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.
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
Science, Spirituality, and Agriculture: The Faithlands Initiative Religious leaders as farmers, regenerative agriculture as a spiritual practice: Faithlands, an initiative of the Agrarian Trust, is all about community-building, food security, environmental...read more
Laura Ingalls Wilder — the story of the land behind the Little House stories Caroline Fraser just won the Pulitzer Prize for biography for her new book, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. For those who read the Little House books, you’ll...read more
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