Episode 30: Dan Imhoff on Making Farming More Creaturely
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Dan Imhoff is a researcher, author, and independent publisher who has concentrated for over 20 years on issues related to farming, the environment, and design. He is the author of numerous articles, essays, and books including Farming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches; and Building with Vision: Optimizing and Finding Alternatives to Wood.
Dan is a public speaker who lectures and conducts workshops on a variety of topics, from food and farming to environmental design and conservation. He’s appeared on hundreds of national and regional radio and television programs. He’s testified before Congress and spoken at numerous conferences, corporate and government offices, and college campuses.
Dan is the president and a co-founder of the Wild Farm Alliance, a ten-year-old national organization that works to promote agriculture systems that support and accommodate wild nature.
He lives on a small homestead farm in Northern California, and today, I speak with Dan about what it means to make farming more creaturly through rewilding practices and better farming policy.
- The terribly wasteful practices of over production and farm subsidies and how we can be more effective and efficient with resources.
- Putting down permanent roots in places that should have never been plowed.
- A great way to replace extremely marginal farmland with a billion trees.
- What it’s like to farm with the wild.
- Millions of miles of creeks, ditches, and rivers waiting to be rewilded.
- Farmers markets: where we can educate consumers and support farmers’ continued education on rewilding.
- Visit Wild Farm Alliance for more information and tons of great resources!
- Listen to Episode 26: Jo Ann Baumgartner Farming With The Wild
Director of Digital Outreach (D.O.D.O.) for The Rewilding Institute
Host and Producer of the Rewilding Earth Podcast
Jack started Rewilding work as Executive Director of Sky Island Alliance in the mid-1990’s, organizing the Sky Island Wildlands Network design, ripping up illegal roads on forest service lands, installing wolf acclimatization pens on Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch & conducting howling surveys to help make way for the final stage of the Lobo reintroduction program in the Southwest.
Through the years, Jack has worked with Dave Foreman and the Rewilding Gang to further Rewilding initiatives and education.