The EarthWorks Podcast

Listen to The EarthWorks Podcast below! Join our EarthWorks Agronomy Team as they discuss a wide range of topics including: Biological Soil Management, Carbon Based Fertility, and real life experiences managing turf out in the field.

You'll get to know some of the industry experts in the fields of golf course, sports turf and lawn care management. These casual conversations are more than just tech "jargon of carbon". You'll hear real stories from real people.

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EW Podcast - Kevin Hicks with Brian Boll

This week’s podcast features a conversation with Brian Boll and Kevin Hicks. Brian leads a great team at the venerable Interlachen Country Club in Minneapolis. As a high school kid, I had the chance to play it several times with my golf team, and it’s been a treat to re-visit the club so many years later and play a small part in an upcoming renovation at the famous club. One of the many things that has gained worldwide notoriety for the club was the 1930 US Open where Bobby Jones skipped his second shot on the par-5 ninth hole off the water, making an up and down birdie. My high school coach (a real golf history nut) stopped each of us at the plaque marking the famed shot so we could appreciate it.

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons with Peter McCormick Part 2

This is the second of a two part podcast series with Joel Simmons and Peter McCormick, founder and maestro of TurfNet. Peter talks about his challenges, over the years, with depression, alcohol and other mental health considerations. He shares some of the warning signs and coping strategies that turf managers should be aware of.

In Part 1, the topics ranged from McCormick's background in the greenhouse and turf industries, his rebounding from various terminations and the beginning of TurfNet. They also discuss COVID and its repercussions for TurfNet and throughout the industry, now and moving forward. Peter touches on business planning (or not), decision making, innovation and other factors that have enabled TurfNet to change the turf industry for the better over the past 28 years.

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons with Peter McCormick Part 1

This is the first of a two part podcast series with Joel Simmons and Peter McCormick, founder and maestro of TurfNet. Topics range from McCormick's background in the greenhouse and turf industries, his rebounding from various terminations and the beginning of TurfNet. They also discuss COVID and its repercussions for TurfNet and throughout the industry, now and moving forward. Peter touches on business planning (or not), decision making, innovation and other factors that have enabled TurfNet to change the turf industry for the better over the past 28 years.

EW Podcast - Kevin Hicks with John Murray

This week we chat with John Murray, equipment manager for the Federal Club and the Kanawha Club, both located in VA. We discuss how he juggles jobs at two courses, family life, and his unique craft of guitar building. John's background is diverse ranging from managing a playground equipment company, to being a caddy, and finally an equipment technician. Coming to the industry later in life, he brings experience that helps him manage all the things in his two shops. John’s unique skill set contributes to his ability to develop systems and organizational strategies. We discussed how he became a luthier (a maker of stringed instruments such as violins or guitars), what he likes about that hobby, and how it relates to other things he’s tackled in his life. A self taught guy in all disciplines of his career, we think you’ll find this conversation very inspiring.

EW Podcast - Jack Higgins with Chris May

This podcast is a must listen for anyone in the turf industry who wants to turn heads. Chris is the Director of Athletic Grounds at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. He discusses the path that led him to his role today. Learn how he creates innovation by working with the administration and coaches at Georgia Tech. Learn about his experience with Cool Season Kentucky Bluegrass fields in the heat of Georgia!

EW Podcast - Kevin Hicks with Jaime Sharp

Meet Golf Pro Jaime Sharp, formerly the Director of Golf at The Valley Club in Hailey, ID and current President of Advanced Scoreboards, LLC. During the conversation, we got an update on the development of the Tasktracker software. Then we dove into a discussion about the relationship between the Golf Shop and Golf Maintenance departments within a facility. Jaime and his Superintendent, Gerald Flaherty, CGCS had a very successful working relationship based on communication and a mutual understanding of each other's operations. This critical partnership is often less than positive, and Jaime shares his thoughts on how to strengthen this relationship for a smoother operation.

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons with Eric Richardson

Eric Richardson, Director of Grounds at Essex County Club in Manchester Massachusetts, may be the hardest working turf manager in the golf industry. He has taken on one of the most iconic golf courses in the industry and made it better. Eric has big shoes to fill at Essex, as he is one of only a few superintendents to hold the title in its over 120-year history. On that list of former superintendents is the architect Donald Ross. The Essex Club's history is rich and the house that Ross lived in during his time there is still on the property. However, the real story here are the amazing changes that Eric and his team have made for the better on this property. He was able to bring this course back to the original Ross design and expose rock outcroppings not seen in decades. Tree removal was a focus, and the results created unbelievable new views of the club house and golf course.

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons with Lorabeth Catterson & Madison Rudsinski

Lorabeth Catterson and Madison Rudsinski are rising stars in the golf course industry and have been active volunteers at some of the biggest tournaments in the game. Both recently volunteered at the US Open at the Country Club in Boston and we talk about how wonderful that experience was for everyone involved. They were also both volunteers at the groundbreaking 2021 US Women’s Open at the Olympic Club and reflect on that experience as well. What is the life of an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent like? We discuss this and more in a fun and informative conversation.

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons with Bob Searle

Bob Searle, Golf Course Superintendent at The Abenakee Club on the coast of Maine, is a long time EarthWorks supporter. He talks about his passion for building soils on his golf course and the challenges of what the Maine coast can do to a golf course year-round. Many golf course superintendents think that it must be easy to grow grass that far north, but Bob breaks down that myth and shares stories of tough winters and some harsh summers as well. His passion for his career is evident in this interesting and sometimes funny conversation!

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons with Fred Walters

Acres USA is a publishing house that is generally known as the voice of sustainable agriculture. They have published hundreds of publications on subjects ranging from agronomy to raising dairy cows. Fred Walters, the former publisher of Acres USA, shares stories with us about his father Chuck Walters who started the Acres USA monthly magazine and book publishing business. Acres USA is the voice of sustainable agriculture and has made famous many of the top agronomists in the business today like Dr. Willian Albrecht and our own co-founder Jerry Brunetti. This is a unique, fascinating, and entertaining conversation with one of the innovators in all of agronomy.