Jason Bradford

Jason Bradford has been affiliated with Post Carbon Institute since 2004, first as a Fellow and then as a Board Member. He grew up in the Bay Area of California and graduated from University of California – Davis with a B.S. in biology before earning his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, where he also taught ecology for a few years. After graduate school he worked for the Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Missouri Botanical Garden, was a Visiting Scholar at U.C. Davis, and during that period co-founded the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group (ABERG). He decided to shift from academia to learn more about and practice sustainable agriculture, in the process completing six months of training with Ecology Action (aka GrowBiointensive) in Willits, California, and then founded Brookside School Farm. While in Willits, Jason also instigated the creation of Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL) and was on the board of the Renewable Energy Development Institute (REDI). For four years he hosted The Reality Report radio show on KZYX in Mendocino County. In 2009 he moved to Corvallis, Oregon, as one of the founders of Farmland LP, a farmland management fund implementing organic and mixed crop and livestock systems, where he worked until early 2018. He sits on the Economic Development Advisory Board for Corvallis and Benton County, and serves as an advisor for the OregonFlora Project based at Oregon State University. He lives with his family outside of Corvallis on an organic farm.


Beware the Phalse Prophets: Reflections of a Recovering Taxonomist

If I were to meet in person with the Phalse Prophet specimens I encountered in my research, I’d suggest that they take a long, long hike to a distant mountain top.

March 20, 2023

Crazy Town with Bob Jensen

An Inconvenient Apocalypse with Bob Jensen (Bonus episode of Crazy Town)

Bob Jensen has written a book with Wes Jackson titled An Inconvenient Apocalypse: Environmental Collapse, Climate Crisis, and the Fate of Humanity. With a title like that, Jason and Bob have lots of heavy ground to cover, including overshoot, the limits to growth, and the cascading environmental and social crises of our times.

January 12, 2023

the moon

The Forest, the Moon, and the Last Time

A stoic meditation I have been practicing is called The Last Time. The idea behind this meditation is straightforward: there will be a last time for anything you do, and because you can’t really know when that is, reflecting upon this fact while doing something you love heightens your appreciation of the moment.

March 24, 2022

ice baby bottle

Crazy-making news: cryptoart and baby bottle coffee to go

Nature is resilient, life is irrepressible. Given time the damage wrought by people will mostly be undone. I just don’t know if people will be around to see that.

March 23, 2021

My vote is worth more than yours

My Vote is Worth More Than Yours. Ha Ha.

As The New York Times recently reported, “votes for the pro-Brexit Conservatives had 10 times the effective power of votes for the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats” as a result of the electoral system known as “first past the post.”’ And as Phil and I discuss, a voter in Wyoming has 3.6 times the electoral influence as one in California.

Phil and I discuss some of the biggest structural problems with our elections and Constitution, as well as some of his ideas for solving them.

December 17, 2019


The Future of Food: Getting Beyond the Energy Blindness of Techno-Utopianism

The eventual decline in fossil hydrocarbon flows, and the inability of renewables to fully substitute, will create a deficiency of energy to power bloated urban agglomerations and require a shift of human populations back to the countryside. In short, the future is rural.

May 30, 2019

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