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Ground Work

41 EpisodesProduced by Kate Kavanaugh Website

Welcome to Ground Work - a space to explore our minds, bodies, and the soil beneath our feet. Join me, Kate Kavanaugh, a farmer, entrepreneur, and holistic nutritionist, as I get curious about human nature, health, and consciousness as viewed through the lens of nature. I'm digging into deep and raw… read more

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Finding Nourishment in Liver, Ancestral Lifeways, and Goats with Dr. Suuzi Hazen

November 22nd, 2022

1:47:37

Dr. Suuzi Hazen is a wife, mother, farmer and healer who raises goats in the rugged fire country of north-eastern California. She is the founder of Mother's Best Liver Pills, the original microbrewery of grass-fed beef …

Nutrient Dense Whole Foods for Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, and Beyond with Lily Nichols, RDN

November 15th, 2022

1:50:48

Lily Nichols, RDN is shifting the paradigm on what it means to eat for your health in your child-bearing years. Author of Real Food for Pregnancy and …

How to Never Run Out of Things to Talk About with Kate and Josh

November 11th, 2022

1:58:15

Initially, my husband, Josh Curtiss, and I conceived of this episode as a way to share about the importance of play and imagination in our relationship and as a 2-year wedding anniversary present to ourselves (and 14 …

Talking Turkey: From Animal Monoculture to Biodiversity with Frank Reese and Jed Greenberg

November 9th, 2022

2:04:21

In this special ‘Thanksgiving’ episode, Frank Reese and Jed Greenberg of Good Shepherd Conservancy are talking turkey. Frank gives an incredibly …

What Does the Soil Say About What is Possible? From Soil to Spirit to the Feminine with Molly Haviland

November 1st, 2022

1:57:40

Molly Haviland is a soil microbial ecologist and self proclaimed soil dork who works in land rehabilitation with her company, Haviland Earth …

Why Are Animals Essential to Our Food System? The Tangible and Intangible Benefits with Nicolette Hahn Niman

October 25th, 2022

1:36:45

Nicolette Hahn Niman is an environmental lawyer, a former vegetarian, an advocate for meat, and also a mother and a cattle rancher. Often times on …

Meat is the Medicine: Healing Ulcerative Colitis with Brett Ender

October 18th, 2022

1:58:36

Themes: Healing Chronic Illness, Animal-Based Diets, Intersection of Big Food and Big Pharma, Decentralization of Systems, Listening to your Gut

Brett …

After the Summit: Climbing Mt. Rainier with Erin Pata

October 13th, 2022

49:49

In May, Erin Pata and I sat down and talked about ranching, art, raising kids, and climbing mountains. It was also about navigating life as a highly sensitive person, listening to your inner knowing, and consciously …

How Soil Shapes the World: Healing Land and Reclaiming Health with Anne Biklé and David R. Montgomery

October 11th, 2022

1:23:39

Anne Biklé and Dave Montgomery are a husband and wife team and authors of the newly released What Your Food Ate and the trilogy: Dirt: the Erosion of …

Farming in Collaboration with the Earth + Cosmos with China Tresemer of Hiyu Wine Farm

October 4th, 2022

2:00:43

China Tresemer is at once writer, artist, winemaker, farmer, and something else altogether. Her new website, Still Life with Field Notes, is …

Exploring the Nature of Paradox with Brandi Stanley

September 28th, 2022

2:53:00

Brandi Stanley is a walking and talking paradox and you are, too. This episode is a long-form podcast between two people that don’t know how to be bite-sized. Often discussed through the lens of paradox where paradox is …

A Search for the Natural State of Health, Farming, and Beyond with Dr. Anthony Gustin

September 21st, 2022

1:41:48

Dr. Anthony Gustin is a man leveraging his curiosity to find opportunities in the problems of our modern age. He started as a chiropractor working with elite level athletes and saw the need for education around …

A Process of Reclamation: Farming, Family, and Beyond with Tara Couture

September 13th, 2022

2:18:59

This is an episode you won’t want to miss, chock full of conversations around rightness, death, farming, and preservation - not just of food - but of …

Building Resilient Communities, Ecosystems, and Businesses with Will Harris of White Oak Pastures

September 6th, 2022

1:44:25

Will Harris of White Oak Pastures is a 5th generation rancher in Bluffton, Georgia. Will switched from a conventional model of farming to a holistic …

Regulating Your Nervous System to Deepen Your Connection with Irene Lyon

August 31st, 2022

1:38:37

In this episode, Irene Lyon breaks down not just the fundamentals of the nervous system but just how fundamental healing your nervous system is. It’s where we deepen our connection to ourselves and our environment. …

How the Nervous System is Tied to Chronic Illness with Irene Lyon

August 30th, 2022

1:36:49

In this episode, we dive into the nervous system’s connection to chronic illness. Over 50% of Americans have at least 1 chronic illness and 46% of American children also suffer from a chronic illness. Diet, toxin …

A Curious Journey Into the Mineral Matrix with Hamid Jabbar

August 16th, 2022

2:05:37

Your mineral status is reflected in the mineral status of the soils, of your mother, and of your grandmother. Hammid Jabbar is exploring the way the mineral matrix affects our energy and the way minerals connect us back …

The Dark Matter of Nutrition: Looking at Biodiversity and Agroecology in the Data with Dr. Stephan van Vliet

August 10th, 2022

1:54:46

Dr. Stephan van Vliet is at the forefront of researching what he calls the ‘dark matter’ of nutrition. Beyond the nutrition facts panel, beyond just protein, fat, and carboyhydrates and beyond the vitamins and minerals …

