In this episode, Daniel and Jesse interview Abbey Smith, the Global Network Coordinator of the Savory Institute and Hub Leader of the Jefferson Center, which provides a full spectrum of support and training in Holistic Managment within the Northern California area. We speak about the power of the Holistic Context and [...]
This is a reprint of a piece originally published by The New Lyceum on January 4th, 2019 Our country was founded upon discussions of virtue and freedom and it only feels natural to begin 2019 with such a dialogue. For the moment, let us forget about the shutdown, Syria, and the wall. Let [...]
This is a reprint of a piece originally published by The New Lyceum on January 18th, 2019 The last cigar I smoked was in a room full of books. It was a Romeo y Julieta and it was insufferable. The cigar’s light kept failing, for I was too focused on the room and [...]
An Holistic Permaculture solution for no-water blueberries in brittle-tending environments Blueberries can be one of the most low-maintenance and pleasurable berries to grow in the temperate permaculture homestead. They are incredibly long-lived plants, ranging from 30-50 years and contain phytonutrients called polyphenols, which not only give these berries their deep blue [...]
A Case Against Castration, Separation, and Weaning Animals Our farm’s interest in wild breeding—or rewilding our livestock—began during a winter blizzard. Standing outside in the snow and covered in freezing mud, my wife, Morgan, and I were trying to calm down our bull. Although alone in his paddock, he could smell [...]
A Case for a Free-Choice & Cafe-Style Mineral Program Our farm’s intense dedication to animal nutrition began the third day after our cattle arrived. We spent the previous weeks preparing their paddocks, running water lines, cleaning up fences, and sourcing minerals (salt, a balanced mineral mix, and kelp). We were hyper-dedicated [...]
As you may imagine, we eat a lot of chicken. It’s hard not to when you have a freezer full of the best tasting chicken around! Our preferred culinary technique is the Crockpot. Throw the meat in and enjoy when time permits! We found a new chicken recipe, however, that blows [...]
Pastured poultry is certainly a buzzword in today’s culture and economy. Its sister terms (grass-fed & free-range) are not any less popular. In the marketplace, pastured poultry, grass-fed, and free-range are often synonymous with overpriced grocery items; in popular agricultural literature, such “marketing” is often akin to ecology’s biggest nightmare. We [...]
Note: To best understand the details of this article, please also read, “What Are The Foundations of Soil Health?” Animals As Master Nutritionists Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and needed a glass of milk? Although quite basic, this fundamental question has massive implications. Why milk? Why [...]
We Want To Restore Health and Biodiversity … Not Kill It When Morgan and I first moved to Virginia, we were happy to find chicken feed that was both non-GMO and Soy-Free. Although the chicken feed was not Certified Organic, we were happy because we were told by farms around us [...]
Note: this short article is intended to preface another article, titled “Why We Use Free-Choice Minerals.” We Need To Start With Roots Wild animals balanced their diets long before man came along. In fact, most regenerative farmers today deftly argue that it is because man came along that wild animals have since [...]
When Morgan and I started farming, we set down a couple of fundamental tenets for our farm—unshakeable beliefs that would form, impact, and guide every decision we made on the farm. If you have come across any of our farm’s marketing, you will recognize this paragraph: “We absolutely and entirely do [...]
In this Stories of Hope episode, Daniel interviews Rolf Pretorius, the co-leader of the Savory Institute's South Africa Network, an organization that works with commercial and communal farmers in rural South Africa to build regenerative communities alongside regenerative ecology.
In this episode, Daniel and Jesse interview David Leon, the Co-Founder & Executive Director at Farmer's Footprint. We talk about the power of story over science and the role of the storyteller in the regenerative movement. David also highlights some key next steps for Farmer's Footprint.
“It is not what foods you eat; but who you eat it with.” Driving away from our processing center, trailer bumping in the sludge-filled pot holes and Morgan sniffling back tears in the passenger seat, I found this simple phrase hammering raucously in my head. In the back seat [...]