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In the not too distant past, people in many cultures were growing all of their food and spending less than an hour per day to do it. In this presentation, John Jeavons will present a path towards creating a sustainable food system, and why it is essential that we follow it, now. In short, he will discuss how we can grow each person’s food on 1% of the area used by conventional farming, while building soil and saving water. Moving our society toward sustainable food production is becoming ever more pressing and Jeavons will discuss how resilient communities can be built around localized food systems.
John Jeavons is the Executive Director of Ecology Action, a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Willits, California. He is known internationally as the author of the best-selling book“How to Grow More Vegetables—and Fruits, Nuts, Berries and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible With Less Water Than You Can Imagine”, as well as author, co-author and/or editor of over 40 publications on the topic of biologically intensive food- and soil- growing. For the past 45 years Jeavons has devoted his time to research, develop and teach a small-scale, resource-conserving agricultural method — GROW BIOINTENSIVE®. This high-yield food raising approach is being successfully practiced in over 150 countries—in virtually all climates and soils where food is grown, and by organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, and the Peace Corps.
The Foodshed Forum is a partnership of Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto and the San Mateo County Food System Alliance, bringing together the community for talks on important food system topics in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.