View Full Version : making a career in raw foodism, sustainable agriculture, et cetera
02-24-2008, 09:36 AM
i recently noticed a post asking for insight about colleges that were raw-foodist-friendly.
now i'd like to ask you guys if any of you have made a career for yourselves based on yr interest in raw food? i know there's raw food instructors out there, but i'm also thinking more expansive than that. i'm particularly interested in sustainable living & sustainable agriculture -- farming basically. did anybody go to school for something relevant to this & make a career from it?
i've been thinking about applying to various schools in portland for environmental studies as this is this closest majors come to "sustainable agriculture," but if anybody has any other suggestions i'd wholly appreciate it.
02-24-2008, 09:57 AM
google "sustainable agriculture b.s. degree". environmental studies is usually something pretty different.
you can also do apprenticeships.
02-24-2008, 11:46 AM
honestly, i think you would be better off spending your time and money doing apprenticeships with organic farms or WWOOFing (willing workers on organic farms.) Society today makes us think we have to go to school for everything, buy for some things, such as sustainable agriculture, I think you are going to learn alot more from hands-on experience and from people who are actually doing it than from a university program. you might want to google "wes jackson" and "the land institute" , i think they might have a program at university of kentucky or kansas that wes jackson is or was involved with that might be a bit more involved with sustainable stuff, as wes jackson and wendell berry are good friends.
ALSO look up wendell berry and get your hands on some of his work (essays and novels). his stuff is AWESOME, and while it wont give you a "prescription" for sustainable agriculture, it gives a SUPERB framework for the focus on local community, local economy, local ecology, ETC. again, his stuff is AWESOME. its a whole different approach to life than modern capitalism (actually, he is the focus of the thesis im writing right now.) Best book to start with= "the art of the commonplace: the agrarian essays of wendell berry" Norman Wirzba, ed.
02-27-2008, 05:53 PM
Have you heard of Bill Mollison and Permaculture started in Australia?
Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.
There is a Permaculture Institute in Au and I have seen stuff all over the internet for classes in other places like Canada and the U.S.
Also search for Bill Mollison and Permaculture on youtube.
Wouldn't it be great if we could go to one place and learn about Raw food, Permaculture, and Herbal Medicines! What an impact that would have.
02-27-2008, 06:27 PM
that sounds quite excellent. thank you for the lead.
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