01 Soil is Key to Quality Food with Dan Kittredge

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Is organically grown food more nutritious than food grown conventionally? The debate continues evidenced by the recent study released by Sanford University. Both sides discount the role of soil, the importance of mineralizing, and methods used to measure the nutrient density of food.
With Dan Kittredge, director of the Bionutrient Food Association

Series Organizer: Philip Botwinick

Moderator: KMO of the C-Realm Podcast

About Dan Kittredge

An inquisitive second-generation organic farmer, Dan Kittredge advocates moving beyond organic. He has put together and is popularizing a system for “Bionutrient-Rich Crop Production,” often abbreviated as “nutrient-dense farming.” Kittredge started his experimenting with nutrient-dense principles on Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre, Massachusetts, where he grew up. Kittredge was spurred to explore the nutrient-dense paradigm after reflecting on the problem of mediocre yields and predictable insect and disease outbreaks on small organic farms. The Bionutient Food Association started as a project of The Real Food Campaign whose mission is to empower and educate farmers towards the production of quality food. BFA now has its own non-profit status and advocates for vital soils and nourishing food nationally. Today, Kittredge farms his own15-acre homestead where he raises grassfed beef, goat, sheep and a full spectrum of vegetables. Practicing what he preaches, he finds it very easy to make good money growing nutrient dense food.

Full Circle Series are intimate conversations with innovative critical thinkers addressing the present challenges of our social, environmental, and economic landscapes. The series’ theme is: bringing into being the world we want to live in now with a focus on localized efforts.

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  • staticwarp

    this was a great lecture. it really surprised me how combative some of the exchanges became, and i think i understood why kmo later said in a c-realm episode interviewing dan that some folks seemed to have a problem with dan making a living off of his classes products, and expertise. it sounded like there were quite a few sour faces in the crowd who might make such comments. it would have been great to have the discussion more aggressively moderated since some people happened to miss the point or go off on tangents that seemed to frustrate dan. all in all it was a very entertaining and educational talk, i’m glad it’s posted here.

    • http://c-realm.com KMO

      This was our first event. I was a bit more aggressive in moderating the second event. Too much so, perhaps, as the discussion afterwards wasn’t as spirited. The third event, which I have not posted yet, was this last Friday night. The actual talk was very short, and the audience discussion was a much more prominent feature of the evening. I’ll get that posted here in the next couple of days. Thank you for listening and commenting, Staticwarp.

  • solarbobky

    As an appropriate technology engineer, I’ll weigh in on rock crushers. There are several manual models out there:

    http://www.newdawnengineering.com/website/crusher/rock/
    From South Africa and for making gravel

    http://www.crazycrusher.com/
    Made in USA, lots of dealers, apparently can crush very fine

    Also lots of electric and engine powered versions of all sizes.

    As Dan pointed out you may be able to find fines from a local quarry or stone cutter (granite countertops, headstones, …)
    The granite dust I got from a stone cutter in NH isn’t very fine, lots of sand to fine gravel.
    Here in KY there’s mostly limestone quarries. I believe that limestone is low in trace minerals.