Episode 15 – Josh and Nick Wagner
In this episode of the Wake-Up Colorado Podcast, our guests are Josh and Nick Wagner of Nola Natural Farms. Both Josh and Nick started out in the culinary world and Nick then became interested in raising poultry and so began their journey of creating their pastured poultry operation for the last 7 years. They believe that growing their own food is essential to feeding their entire family. They’ve also opened their home to the community to educate people and share their life experiences.
- “You’re reacting a lot when it comes to dealing with nature.” – Josh
- “What we’re applying and what we’re trying to do isn’t just for us to benefit right now. It’s so that many other people after I’m old, and all that, it’s still here” – Nick
- “We can take all those lessons, the good stuff, and the bad stuff and either apply or not apply. There’s still so much we have to learn, but all we can do is get up every day and try and do it right.” – Nick
- “People do silly things when they don’t understand things. They still don’t understand, but at least they’re calming down.” – Josh
- If you’re putting plants transplants in the ground, it has time to beat out the weed and become substantial.
- Part of why they do it is because they want to chill with animals.
- Tillage is oxidizing all the carbon, nitrogen, and chemicals in the ground and sending them into the air. What they want to do is cover the soil and keep all those things in the environment. That way, we don’t have global warming issues.
- The difference between the cultivation and building soil is that every time you’re cultivating it, you’re just destroying it
- Excelsior exchange was created to try and build that gap between producer and consumer and create community.
- It’s not about organic or something like that. It’s about the local and regional.
- If you want to speak out about food, you should at the very least have a tomato plant growing in your window. There’s a lot you can achieve just by looking out the kitchen window. Some herbs make a difference or provide an ecosystem for animals trapped in city areas with no possibility of getting outside.
[1:25] Nola Naturals Farm
[2:12] Their journey
[6:03] What was it leaving their jobs to fully commit
[13:57] What a typical day looks like
[17:38] Do they ever feel like there’s a routine?
[23:25] Farming practices, the holistic regeneration and why it’s important
[30:45] What is permaculture?
[32:24] How does that tie into farm education opportunities that you provide or buy in the future and teach them to others?
[39:49] What is the Excelsior farmers exchange?
[1:27] How had COVID impacted your business and family life? Were there any unexpected opportunities that happened?
[9:14] What is agro tourism? How are you incorporating that with your farm?
[14:23] What is a share of water?
[20:00] Why is water management so important?
[24:27] What is the big legacy that they want to leave?
[29:21] Their favorite hidden gems in Colorado
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