While at the Quivira I met some very interesting people from various states started at California all the way to France! I learned a lot and even even widened my thoughts about Argo Ecology, the speaker that caught my attention the most was a guy by the name of Fred Kirschenmann. His presentation was titled “Old Practices Made New Again: How to Design a Resilient Agriculture for the 21st Century”, when he first came to the stand I didn’t think I was going to be that interested in what he had to say, because I have never been a History Fanatic.
His presentation was not the most convincing but it was the most intriguing. Especially when he said this one sentence it struck me like a bullet, “The hunter gatherer stage was the smartest one yet.” A Hunter Gatherer is a technique of going out and hunting your own food, I don’t really see how this was productive. He also brought up a book named “The race for what is left”, which is about, you guessed it, water! He said that the human race only has 20 more years of clean water for us to drink. I found this very hard to believe, but he then followed up that statement by saying that that is only true if we keep using the water like we are using it now.
Frederick L. Kirschenmann has been a longtime leader for the Leopold center, and the President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. He also have landof 3,500 acres in North Dakota, that of which he made his own organic farm out of. He is also an author of the book “Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher.” Which talks about how to sustain an organic farm such as the one that he owns, and how to overall be an organic farmer. He is dedicated to what he does and added a lot to the Quivira Conference.