Into the Weeds, Season 2, Episode 1: On the Farm - Charlie Johnson, South Dakota


When his dad transitioned the family farm, near Madison, SD to organic in 1976, Charlie was just getting out of high school. As Charlie puts it, “There was no textbook. There was no manual. There were no organic premiums, there was no market. We basically did it for the philosophy of it.” Over the years, as their farm has grown to 2,500 acres, Charlie and his family have seen the industry grow and change and have successfully ridden the wave. It hasn’t been without its challenges though: Charlie suffered pesticide drift damage six times in eight years. Today we hear Charlie’s story, get some great advice, and dig into his experiences with drift, how he’s dealt with it, and cover what you need to know to avoid, or react to drift events.