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Listen in to the EcoJustice Radio discussion with Greg Reese, co-founder of Sea + Soil and creator of the 1000 Tiny Farms project. A program working to cultivate a regional regenerative network of market gardens, share resources between farmers, and encourage people who have a desire to farm but don’t know how to start their own tiny farm.
The number of farms in the US has been declining slowly since 1935 when we reached a peak of 6.8 million farms. As of 2019, there were roughly 2 million farms. According to the USDA, in 2019, small family farms (less than 100 acres) still make up roughly 98% of farms in the US. However, it is the 3% of large-scale family farms that generate a whopping 44% of production.
Since the 70s, farming was been captured by large-scale conventional agriculture with an ethos of increasing productivity and crop yields at all costs. While we continue to be at the impact of monocropping, synthetic fertilizers & pesticides as well as heavy tillage, and inequities caused by the industrial food complex, this is not the end of the story. Thankfully, farmers old and new, are embracing regenerative farming and reclaiming the value of farming to society and ecosystems as a whole. Many human beings committed to tending a small patch of land truly can change everything.
*Greg Reese is a Southern California agrarian with a passion for growing regenerative, organic food by building healthy soils and biodiverse landscapes. His expertise in small-scale urban farming and no-till market gardening allows him to offer the highest quality produce in areas that need it the most. With a background in rainwater harvesting systems, native landscapes, orchard care, and permaculture, Greg aims to use his decade of experience to fight against social injustices in the food system.
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Interview by Carry Kim
Intro by Jessica Aldridge
Engineer: Blake Lampkin
Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Music: Javier Kadry
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Updated 4 July 2021