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Metro Pulse, Food, and Ownership

     Last week the Metro Pulse was closed down by their corporate owners. The Metro Pulse was a popular weekly paper  in Knoxville. If you were cruising through downtown on any particular day, you could probably see several people on benches or in restaurant windows thumbing through the paper. Like most weeklies it had a focus on the city, its people and culture. It really has deepened our communal thought process and…

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on October 20, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

"10,000 Lunatic Farmers" lecture

This is a lecture I gave at Pellissippi State for their Civic Engagement Week. Pellissippi State has a year-long 'Good for for All' series to raise awareness and work toward improving food access in our community.

In this lecture, I talk about food price rises, food cost ties to energy costs, and why local food may soon have a strategic advantage over industrial food. Il review the production potential of the Knoxville Foodshed as reported in the new Knoxville Foodshed…

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on October 1, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

One Straw Revolution lecture and discussion

We talked about Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka's book One Straw Revolution at a Knox County Library's 'Books Sandwiched In' series. I talked a bit about despair and how helpful it can be.

Here is the podcast:  http://www.knoxlib.org/about/news-and-publications/podcasts/books-sandwiched-podcast/natural-farming

Added by Chad Hellwinckel on September 30, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

'Healthy Farms, Healthy People' webinars

These are links to a couple of webinars I participated in:

August 14, 2012

In this webinar I explain why local food may become cheaper and more available than industrial food in the coming years in his presentation at the Healthy Farms Healthy People webinar (minutes 14:50-20:50)

February…

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on September 30, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

August Permaculture Lecture

This is the video of our August permaculture lecture ~ Dylan Ryals-Hamilton of Asheville speaking~

Permaculture Lecture from Community Television Knoxville on Vimeo.

Added by Chad Hellwinckel on September 8, 2014 at 10:27am — 1 Comment

KnoxPopuli

Check out Frank Callo's new podcast, "KnoxPopuli".  He interviewed me on permaculture

https://www.facebook.com/knoxpopuli?fref=nf

He also interviewed Jonathan Woodruff about a new Catholic Worker House in town, food not bombs, living without a house, and other stuff!

Added by Chad Hellwinckel on August 15, 2014 at 11:05am — No Comments

Farm numbers in the US

There are 2.2 million farms in the US, but most of these are not actual working farms.

Only 45% of these farms claim 'farming' as their principle occupation, or 990,000 farms.

And only 25% of these farms gross more than $50K, or 550,000 farms.

About 180,000 farms account for 60% of all agricultural sales.

And about 60% of farmers are age 55 or older.

This is down from the peak of 6.8 million farms in 1935 (when the US population was 127…

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on June 5, 2014 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Americorps positions working on local food education

Pellissippi State University in Knoxville has 5 Americorp VISTA positions starting soon. It would be great to get some people with some knowledge of permaculture to apply! Here is the info:

Make a difference! Become an AmeriCorps VISTA for PSCC's new educational initiative, "GOOD FOOD FOR ALL!" Be a team member for a high-profile nutrition education/food security/community schools project. Living allowance of…

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on May 16, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

What is Sustainable Agriculture?

I did a short presentation on 'what is sustainable' agriculture to some UT students at the International House, which was sponsored by the OXFAM UT group.

Here are the slides I used.

World_Food_Day_Nov2013_share2.pdf

(1) I started out giving the best example of sustainable farmers I…

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on November 25, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

The Food Policy Council "Movement"?

I just got back from a national gathering of food policy council folk. We were convened under a national non-profit wanting to motivate food policy councils to take action on "obesity". There was good energy among the folks that convened. Lots of talking and lots of smiles (we got kicked out of the restaurant after we wouldn't take the hint it was time to leave). I learned about councils motivating…

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on November 18, 2013 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

The Urban Food Corridor of Knoxville in 2022.

 

It is 2022, and as you move around East Knoxville’s urban food corridor, you see that the old vacant lots are growing vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, and flowers on good soil. Some have greenhouses growing for winter markets. Some have integrated fish farming as well. Most urban farmers are individuals managing 3 to 6 lots within a few blocks of each other. A few are run by community non-profit organizations for educational purposes (training young farmers),…

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on December 19, 2012 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

'Do Nothing" Farming in Thailand

This is a good write up of what has been happening in Asian agriculture. Farmers in Thailand are finding it in their interest to apply agro-ecological practices:

http://www.solutions-site.org/node/47

This is another example of how the first adopters of practices that will be commonplace throughout the world in another 100 years are happening in poorer regions by farmers with small plots and…

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on August 29, 2012 at 8:50am — 4 Comments

The Drought of '12

As I'm laying here recovering from a back injury, I've had time to look into how our nation's crops are doing this year. Wow! 3/4 of the corn crop is under severe drought. Corn prices are up over 50% in the last month, soybeans are up almost 30%, and the USDA says they are still assessing the damage. No rain in sight yet and we're probably looking at another record spike in prices. Here's an article on it : …

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on July 17, 2012 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Barrel-Ponics

Fish and vegetables + water cleansing. Low tech. Can be small or big. Can fit in an urban backyard.

Here's some videos from the Urban Farm Guys:

part1 : http://youtu.be/xSTh-UnuqgQ

 

part 2: …

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on May 10, 2012 at 9:32am — No Comments

Evolving Permaculture Solutions—keep it simple.

(Original version posted in:Sustainable Learning )

It’s great to see that permaculture is taking root in institutions of higher learning throughout the world. Groups like Sustainable Learning make up a growing…

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on February 13, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Importance of Local Food Systems

This is from a talk on local agricultural systems at the Square Room in downtown Knoxville in November 2011.

Added by Chad Hellwinckel on February 6, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Permaculture Explained

This is an interview I gave to the University's online paper "Tennessee Today".

http://www.utk.edu/tntoday/2012/01/18/professor-explains-permaculture/

Added by Chad Hellwinckel on January 20, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Princely Advice

I just read a speech given by Prince Charles at Georgetown University this past May. I'm normally not a follower of Royalty, but he did a great job of simply connecting global trends to the importance of building local food systems through the application of permaculture (though he didn't call it permaculture).

 

Here is Prince Charles' speech on youtube.

And here is…

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on August 24, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Evolution of a local food system and its challenges

Question: "HOW CAN WE PROMOTE AND STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF U.S. AGRICULTURE, INCLUDING LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS?"

 

I am going to a conference to partake in a group discussing the above question. One underlying assumption in the local-food movement is that if we pump money into health education, or mandate the purchase of local food by institutions, we can create a lot of demand for local food – and then the market will automatically respond…

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on May 12, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Chicken Slaughter Exemption in Tennessee

I've gotten several inquiries into what farmers can do in Tennessee to slaughter their own chickens and sell them either on farm, at farmer's markets, or at a retail store.  I did some investigating by calling John Sanford at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Dr. Kathleen McAnally at the USDA. They were both very helpful and this is what I found out. There are 4 steps to selling your own birds under USDA exemption:

 

1) Set up your slaugherhouse:…

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Added by Chad Hellwinckel on May 6, 2011 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

 

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