What else will be included?

Additional content coming throughout the 2022 growing season:

  • Monthly zoom calls will be there to support members in specific challenges or questions that come up throughout the course of the growing season.

  • Additional content will include follow up interviews of Dr James White, additional case stories of individual crops converted to landraces by Joseph Lofthouse.

  • New interviews and courses by new instructors covering various topics related to developing modern landraces.

  • Applied Landraces: Monthly interviews with members that are already breeding landrace crops, including photos and videos, and how their projects have evolved.

Instructors

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Joseph Lofthouse

Guide

Joseph Lofthouse taught landrace gardening at conferences hosted by the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, National Heirloom Expo, Organic Seed Alliance, Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-NY), and Utah Farm & Food Conference. He serves as World Tomato Society ambassador. Joseph is a sustenance market farmer and landrace seed-developer. At his garden in the Cache Valley in Utah, he grows seed for about 95 species, and is working to convert every species that he grows into adaptivar landraces. He is the author of the recent book Landrace Gardening, and is a popular speaker at farming conferences around the world. He has been growing landraces and selling seeds for a decade. He is dedicated to helping gardeners and farmers grow healthy plants with less stress. Farming Philosophy: Joseph's style of landrace gardening can best be summed up as planting many varieties together, then allowing them to promiscuously cross pollinate. Through a combination of survival-of-the-fittest and farmer-directed selection, arriving at a locally-adapted population with valued culinary traits. Joseph lives under a vow of poverty and grows using subsistence level conditions without using 'cides or fertilizers. He prefers to select for genetics that can thrive under existing conditions.

Julia Dakin

Course Creator

I have been in agriculture for most of my life, but wasn't able to start farming full time until three years ago. After many years of focusing on soil health, I felt like there was something missing in that approach. After reading Landrace Gardening and seeing first hand how much genetic variability plays into plant health and flavor, I decided to devote some time and energy into creating a learning experience that would give farmers and gardeners the information and confidence to get started on their own breeding project.

Dr James White

Instructor

Dr James F. White, is Professor of Plant Pathology. Dr. White obtained the M.S. in Mycology and Plant Pathology from Auburn University, Alabama, and the Ph.D. in Mycology from the University of Texas, Austin in 1987. Dr. White specializes in symbiosis research, particularly endophytic microbes. He is the author of more than 180 articles, and author and editor of reference books on the biology, taxonomy, and phylogeny of fungal endophytes. He and students in his lab are exploring diversity of endophytic microbes and the various impacts that they have on host plants. Primary Focus Area: Plant Protection and Biotic and Abiotic Interactions Secondary Focus Area: Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Transform How You Garden

 Plants have an incredible ability to adapt and overcome local challenges, when given the chance. This course will teach what you need to know to get started in developing your own  disease and pest resistant, drought tolerant, and delicious varieties.    You will get enough specific, actionable information for you to start selecting and encouraging what thrives in your ecosystem, without the normal inputs you are used to needing to keep plants healthy. Saving  your own seeds will be less intimidating, and something that any gardener can feel comfortable doing. 

At the end of the first year, you will have adapted to a new mindset, saved seed from the best plants, be familiar with the selection process for your chosen crop, and be ready to add additional crops the following year, if you want to. 

 By choosing either the (free) collaborator option, or with the $10/month subscription,  you will have support throughout the year as you go through the process. This course and year long mentorship is guaranteed to forever change the way you think about gardening and farming.  


 

About the Money

We don't want a paywall to be a barrier to anybody. If you think that this material and community will benefit you, but are unsure if you can commit to being a collaborator (free option), please use the scholarship option.

There were significant travel and equipment expenses associated with the creation of the video content, and there are ongoing expenses with the platform and video hosting. But growing landrace crops is also about not buying more things, and by charging money, we risk disenfranchising the most important collaborators. For those that can afford to help cover the cost of creation, hosting, and additional content creation, thank you, and for the others, we welcome your involvement as collaborators and community members. Any money earned above paying for expenses will go towards creation of additional content and supporting landrace breeding projects.