Forum #3 - Carbon Farming: The Economics!
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Forum #3 - Carbon Farming: The Economics!

Carbon Farming: The Economics! 
Bring some food, meet old and new friends, enjoy the fellowship and discussion. Childcare is provided. This event is OPEN TO ALL! 

Carbon is the engine of soil fertility and central to soil health. Carbon farming refers to practices that enhance the carbon content of soil to produce healthy food. If building healthy soils were lucrative, every farmer would be doing it. Yet, most arable soils been severely degraded by mismanagement in service to the modern industrial food system.

Is it possible to build healthier soils and make more money at the same time? We will discuss bottom-up and top-down mechanisms to enhance the economic viability of carbon farming. We will inevitably talk about the need to reform the idea of economy itself.

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Farmer Forum #1
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Farmer Forum #1

Forum #1 : Should hydroponic production be considered organic?

We will discuss the hotly-debated issue of whether hydroponic production should be considered organic. This is a complex topic that spans the economics of organic production, the power of certification and labels, technical definitions of 'organic', the nutritional density of food, small business vs. corporate interests, rural & urban forms of agriculture, and perhaps most importantly, what is the role of soil in growing food? Conversations often weaves across these issues, and conversations are often messy. This Forum is timely because the National Organic Standards Board will be deciding whether hydroponics should be certified organic in early November. 

Resources to Enrich the Heart and Mind: 

Fred Speak: https://www.keepthesoilinorganic.org/fred-kirschenmann

Mod Farmer: https://modernfarmer.com/2017/05/is-hydro-organic-farming-organic/

Civil Eats: https://civileats.com/2016/07/28/if-your-veggies-were-grown-hydroponic-can-they-be-organic/

USDA Task Force: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2016%20Hydroponic%20Task%20Force%20Report.PDF

 

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