Release Date: September 4, 2022
In this ninth episode
we’re going to be talking about agroecology and how it may offer a solution to some of the many challenges that we’ve identified in our current agricultural system. Our guest for this episode is Jessie MacInnis, a peasant farmer, academic, and activist, who has been involved in conversations on agroecology at local and international levels. She will break down the mystery of agroecology and explain how it is useful for her farm and can be useful for farmers of all scales. It’s a great conversation and it helps debunk the myth that small farmers cannot feed the world – because we think they can!
Check out the following for more about the NFU, La Via Campesina, and Spring Tide Farm.
- La Via Campesina: Agroecology
- National Farmers Union
- Who will feed us? | National Farmers Union
- spring tide farm 🥕 (@springtide.farm) • Instagram photos and videos
As always, a huge thank you to the National Farmers Foundation (NFF)
Jessie MacInnis — Guest
Jessie is a small-scale, first generation agroecological farmer and scholar-activist based in unceded and unsurrendered Mi'kmaq territory (aka Nova Scotia), Canada. She is currently the Youth President of the National Farmers Union of Canada. and has been extensively involved with La Via Campesina regionally and internationally for a number of years. She recently graduated from the first cohort of the Master of Human Rights (MHR) program at the University of Manitoba.
Stuart Oke — Co-Host
Stuart is a young farmer from Eastern Ontario who, alongside his partner Nikki, owns and operates Rooted Oak Farm, a 12 acre organic vegetable and cut flower farm. After years of renting land Rooted Oak has recently relocated to Eastern Ontario, and the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudensaunee and Oneida Peoples. In addition to loving food and taking pride in growing food that sustains people, the farm was founded on the idea that farming is a political act, one capable of creating great change. Stuart is the former Youth President for the National Farmers Union and current Vice President for Canadian Organic Growers. He also serves on the Policy and Government Relations Working Group for the National Farmer Coalition Farmers for Climate Solutions.