Healing the soil Healing the soul

Spring Newsletter Regenerative Farming and Soil Life 2019 – Indigenous Farming and Ranching, bBy James Skeet Since we have started our journey to farm and ranch on our ancient lands, we have been challenged to create a perspective that describes and articulates our relationship to the land. As a result, we have come across some very creative and wonderful ways …

Driving family farmers off the land and killing regenerative farming

By Elizabeth Henderson, Truthout.orgJuly 2, 2019 | CREATE! Above Photo: Dominik Bartsch/Flickr In February, a dairy farmer friend sent me a note confiding that a few farmers she knows are living on cereal until their milk checks arrive. Yet, the recently released census of agriculture shows that the number of young farmers is growing even as the average age of farmers also increases, and there are uplifting articles …

Shift from ‘comparative advantage’ to first principle that ‘Natural resources, including land and water, must first feed our own population’

This must be addressed through a radical agrarian reform that sets minimum and maximum thresholds for agricultural property regulates the land, agriculture, and food markets uses tax policies to prohibit speculative investments in food and agriculture shifts agricultural production to local and national markets at the expense of export to international markets. Excerpt June 2019, A French version of this …

Everyone Knows the Benefits of Meal-Sharing. Here’s How to Actually Do It. “While the food is just what brings the family to the table,what keeps them there is a warm, inviting, welcoming environment at the table.”

This organization offers a free toolkit for anyone wanting to host a family or community dinner. Yasmeen Wafai posted Jun 06, 2019 Busy schedules, rifts in the family, and long commutes can all be factors that prevent families from sharing a meal together. But research shows a shared meal can be beneficial in many ways to both mental and physical health. …

Agriculture takes up more than a third of the world’s land surface, uses nearly 75 percent of freshwater resources and contributes up to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions

Jennifer Molidor, Center for Biological Diversity. Agriculture takes up more than a third of the world’s land surface, uses nearly 75 percent of freshwater resources and contributes up to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. In the agricultural industry, beef production takes the biggest bite out of …

Micro-farm model being tested for food deserts and two-thirds of urban farmers who are failing to make a living, with sales under $10,000 per year

During a recent project training session, growers gathered around their trial run beds of radishes and baby lettuce. [ideastream / Lecia Bushak] Featured Audio Lecia Bushak May 20, 2019, New ‘Micro Farm’ Model Tested At OSU Mansfield Urban Agriculture Project During a recent training session, a group of urban farmers in Mansfield, Ohio, huddled around a small raised bed of radishes, examining the crop’s …

How A.I. Engineered the Most Delicious, Efficient Basil Ever

Caleb Harper and Risto Miikkulainen were on a mission to grow basil: lots of it, fast, in an industrial environment—and without compromising the herb’s sweet-but-savory flavor. So they did. The two scientists—Harper is a research scientist at MIT’s Media Lab, Miikkulainen is a professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Austin—and their team hauled a bunch of …

George Monbiot: Stop eating fish until the fishing industry is regulated and fishing is prohibited in open ocean areas. 

Regulating the fishing industry is both cheap and easy. If commercial fishing were excluded from large areas of the sea, the total catch would be likely, paradoxically, to rise, due to what biologists call the spillover effect. Fish and shellfish breed and grow to large sizes in the reserves, then spill over into surrounding waters. Where seas have been protected …

Saving the local grocery store

Excerpt, from the Long Read, May 2019 Grocery stores have two ironclad rules. First, that grocers set the prices, and farmers do what they can within those mandates. And second, that everyone works with distributors who oversee the aggregation and transport of all goods. Harvest has traditional relationships with companies like Coca-Cola, but it breaks those rules with local farmers and …