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Podcast Episode March 15, 2022

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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?


  • Henry’s favorite Food for the Sole meal – Biscuits and Gravy
  • Andrew’s vegetarian and vegan backpacking food roundup – My Year of Lentils
  • Food for the Sole’s Project: Inclusivity
  • OMEP: Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • Instagram: @foodforsole
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