Episode 93: Don Stuart

Aug 23rd, 2022

Don Stuart has worked in natural resources and the environment for over 40 years. He served as Pacific Northwest Regional Director for the American Farmland Trust, was the Executive Director for the Washington Association of Conservation Districts, as well as a former Alaska commercial salmon fisherman, a former Seattle trial attorney, and a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps during the Vietnam War. Don’s new book entitled No Farms No Food: Uniting Farmers and Environmentalists to Transform American Agriculture” was published by Island Press in April 2022. Tune in to learn more about:

  • The history of the relationship between farmers and environmentalists;
  • The American Farmland Trust;
  • The birth of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in 1985, where farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant native species that will improve environmental health and quality in exchange for a yearly rental payment;
  • Integrated pest management as a sound alternative to pesticides;
  • Climate change driven by agriculture and how agriculture can actually be part of the solution.

Click here to learn more about Don.