Down to Earth
Down to Earth is a podcast about regenerative agriculture. It’s about the place where food production and conservation come together, where the food we eat actually improves the health of land, water, people—and climate.
Above all, it’s a podcast about hope. 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 wildlife, for the lives and livelihoods of the producers, and for the planet.
Converting from industrial to regenerative agriculture: White Oak Pastures
Sixth-generation farmer Will Harris has led his farm back to its 19th century roots — and built on that to create a closed-loop, no-waste farm using regenerative practices and revitalizing their small Georgia town in the process.
Working at the “Radical Center”
We hear daily that our nation is “polarized.” But there are important areas of collaboration and common ground that are happening under the radar. MacArthur genius Gary Paul Nabhan‘s work brings together environmentalists and food producers — with exciting results.
Food, faith, and farming — the Good Tree Farm
Dr. Hisham Moharram brings together scientific training and religious faith. He’s put together a community of farmer-entrepreneurs that serve their local area and provide a model for community agriculture in other parts of the country.
Pasturemap: High tech on the range
Christine Su got interested in agriculture when she found that healthy food stopped her food allergies. She went on to work on farms and ranches around the world, and then to found a company that helps ranchers optimize both their land health and their profits.
Practicing regenerative agriculture
Nicole Masters is a big-picture thinker with a deep understanding of the theory and practice of regenerative agriculture, and she helps others to grow food in a sustainable and healthy way.
Planting the seeds of local agriculture
Bill McDorman has been saving seeds for over three decades. He explains the dangers of the massive biodiversity loss that’s happened in the last fifty years, and how seed saving can move us toward a well-adapted local agriculture.
Down to Earth is produced by Mary-Charlotte Domandi, long-time public radio and podcast producer/host, in collaboration with the Quivira Coalition, a non-profit organization that promotes healthy agricultural lands and food systems across the West—and across the world.
We’re dedicated to the idea of the Radical Center, in which people from divergent political, cultural, and professional worlds leave their differences aside and come together to work on the things they believe in—healthy soil, landscapes, and food…clean water and air…wise use of science and technology…and flourishing rural communities.