Course curriculum

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    1. Welcome to Your Free Short Course in Landrace Gardening

    1. Meet Joseph Lofthouse and Learn Why He Started Landrace Gardening

    2. The Eight Principles of Landrace Gardening

    3. Meet Julia Dakin — Asking Why Have Nutrient Density Levels Fallen in Our Food

    4. Why we need a different way of growing food

    1. Important Definitions

    2. Overview: The First Year

    1. How Joseph Creates Landrace Winter Squash

    2. Winter Squash Tasting and Seed Saving

    1. What's Next for You?

About this course

  • 10 lessons


Joseph Lofthouse


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.