Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 8pm:
REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE & GARDENING
“Conventional wisdom has long held that the world cannot be fed without chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. Evidence points to a new wisdom: The world cannot be fed unless the soil is fed. Regenerative agriculture enhances and sustains the health of the soil by restoring its carbon content, which in turn improves productivity—just the opposite of conventional agriculture.”
Maybe you’re wondering what Regenerative Agriculture is and what it has to do with you, especially as a city dweller? Or maybe you want to grow your own food and are wondering how to do this as sustainably as possible?
Celebrate Earth Day with our April Meet The Expert session with Dr. Phil Gregory and Jackie Bradley: learn about their Regenerative Agriculture and Gardening journey, and how it relates to food security, climate change, and human health. We’ll also have plenty of time for questions and conversation about how we can nurture Regenerative Agriculture in our backyards and communities and beyond.
Please register below for a link to this Zoom meeting.
In 2005, Jackie Bradley and Phil Gregory retired to Bowen Island. Jackie started a garden with no experience but the conviction of growing organically. She had wonderful crops for several years, regularly adding lime and organic fertilizers, but ten years down the road, she was not producing anywhere near the quantity and quality of food she once had.
This coincided with her husband, Phil, reading a UN announcement in Scientific American, “Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues.” This article changed their lives. Phil, who is a retired UBC professor in astrophysics, decided to investigate the UN statement and to see what could be done. In what has mushroomed into a six year journey into agriculture, soil biology, human health, and climate change, he is now convinced that there is a solution to food security, climate change and many human health issues. The answer is regenerative agriculture, where we cooperate with nature’s amazing work force to restore degraded soil, sequester atmospheric carbon, and grow nutritious food.
They are now busy applying these regenerative principles, along with Jackie’s permaculture training, in their gardens as well as a community garden. They will share some of what they are learning and doing in their talk.
If you want to learn more about Regenerative Agriculture in advance, here are some resources to get you started:
We look forward to seeing you there!
If you cannot make it, but would like to get the recording, please also register. You will receive a follow up email with the recording.
Please tell your network about this event: the more (grand) parents/uncles/aunts and other supporters of our future generations that we can reach, the better!