The deck is stacked against family farmers. Here’s one rancher’s powerful response.
Mike Callicrate is a rancher who started out in industrial feedlot cattle production, but converted to principles of animal husbandry and regenerative agriculture when he saw how exploitive a system he was working in — exploitive of the the land, the animals, and the farmers themselves. Even the meat itself wasn’t very good.
Because of Callicrate’s unusual combination of business sense, political smarts, raw intelligence, and caring for the animals and the larger community, he has been able to make a business work that is based on regenerative principles. But, as he explains, it would take a major shift in agriculture policy to fix our system so that we have healthy and sustainable food, land, and communities.
Sixth-generation farmer Will Harris has led his farm back to its 19th century roots — and built on that to create a closed-loop, no-waste farm using regenerative practices and revitalizing their small Georgia town in the process.read more
Working at the “Radical Center” How do adversaries find common ground? How do they work together to find common goals an interests? Food from the Radical Center: Healing our Land and Communities by Gary Paul Nabhan is about food and land conservation, and its lessons...read more
Food, faith, and farming — the Good Tree Farm Dr. Hisham Moharram founded The Good Tree Farm and Good Tree Farm, Inc. as an expression of his Muslim faith, bringing together scientific training and religion. He explains how to keep a farm profitable, regenerate the...read more
Christine Su is CEO and co-founder of Pasturemap, a tool that helps ranchers increase productivity on their rangelands. We talk about the synergies among soil health, grass abundance, profitability, carbon sequestration, and intergenerational–and inter-regional–information sharing.read more
Practicing regenerative agriculture Nicole Masters is an agroecologist who teaches, writes about, and consults on regenerative agriculture and soil regeneration. With projects in both the US and her home, New Zealand, she has worked on nearly a million acres of crop...read more
Planting the seeds of local agriculture Bill McDorman is executive director of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance in Ketchum, Idaho, and co-founder of the Seed School. We discuss the rapidly-growing seed-saving movement, and its benefits for a more sustainable and local...read more
Cattle grazing, community building, and ecosystem restoration Ariel Greenwood and Guido Frosini are first-generation ranchers in northern California. They recently organized the first annual Transhumance Festival (the next one is in May of 2019), which brought sheep...read more
Eating wild foods in the industrial age What’s the difference between one head of lettuce and another? A lot, journalist Jo Robinson tells us. The foods we eat that are freshest and closest to their wild ancestors are healthier and can prevent many of the chronic...read more
Saving the Gunnison Sage Grouse: Community Conservation in Action In Gunnison, Colorado, there is an innovative collaboration led by the National Resources Conservation Service and involving local conservation groups and state offices to conserve the Gunnison Sage...read more
Fowl play: our insane poultry system and how to fix it Why is it that poultry breeds in the US grow so fast and large that they cannot stand or walk properly, that they have poor immune systems, and they don’t provide good nutrition or even flavor? Andrew...read more