Southeastern Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable agriculture means many things to many people. For me, it means agriculture that doesn’t degrade our environment, that farmers and ranchers are financially viable and that agricultural communities and healthy and vibrant. This is the “3-Legged Stool” of sustainable agriculture. Sustainable does not mean “Organic” although organic can be sustainable.
Farmers throughout the southeastern United States, especially many small to medium sized family farms, are struggling. And this is happening at a time when the demand for sustainably grown local food is extremely high and continuing to grow. What’s going on and what’s being done to change this?
From Virginia to Texas, farmers, ranchers and local food system organizations are bringing a renewed focus to sustainability. While efficient production should be a goal in our agricultural systems, it should not come at the price of contaminated water, depleted soils and neglected rural communities.
So come listen about the work of our land grant universities as they perform research and education about all aspects of sustainable agriculture. Learn about the ongoing work of cooperatives in the Mississippi Black Belt. And listen to how young activists are working for justice and equity in our food systems.
It’s a long and winding road and we are going travel every mile of it.