Podcast Episode March 15, 2022

Episode 57 | Cottage Industry Interview: Food for the Sole

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In this episode, Andrew chats with Henry and Julie Mosier of Food for the Sole about running a small business in the outdoor industry, idea iteration, bikepacking, working with family, finding mentors, and more!


  • What makes Food for the Sole different from other cottage industry backpacking food companies?
  • Which of Food for the Sole’s products encompasses their vision as a company?
  • How does the company iterate and test products?
  • What are the pros and cons of working in a family business?
  • How do Henry and Julie balance their small business with their love of the outdoors!
  • Why does Henry love bikepacking, and what gear does he use?
  • How did Food for the Sole go from an idea to an actual company?
  • How does Food for the Sole foster community in their workplace?
  • What is Food for the Sole’s ethos?
  • What is Food for the Sole doing for inclusivity in the outdoors?
  • How has Food for the Sole approached scaling and other small business challenges?
  • Why is mentorship so important?
  • How does Food for the Sole approach important decision-making?


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    Companion forum thread to: Episode 57 | Cottage Industry Interview: Food for the Sole

    Andrew talks to Food for the Sole founders Julie and Henry Mosier about running a food production business, scaling, staff management, recipe iteration, and more.

    Andrew Marshall
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    Locale: Tahoe basin by way of the southern Appalachians


    Bendrix B
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    Vegan is not healthy.  Depriving your body of the vitamins and nutrients found only in meat leads to deficiencies you don’t need on the trail. I’m not going to lay out the argument here, or go into a debate here, but would just recommend that you read the book Sacred Cow, if you care about your health and stamina on the trail.

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