Imagine a farm that wasn’t a farm. A farm that didn’t use irrigation. One that lacked pesticides. Omitted fertilizer. Didn’t use tilling.
Heck, it wouldn’t even be planted year after year.
That’s what our friend Tama is proposing:
Foraging won’t solve all the world’s food problems but Tama’s approach is kind of like Judo: instead of fighting against the momentum of nature, she’s simply encouraging it to do what it would do on it’s own and finding an alternative way to produce food.
Tama Matsuoka Wong changed my life and gave me the tools to become an intermediate forager (I only need more practice to home my skills). I became her friend almost a year later and was inspired by her TEDxManhattan speech. Now I’m inspired by her Kickstarter and attempt to raise funds to create a farm which, in it’s very symbolism, will challenge each of us to think differently about how food can be grown.
Tama’s non-conventional farm won’t replace the need for farming; but it extends the conversation into interesting possible solutions that might be hidden in plain site.
At the time of publishing this article she has raised more than $30,000 of her $33,000 goal. There’s less than a week to go (if she doesn’t raise all of the money, all pledges are returned and she receives nothing). She has a fantastic selection of incentives so head to her Kickstarter and consider joining in!