Antifragile Farms

I attended a talk and tour this weekend at Tara Firma Farms. It was organized in part by Adam Taggart of Peak Prosperity. Speakers included Joel Salatin, Toby Hemenway, and Paul Kaiser among others. The general topic of conversation was how to work around industrial agriculture and get back to small diversified profitable local family farms. Google Regulations, … Continue reading Antifragile Farms

Modern Farming

This is where most of our food comes from. Natural gas is used to pull nitrogen out of the atmosphere and bind it to hydrogen to create anhydrous ammonia. This is the Haber-Bosch method of producing synthetic fertilizer. Synthetic fertilizer is applied to vast expanses of monocrop corn, soy, and wheat in regions that specialize … Continue reading Modern Farming

Sikhs and the City

I’m the least spiritual person I’ve ever met. But I’m fascinated by how religious groups can be a dynamic force in the success or failure of cities. Sikhs are particularly interesting to me. The faith emerged in the Indian subcontinent in the 15th century, but they’re neither Hindu nor Muslim. The gorgeous architecture, art, and … Continue reading Sikhs and the City