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Apr302019

Ep.05/19: Steven Cornett: Partnering with Nature for Healthy Food and Soil through Regenerative Farming

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By 2030, it’s essential that we change the way food is grown if we are to keep the planet livable. In his early 30s, Steven Cornett understands the urgency and the daunting scale of such change. He makes a living farming 5000 square feet in a couple of large backyards. His company and You Tube channel are called Nature’s Always Right. Here are his own words from his website:

“Growing food is my passion but I have two higher goals beyond just farming:

#1: I want to help as many people learn to grow food as I can. So they can experience the joy and health benefits of raising their own produce, and if it’s right for them, make a living enjoying this amazing lifestyle.

#2: I believe that radically changing our food system can achieve massive economic and social change that will help breakdown many government monopolized services and replace them with legitimate and efficient private service providers.

If 100,000s of new farmers start small scale regenerative agriculture businesses it will have many effects:

-Increases local economic growth
-Reduces healthcare costs
-Reduces overall environmental and health impacts of conventional farming
-Reduces use of pharmaceutical drugs and many conventional treatments
-Localizes community, scales back and replaces federal government services
-Food security
-Makes government subsidies of agriculture/gmo less frequent
-Reduces transportation of food reducing emissions
-Restores more power and freedom to individuals and their communities

Helping to change our current large scale degenerative food system to a small scale regenerative agriculture system will have a major influence over the future of our world and society. In my opinion, this is the best solution to all of the environmental, health, cultural, and economic crises we currently face. We can use the positive incentives of the market to drive ethical behavior and farm using natural systems that are highly efficient and mutually beneficial to all involved.

You might be surprised to learn that I actually use 0 pesticides on my farm. Birds, ladybugs, hover flies, predatory wasps, spiders, lacewings, etc. are my pest control. I always have dozen of species of plants growing on my farm to promote biodiversity, which brings a high level of balance to the micro ecosystem of my market garden. I even make 75% of my own soils, fertilizers, and amendments. I am aiming to have my property be 95% sustainable by the end of the year including feeding my chickens for free using free inputs. Everything I do will be displayed for all to see on my YouTube.

Nature is already perfect and we can use its systems to an incredible advantage. Or we can meddle with its perfect systems, destroying it arrogantly in the process. These universal patterns and rules of nature apply across all aspects of life. Nature is an endless teacher.”

What Steven says tells you why I’m more committed than ever to developing relationships with the people growing our food. Farmers markets are one of the best ways to do that. Almost every Friday, in the late afternoon, I head for the Farmers Market that’s just two miles away in the nextdoor town of La Mesa. Steven’s farm is within a bicycle ride from where I live. So I loaded my microphone and computer into my backpack and pedaled off to find him. After viewing his farm, we settled into conversation in his garage. Our conversation was rich with insight, inspiration, and knowledge for the health of our planet, which, of course, is a top priority for all of us who want to do everything possible to keep our planet livable beyond 2030.


OneEarth Jubilee can now help you offset the carbon you put into the atmosphere. Here’s how. First, we calculate our carbon with the calculator online at www.carbonify.com. Then we donate the amount the calculator totals for us. We can donate it to Jubilee Economics Tree Fund because the two Jubilee Circles in Mexico and the one in San Diego all work with trusted groups that plant trees. Not that this is a perfect solution to putting CO2 into the air. Not by any means. When trees die, they, too, put CO2 into the air. But trees live a long time. And every day they live, they sequester carbon from the atmosphere and enrich the soil while putting out oxygen. The April newsletter, Jubileo, is an Earth Day edition and tells you more. Click BLOG in the menu at the top of the page.

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Earlier Episodes

In episode 04/19, banker Pat Trahan speaks about growth economics, the Great Recession of 2008-09, Wall Street, and investing in our neighborhood. His perspective differs from many in the banking world.

After our session, Pat wrote to us with the following short postscript to our conversation. “I think Jubilee is the antidote to the growth-for-the-sake-of-growth model where all the lines in all the graphs move only up and to the right. My reading of the Jubilee passages is that the means of production should be redistributed and democratized on occasion. Our system only redistributes some of the fruit of production. Meanwhile, wealth and power become more and more concentrated.”

Pat has written a series of short, thought-provoking responses to the book Creative Capitalism. 

References: Richard Rohrer—Center for Action and Contemplation // James Howard Kunstler // CNU-Congress for New Urbanism // Chuck Marone—Strong Towns


Ep. 03/19—Inequality Hurts Everybody!—Talking to Chuck Collins of Inequality.org

Over the last few decades 15% of U.S. wealth has been transferred from 99% of the populace to 1%. The 2018 tax revisions continue the trend—something many of us noticed as we filed 2018 tax returns. As Program Director of InEquality and the Common Good, a part of the Institute for Policy Studies, Chuck edits the “Inequality This Week” eNewsletter and has authored many books including the popular book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green) and his new book: Is Inequality in America Irreversible? (Oxford, UK-based Polity Press).

BONUS Podcast! Alternative Radio: Economic InEquality Kills—Stephen Bezruchka


Ep. 02/19—No! to Factory Farms—Talking with Adam Mason of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Be sure to listen to this podcast. Adam links our food choices to the factory farms which highlight deep ecological and economic problems with the global food supply system, a complex system that starts on farms and finds its way to our plates.


Ep. 01/19—Immigration and Borders: Horrors, Opportunities, and Needs—Talking with Jimmy Marcelin

Jimmy Marcelin is the playmaker at Safe Harbors, San Diego, where 100 to 300 immigrants arrive daily after crossing the busiest border crossing in the world, the Tijuana to San Diego crossing. In addition to ICE’s inhumane and atrocious activities, they also process some people who have papers or seek asylum. Some of these people, ICE delivers to Safe Harbors.


The Common Good Podcast #102FAIR TRADE in Schools and Congregations (12/1/18)

This episode features Lee’s conversation with Anne Pacheco and Diane Hartley on how they brought the Fair Trade Campaigns to their school and congregation—St Martin of Tours, LaMesa, California.

For most of us the news about free trade agreements, tariffs and trade wars feel quite beyond our control. But in this podcast we talk about a different paradigm of trade, and it’s the kind of trade over which we have lots of control.


The Common Good Podcast #101The Power of Small, Jubilee Circles to Bring Change in Mexico (11/1/18)

Ep.05/19: Steven Cornett, regenerative farmer

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