The United States is the leading agricultural exporter of the world, and California’s Central Valley is the leading Ag exporter in the United States. Kings County is farming. But we are overwhelmingly conventional; monocropping, synthetic fertilizers, GMOs, pesticides, heavy tillage.
Don’t misunderstand me. Our farmers are among the best in the world, and our food systems have managed to produce enough food to feed the world. But as our population increases, so too does our need for sustainable processes in the growing of our food, and the longer we avoid the conversation, the further we court destruction.
Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Agroecology is the study of ecological processes applied to agricultural production systems. Millions of years before Humanity breathed its first breath, Mother Nature was growing things in perfect balance, sustaining global populations without waste. By mimicking the processes found in nature, we can create more resilient agricultural landscapes, and rebuild our depleting topsoil as we do it.
From the bookstore I intend to facilitate the sustainable agriculture conversation, and foster the action that’s needed to move our food systems away from synthetic fertilizers, and heavy tillage, toward processes that mimic the patterns of nature. I will do this by sourcing local, organic produce to use in our food, and to sell at the shop, and by exploring nearby sustainable farms on the YouTube Channel.
I will make a blog post soon for my Agroecology Education-Park/Farm Plan. The gist, however, is a nature-reflective farm that plugs the ecology/plant science lessons into local schools with virtual education and raised-bed planters. The curriculum will be designed for Elementary-12th Grade students. I am especially excited for the high school electives involving:
Organic Produce Market
Home Delivery Services
The students in this program will get valuable work/managerial experience, and a valuable life-lesson in that they will sustain the program for the younger students that follow….the community will also get nutrient-dense produce delivered to their door. I mean, wow!