IDEAS For Us | September 12, 2015

IDEAS Hosts Workshop at the 2015 International Soil Not Oil Conference

Soil Not Oil

Soil Not Oil… this very theme of the conference embodies the essence of Fleet Farming and the disruption we seek to impose on the interdependent industrial agriculture system. Largely, inspired by Dr. Vandana Shiva’s book, Soil Not Oil, the 2015 Soil Not Oil Conference examined the crisis on food security while highlighting the implications of oil-based agro-chemicals and fossil fuels in soil depletion and climate change. Dr. Vandana Shiva, dropped some inspiring knowledge during the keynote, highlight that the very word human is derived from the Latin term ‘humus‘ meaning earth and soil.

On Friday, September 4th – Day 1 of the Conference, I had the honor to host a workshop at the conference on Fleet Farming. Given the nature of our Fleet Farming program, currently thriving in Orlando and expanding to the West Coast, it seemed appropriate to share with fellow attendees the framework around Fleet Farming. From assembling the fleet, transitioning grass to greens, processing and permitting, to even hosting a swarm; we walked through the fundamentals of our model and how it can be replicated in communities around the World. Folks from Berkeley, California to Upstate New York expressed a desire to start a Fleet Farming Program in their communities; and we encourage you to inquire with us on “how to”. These folks got a sneak peak during the presentation of our soon to be released Fleet Farming Toolkit.

Aside from hosting a workshop, I had the opportunity to reconnect and spend a couple days with Xiuhtezcatl and Itzcuauhtli Martinez of Earth Guardians. Since Rio +20 we’ve been collaborating with Earth Guardians in various capacities, largely centered on the United Nations. As we deepen our partnership, we’re looking towards more music collaborations, extending from Colorado to rural Uganda with the IDEAS Music Crew… For a taste of each, check out Rise & Shine and Indigenous Roots

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Justin Vandenbroeck and Itzcuauhtli Martinez

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Justin Vandenbroeck and Itzcuauhtli Martinez