That’s the name of the terrific book by Judith Schwartz. We talk about how ecosystems evolved with animals, and how animals can be used to restore land and improve soil.
Chris Jagger, founder of the Living Soils Symposium, talks about his journey to regenerative farming, and the many challenges, including economic, facing small and mid-size farmers.
Lesli Allison is a conservationist, former ranch manager, and policy wonk. She’s a leader in the movement to bring conservation practices to working lands in the west, and tells us about restoration projects that benefit both nature and landowners.
Christine Jones explains from the ground up what’s wrong with industrial paradigm of agriculture and how understanding soil can help us grow food that’s healthier — not only for people, but for rivers, oceans, climate, local economies, and pretty much everything else.
The new cookbook from Desert Harvesters in Tucson, Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living, is not only about how to make food from local ingredients, but also how communities and deeper understanding of local ecosystems arise from local eating and cooking.
Gabe Brown and his family endured hail, drought, and near ruin before they changed their way of farming and ranching. Theirs is a story of creative response to adversity that led to a healthier and more successful landscape and business.
Down to Earth
Down to Earth is a podcast about hope. As climate change collides with our industrial food system, we focus not on doom but instead on people who are developing practical, innovative solutions. We invite you to meet farmers, ranchers, scientists, land managers, writers, and many others on a mission to create a world in which the food we eat is healthy—for us, for the land and water from which it springs, for the lives and livelihoods of the producers, and for the planet.
This podcast is produced in collaboration with the Quivira Coalition.