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In episode 97, we chat about Mark’s beginnings in farming and his experience as a dairyman, teaching children and preserving their innocence, and how smartphones are demonic.


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Timestamps/Topics for Episode 97:

0:00 Intro to farmer Mark Wertin
8:27 Why did Mark start to grow food
11:10 Building in virtue as a dairyman
15:57 Livestock genetics & family units matter
30:33 Domesticated vs. wild animals
35:34 Saying yes to God
41:53 We need a sufficiency of bodily goods
48:52 Sheltering your kids/preserving innocence
54:15 Smartphones are demonic
59:00 Vice is not necessary for developing virtue
1:04:36 “Normal” vs. common children
1:07:23 The medium is the message

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