A Tale of Two Industries

A Tale of Two Industries

Allen R Williams, Ph.D., Soil Health Academy Instructor The 1859 novel written by Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, was required reading for millions of school kids in English Literature classes and is one of the best-selling novels of all time.  The story is set in the late 18th century against the background of …

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Can Food Be Our Medicine

Can Food Be Our Medicine?

Allen R Williams, Ph.D., Soil Health Academy Instructor Did you know that the health of plants, animals, ecosystems and humans is inextricably tied to plant phytochemical diversity?  So, what are phytochemicals?  In short, they are compounds naturally produced by plants that help the plants thrive in challenging conditions, fight off competitors, pest insects and disease.  …

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The Most Radical Act You Can Do: Grow Your Own Food!

Ray Archuleta, Soil Health Academy Instructor Concerns about the US food chain supply made their way into the mainstream this week, as more meat processing and packaging plants suspend operations temporarily due to coronavirus outbreaks in the workforce. When Smithfield Foods announced it was shutting its Sioux Falls plant indefinitely, CEO Ken Sullivan warned that …

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Dr. Allen’s 10 Tips for Summer Grazing Success

Dr. Allen’s 10 Tips for Summer Grazing Success

Allen R Williams, Ph.D., Soil Health Academy Instructor By the time you read this we will be fully into summer 2020.  In many parts of the country it has been much cooler than normal well into the month of May.  Even here in Mississippi we have had a very pleasant spring.  Nighttime temperatures in the …

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It's Time for a Change

It’s Time for a Change

by Shane New and Gabe Brown Soil Health Academy Instructors Empty shelves and meat cases in grocery stores, oil at negative prices, record unemployment, skyrocketing national debt, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many aspects of our lives. This crisis has exposed the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of our current system, prompting the need and opportunity for …

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Man in Field

Nurturing a Healthy Relationship with Our Food

By Ray Archuleta, Soil Health Academy Instructor Food is relationship. In my previous blog, I examined several institutional, philosophical and educational issues that have created unintended social distancing in agriculture. In this article, I want to shift the focus to examine another type of “social distancing.” This one involves the “relationship” we have with our …

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Regenerating Human Health

Regenerating Human Health & Building a More Resilient Food System

By Sara Keough MS, CNS, LDN – Eco-Nutritionist “People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry which pays no attention to food.” -Wendell Berry It may have been this quote from one of my heroes, farmer and activist Wendell Berry, that inspired me years ago …

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Educations Role in Social Distancing

Education and the “Social Distancing” of Agriculture

Ray Archuleta, Soil Health Academy Instructor Recently, I went to a local sandwich shop, hoping for a sit-down lunch. But instead I walked into a nearly empty restaurant. This empty area made me feel uneasy, like I had walked into a futuristic sci-fi movie displaying the de-population of humans by some strange pestilence.  A sense …

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