Participating in Change: Farmer-led Documentation

By Laura Titzer, A Growing Culture

Equitable change—the type that represents real and lasting solutions for all those involved—requires high levels of collaboration and inclusivity no matter where you’re working. This is especially true with something as complex as the food system. Yet much of the change around how food is grown has been driven by the few, instead of the many. Once industrialized farming took hold in the Industrial North, farmers began to rely on agricultural experts for the latest technologies and scientific farming practices, thus creating a top-down approach. It’s an expert driven model that distributes the newest, formally researched and developed innovations to farmers, often creating large new expenses that the farmers have to assume. Even more, this model is motivated by a one-size-fits-all production of goods versus the specific needs, capabilities, and capacities of a specific farmer in a specific region. This one-size-fits all approach rarely takes into account local knowledge, culture,...

Rewilding the Imagination

By Rob Hopkins, Rob Hopkins blog

Mark Sears has the wonderful job title of ‘Chief Wild Officer for the Wild Network’.  The Wild Network grew out of the film Project Wild Thing (see trailer below), and aims to reconnect young people with nature, inspired also by the findings of the 2012 Natural Childhood report.  Their mission is “to support children, parents and guardians to roam free, play wild and connect with nature”.  You can find out more about their work here.  Sounded like just the guy I needed to talk to… I wonder how you would evaluate the state of health of our collective imagination in 2017? I’d say it’s under stress, in the sense that we’re all under stress.  I think that in itself is having a massive impact on our ability to use our imagination.  It manifests in the amount of time we have available for it.  It just feels like it’s stressed.  There isn’t the...