Category: RAF News

USDA Federal Farm Payments Leave Something to be Desired

Recent news has centered around the imminent priority shifts with a new presidential administration. President-elect Biden has stated a desire to address environmental concerns such as reducing carbon emissions, using resources more sustainably, and repairing ecological damage. In order to achieve this, President-elect Biden and the likely-Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will need to take […]

Sreening of Gather on November 23

Hosted by our friends at Real Food Media and Herbicide-Free Campus, join us on Monday evening for a free screening of Gather: The Fight to Revitalize Native Foodways. A fireside chat will follow that includes Anna Lappe, Melissa Nelson (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Elizabeth Hoover (Editor, Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States), and Sanjay Rawal […]

Building a Broad, Inclusive Regenerative Agriculture Movement

We at the Regenerative Agriculture Foundation were thrilled to be part of Global Minnesota’s October 16 World Food Day event. The day covered a huge swath of food issues, including food security, food safety, and sustainable development. Regenerative agriculture offers much more than just building health soils. Our session of World Food Day featured speakers […]

USDA, Climate Change, and Regenerative Agriculture

In the U.S. food and agriculture sector, the United States Department of Agriculture is perceived as an 800 pound gorilla with significant influence over the direction of U.S. agriculture. The department includes 29 agencies, nearly 100,000 employees, and a $153 billion annual budget (roughly 80% of that budget is for food assistance). While USDA cannot […]

Regenerative Agriculture as Part of the Global Food Solution

October 16 is World Food Day 2020. Pandemics, disrupted supply chains, and exacerbated global hunger has a way of focusing the world’s attention on food. I would like to extend my gratitude to the World Food Program for its tireless work combatting hunger, as well as a huge congratulations for winning the Nobel Prize! The Regenerative Agriculture […]

Learning Regenerative Agriculture Principles from Reindeers

I just read a commentary about land and climate by author Judith Schwartz that provided a remarkably concise, compelling argument for regenerative agriculture. Schwartz is the author of the new book The Reindeer Chronicles , which explores regenerative relationships between people and the land from across the globe. Judith provides such a compelling argument for regenerative […]

October 1: Virtually View the California Landscape through a Basketweavers’ Eyes

RAF Native American Fiber Program Director Fred Briones also serves as a board member for the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association. Join him virtually on October 1 for a Facebook Live event for a view of the landscape through a basketweavers’ eyes! October 1, 2020 5 – 6pm PST    

Does Regenerative Agriculture Need More Metrics or More Vision?

I had the opportunity recently to present with A-dae Briones on a First Nations Development Institute webinar titled “Decolonizing Regenerative Agriculture”. Decolonization provides a powerful frame for visioning progress. And for an engineer-trained white man, it also challenges overall narratives. The webinar launched several new conversations for me about measuring vs. visioning. Within the large […]

Welcome to Climate Week 2020

Derechos, hurricanes, forest fires: an unfortunate lead-up to climate week, which launches on Sunday. At the Regenerative Agriculture Foundation, our hearts go out to everyone that has been impacted by these weather disasters. I’m glad to see a sense of urgency threaded throughout the various events next week, and really appreciate our partners at the […]

Native American Fiber Program

Indigenous people throughout the North American continent have cultivated, created, and propagated numerous fibers for a wide variety of practical uses long before the arrival of European settlers. From clothing, basketry, netting, and building materials, the fiber innovations and knowledge that maintained Indigenous existence often included cultivation, propagation, generational skill and knowledge bases, and an […]