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Letter From The Farm | Welcome to Mother Earth

Welcome to Mother Earth – M贸冒ir J枚r冒 – an organic farm in Vallanes, East Iceland, where people have lived and farmed since the 12th century. Here, Eygl贸 Bj枚rk 脫lafsd贸ttir and Eymundur Magn煤sson grow grain and vegetables, and cultivate local food culture in their on-farm shop and caf茅.

The couple are in many ways ahead of their time. In the seventies they helped bring back barley at 66掳N. In the eighties they got started on planting one million trees on the farm. In the nineties, their farm was one of Iceland鈥檚 first to be certified organic. Now, with the season of the midnight sun almost upon us, Eygl贸 shares her first letter from the farm.聽 […]

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France | Building Rural Resilience From The Ground Up

ARC2020 is launching a new project in France to build rural resilience from the ground up. It鈥檚 called 鈥淣os Campagnes En R茅silience鈥. The goal is to empower rural communities to realise their own fair and socio-ecological transitions, by connecting and supporting the many exciting initiatives that are emerging on the ground. Why France? And why now? Hannes Lorenzen explains. […]

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Letter From The Farm | Welcome To The Herdade

Welcome to Herdade do Freixo do Meio, a 600-hectare community farm in Alentejo, Portugal. Run by a cooperative, the farm prides itself on agroecological food production that is local, responsible and conscious. Alfredo Sendim explains how the farm is building resilience through a collective approach. […]

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UK | Waking Up To The Power Of Mushrooms

Interest is mushrooming in the power of fungi to feed and heal people and the planet. On one urban farm in Bristol, England, mushrooms upcycled from wood chip are building topsoil as well as feeding the local eaters. Meanwhile another nearby mushroom growing initiative is giving wealthy landowners an incentive to preserve their woodland. Ursula Billington reports. […]

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Letter From The Farm | Half The Price Of Your Food Is Paid By The EU

We hear again from Czech livestock farmer Josef who is disillusioned with the sector鈥檚 refusal to move with the times. He鈥檚 found he can do more ecological farming without the red tape of organic certification and senseless inspections. And although income supports were a huge help to him as a new entrant, he would be happy to see direct payments cut for established farmers. […]

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France | Lessons from Agricultural Archeology

Since he first set foot in Vach猫res-en-Quint in La Dr么me, France, almost half a century ago, Sjoerd Wartena has followed in the footsteps of the older generation, who taught him how to farm and raise animals in these austere uplands. Still fascinated by the ways of our predecessors, he has taken to tracing the remnants of farming practices indigenous to the area. Here he reflects on what we can learn from past generations and their ability to adapt to harsh conditions. […]

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France | Letter To The Next Generation

Sjoerd Wartena first went 鈥渂ack to nature鈥 almost half a century ago. In this letter to the younger generation he reflects on our relationship with nature and the land, the importance of modelling change, and the role of humility and compassion in giving humanity a second chance. […]