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Episode 258. Everything Old is New Again, Exploring Indigenous and Traditional Agriculture Methods, Part 1

In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialists Felicia Bell and Justin Duncan begin a conversation about farming techniques passed down through generations of indigenous people and how those practices have similarities around the world.

Felicia and Justin grew up in families with relatives who taught younger generations traditional practices, handing down traditional wisdom about growing crops, raising livestock, and harvesting what the land naturally provides.

Many people, they say, who want to farm are turning to sustainable practices that parallel those traditional ways.

Felicia and Justin cover a variety of topics, such as how older ways can be easier for new farmers, some traditional crops that cross cultures, and the importance of greens and herbs in traditional practices.

Don’t forget to come back for the second part of the conversation, which will include traditional meat preservation, growing without chemicals on larger acreages, and the myth that traditional methods can’t generate good profits.


ATTRA Resources:

Indigenous Perspectives on Soil and Water

Indigenous and Traditional Soil Health Practices


Other Resources: 

Gather Stories. Food Sovereignty Films

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