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Episode 31: Fred Kirschenmann

Jun 15th, 2021

Fred Kirschenmann is a longtime national and international leader in sustainable agriculture. He shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also manages his family’s 1,800-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota. Tune in to learn more about:

– His story from being a PhD to becoming a leader, champion and pioneer of organic and sustainable farming;

– His appreciation and inspiration for the work of Ernest Shusky;

– His thoughts on the food revolution for the future;

– The three “R’s”: Regenerative, Resilience and Relationships;

– The relationship of farmers and chefs, and their success story from the Stone Barns Center;

– About David Montgomery’s book “Growing a Revolution: Bringing our soil back to life”;

– His thoughts on why Iowa has lost 6 inches of top soil and how farmers are recognizing this issue and getting together to find solutions;

– Why you can’t address climate change without addressing agriculture;

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