1. ralph Rockwell
    ralph Rockwell September 24, 2020 at 6:21 pm | | Reply

    Erica another good show, from now on I will think of Karl Hammer when i poop.

  2. Tristan
    Tristan September 24, 2020 at 7:21 pm | | Reply

    Full of hope! Thank you, Erica and Karl.

  3. Granny Ruth
    Granny Ruth September 24, 2020 at 10:58 pm | | Reply

    Thanks! Learned a whole lot about donkeys today.

  4. Sarah
    Sarah September 25, 2020 at 2:34 pm | | Reply

    I just finished listening to this when the donkeys walked by my house. :))

  5. Sha
    Sha September 25, 2020 at 10:08 pm | | Reply

    I’m sure glad I’m not a piece of PVC pipe….but I’d kinda like to be one of Karl’s chickens…..

  6. Ariel
    Ariel September 26, 2020 at 7:33 am | | Reply

    I loved this episode- I wish there were hours more! This kind of interconnected thinking and unapologetic cut to the chase is so refreshing! I know so little about where waste goes- it makes more than perfect sense to spend a lifetime focused on it.

  7. Anne Greensfelder
    Anne Greensfelder October 4, 2020 at 1:02 pm | | Reply

    Wonderful!!! Informative, entertaining, inspiring! Thank you both.

  8. Alex Chambers
    Alex Chambers October 6, 2020 at 12:47 pm | | Reply

    Another great episode. Karl reminds me of a dear friend of my folks in Western Mass – largely his age and beard, honestly. But this friend is a master craftsman, has worked with his hands his whole life, building houses and sculptures in wood and stone, and takes a similarly skeptical view of a lot of mainstream practices. And thanks, Karl and donkeys and chickens, for the manure cycles.

  9. Grace
    Grace October 7, 2020 at 12:46 am | | Reply

    So, so inspiring and refreshing. Karl’s comments on his chickens’ life and the merits of a donkey over a Tesla I found especially poignant. Thank you!

  10. Daniel
    Daniel October 11, 2020 at 12:54 pm | | Reply

    I very much appreciate this refreshing, poetic, informative podcast this Sunday morning of an October in pandemic. Thank you so much. Sharing this with my dad and sisters

  11. barbara
    barbara October 13, 2020 at 8:28 am | | Reply

    Karl: I’m so glad you gave up on the idea of ballet and instead turned to entrepreneurship, biology, music, lover of donkeys, employment of chickens , amelioration of soil, philosophy, and spreading of love to all those around you including the animals. In sum, farming is your religion. A much more satisfying life. Congratulations!

  12. Wendy Scott
    Wendy Scott October 17, 2020 at 3:53 pm | | Reply

    I have two friends who are equally enamored with donkeys and will share this with them.
    Such a wonderful, funny and informative story. Thank you Erica and Karl!

  13. Edward Castillo Parker
    Edward Castillo Parker October 30, 2021 at 8:02 pm | | Reply

    Ms. Heilman, I just want to let you know I truly love this episode and must have listened to it more than a dozen times.

    After returning to Europe, my daughter and I began taking walks in our area and have gotten to know more of our neighbors … and the donkeys.

    Thank you for sharing your perspectives of Vermont.

    I live your show!

  14. Ken B.
    Ken B. December 2, 2021 at 4:03 pm | | Reply

    Rock on Karl, loved the show. Ive always been enamored with Donkeys.
    I had as a kid one of those little cheap record players, my favorite record, pre rock and roll age was a record of American folk songs, id listen to it again and again, John Henry was my favorite. Such powerful imagery it would bring up, a message that resonated naturally as a young kid.
    Thanks for the show Erica, thanks Karl


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