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.
Does Money Really Grow on Trees? Author and sustainability ecologist Tony Juniper talks about his book, What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees. He explains the value of natural ecosystems in a variety of economic contexts, from food...read more
Organic production agriculture in Montana: Scaling up at Vilicus Farms Doug Crabtree and Anna Jones Crabtree are the owners of Vilicus Farms in Havre, Montana. The 6800-acre organic farm is as far from industrial agriculture as you can get — they grow as many as 20...read more
Science on the range: studying wide open landscapes in the American West Geographer Nathan Sayre talks about homesteaders, hubris, and healing … and the challenges facing public and private lands and the people and creatures who inhabit them. He is a professor of...read more
Cows Save the Planet Judith Schwartz is the author of Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth.We talk about ecosystems, biodiversity, soil, climate change mitigation, and alternatives to the current industrial food model....read more
Opening the conversation about living soils Chris Jagger is a vegetable farmer in Oregon, and he’s founder of the Living Soils Symposium, an annual gathering of farmers and people interested in regenerative agriculture. He talks about the many challenges of farming,...read more
From conflict to conciliation on Western landscapes Lesli Allison, executive director of the Western Landowners Alliance, talks about the complex relationships among conservationists, ranchers, farmers, land managers–and wildlife, water, and earth. Challenges that...read more
Episode 10 – What on earth is earth? A soil scientist tell us…and why we shouldn’t treat it like dirt.
What on earth is earth? A soil scientist tell us…and why we shouldn’t treat it like dirt. Christine Jones is a world-renowned soil scientist and ecologist who helps people transition from industrial to regenerative agriculture practices. Soil is the basis of all...read more
Eat Mesquite? Yes. Really. Brad Lancaster is co-founder of Desert Harvesters, in Tucson, Arizona. He’s author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond. His new book, produced with Desert Harvesters, is Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods...read more
Patron saints of regenerative agriculture: Gabe and Paul Brown Gabe Brown and his family endured hail, drought, and near ruin before they changed their way of farming and ranching. Theirs is a story of creative response to adversity that led to a much healthier and...read more
Wes Jackson on the problem of agriculture and the perennial solution Wes Jackson is a visionary. Plant geneticist, founder of the Land Institute, he has a deep understanding of ecological communities — how the many species of life interact with one another on the land...read more