This episode tells the story of several different farmers in and around Lucan, Minn. Located 150 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, you would never think this town with a population of 226 would have so much going on.

Going against the agricultural grain, this blip in a sea of corn boasts CSAs, organic cattle and pigs, as well as beer made from homegrown hops. The episode is a bit longer than others, but I think it gives you time to understand why people are returning to small scale farming.

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With the young farmers of Kicking Mule as our guide (as well as their adorable daughter Francis), we spent a couple days in the area. Francis tells us the story of where the farm got its name (she was kicked in the face by a mule) and also shows off the pigs she helped birth. Beyond the cuteness factor, these are stories about real food, not just the perfect little farm, but the balancing act that is inevitable in farming.

After watching, please check out the farmers: Kicking Mule Farm, Miles of Pork, Batalden Farm, and Brau Brothers Brewing Company.

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