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A Calling to the Land with Songwriter Eliza Blue, the Accidental Rancher

Apr 9, 2021 | The Good Dirt Podcast

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Welcome to The Good Dirt, Episode 37!

In this episode, Mary and Emma have a wonderful conversation with Eliza Blue, a singer/songwriter who lives and works on a regeneratively-managed ranch raising grass-fed cattle and fiber sheep with her husband and two children. She talks about going from the life of a touring musician to a teaching job in South Dakota, and the pivotal moment when she walked into a friend’s lambing barn at lambing season and knew she had found her calling. Eliza’s connection to the land is evident in her stories of life on the ranch and her daily involvement with the animals and the natural environment. She has written a book called “Accidental Rancher,” which came out this past spring, and she writes and produces audio “postcards” about ranch life for the North Dakota and South Dakota NPR affiliates. In addition, she has just finished filming for a new series that celebrates rural life through stories and songs called Wish You Were Here.

Listen to our conversation below!

SHOW NOTES

1:23 – It’s been a year since The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living has been released!

Let’s get into the interview!

8:35 – Eliza introduces herself

13:20 – Eliza’s creative endeavor 

18:00 – Eliza’s shares a story from the ranch

30:00 – How the pandemic has affected Eliza’s life

33:00 – What inspires Eliza’s music and songwriting?

44:00 – Regenerative Agriculture in the grasslands

50:00 – What does The Good Dirt mean to Eliza?

LINKS & RESOURCES

The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living Book

Accidental Rancher by Eliza Blue

Postcards from the Prairie

Wish You Were Here

Dirt to Soil by Gabe Brown

Omnivore’s Dilemma  by Michael Pollan

The History and Folklore of Brigid: Saint, Legend and Lady Farmer with Kathy Spaar

Eliza’s Spotify

Have something to share with The Good Dirt, or an idea for an episode? Email us at podcast@lady-farmer.com

 

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