Artisan Situation Podcast

Episode 6 - Chad Rosen of Victory Hemp Foods

Episode 6 - Chad Rosen of Victory Hemp Foods

Photos and Interview by Zach Kaiser

Over the last couple years, some farmers have recognized the need to bring biodiversity back to our agricultural system. New crops, like the versatile Hemp plant, not only bring biodiversity back to the environment, but help make farms more sustainable, adaptive, and economically viable in highly-variable marketplaces and climates. Known by many as the hemp guy around town, Chad is working to create the largest hemp processing facility in the country that could help catapult the hemp industry into full gear. Chad has his head on a swivel, working with politicians, farmers, retailers, and manufacturers to create the ideal environment for the industry to have a sustainable future.

Episode 5 - Jack Algiere of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

Episode 5 - Jack Algiere of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

Photos and Interview by Zach Kaiser

The act of sustainable agriculture and organic farming is still considered by many as practice on the fringes. Farming is hitting a critical pressure point. Jack Algiere is working hard at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture to help build resourceful, passionate, and thoughtful farmers. Jack fell in love with farming in the early 90s and never looked back.

Episode 4 - Taylor Cocalis Suarez of Good Food Jobs & Suarez Family Brewery

Episode 4 - Taylor Cocalis Suarez of Good Food Jobs & Suarez Family Brewery

Photos and interview by Zach Kaiser

Taylor is a powerful energetic figure that captures the energy around her and shares that with others in the form of enthusiasm. Today, Taylor runs the business side of the Suarez Family Brewery located in Livingston, New York, but is also one of the founders of Good Food Jobs, a platform that provides job listings focused on genuine food related opportunities. Her journey as a food citizen can teach us a lot about ourselves, and her enthusiasm for understanding how people embrace food in their lives is inspiring.

Episode 3 - Tom Foster of Diamondback Brewing Company

Episode 3 - Tom Foster of Diamondback Brewing Company

Photos and Interview by Zach Kaiser

Diamondback Brewing founded by longtime friends Tom, Francis, and Colin entered the brewing scene as contract brewers, making large batches at other breweries facilities and selling those batches in cans and draft to the local Baltimore community. After a year of contract brewing, they set their sights on finding their own space and now have a bustling tap room in Locust Point in South Baltimore. Next to the smokestack that sits centerstage in the tasting room, I sat down with Tom to see what life is like in the brewery through his eyes. This is Tom Foster of Diamondback Brewing. Listen In. 

Episode 2 - Ben Wenk of Three Springs Fruit Farm and Ploughman Cider

Episode 2 - Ben Wenk of Three Springs Fruit Farm and Ploughman Cider

Photos and Interview by Zach Kaiser

Today, we are going to talk about the apple. Adams County, Pennsylvania is the fifth largest county for apple production in the United States. It is home to apple growers, processors, and cider makers of all sizes. Nobody's hand is more on the pulse of this community than Ben Wenk of Three Springs Fruit Farm. His family has been farming the land in Adams County since 1901 and has seen the apple industry grow from its nascent beginnings into a burgeoning industry. 

Episode 1 - Adam Dellinger of Sunny Brae Hops

Episode 1 - Adam Dellinger of Sunny Brae Hops

Photos and Interview by Zach Kaiser

Our journey with this podcast begins with Adam Dellinger. On his five acres farm, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Adam has begun growing hops for breweries throughout Pennsylvania. He carefully straddles between the world of farming and the world of brewing bringing both of these communities together centered around full-flavored PA grown hops.