Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles [BIRDS CHIRPING] [MUSIC PLAYING ON CAR RADIO] This is the life of a farmer. - It's time to get Black, y'all. [MUSIC PLAYING] Your attention, please. - Howdy, y'all. Welcome to Robinson ranch-- where the sun shines low, the spirits hang high, and much to my surprise, after closing on the property, the crops have opinions that they will openly communicate whether you ask them to or not. The vegetables here can talk, y'all. (PITCHED DOWN VOICE) The vegetables here can talk, y'all. (PITCHED LOWER VOICE) The vegetables here can talk, y'all. (PITCHED EVEN LOWER VOICE) The vegetables here can talk, y'all. (NORMAL VOICE) But we'll come back to that. In the meantime, let's all sit back, get comfortable, and enjoy the show. - Uh, you're not done, bro, Craig. What the husk is wrong with you, man? I mean, you've been doing this for a minute. Like, a minute, minute. Like, how many times do you have to remember to set up the segment? And then you come back from the segment. And then it's like, you set up another segment. It's like, pretty straightforward, dude. I mean, when is it going to click, you know what I mean? Like, I feel like I could be hosting the show. - Enough! Winston. That is enough. - My bad, Craig. I just thought that-- - You just thought what, Winston? What did you think? - Uh. - What were you thinking? - Eh. - You think the people want to hear that? - You're right, dude. I should have read the room. I'm just going to shut the husk up. - Think that's for the best. OK. So I went back and forth on this, but I've been working with my career coach on being fearless. So here we go. Never been done before. 3, 2, 1. (SINGING WITH WINSTON) Jeremy Peaches has a farm. And he is a bro. When I heard his story I thought to have him on the show. With a horse horse here and an HBCU there, here a goat, there a goat, he got a lot of goat goats. Jeremy Peaches has a farm. And he is a bro. (SPEAKING) Your attention please. Meet Jeremy Peaches. [HAWK CALL] [MUSIC PLAYING] Your attention, please. JEREMY PEACHES: Any space that's used, I'mma grow something, no matter how small or how large. Sometimes I even take hands full of seeds and just throw them on the ground. I think that's always been my motto, you know. If I don't have it, build it. If I can't buy it, build it. You know, if it's broken, fix it. [LAUGHS] My name's Jeremy Peaches. I'm founder of Fresh Life Organics. I'm the president of RST bioscience, which is a sustainable agriculture company that does aquaponics and hydroponics. I work with kids. I've started 4H programs. You know, teach them about STEM and robotics and leadership. I'm a community advocate. I'm involved in a lot. Hoo, a day in the life for me is me waking up at sometimes 5:00, 6:00 in the morning. Hopping in the shower, lighting some sage, just to get in the mindset of once I finish my professional life, I go to the farm. Sometimes I have to go harvest. Sometimes I have to wash and plant. So my day is just one of a kind. [MUSIC PLAYING] This is the life of a farmer. Big truck, big tractor, long rows. This is the life of a farmer. Whoa, plant a seed, watch it grow. This is the life of a farmer. We out on the tractor. We planting the rows. We feeding the cows. We eating the grass. We water the plants, whoa. JEREMY PEACHES: I'm always thinking about what's next. Big truck, big tractor, long rows. - Now this? This is our deep water culture system. This tank holds about 300, 400 gallons. And the water is recirculated throughout the tank. And inside of this filter is where we put our nutrients. From this tank, it goes into deep water culture bed. Inside of the deep water culture bed, the water is being chilled and cooled by the ground floor. It also has different aerators inside of the water so it can be able to produce oxygen. Now the type of plants that we grow in here are lettuces, leafy greens, and also herbs. So growing aquaponics or hydroponics using deep water culture is awesome. I mean, I built one of the largest aquaponics facilities in Houston doing this method. Sustainable agriculture, I think, is something that can move urban cities and urban farming forward. My vision is to create more of a local, centralized network for people in urban communities growing sustainable, sort of like a network co-opping base. This model is where you grow food sustainably, connected by a network of other farms that produce and work together and create research and does training