SF Podcast Episode 9: Drew Hastings
Comedian, Farmer, and Mayor Drew Hastings took a break from calving to call in to the Successful Farming Podcast, we talk comedy, farming and politics.
After spending years in Hollywood, Drew decided to return to the midwest to try his hand at farming. Unhappy with the conditions of his hometown, Hillsboro, Ohio, Drew ran for, and was elected mayor. In 2015 he was re-elected to a second term.
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Drew’s website www.drewhastings.com
01:50 - Drew’s early career owning a warehousing and trucking business
03:25 - Stand-up comedy career
07:00 - Early comedy influences
08:40 - Problem with comedians today
12:55 - The “Hasting’s Rule of Thumb” for transgender bathrooms
16:36 - Leaving Hollywood and buying the farm in southern Ohio
19:20 - First livestock transaction goes awry
22:15 - Vegetable gardening
25:08 - "I don’t like heifers"
26:33 - Urban versus rural perceptions
28:15 - How the farm is different today than when he started
30:45 - Emerald Ash Borer and replacing hard wood trees
35:10 - How farming has changed the comedy act
39:50 - Advice to comedians considering farming
42:35 - Technology in agriculture
45:00 - Drew decides to run for mayor
53:15 - Advice for Trump
56:58 - Most rewarding aspects of being a farmer/comedian/mayor
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