During this conversation, recorded live at the Prairie Festival the 40th celebration of The Land Institute, we join David Bilbrey talks with Fred Kirschenmann, a national and international leader in sustainable agriculture, who shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and is president of Stone Barn Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also continues to manage his family’s 1800 acre certified organic farm in North Dakota.
We join David and Fred a few minutes into their conversation after Fred shares his encouragment by a former university student to look into organic Agriculture. Fred begins with his decision to convert to organic agriculture and the impacts this has on his farming choices, including the lack of available mentors and markets for this new-old method of farming.
From there, Fred walks David through the transformations one can see from choosing bio-regionalism and farming with a sense of place and the impacts of organic agriculture. They end with Fred’s three points for creating viable sustainable farms: by choosing to create regenerative, resilience, and relationship focused agriculture that forms a bond between the farmer, their land, and community.
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Farmers of 40 Centuries (PDF) – FH King (Wiki)
50-Year Farm Bill (The Land Institute. PDF Download)
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