Building Strength from the Inside Out with Ashleigh VanHouten

August 2nd, 2022

1:11:48


Ashleigh VanHouten is at the center of exploring muscles - both building them in the gym and cooking them in the kitchen. Author of cookbooks Carnivore-ish and It Takes Guts and pioneer of women’s strength training …

Meat + Health, An Interview of Kate from the This Plus That Podcast

July 30th, 2022

2:16:15

Brandi Stanley, who is an incredible interviewer and explorer of paradox, was generous enough to share this interview of Kate from her podcast, This Plus That. In this interview, Kate explores the paradox of life and …

Cultivating Curiosity and Learning to Think Critically with Will Reusch

July 26th, 2022

1:15:00

Will Reusch has 16 years of experience as a high school teacher first in a public school in East LA and now in Private School -  a teacher of …

Learning to Come Home to Yourself with Lacey Jean

July 19th, 2022

2:06:34

Lacey Jean is. Lacey Jean is many things, a polymath at heart, at once butcher, mobile processor, hide tanner, shearer, and shepherdess but none of …

Decentralization 101: A Look at the Similarities Between Bitcoin and Beef with Tristan Scott

July 12th, 2022

2:30:48

Tristan Scott wants to figure out where beef and bitcoin overlap - and the areas where they overlap turns out to be rather surprising and plentiful. …

Finding Fertility Through an Ancestral Diet + Practices with Sarah Kleiner

July 12th, 2022

1:40:24

Sarah Kleiner has been on a health journey and each leap she has made has been because of her children. In this episode, we talk about finding fertility and upending the traditional paradigm of fertility treatments and …

How to Find Ecological Literacy in an Age of Disconnection with Bobby Gill

June 21st, 2022

2:44:53

This episode unpacks the relationships between all things, taking a systems view of mind, body, and soil. Bobby Gill is the Director of Development and Communications at the Savory Institute but he is also on a similar …

Quantum Interconnections with Carrie Bennett

June 14th, 2022

1:51:53

Carrie Bennett is unveiling the interconnectedness between us and our environment. Exploring health and connection through the lens of quantum …

Local Timber from Forest to Home with Katrina Amaral

June 7th, 2022

1:40:30

We follow the journey of a log from forest to home with Katrina Amaral of Timberdoodle Farm. Have you ever wondered where the wood beneath your feet, …

Eating Carnivore-ish with Beth Lipton

May 31st, 2022

1:44:56

Beth Lipton isn’t just a food writer, recipe developer, and advocate for regenerative agriculture - she is also one of the authors of new cookbook …

The Journey to the Summit with Erin Pata

May 24th, 2022

1:40:15

Erin Pata is one of those people whose journey makes you deeply consider your own life’s journey. Her journey starts in Ohio and winds through ranching and dry farming in the Jalama Valley in California, many National …

Collecting Skills with Josh Curtiss

May 17th, 2022

2:32:51

In this episode, Kate takes a step outside of her relationship with her husband and really gets curious about what makes the man she married tick. …

Salt of the Earth with Nancy Bruns of JQ Dickinson Salt-works

May 10th, 2022

1:39:26

“You are not a drop in the ocean; you are the entire ocean in a drop.” - Rumi.

Salt is not just a seasoning on your table - it is the currency of …

Innate Magic with Chelsea Connor

May 3rd, 2022

2:28:14

Chelsea Connor is one of those people who exudes the kind of magic that leads you back home to yourself. Combining science, research, and an innate understanding of the nervous system, our conversation is a journey …

Tides of Time and Oysters with Lissa Monberg

April 26th, 2022

1:01:00

Lissa Monberg is a fifth generation farmer in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, where she is steward to Hama Hama Oysters and Hama Hama Logging. We …

Chasing Water with Heather Hansman

April 19th, 2022

1:25:44

Heather Hansman knows a thing or two about water. Adventurer, writer, and journalist, Heather Hansman embarked on a journey some years ago to raft the length of the Green River from the headwaters in Wyoming down …

Liquid Gold + Living Out Your Dharma with Lynn Goodwin and Kim Welch

April 12th, 2022

1:27:04

Lynn Goodwin and Kim Welch are helping others connect to their health, the land, and their dharma - and they started with ghee. Farmtrue founders Lynn and Kim wanted to share the Ayurvedic principles that had changed …

Chewing the Fat with Brad Marshall

April 5th, 2022

2:07:25

Brad Marshall knows a thing or two about fat. Farmer, butcher, chef, and molecular biologist; Brad has looked at fat through a lot of different …

Reciprocal Living with Shele Jessee

March 29th, 2022

1:55:36

Shele Jessee is a polymath. Rancher, shepherd, tanner, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and beyond, Shele Jessee of Hollow Bone shares a peek into her …

Farming with Intention with Alicia Brown

March 29th, 2022

1:29:12

Alicia Brown is rooted in intention and it translates to every aspect of her farm, Edible Uprising, in Troy, NY. In this podcast, we start from the ground up, exploring how Alicia and her husband, Ben, approached …

Laying the Ground Work with Kate Kavanaugh

March 29th, 2022

1:40:18

In this inaugural solo episode, I cover my personal journey while weaving in the themes of mind, body, and soil that we’ll explore in future …

The Strenuous Life with Ed Roberson

March 29th, 2022

1:25:56

Ed Roberson, host of the Mountain and Prairie podcast and Conservation Director at the Palmer Land Conservancy, shares his journey through both his personal and professional life. We weave through Ed’s career in real …

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