The tiny town of Emporia, Kansas has become my favorite gathering place to eat good food and meet like-minded people. Gail Fuller and his partner Lynette Miller are innovative farmers who challenged federal crop insurance rules in order to farm in a way that can regenerate land. Every year they round up an odd mix of 100 or more local farmers and ranchers, agronomists, policy makers, a few investors, and an assortment of other passionate folks from Australia, South Africa, Canada, and the US for a two-day field school in Emporia.
Went for a walk tonight on 25 acres of unbroken prairie that now belongs to entomologist Jon and Jenna Krogh Lundgren, part of Blue Dasher Farm, the agroecology research laboratory and demonstration farm they founded to pursue their science without the interference of corporate interests.
Each little change in the land had its own niche of amazing plants, whose preciousness was intensified by the proximity of the enormous gas pipeline plant looming over us nearby.
Long conversation over dinner about how to move things forward towards land regeneration on a larger scale.
Jon and his intern Claire are collaborating with me as I write soil health curriculum for the agricultural programs at 350 high schools in Oklahoma.