There is Hope Despite Passing the Carbon Tipping Point in September

After a week of struggling with my feelings about humanity, and what we do to each other, to life, to the land and to the Earth, and then learning that we passed the carbon tipping point in September (, I felt a sense of relief when I watched a little video (click on picture) forContinue reading “There is Hope Despite Passing the Carbon Tipping Point in September”

Thoughtful Thursday: A New Chapter of Agricultural Practice

Let us stand in front of this new knowledge (our collective enlightenment that we are all experiencing due to the extraordinary unfolding revelations about the soil microbiome) with a sense of reverence and inquiry, as this will assist our strivings to increase the depth and complexity of that thin film of organic life which clothesContinue reading “Thoughtful Thursday: A New Chapter of Agricultural Practice”

Thoughtful Thursday: Dirt Medicine by Hannah Renglich

“somehow still believing – a magical secret scorching through my pocket – that the answers are not as valuable as the questions”

International Year of Pulses 2016

By celebrating pulses in 2016, we can all help to increase public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses, how to use them as a good source of protein in our diet over meat, and encourage farm practices that use them in improved crop rotations to address soil health (last year’s International Year topic). AccordingContinue reading “International Year of Pulses 2016”

Do Crops Grown Indoors Nourish Us?

I found this news release alarming. Can someone please test the nutrient density of this produce? Can we really produce healthy food without soil and sunshine? I don’t want to eat this stuff! future-of-farming-montreal-area-operation-grows-crops-indoors-year-round As my colleague states ever so simply: Watch or read the work of Dr Daphne Miller. The microbes, in number andContinue reading “Do Crops Grown Indoors Nourish Us?”

Publication of my Nuffield Study Report

Executive Summary Agriculture 3.0: a New Paradigm for Agriculture Study Topic: As a 2013 Nuffield Scholar, Kaytlyn is seeking to redefine what it really means to be sustainable in food and farming, by asking: ‘If Agriculture 1.0 is subsistence farming that uses traditional farming practices, and Agriculture 2.0 is industrial agriculture, which is creating seriousContinue reading “Publication of my Nuffield Study Report”

Is Cuban Agriculture a Model for Ag3.0?

Until 1989, Cuban agriculture was similar to what we would have seen in North America; modern equipment, monoculture and dependence on inputs. Cuba depended highly on an international market, with a good trade agreement for their sugar with Russia and other communist states, in exchange for food, and agrochemicals and fuel for agriculture. When tradeContinue reading “Is Cuban Agriculture a Model for Ag3.0?”

Controls for Industrial Agriculture2.0 to Mediate Environmental Impact

A few years ago, Ontario brought in Nutrient Management Regulations. I took all the courses. Essentially, if a farmer is going to expand their number of livestock, they need the acres to spread the manure, ensuring the right amount of nutrient (or manure) application per acre. Technically, an industrial broiler barn only needs an acreContinue reading “Controls for Industrial Agriculture2.0 to Mediate Environmental Impact”

The answer is blowing in the wind …

Last Monday I boarded a Boeing to come home, this Monday I boarded a Cessna. From above, I could see all the farming activity and perfectly seeded fields. Its been a busy weekend. It it is our May long weekend and tractors with farm implements jostle for space amongst cars pulling motor homes. Good timeContinue reading “The answer is blowing in the wind …”

Italy: Locally Grown and Proud

Along tracks or along the river, there usually is a bike path. People in Europe are expected to move more. I climbed three flights of stairs to get to the bathroom. That would not happen in North America. We’ve got 2 legs, why don’t we use them more?!! We were stopped at a rest stop/gasContinue reading “Italy: Locally Grown and Proud”