Support the urban agricultural revolution by helping us build a incubator farm facility, nursery and seed farm. We have developed a system that will revolutionize the way we grow food in cities. I have been an organic farmer in California for almost 20 years building eco-systems in which gardens and farms have grown.
At 74, and coming the end of his scientific and broadcasting career, David Suzuki mused on the notion: “If I had one last lecture to give, what would I say?” The result is a very special talk full of humour, warmth, insight and passion.
Wendell Berry, the 81-year-old award-winning poet, fiction writer and essayist, has continued throughout his life to care for the Kentucky farm that generations of his family have tended. Seeking to pass on their farming legacy to a new generation, Berry and his family have formed an alliance with Saint Catharine College, a small Catholic liberal arts scohol run by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Correspondent Judy Valente talks with Mary Berry, Wendell Berry’s daughter, and with nuns, students, and faculty members at the college about the lessons and values that spring from having a spiritual kinship with the land.
My life has changed a lot since becoming a lady farmer and farm owner, in several ways.
Its more than a profession, its committing to a lifestyle. With farming you get up before the sun and go to sleep after it sets, you work in the cold and the heat, you wear a lot of hats – you are spending months and months growing food and then you have to turn around and sell it too; you work straight through the season (what are weekends?), maybe missing some social events but knowing that once winter comes you get around three months off to be social and travel and plan the following season – we just took a month long trip to Indonesia.
At 80 years old, Lloyd Kahn is an icon of alternative housing. In the seventies he was a poster child of the geodesic dome (he published Domebook One and Two and he and his dome home were featured in Life magazine).
We are right in the middle of vegetable-planting season, the sun is shining, and we’ve wanted to grow our own veg for a while now, but the thought of knowing where to plant them, how far apart the different vegetables should be, and how long they need to grow can become daunting if you plan on doing more that one at a time.
Ecology and economy come from the same Greek word: oikos, meaning home. Ecology is the study of our home and economy is its management. In this mind-opening talk, internationally renowned spiritual thinker and educator Satish Kumar draws attention to the pervasive lack of a genuine understanding of nature in our education systems, which is contributing to the gross mismanagement of our planet. Kumar makes a compelling case for a more holistic approach to education, connecting our hands, hearts as well as heads.
Programs across the country are trying to make it easier for new farmers to get started and put down roots. Here’s why: There’s only one farmer under 35 for ever six over 65. By 2030, one-quarter of America’s current farmers will retire.