agroecology Tag

"To build resilience within our food and farm systems, we must transition to agroecology," says the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy (IATP). IATP has introduced a new Agroecological Transistions web hub to answer questions like these: What does agroecology look like in practice? How, as a systems approach, can agroecology address the multitude of problems within our food system from field to plate? And, what must we do to usher in agroecological transitions around the globe? The web hub also features agroecology case studies....

Damian Valdez and Jamie Williamson run an organic herb, tea, medicinal plant, and dye plant farm in Eastern San Diego, on what is considered to be Luiseño Payómkawichum native land. Operating from an ethic of "leave no trace," Jamie and Damian discuss how to farm organically in San Diego's harsh desert climate, in a way that honors this sacred native land and that ensures that it is kept intact for generations to come. For Jamie and Damian, "leave no trace" farming means farming in a way that honors the past while preserving the future. It involves knowing your landscape and...

This episode of Voices from the Field continues the discussion between NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell and Dr. Alexis Racelis of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley about the use of cover crops in semi-arid subtropical environments. While cover crops are heralded as a regenerative agriculture tool to improve soil health, integrating cover crops into farming systems can be challenging in drier climates. Colin and Dr. Racelis discuss whether cover crops even can be detrimental in some scenarios and steal water from cash crops. In particular, the conversation centers on the Subtropical Soil Health Initiative (SSHI), a research...

In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell sits down with Dr. Alexis Racelis of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to discuss the use of cover crops in semi-arid subtropical environments. In particular, the conversation centers on the Subtropical Soil Health Initiative, a research partnership between NCAT and UTRGV to address soil health challenges in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. While cover crops are heralded as a regenerative agriculture tool to improve soil health, in drier climates integrating cover crops into farming systems can be challenging. Colin and Dr. Racelis discuss whether cover crops...