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 remember the tales of a loving family on the American frontier. What’s behind the scenes is the extraordinary destruction wrought by settlers—both to the native inhabitants of the land and to the land itself, resulting in drought, crop failure, insect infestations, and ultimately the Dust Bowl.
This riveting biography offers a deep look at a family of smart, courageous, and loving people caught up in a bigger historical process.
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
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
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