Congratulations to Kiss the Ground and their Partnership with General Mills!

I quote: General Mills is granting $650,000 to nonprofit organization Kiss the Ground to support farmer training and coaching through Soil Health Academies, where growers will learn how to increase farm profitability, build resiliency into the land and decrease input costs using soil health practices. “Investing in soil health and regenerating our soils has numerousContinue reading “Congratulations to Kiss the Ground and their Partnership with General Mills!”

Be the Change: Use of industrial term “Sustainability” misses Life on Earth

I received an email from a new Nuffield scholar, and immediately had to delve into the limitations of using the term “sustainability,” a popular word with the likes of Walmart and Bayer. The scholar wrote about inquiring into the quantitative aspects (ROCE, profit, cash flows etc.) and the qualitative aspects (carbon footprint, community contribution, enhancedContinue reading “Be the Change: Use of industrial term “Sustainability” misses Life on Earth”

Nuffield Scholar Brings Regenerative Farming into the Centre of the Conversation

I am so excited to see 2019 Canada Nuffield Scholar Ryan Boyd talking about regenerative farming in the Alberta Express. I can’t wait to be reading his report. I will have to be patient! He has barely got started with his #nuffield19 study. I worked hard to bring new ideas to agriculture and it seemsContinue reading “Nuffield Scholar Brings Regenerative Farming into the Centre of the Conversation”

Dancing with Nature: The Sustainable Challenge

The daily practice of farming must be reimagined and recreated in the image of a new understanding of our relationship to the land and to each other, one in which we learn how to do the dance properly.  This transformation is coming not a moment too soon, and we only have one chance to getContinue reading “Dancing with Nature: The Sustainable Challenge”

Managing an Organization like a Biodynamic Farm

By Thea Maria Carlson submitted November 3, 2015 A commercial industrial farm is a machine, but a biodynamic farm is a living organism. Guided by ecological, ethical and holistic principles, biodynamic farmers work to bring all the elements of their farms – crops, livestock, compost, soils – into right relationship, so that they balance andContinue reading “Managing an Organization like a Biodynamic Farm”

Sacred Life, Sacred Seed and Agriculture 3.0

Some writers are using the term ‘Agriculture 3.0’ (which refers to a future agriculture), to represent different versions of industrial agriculture (agriculture 2.0). Its use is already falling into the same problem that ‘sustainability’ fell into (see blog post). The term ‘Agriculture 3.0′ was launched (for me anyway) by Steffen Schneider from the Institute forContinue reading “Sacred Life, Sacred Seed and Agriculture 3.0”

Thoughtful Thursday: Doing Away with the Term “Sustainable”

In my Nuffield study report,  I argue that the use of the term ‘sustainability’ in agriculture is outdated. I conclude that the 3 legged model needs to be replaced with a 5 pillar model for ‘resilience’. In a recent blog at regenerationinternational.org, my words are echoed. We agree with Secretary Tom Vilsack that the word “sustainability”Continue reading “Thoughtful Thursday: Doing Away with the Term “Sustainable””

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”