Wildly Successful Farming: A Reading & Conversation with Author Brian DeVore
July 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join Brian DeVore for a fascinating evening based on his recent book, Wildly Succssful Farming: Sustainability and the New Agricultural Land Ethic. DeVore will read from his book and lead a discussion about how wildly successful farming ideas and techniques can help conventional agriculture become more economically and agronomically resilient when everything from the weather to the marketplace is increasingly volatile.
Come early for dinner or stay after for drinks and dessert at our local food restaurant!
[Event cosponsored with the Land Stewardship Project; DeVore leads their communications and media work.]
Brian DeVore has a degree in agricultural journalism and wildlife biology from Iowa State University. He grew up on a crop and livestock farm in southwestern Iowa and, while serving in the Peace Corps, managed a dairy cooperative in Lesotho. He was a contributor to the 2002 book, The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems, and for the past 25 years has worked as an editor, writer and podcaster at the Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota. In 2018, the University of Wisconsin Press published DeVore’s book, Wildly Successful Farming: Sustainability and the New Agricultural Land Ethic (https://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5621.htm).
Wildly Successful Farming tells the stories of farmers across the Midwest who are balancing profitability and food production with environmental sustainability and a passion for all things wild. They are using innovative techniques and strategies to develop their “wildly” successful farms as working ecosystems. Whether producing grain, vegetables, fruit, meat, or milk, these next-generation agrarians look beyond the bottom line of the spreadsheet to the biological activity on the land as key measures of success.
*Brian’s book will be available for purchase.