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A Meatsmith Harvest

Jun 14, 2022

In this episode, we chat with Ross McKnight of Backwater Foie Gras about how he began his farming journey, why he chose foie gras, tradition and moving to the land, and the mortification of farming.


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  • Our new baby, butchershop, and lamb class, 1:01
  • Brandon's recent interviews, 6:53                 
  • Interview with Ross McKnight starts, 12:51
  • Ross introduces himself, 16:42
  • From an English major to finance, 20:25
  • From an auto-immunity disease to a farmer, 34:03
  • Creating beauty makes life worth something, 42:33
  • Why foie gras?, 43:03
  • We want tradition, 47:40
  • The camaraderie with other farmers, 49:20
  • Moving to the land with religion as the motive, 52:53
  • Hyper theoretical movements, 57:34
  • The mortification of farming, 1:00:54

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