Episode 32 - Where regenerative agriculture gets it wrong and what we can do about it with Chris Newman of Sylvanaqua Farms
We’re having an important conversation today about the intersection of race and agriculture, the glaring issues within the clean food movement, and how regenerative agriculture keeps getting it wrong with Chris Newman. Chris is the co-founder of Sylvanaqua Farms, which is based in the D.C. region. They raise forest-raised pork, grass-fed beef, and pastured chicken and eggs.
A member of the Choptico Band of Piscataway Indians, Chris places a heavy emphasis on the indigenous ethics, values, and knowledge serving as the (often unacknowledged) foundation of the modern permaculture movement, and the decolonized worldview necessary to ensure the sustainable stewardship of natural resources. An engineer and technologist by trade, he also accepts and explores the potential of modern scientific innovation to address the gaps left by ecosystem farming in solving a sustainability problem wherein timeliness is a factor.
Chris Newman, is an ehakihet (farmer/land protector) and an outspoken evangelist of ecological, economic, and social sustainability in food. He's garnered both criticism and praise for:
6/9/2020 01:00:54 pm
Hello! Thank you for having this very important conversation. If we continue to create spaces to have these conversations about race and inequities- they will become more normalized. And change of minds, hearts and hopefully policies and society will also follow suit. Keep posting!
6/22/2020 02:16:37 pm
Yes, thank you so much for the conversation! Great insight and loved the discussion on thinking of yourself as an investor instead of a consumer. We need more options and act together!
7/4/2020 03:44:08 am
Thanks for your insight for your fantastic posting. I’m glad I have taken the time to see this
8/11/2020 04:58:27 am
Very eyeopening conversation. This is exactly what has been going in my head since i am getting in to ecosystem restoration, permaculture and regenerative agriculture. I am based in Morocco and i discovered that most knowledge is with the indigenous people. There are systems in place today that are set up by people 500 years ago and still producing food. I have visusted several food forrests that could function as educational centers and the indigenous people could benefit directly from this. Also large scare and bioregional restoration is key. Thank you for sharing this and please invite Chris again maybe together with his wife :). Greetings from Morocco
8/16/2020 07:19:39 am
8/13/2020 05:15:13 pm
Huge gaps of ngnorance in remarks about permaculture and historian Howard Zinn. Mollison was loved by many Idigenouse people especially India and Africa.The last chapter in his book is the answer to the problem small farmers have, wich he does not seem familiar with. Permaculturists quickly/intuitivly realize that when money becomes a vital factor sustainable design is forgotten.
8/14/2020 07:40:08 am
Gary, I am unsure where the huge gaps of ignorance are here. Permaculture is, at it's core, indigenous derived knowledge that white males co-opted, turned around and taught, charged massive amounts of money in doing so, and did little to spread the wealth back to the very people it was taken from. Also, I would appreciate it if you would turn on your spellcheck.
10/9/2020 04:29:57 am
Thank you for this discussion. I'm focused on advancing a form of biodynamic farming that is inclusive and advances both humane treatment of animals and biodiversity, so that farmer equity is realized. That means championing the women and people of color growing differently. There are extraordinary pioneering individuals here, and I'd like to make sure their voices and ideas are heard. So, thank you.
12/21/2020 12:25:23 pm
Really great resources and articles. Learnt a lot and am sharing some of what I have learnt over here in the U.K. focussing on promoting and supporting BIPOC people in Agriculture and farming
2/11/2023 12:32:44 pm
I got what you mean , thanks for posting .Woh I am happy to find this website through google.
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