December 9, 2023
Exploring the Roots of Regenerative Agriculture
In this daylong workshop, we will explore the history and objectives behind the burgeoning movement of regenerative agriculture. By discussing the principles of conservation agriculture - minimize disturbance, practice cover-cropping, and crop rotation - participants will walk away better understanding the role soil health plays in producing healthy crops, protecting against pests and disease, all while minimizing costs and labor. Additionally, we will look at the history of agriculture, focusing in on four main revolutions that have reshaped how agriculture is practiced today. We will take a brave and honest look at the plow, leading experts such as Wes Jackson to conclude "the plowshare may well have destroyed more options for future generations than the sword". Our workshop will conclude on a hopeful note surveying carbon farming and its potential to help reverse the climate crisis, followed by an inclusive round-table discussion on how to make change beginning in your own backyard. 11am-3pm. Lunch included.
Gabe Gould, MA is the Executive Director of the Institute of Soil and Soul. He completed his graduate training in Jungian and Archetypal Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is currently enrolled in a Master's program in Regenerative Food, Farming and Enterprise at England's premier ecology institute, Schumacher College. His primary research interests aim to apply the theories and principles of psychoanalysis to support our practices as farmers. His lectures have been said to be both informative and vibrantly inspiring. During the off-season, he spends his time teaching and writing from his farm in Long Grove, IL.