“Why Do You Farm?” Spoon Story One: Mericos Rhodes
Who Wants to Finish?
"I came to farming during one of the most difficult times in my life.
The hit happened on a summer afternoon when I was 22, and I was suddenly unable to do the two things that I loved doing the most, the two things that got me up out of bed in the morning..."
3 Little-Known Facts about “Certified Organic,” and a New Paradigm
Finishing is rare, and usually an illusion. Usually when we think a thing is finished, we’re just being short-sighted. You can cook a steak to perfect medium rare with pink in the middle, and let it stand for 10 minutes, smelling that mouth-watering scent, and then eat it all and thoroughly enjoy it. Then it’s done, right?
When the Cows Come Home, Part 3: The Inter-Species Covenant
Imagine a wide, flat field stretching off to the horizon in every direction. Bare dirt, light brown, dusty, with a slight ammonia reek. There’s an enormous tractor strafing back and forth over the land, coughing diesel fumes, spraying a chemical called copper sulfate, designed to kill unwanted fungi...
When the Cows Come Home Home, Part 2: In Praise of Bull Dung
How do we change the system? Nobody knows the full answer to that question, but one thing is clear: It is easier to convince meat-eaters to eat clean, healthy, humanely-raised meat than to convince them to stop eating meat altogether...
When the Cows Come Home, Part 1: Cowboy Dreams
While shreds of the grass that the cows have eaten are still visible inside their manure, they have undergone a profound transformation, inside of the cows. Wolf Storl, author of Culture and Horticulture, describes the wonder of a cow’s digestion...
The Healing Power of "Whole Earth" Farming
When I was younger, I was told two stories. One story was that cattle were dumb. Dad compared them unfavorably to horses, with whom humans can form deep relationships. My stepfather echoed Ed Abbey and called them four-hoofed locusts...
In order to grow the most nutritious food and help heal the earth, we farm a little differently. We call our practices "Whole Earth Farming," and we want to share them with the whole earth!
Why Plant an Oak Savannah
In our first chapter of the Spoon Full Journal, we're talking about weather. But as we've learned, it's not whether you talk about weather, it's how you talk about weather. So get yourself a glass of ice water. Come take a seat on the porch. Let's talk about wind.
Cutting Through the Wildfire Haze
In this Spoon Full Journal update, the natural history and generosity of oak trees and the accompanying savannah habitats prompts meditation about a mysterious compulsion...
There’s another legendary character, far older than Smokey Bear, who has the last word on wildfires. His name is Thor, and he doesn’t negotiate. I’ll bet humanity will be able to control lightning right around the time when...