Follow Emmanuel Karisa Baya

A regenerative farmer in Kenya

Emmanuel Karisa Baya was an orphan in rural Kenya by the time he was nine years old. His mother had taught him to farm, and after going into another profession, he was called to return to the land. He found himself helping other orphans and poor children, and founding the Magarini Children Centre and Organic Demonstration Farm, where he practices and teaches organic and regenerative food production as well as conflict resolution.

Show notes:

1’58 how did you become a farmer
2’32 you were orphaned young
3’08 went from farming to being an accountant
4’21 found children who were supposed to be in school
5’53 supported fifteen children on the farm
7’31 what do you grow on the farm
9’22 teaching children to take care of the soil
9’42 raising pigs, loving and eating them
10’27 holistic education
10’59 sustainable farming includes many methods including traditional
11’33 what are the different farming techniques they use
12’05 got a scholarship to study farming in Japan
12’33 combined all methods appropriate to his community
13’13 pest control
13’30 crop rotation to control pests
13’45 rotation for healthy soil
14’16 the involvement of the community
15’07 extension agents try to teach them conventional farming, which is too expensive
15’44 combining traditional and organic gives higher yields
16’34 learning to work with and listen to the soil
17’25 medicine trees
18’20 mulching
19’00 controlling weeds
19’26 keeping bees
20’39 learning conflict resolution
22’46 conflict between nomadic cattle herders and farmers
23’51 falsely portrayed as a religious conflict when it was a food conflict
27’22 learned each others’ music and sang and danced together
29’51 the outcome of the conflict resolution song
30’51 connections of soil, heart, and humanity
32’01 what happens to the kids when they get older
33’23 compassionate animal agriculture

How to Listen

iTunes • Sticher • I heart Radio  • Google Play • Spotify • RadioPublic

More Episodes

Episode 127 – A vibrant pecan oasis in the desert

Episode 127 – A vibrant pecan oasis in the desert

Coley Burgess didn’t intend to do regenerative agriculture, but a series of happy accidents led him down a path toward healthier trees, a herd of animals, virtually no chemical or tractor use––and a more enjoyable life for himself and his family.

read more
Episode 126 – The food-housing nexus

Episode 126 – The food-housing nexus

Professor Phil Warsaw noticed that in urban Black and Latino neighborhoods the price of housing near grocery stores was higher––but the same wasn’t true in more affluent White neighborhoods. Why? And how can planners balance food access and gentrification?

read more
Episode 123 – The USDA goes after a small sheep farm

Episode 123 – The USDA goes after a small sheep farm

Linda and Larry Faillace imported milk sheep following USDA guidelines and started a cheese making business in Vermont––only to have their animals confiscated and killed by the USDA under the pretext of a disease that sheep don’t get. Listen to find out why.

read more
Episode 119 – What is Your Foodprint?

Episode 119 – What is Your Foodprint?

You’ve heard of a carbon “footprint.” The idea of the “foodprint” broadens the vision from the single variable of carbon emissions to the full impact that your food has on the planet––animals, community, soil, water––and helps you to make better choices as a consumer and a citizen.

read more