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We also sponsor the Ballyshannon Fund Forum
at Piedmont Virginia Community College
Those living in urban areas might find our conversations about soils, topsoils, earthworms, cow manure, horse manure, compost, urban gardening, meat-animal managment, forestry managment and similar issues.....either fascinating, or not!
Either way, we hope you will join us at the Ballyshannon Fund Forums! Free! Open to the public. These conversations have all been stimulating and thought-provoking.
One of the first was "Urban Gardening" by a Milwaukee native, Will Allen. Will teaches urban kids and families how to grow healthy food in the inner city. What a man! He knows: "It's all about earthworms, manure, and compost." The water that moistens the plants in his urban gardens is recycled back to feed his aqua-farmed tipalia fish.
Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms knows that soil can be built up, grown. Stockmen have been doing it for years by feeding hay on the "galls" and letting some waste organic matter thrive deep into the dirt, creating healthy topsoil. Joel is just more articulate than most of us and he explalns how.
Conservation of land by encouraging productive agriculture is not a new idea. "Great cities rest upon our broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country"... William Jenning Bryan at the 1896 Democratic convention.