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)”

Trusting Emergence and a Call to save our Barns and Dams!

Round and round and round she goes and where she stops, nobody knows! It’s been awhile since I have posted anything here. Unfinished blogs rest in my files, as do my thoughts about a life changing year 1 of a Masters degree. I am going through a process of emptying which requires a huge amountContinue reading “Trusting Emergence and a Call to save our Barns and Dams!”

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”

The Idea of Ag3.0 is Becoming Trendy!

The idea of using computer terminology for describing the different eras of agriculture is becoming trendy! I was first introduced to the concept of Agriculture 3.0 by Steffen Schneider of Hawthorne Valley Farm, at a biodynamic conference in November, 2012. He was sharing his Ag3.0 explorations with us which he started back in the springContinue reading “The Idea of Ag3.0 is Becoming Trendy!”

My Nuffield Agricultural Study Topic

I am so grateful for this opportunity. More here! If Agriculture 1.0 is traditional farming, which for many does not offer enough income; . . . . and Agriculture 2.0 is industrial farming, which is creating serious health and environmental concerns in Canadian communities and communities world-wide; . . then what is the future agriculture,Continue reading “My Nuffield Agricultural Study Topic”

Culture Shock

I went from small town villages with horse and cart to a toxic world where brand names rule, where people are selfish and drivers rude, where TV fills the space where one could be apreciating nature or doing other healthy pursuits, where there is constant noise and an insane busy-ness, for fear that we mightContinue reading “Culture Shock”

Thank You for Our Food

Potato seeds were stored over winter in the cellar. Then we planted each potato with intention, placing it with the sprouts pointing upwards as you would a bulb. We did our very best at this work. And now, we hand over control. It is no longer in our power to control the weather, plant growthContinue reading “Thank You for Our Food”

Traditional Farming in Transylvania

Imagine! You live in a cozy small home heated with wood. You have a compact barn with a hayloft in your backyard, and the rest of the space is yard and vegetable garden (it could be elsewhere in the village). In the barn, you have a couple of cows or water buffalo for milk. YouContinue reading “Traditional Farming in Transylvania”

Speechless in Transylvania

I have been here, in Transylvania, for almost a week. I am still at a loss for words. It is beautiful, and the hills have not yet become green. Imagine the beauty yet to unfold! I was amazed to find the climate and type of crops grown here to be almost identical to home, and yet,Continue reading “Speechless in Transylvania”