Aug 28, 2023

Regenerative Agriculture, Death and Rebirth with Kate Kavanaugh

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Agriculture, Belonging, Community, Death, Farming, Food, Grief, Healing, Health, Nature, Purpose, Regenerative Farming, Sustainability


Today I welcome Kate Kavanaugh to the show! She started her journey in regenerative agriculture 15 years ago looking at how meat could be a byproduct of conservation. Now, Kate is the host of the Mind, Body, and Soil podcast where she is devoted to digging in deep with guests, finding the threads of what it means to be humans woven into this earth. In her spare time, Kate raises goats, pigs, cows, and poultry on a small farm in upstate New York. 

In this episode, Kate teaches us about the importance of regenerative agriculture and how it helps us regain connectivity to nature, microbiome, animals, soil, and so much more. She shares about the importance of restoring our relationship with our food and animals, how death is all around us and we must embrace instead of avoid it, and how we can create more meaningful connections with the food we eat, the land we walk on, and the farmers and ranchers in our community. A fascinating episode you won’t want to miss!


  • Kate’s journey from being a vegetarian to butchery and embracing regenerative agriculture
  • The importance of death in the cycle of life and how it’s ingrained in every aspect of our lives
  • How to restore our connection to nature, animals, food, and community

00:00 Intro

00:42 Finding connectivity with our food

02:11 From farms to supermarkets

06:18 The problem with processed foods

14:59 Restoring our nutritional relationship with nature

17:40 Getting into regenerative agriculture

20:06 Touch some soil

26:02 “We are feeding more than ourselves…”

29:47 About having a farm

35:11 From stewarding to consuming an animal

39:08 Death is an important part of the cycle of life

48:07 How to restore our relationship with nature, food, and community