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  • [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.