John Jeavons Presentation

Hey y’all—Kasey again!  Last week at the Heirloom Veggie Expo I had the chance to eat life-altering, delicious non-GMO grub (sunflower burgers and GIANT samosas), have a role reversal with kids born as late as 2005 who started teaching me all they know about growing food and gardening, and look at a giant room full of heirloom veggies of all shapes and sizes that I had never seen before (ever seen a green, lumpy, bubbly pumpkin before?).

Aside from all I saw, one of the highlights of the Veggie Expo was getting to listen to John Jeavons’ inspirational talk about the necessity of Biointensive farming practices.  He made clear that the reality of our global food system is a difficult reality to face—food prices are likely to rise up to 3x within the next three years, for every 1lb of food an individual consumes, 47lbs of soil is lost, and in order to properly feed the amount of new people born each day, farmers would need to produce 42,500 acres of new soil each day.  As frustrated and saddened I feel by these challenging fact, the truth is that our food system is not sustainable.  But the sadness I feel about the truth needs to be channeled into a will to make change.  If we want to continue feeding our communities we need to face the facts and reevaluate how we can transform this world’s soil use and food production.  Jeavons was able to deliver his talk in a way that encouraged the audience to make a change by starting in their own household or community.  I am so glad I got to hear Jeavons speak as he reminded me of why I dedicate time to learning about sustainable agriculture.  I am hopeful that whatever work I do can at least make change within my immediate surroundings.

With all this excitement and hope leftover from the Heirloom Expo, I am excited to get my hands in the dirt and start planting my first 4×8 garden plot this week in one of the Oakland community gardens.  I’ll be planting broccoli, chamomile, kale, and a few more veggies and compost crops.  In addition, Justin and I will be teaching at our first school of the tour this Friday!  Woo!

I am looking forward to the week ahead and all of the new learning to come!

Happy Earth Day!

I hope that everybody had a wonderful Earth Day! We followed up a fantastic week of teaching in South Central LA, by sharing our project at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market, near Venice, CA.

Such fun and fulfilling weekend, and it feels great to start of the week by seeing that this video by the intrepid Dylan Magaster has gone live. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-g74F-U9yU

Now we’re off to teach the one and only elementary school of this tour, in Malibu! Adios!

Something to lift your spirits

We recently finished rebuilding the Verdese Carter Community Garden in Oakland, CA, and are now working with community groups to maintain and eat from it. All across the country, there are people doing this, and one of those organizations, Appetite for Change in Minneapolis, recently released this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqgU3co4vcI&feature=player_embedded

I hope to see Oakland’s response in 2017!