with heritage meats. And joining me to lead this discussion is Jeff Duba purveyor of fine heritage meats and owner of Duba & Company. Visit HeritageBreeds.org

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More about Jeff Duba

Having grown up in a restaurant family, Jeff left a career in teaching to launch Duba & Company whose mission is to convey the mystique and ethos of heritage meats. It does this via its online storefront (www.dubaandcompany.com) through which heritage meats are shipped to the home consumer. The company also works to source restaurants, retail stores, and institutions with these rare meats. Native of Grand Rapids, MI, Jeff is married with children. He enjoys the outdoors, good food, good drink, and good people.

6: Felting with Navajo Churro Sheep Wool – Minna White


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Minna White – Luna Dura

Breed Conservation Status: Navajo Churro Sheep – Threatened – fewer than 1,000 registered in the US and less than 5,000 globally.

Welcome farmer, artist, crafter, and felter Minna White. Not only does she owns a farm that raises Navajo Churro sheep, she is the artist behind LanaDura.com. An amazing business that sells felted and hand-crafted items from the sheep’s wool.

Lana Dura’s felted bags began as a idea-speck in the hearts of two shepherds who raised Navajo-Churro sheep for more than fifty years combined. Their goal is to give sheep a job and allow them to live long, productive lives contributing to the sustainability and durability of their farm. The sheep are paid to produce a product annually by contributing their wool fiber.

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5: Pickin’ Chickens – part 5


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest Poultry Expert: Jeannette Beranger

Gather the knowledge you need for Pickin’ Your Chickens. Heritage Breed Poultry expert Jeannette Beranger will introduce you to breeds from around the world. Discover more about the English, Continental, American, Asiatic, and Oriental birds. Plus, she explains how the conservation priority list works. You’ll also receive advice on how and where to buy the birds, along with how much they cost. Visit HeritageBreeds.org




4: Pickin’ Chickens – part 1


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest Poultry Expert: Jeannette Beranger

Gather the knowledge you need for Pickin’ Your Chickens. Heritage Breed Poultry expert Jeannette Beranger will walk you through everything you need to know like what is a heritage chicken? How to select the right bird for egg or meat production? Why choosing for temperament is so critical to your safety and the safety of your flock. Along with what is the American Standard of Perfection and why they are so important to follow?