Restoration Agriculture

If you are feeling bold, or just want to make certain to counter any tendency to become complacent, thinking that small, local Food Forests and Farmer’s markets are the answer to the world’s food needs, have a listen to Scott Mann’s interview with Mark Shepard.

Background

Mark’s life story tells so much about the era he was born into and grew through. This is a story of a society increasingly disconnected from the land and its value, The American Dream gone wrong. He watched farmland get swallowed up by suburbia and industry pollute the rivers and air.

After trying to fit in, he chose instead to head back to the land, onto the only thing he could afford, a 5-acre plot in Alaska 3,500 feet up a mountain, 300 miles from nearest town and five miles from nearest road, where he lived in a cabin for eight years with his sweetheart and first child.

This was where he began to live and explore how human beings can live on this planet and not destroying it. (more…)

Thinking like a forest

Trees are of course at the heart of things. How could it be otherwise? The human lineage began in trees. We have left our ancestors far behind but we are creatures of the forest still. 

Colin Tudge, The Secret Life of Trees

moss2In this beautiful article by Dion, a Kiwi living with his partner Asako in Japan, suggests that “As perennial forage systems forest gardens are horticultural, they have already left agriculture behind.

Their sufficiency is due in part to the diversity of species and a mimicry of naturally occurring ecosystems but this can be taken much further by adapting ourselves to our garden homes: if you want to eat an agricultural diet then you will continue to need agriculture!

Eating a diet that resembles that of our pre-agricultural ancestors makes feeding oneself from a forest garden that much easier.