“Growing Healthy Communities”
I’ve recently been watching a series of videos produced at the 2016 Fuller Field School in Kansas called “Growing Healthy Communities”. The first two videos I was able to catch featured Dr. Christine Jones’s talk “Soil Carbon – the Mycorrhizal Connection” and Gabe Brown’s talk “A Simple Man’s Take on the Current Production Model”. After what I’ve seen from just two videos, I will without a doubt be checking out the rest of the video series soon!
After listening to just a few minutes of each, it was easy to grasp their practical, big-picture message. Christine Jones is incredibly eloquent in the way she articulates the need for diversity, not to mention the way she discusses photosynthesis (or what she terms, “harvesting sunlight”) and why we need to maximize it in our fields. If you have ever wondered what that term really means, I believe Christine will help you get to the bottom of it!
In Gabe Brown’s talk, he challenges a numbers of widely-held, and perhaps cherished, assumptions common to modern day production agriculture. I’ll leave you to figure out what they are. The funny thing is that Gabe is not advocating for more inputs, more equipment or more technology. The alternative that Gabe proposes is perhaps even more difficult than an extended line of credit at the bank. What he proposes is a change in the way we look at growing our food and fiber.
Hope for a Brighter Tomorrow
While it’s not always comfortable for others to challenge our own long-held paradigms, the underlying message I get from these two talks is…. Hope. The theme of the 2016 Fuller Field School was “Rejuvenating healthy soil, growing healthy, nutrient dense food, managing water effectively, attracting wildlife and building resilience for future generations”. These ideas represent hope and are the real-world outcomes of the regenerative farming mindset. Hope in less inputs, lower operating costs and ultimately a better quality of life. I challenge you to watch the videos without being changed!
This Hope is in South Dakota
This mindset is not limited to North Dakota, Kansas or Australia, by the way – just take a look at South Dakota USDA-NRCS’s YouTube Channel and you will be blown away by the number of folks in the Mount Rushmore State who have decided to change their way of doing business.
We look forward to releasing our next video where we talk with SDSU’s Dr. Pete Sexton, a big advocate of building community around farming!
– Buz Kloot