Lindsay Klaunig (she/her) is the farmer and owner of Trouvaille Farm in Athens, Ohio. She raises grass-fed beef and goats on pasture, heirloom crops on the ridge tops, and makes artisan chocolate and other treats in their farm kitchen. She is also a seed producer, growing heirloom vegetable seeds that are sold through small regional seed companies. Previously, Lindsay worked as a specialty cheesemaker on a small-scale dairy farm in the early days of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). It was during this time that Lindsay experienced a federal site inspection.

In this episode, Lindsay is interviewed by her longtime friend Isabel. The two discuss how food safety enforcement has changed over the years, specifically describing what the situation was like before FSMA and how FSMA changed things in many ways for the better. Lindsay opens up about the FDA audit that she went through, sharing powerful tips for balancing out the power dynamic with regulators and offering wise insights about how and why communication and relationship building have been critical to her resilience.

As Linday says to Isabel, “growing food is the most important thing you could do for a living, but if you’re paying attention you’ll also see that it’s fraught, it’s risky, and opens you up to a world of divisive opinions, clashes in values, and constantly changing rules and changing guidance from the regulators…” and yet she keeps choosing to do it, as perhaps you keeping choosing to do as well. You will walk away from this episode with a refreshed perspective on food safety risk management, and a healthy reminder that your risk tolerance evolves right along with you.

Farm Commons is grateful to have collaborated with Lindsay as a member of the 2023 Collaborative Learning Fellowship.

A full transcript of the episode will be available soon.

About Trouvaille Farm

"Trouvaille (say "troo-vie") means lucky find. After years of working for farms in dozens of other places, we finally landed in the hills of Southeastern Ohio. We raise grass-fed beef and goats on pasture, heirloom crops on the ridge tops and make artisan chocolate and other treats in our farm kitchen. We manage our land using regenerative practices to build soil, increase biodiversity and produce nutritious food for our family and neighbors."