Real Organic Podcast

Zach Cannady: Farming To Strengthen Your Local Food Shed

August 15, 2023 Real Organic Project Episode 129
Real Organic Podcast
Zach Cannady: Farming To Strengthen Your Local Food Shed
Show Notes

#129: Zach Cannady of Prema Farm joins Dave to discuss the inspiration he found working as a produce manager that led him to start his own farm, dedicated to growing crops that his community was asking for and could not find locally. Dave and Zach dive deep into conversation about Prema's composting and cover cropping practices, as well as the use of simple, human-powered farm tools that allow them to minimize soil disturbance.

Zach Cannady grows food at Prema Farm in northern California, on the Nevada state line,  with his partner Kasey Crispin. He is the former Produce Manager at Great Basin Community Food Co-Op, where he learned about unmet demands within the food system that inspired him to found a farming operation.

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