In this episode, Antonio and Janice introduce themselves and The Hello Farmlife Podcast. Antonio shares about his experience working in the city and how he went from being an engineer building race cars and robotics for brain surgery to growing his own food and finally getting onto farmland. Janice shares about the life-changing events that took her from living in downtown Toronto and doing research in the criminal justice field to moving to the farm and becoming a freelancer. (You can read about her farm adventures on her Nature Immersed blog!) Antonio and Janice share about the work they now do together along with their company team and community of farm members. They also give a sneak peek of what’s to come in Season 1 of The Hello Farmlife Podcast!
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1:03: Painting the picture: Welcome to our farm!
3:30: The agenda for this episode
4:05: Introducing Antonio Gomes: Antonio’s life and work in the city + wanting to live a life with more purpose
6:21: His family’s history with farming (and how they didn’t want to farm anymore)
8:25: The conversation Antonio overheard in Portugal that changed his whole perspective on how he was living his life in the city
10:15: How the pandemic has impacted people’s fears around food
11:50: How Antonio started the journey of growing his own food
14:00: Why Antonio realized that growing food in his city loft was Plan B (and that Plan A was getting onto his own farm)
17:00: Antonio’s dream and challenges of getting onto farmland
18:49: The story of how Antonio mom’s schooled him when they visited a farm together
20:26: How Antonio’s farm has grown over the years + what we do on the farm
24:40: Introducing Janice Ho: Her life growing up in downtown Toronto + falling in love with nature through backcountry camping
26:08: Janice’s dream to live more of her life in nature and travel, but not knowing how to do it.
26:55: Her ups and downs of her first career + not being happy working to live
28:04: Two big life changes that happened for Janice in 2015 that set her on a new path
29:14: How Janice got connected with Cavaleiro Farm + falling in love with the farm life
30:30: Leaving her career and the city to move to the farm
32:32: Janice’s travels + her return to live on the farm during the pandemic
34:25: Janice’s freelance practice + how she works with Antonio and the farm
35:08: Cavaleiro Farm as a place for community and self-development
37:06: Shouting out the farm team – we don’t do this alone! (Also, how old Antonio and Janice are.)
41:59: The community of farm members Antonio has built – and how you just can’t farm alone.
44:00: Why the Hello Farmlife Podcast? And who is it for?
47:12: Topics we’ll be covering on the podcast this season
49:42: How you can connect with us