Cascade Harvest Coalition Podcasts

Snohomish County Focus on Farming Conference - Part 1

Renowned speakers David Montgomery, author of "Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations"

Montgomery, a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship winner, is a doctorate-level professor at the UW Department of Earth & Space Sciences, where he studies the evolution of topography and the influence of changing landforms on ecological systems and human societies. His most recent studies have taken him around the world, only to discover that humanity’s most necessary natural resource is most likely its soils. Yet, current mechanized agriculture has eroded much of the land, putting humanity’s future at risk. More than 500 people attended the 5th annual Focus on Farming Conference at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, who initiated the annual conference with local farmers in 2004, opened this year’s conference with a state of agriculture in the county. He stressed the importance of protecting farmland and treating farming as a business. "We must continue to build up farming as a viable economic opportunity in Snohomish County," Reardon said after the conference. "Today’s attendance shows us how important the farm is to society and this community."


Snohomish County Focus on Farming Conference - Part 2

Renowned speakers David Montgomery, author of "Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations"

Montgomery, a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship winner, is a doctorate-level professor at the UW Department of Earth & Space Sciences, where he studies the evolution of topography and the influence of changing landforms on ecological systems and human societies. His most recent studies have taken him around the world, only to discover that humanity’s most necessary natural resource is most likely its soils. Yet, current mechanized agriculture has eroded much of the land, putting humanity’s future at risk. More than 500 people attended the 5th annual Focus on Farming Conference at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, who initiated the annual conference with local farmers in 2004, opened this year’s conference with a state of agriculture in the county. He stressed the importance of protecting farmland and treating farming as a business. "We must continue to build up farming as a viable economic opportunity in Snohomish County," Reardon said after the conference. "Today’s attendance shows us how important the farm is to society and this community."


An Evening with Michael Ableman

Feeding the Future: Stories, Images and Ideas from the Frontier of Food and Agriculture

Michael Ableman (www.fieldsofplenty.com) takes a closer look at food, culture and sustainability gleaned from his travels across urban and rural landscapes in the US and abroad. Recoreded October 24th at Everett Station in Everrett, WA hear Michael talk about the farmers and organizations that are providing real leadership and action on re-thinking how we feed ourselves and our communities. Regional efforts at re-localizing our food system will get a boost from this dynamic discussion as the Cascade Harvest Coalition launches the second annual Eat Local for Thanksgiving campaign and gears up for Snohomish County's 5th Annual Future of Farming Conference: Breaking New Ground (www.focusonfarming.org).

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