Rabbit Holes: stories from the edges of urban agriculture

Updated: Mar 18

Welcome to our weekly link dump from the ever-changing world of urban ag. Never be embarrassed around your Grower friends again, because Rabbit Holes is your one-stop shop for all the news, stories, podcasts, and other ephemera that came from the outer edges of the permaculture universe.

So, without further ado, let's get to the links!

* At White Oak Pastures, an eastern Georgia-based sixth-generation farm, Will Harris “went rogue” and began to transition away from industrial cattle ranching 25 years ago. Since then, Harris has been rotating organic cattle, chickens, and pigs on 3,000 acres of pasture in an effort to improve land degraded by years of conventional cotton and peanut production.

Comparing his black soil to the red soil only yards beyond the fence he shares with his neighbor, Harris said in a recent phone call: “They look like they came from two different planets.” A New Study on Regenerative Grazing Complicates Climate Optimism.

* A Netflix doc wants to fix our food system with capitalism. ‘Gather’ argues that’s how it broke

* It’s Time to Imagine — and Demand — the World We Deserve

* Around the world campaigners, cities, and governments are declaring a state of emergency in response to accelerating global warming. Meanwhile systemic inequality continues to entrench deep divides between those who have far too little, and those who have far too much. In this unprecedented moment, an urgent question is cast into relief: how should architecture respond to a time of climate emergency and social division? The Oslo Architecture Triennale chooses Degrowth as its theme.

* Sowing seeds of climate action in the garden

* Agriculture Will Threaten Habitat for 90 Percent of Animal Species by 2050...unless, of course we do something about it.

* Unhealthy farming practices and more extreme weather spurred by climate change will lead to an increased rate of soil erosion across the United States in the coming decades, according to a study released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). National Soil Erosion Rates on Track to Repeat Dust Bowl-era Losses Eight Times Over.

* Via The Nature Conservancy: The Food Industry Is Leaning Into Sustainability—But Consumers Still Want More

* Stakeholder Capitalism is Growing: data show corporate boards increasingly reward executives for corporate social responsibility