Fred Provenza on The Conversationalist: The Role of the Family in Mob Grazing

What if our focus in the “regenerative agriculture” movement on high-density grazing was misplaced? Does regenerative grazing require something more than high stocking density? What if, instead of mobbing your cattle even tighter, you let go and opened up their range? Do herbivors in nature (especially Eastern US) mob together for only safety? What does the family unit have to do with high-impact grazing systems?

This is Session 6 of The Conversationalist, an intimate series within the Wildland Podcast, built to inspire thought via conversating with the wild. Our vision in this series is to foster and nurture intensely deep and richly philosophical conversations around the co-creation of a much better world, together, in community, and in our places.

The title of this series, The Conversationalist, is taken from an Essay by Wendell Berry, wherein he says, “An agriculture using nature as its measure would approach the world in the manner of a conversationalist. It would not impose its vision and its demands upon a world that it conceives of as a stockpile of raw materials. …Now we must think of marriage.”

Conversations leading to the co-creation of a more beautiful world by stepping beyond nature as raw materials and by stepping into nature as a marriage.

This video/audio is a conversation between Fred Provenza and Daniel Firth Griffith of Robinia and Timshel. It is a truly unique discussion around mob grazing and the role of the family.

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