Canada is Stepping up to the Plate (for Food)

From a gloomy report in 2013 stating that Canada had some serious ‘right to food’ issues like those seen in developing countries to an IPES Food report this week “Putting agroecology on the agenda in Rome and Ottawa,” I am very encouraged in reading how consultations on developing a national food policy are underway andContinue reading “Canada is Stepping up to the Plate (for Food)”

Upcoming Meet and Greet, Guelph ON

This event is being hosted at the Guelph Organic Conference, upstairs from the trade show at the University Centre, University of Guelph, this weekend.

Healthy Soil as Baseline Indicator for Farm Performance

I appreciate how simply and directly this google post by the Carolina Bee Company says it: The most modern and successful farming practices of today are represented by significant advancement of and focus on technique and management — technique and management practices that cast aside our past dependence on chemistry and genetic adulteration. In theContinue reading “Healthy Soil as Baseline Indicator for Farm Performance”

Wordless Wednesday: the Power of Art to Inspire and Support Change

“The fight for a socially just and ecologically sustainable world must include a creative vision for the future – art is not a luxury, it’s a requirement, as award-winning muralist and public art activist Judy Baca makes clear.” (Bioneers post April 8, 2016)

Is Ag3.0 Life in Syntropy?

Syntropic Agriculture – “If we changed our perception and recognised nature as a great ally, a great inspiration, we would really change the way we behave towards the planet.”

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”

Farming for a Future Network

Our first formal newsletter is out! It defines – very much in draft – who we are becoming. Newsletter. You can subscribe here if you wish to stay informed. The Farming For A Future Network (FFFN) is a farm and food based gathering of minds, sharing similar beliefs and values about the future of agriculture.Continue reading “Farming for a Future Network”

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””

Movie Gathering Sum Up

It was a powerful evening of video and discussion on October 2nd, 2015. It left us with many after thoughts. Being intentional is a big part of the way the Universe works in delivering abundance, it seems. How we honour the sacred (usually with rituals) is cultural and perhaps it does not matter what ritualsContinue reading “Movie Gathering Sum Up”