Apr 28, 2015 Tuesday

The Ecology Of Farming

2:30p.m. to 4:00p.m.
South House
6286 South Street
Halifax CA

Large-scale intensive agriculture treats the farm like a factory: fertilizers and pesticides in, increased profit out. What if we looked at the farm as an ecosystem instead? How might that decrease the environmental impacts of agriculture? Participants will learn conceptual tools such as systems thinking and how to apply it to any network, the primary stocks and flows of energy and nutrients within an agro-ecosystem, and how to influence those stocks and flows to create functional sustainability. If you have ever wondered about the ecology of agriculture and how to apply it in your own field or garden, this workshop if for you.

Bring one of the following:
Knowledge of organic farms/festivals in BC
Pretty stones or shells
Sage, sweetgrass, or tobacco

About the teacher, Anna Bishop

Anna Bishop is an almost-graduate of Dalhousie University and King’s College with a degree in environmental science and philosophy. She has worked on organic farms and has conducted research on pollinators, wetland ecosystems, and freshwater quality in Nova Scotia. She is passionate about the environmental and philosophical implications of reuniting agricultural systems with the ecological systems of the natural world.