Our friends at Kiss the Ground take the cake for this week’s most uplifting environmental video– best of all it integrates two of our favorite things: videos of goats being goats and alternatives (dare we say upgrades?) to fossil fuels in land stewardship. Also, does anyone else want this woman’s job?
Do we like preaching to the choir? Sure do! Enter, this week’s installment from Kiss the Ground on using cover cropping for carbon sequestration. Now, can I get an Amen?!
This video features Jeff Borum, Soil Health Coordinator East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District , who mentions that some of the oldest records of cover cropping come from Virgil. Our interest piqued, we did a little digging to confirm this fact and unearthed some trivia about the history of cover cropping from this UC Davis article, but we know there’s more out there. Can anyone point us in the right direction??
Regenerative Enterprise, or the idea that business doesn’t have to suck so much. Wait! Don’t go: before you think I’m about to preach to the choir on creating businesses that go beyond the extractive model, or throw some vague “Be sustainable!” nonsense at you, don’t worry.
Enter, the Regenerative Business Institute, a nonprofit with its roots in permaculture and agriculture. The organization provides an incredible wealth of resources on “regenerative enterprise.” A lot of this, are things that small farmers have and have been doing for years: valuing social connections, social health, and the health of land as much (if not much more than) monitory profit. But, what the institute has to offer that is new are economic ways of thinking that allow us to clearly articulate our goals and create smarter systems.
For instance, download an entire book on Regenerative Enterprise for free. Or, spend some time exploring the idea that there are actually eight forms of capital (spoiler alert, only one of them is financial). Ask, how can this change our budget, goals, and planning? Or, watch this truly excellent talk on the Introduction to Seven First Principles from CAROL SANFORD on Vimeo.
“It’s not humans that are damaging to ecosystems; it’s our extractive culture that is damaging to ecosystems.”
This week’s Kiss the Ground share features Rishi Kumar, founder of Sarvodaya Farms, on how we can use agriculture to repair ecosystems. Savordaya Farms is a one acre farm located inside the city limits of Los Angeles and provides the city’s only urban farmer training program.
…At least in California. This week’s installment of Kiss the Ground focusses on wild edible foods and contains a gorgeous info graphic on finding and using some of our favorite weeds. See below!
What is biomicry? In short, an idea that is at once completely revolutionary and also the epitome of conservative common sense. Our friends over at Kiss the Ground have a neat little blog piece this week giving you the rundown on the concept, change makers that are currently putting it into action, and some amazing numbers on the carbon in our world– what’s in the air and what should stay in the ground. Check it out!
Protecting our pollinators is an important lesson in always looking out for the little guy. From bees and butterflies to moths and hummingbirds, little guys are essential to our food system and the intricate web of life here on planet Earth. To wit:
According to our friends at honeylove.org, bees alone pollinate 80% of the world’s plants, including 90 different food crops, and one out of every three to four bites of food we eat is in thanks to bees. The honey bee is also personally responsible for $15 billion in US agricultural crops each year.
And if you like chocolate, there’s an especially little guy that you need to thank:
Allen Young, a leading cacao expert states, “A tiny fly no bigger than the head of a pin is responsible for the world’s supply of chocolate.” Incredible!
To learn more mind-blowing facts about pollinators and the important work to protect them, click HERE. You’ll find Blair Wojcik’s excellent blog post at Kiss the Ground, the good folks who are inspiring us to protect and restore soil around the globe.