programs-- all these different things. And we feel like if the small, more family-localized farmer worked together, opportunities for risk to come up is being limited, because you have other farmers in the network supporting each other. [VOCALIZING] Amen. Amen. CRAIG ROBINSON: The direction that you wanted to have for your life-- did you feel like you had that grounding? - I feel like I most definitely had grounding from my mother-- me not really knowing my father until I was 18, and I think that it affected my view on life. So you know, just normal black male story that you hear sometimes. Single mother, no father by default. Because if you don't have somebody to guide you along the way, it's a piece of you missing. So when I actually got the opportunity to meet my father and my family, I actually understood who I was. I feel like, yeah, now my hands are full-- full of love and full of support. Just a warm heart. [CHUCKLES] CRAIG ROBINSON: How do your peers describe you? - It depends on who you ask. [LAUGHING] (IN UNISON) How did we first meet? - I messaged you on Instagram, but you never messaged me back. - You did. Wow. - Yeah. [LAUGHTER] - First young person I've met had a greenhouse in their backyard. - He was my only competition in town. I figured if me and he joined forces, we'd kind of run things, at least for Houston. - He's very headstrong. Whatever he wants to do, he's going to see a way to get there. - Also an awesome, intelligent, community-oriented young brother trying to do things to uplift our community. - They will say, man, it's just J. [LAUGHING] That's just J. CRAIG ROBINSON: Why are you so passionate about 4H and giving back to the community? - Man. You know, stuff like this makes me want to cry. As a kid, I was always intuitive, and you want to learn more things. I think certain ages throughout my life, especially in my teenage years, I went through certain things that average teenagers didn't go through in terms of just being involved in things that my mom didn't raise me to do and my family didn't raise me to do. 4H is one of the largest and oldest youth-serving organizations in America. Being able to give back to the youth like somebody gave to me, that is just extremely important. And I want to continue to uphold that and respect that. - To have someone like a brother in this game, and someone who understands where you come from and where you're going, it's really invaluable. Him helping me scale up-- I don't even think we could put a price tag on it. JEREMY PEACHES: Aww. - It's just like, straight love. It just-- it's like, he wants to see me grow. I want to see him grow. And when we grow together, it's just going to be beautiful. JEREMY PEACHES: Right. We're not anybody unless we give back. To give them a hand up and not a hand out. If I'm growing food, and I have equipment and tools, and it's a younger farmer, or-- that would like to get involved in agriculture, I don't mind giving them that information or allowing them to come and work with me or come use some of the tools and resources or people that I have to help their situation out. We can't continue to do what we've done, stand in silos and not helping everybody out. Agriculture and farming and gardening is an industry to where people work together. And if we don't teach this next generation who's going to lead the world for the next 20, 30 years, and we having these problems with climate change, food desert problems-- if we don't solve these issues, we're not going to get to 2030 or 2050. We have to be able to use some of the brains and the tools that these younger generation have and apply it to models and solutions, not only for urban farmers, but for rural farmers. You know, agriculture? It is urban. It is Black. [LAUGHING] [MUSIC PLAYING] Leave the world better than you found it. I'm 28 right now. For the last 10 plus years, I've dedicated my life to agriculture and urban agriculture. By 40, I want to employ all these technologies to build one of the largest sustainable farms in the world. [LAUGHING] [MUSIC PLAYING] Your attention, please. - Ronnie? Bobby? Ugh. Those are my friends, dude. That's messed up, Craig. - What? If Jeremy Peaches can harvest from the fruits of his labor, why can't Craig? [OMINOUS SOUNDS] So y'all know how I am with names. So luckily, our next guest gave me a few tricks to remember his. Let's try this out. OK, so pencil, which is my favorite writing utensil, which I use to trace stencils, with my homey Densil. All right.