“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.”

Wendell Berry, Nature as Measure

Welcome to The Conversationalist Webinar Series! Our vision is to foster and nuture intensely deep and richly philosophical conversations around co-creation of a much better world, together, in community, and in our places.

Below is the emerging list of future and past webinars for your conversating pleasures.

Brandon Sheard – REPLAY

Descaling to Scale:
Embracing the Human-Scale with Holistic Butchery with Brandon Sheard, the Farmstead Meatsmith.

Descaling to Scale:
Embracing the Human-Scale with Holistic Butchery with Brandon Sheard, the Farmstead Meatsmith.

Can we scale the regenerative movement by keeping it small? What does that even mean? What is the role of the human in natural systems that nourish all life? What does it mean for a life to noursh?

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Allan, Savory – REPLAY

Rededicating Regeneration:
Holistic Management and the Wellspring of Abundance with Allan Savory

Rededicating Regeneration:
Holistic Management and the Wellspring of Abundance with Allan Savory

We will converse about questions such as: Is Holistic Management always Regenerative? And, can you regenerate without managing holistically? What is the wellspring and true source of long-term health … regeneration or holism? Or, are they the same things?

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Joel Salatin – REPLAY

Balancing East and West:
Rediscovering Human-Scale & Place-Centric Agriculture with Joel Salatin.

Balancing East and West:
Rediscovering Human-Scale & Place-Centric Agriculture with Joel Salatin.

We will converse about questions such as: What is the confluence of western reductionism and eastern holism? Are those two mores exclusive or symbiotic? What does human-scale and place-centric agriculture have to do with the future of the regenerative movement? Does it have a future?

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Jefferson Center – REPLAY

Are Farms Business or Not:
Thoughts on the Recalcitrant Nature of Natural Farming with the Jefferson Center

Are Farms Business or Not:
Thoughts on the Recalcitrant Nature of Natural Farming with the Jefferson Center

Are farm businesses different in nature than industrial or modern businesses? Do the modern mores of “profit at all costs” work when managing natural systems? What is the context of profit and what does that framework have to say about farm businesses?

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Dan Kittredge – REPLAY

Happiness or Nutrient-Density:
Holism Enriching Health in Grass-Fed Beef with Dan Kittredge.

Happiness or Nutrient-Density:
Holism Enriching Health in Grass-Fed Beef with Dan Kittredge.

What is more important: nutrient-dense soil producing nutrient-rich beef or happy soil producing happy cows? Or, is “nutrient-richness” and “happiness” conjoining aspects within the greater whole of ecosystem health? Can stress be transfered? Can unhappy cows yeild unhappy humans?

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Fred Provenza – REPLAY

Mores of the Mob: Epigenetics, the Family, and the Natural Lineage of Herd Effect.

Mores of the Mob: Epigenetics, the Family, and the Natural Lineage of Herd Effect.

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?

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