Friday, December 14, 2012

Harold Brown describes stock-free farming

Viewers may recognize Harold Brown from the Tribe of Heart documentary: Peaceable Kingdom- the journey home
This former cattle farmer is now a proponent of stock-free growing methods.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Veganic Forest Gardening Atelier Wknd. Workshop, May 10, 2012

This blog shares a wide variety of information about stock-free growing, not limited to vegan or vegetarian farmers. The following animal-positive event in Quebec, Canada, however,  is designed specifically for vegans interested in learning about this topic. Teachers are Shantree and Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera of the Living Centre in London, Ontario, Canada. Please spread the word!

  • Saint Cyprien de Napierville

  • * This event will be strictly vegan-Cet événement sera strictement végane.Le cours sera donné par Lorenna et Shantree Bousquet Kacera du Living Centre.The course will be taught by Shantree and Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera of the Living Centre,London Ontario. Le prix sera décidé bientôt.The price will be decided soon

    Minimum of 10 people,maximum 20.There must be at leat 10 people by April 1 for the course to happen.Minimum 10 participants,maximum 20.Il faut au moins 10 participants avant le 1 Avril.

    For further information, visit

    Interview with master vegan permaculturalist and herbalist Shantree Kacera 

    Please see the Forest Gardening page on this blog for more videos on that topic.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Interview with Kelly and Groleau on veganic ag

Give a listen to this interview with Meghan Kelly and Stephane Groleau of the Veganic Agriculture Network, on vegan activist Caryn Hartglass's excellent radio show REAL (Responsible Eating and Living). Brief discussion about the activists' plant-based lifestyle proceeds the conversation about farming.

Stephane and Meghan founded the Veganic Agriculture Network in 2008 to promote farming and gardening that is free from chemicals and animal by-products. Their website features profiles of veganic farms in North America, and introduces people to the main concepts of farming and gardening in a way that is environmentally sustainable and compatible with a vegan ethic. In 2004, Stephane visited veganic farms in Europe for 9 months, and began the website to promote veganic agriculture in the French language. He has a diploma in Organic Agriculture from the Cegep de Victoriaville and is a frequent writer for the magazines BioBulle and Growing Green International. Stephane and Meghan both garden veganically in the village of St-Casimir, Quebec.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Plants for A Future with Ken Fern

 Ken Fern introduces a variety of rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal or other uses. Practising vegan-organic Permaculture with emphasis on creating an ecologically sustainable environment based largely on perennial plants.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Animal Agriculture and the Environment

Please scroll FURTHER down for videos specific to stock-free growing!

Below is a clip featuring Dr. Oppenlander from a much longer presentation you can find on youtube. It addresses the question: "Is grass-fed beef really sustainable?"

I've decided to post the following clip featuring ex-hunting guide George Wuerthner on the environmental impact of livestock, since there is so little coverage of this kind of thing in mainstream environmental/ag circles. It was recorded by North West Veg in Portland.

George Wuerthner is a photographer, author of 33 books, and tour guide who writes and speaks on environmental issues facing the West, with degrees in botany, wildlife biology,
and range science.

Goerge Wuerthner, Livestock and the Environment: July 17, 2011.

Animal Agriculture and the Environment from on Vimeo.
Now here's a link to an article that critically examines the pro-cattle grazing position of farmer and author Alan Savory, who has helped popularize the controversial idea:

What is veganic agriculture?

Also called stock-free farming, vegan-organics is a system which avoids all artificial chemical products (synthetic fertiliser, pesticides, growth regulators), genetically modified organisms, animal manures and slaughterhouse by-products (blood, fish meal, bone meal, etc).

DIVA employs the word 'veganiculture' to reflect the integration of vegan-organics, permaculture techniques free of domestic animals, and the cross-cultural adoption of veganism as a dietary and lifestyle choice where possible around the world.