We’re looking for participants in a new podcast Farmers On Tape. Participants will record themselves with guidance from producer Leanna Mulvihill. We’ll send you a microphone that plugs into a smart phone and over several months you will record yourself working in the field, having conversations with people and reacting to the world around you.
Participants will send in their tape every month and have check in calls with Leanna to move the story forward. Then your tape will be compiled and edited into a 15 – 30 minute audio story. Participants should expect to spend a couple hours per month. This is inspired by Radio Diaries. More info on how it works.
The audience is farmers and non-farmers alike. We want people to learn what it feels like to be a farmer up close. This is not a show about technical skills. We want stories about the humans who grow food. We want you to tell the story in your own words.
We’re looking for farmers of all types urban, rural, vegetables, livestock, grain, dairy, fruit, conventional, organic and everything in between. We’re looking for participants with different perspectives and experiences from each other.
Please send in a 300-500 word blurb to farmersontape(at)gmail(dot)com about who you are and what you do on your farm. We excited to talk to farm owners and farm workers. We excited to hear from you!
People of color, LGBTQ+ folks, veterans and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
I had my student loans forgiven by New York State and ended up getting a lot of press hits. The story always seemed to be farming is hard and a few young people are choosing it as a career. Full stop. The story ended there. Talking to my family and friends, farming seemed like something that was removed from their everyday lives. I hope to change that with this podcast.