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.
Planetary regeneration on a community scale
Tejinder and Juliana Ciano founded Reunity Resources on land in Santa Fe where a veteran had grown food for the hungry. Now they have a thriving compost, farming, educational, and community organizing operation—all founded on regenerative principles.
Growing pecans in the desert? Yes—with regenerative ag practices
Soil microbiologist David Johnson has been collaborating with pecan farmer Josh Bowman to cultivate healthy soil that retains water and produces a more abundant—and more profitable—harvest.
Got goat? The Vanguard Ranch does, and it’s ready to eat
Renard Turner and his wife are agrarian entrepreneurs who produce local, sustainable, regenerative food at their Virginia goat farm–and they provide a model for future farmers and homesteaders.
Tribal food renaissance
Latashia Redhouse helps Native American food producers get their products out into the world—and supports their traditional and regenerative agriculture practices.
From despair to care: a high mountain view of our ailing earth
Author Bill deBuys reflects on what people are doing to land, water, and climate from high in the Himalayas, in his new book, The Trail to Kanjiroba, and how we can begin letting go of despair and do our part for the earth’s restoration.
Stepping back from the abyss: James Rebanks’ return from industrial to traditional farming
Farmer James Rebanks tells the story of a thousand-year old farming tradition—which was almost destroyed by “improvement”—and how he’s rebuilding long-term sustainability.
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.