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Christophe Hille, Fleisher's Meat's CFO, and Kathleen Harris of Northeast Livestock Processing Service Company join Erin Fairbanks for another episode of The Farm Report. Kathleen works with farmers to help market their products and also aids in process facilitation. She believes consumers should be aware of the meat they purchase and encourages them to get in touch with their local farmers or ensure that the business they deal with communicates directly with the local farmers. That's where Christophe's company comes in. Fleisher's Meats was founded in 2004. Inspired by traditional butcher shops, Fleisher's offers meats that are free of hormones and antibiotics. Their products are sourced locally and, thus, support the local agricultural economy. He also gives insight on how to develop and sustain business. This program was brought to you by White Oak Pastures.

"...Because we are owned and operated by a board of directors, who are all famers, who have an altruistic attitude about serving their fellow farmers, we do not market in areas where they can market for themselves. We only market in areas that are probably too big for them to do on their own..." [06:00]

"...you see more women in agriculture, you see different ethnicities involved in agriculture, it is not just the way it used to be and what's happened with that, is their enjoyment of grass based farming and all the things that go with that and producing a more natural, less chemical dependent type of type of product and those are the farmers that we're working with..." [15:00]

"...there's an issue of scale in all these businesses and people need to understand scale. Scale isn't necessarily something that is always the larger industry's fault." [20:00]

Christophe Hille & Kathleen Harris on the Farm Report


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The stat sheet on hemp sounds almost too good to be true: its fibers are among the planet’s strongest, its seed oil the most nutritious, and its potential as an energy source vast and untapped. Its one downside? For nearly a century, it’s been illegal to grow industrial cannabis in the United States–even though Betsy Ross wove the nation’s first flag out of hemp fabric, Thomas Jefferson composed the Declaration of Independence on it, and colonists could pay their taxes with it. But as the prohibition on hemp’s psychoactive cousin winds down, one of humanity’s longest-utilized plants is about to be reincorporated into the American economy. Get ready for the newest billion-dollar industry. This week's guest is Doug Fine, a man who knows his hemp. In his latest book, Hemp Bound:Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution, Doug embarks on a humorous yet rigorous journey to meet the men and women who are testing, researching, and pioneering hemp’s applications for the twenty-first century. Tune in to this episode of What Doesn't Kill You as Doug goes from A-Z on hemp and makes a serious case for this serious crop. This program was brought to you by Consider Bardwell.

"Hemp is any variety of the cannabis plant that has .3% or less of THC." [02:00]

"There are farmers making money growing hemp and americans know it know - that's why it's coming back." [08:00]

"I think we're going to have a world leading [hemp] industry here very very soon." [10:00]

--Doug Fine on What Doesn't Kill You


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Renderers “recycle” whole animals to make new ingredients - except for one part. This piece was brought to you by Chef's Collaborative.

By Caitlin Pierce

Listen to the first episode in the series here.

Listen to the second episode in the series here.

Listen to the third episode in the series here.


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