The Orleans Farmers' Market strives to Educate the public and local consumers
about locally grown produce and the farms of Barnstable County.
We have Education Events at the market highlighting local food,
what and when to plant and farms of the past that sustained the local population.
We are focusing on Restoration Agriculture and
How local farming practices can help reverse Climate Change.
The first step is understanding the Carbon Cycle
This Soil Story YouTube video will help with that
We also Highly recommend you watch Kiss the Ground
And we have a list of suggested reading and below
are links to local book stores and libraries:
Written By “Kiss the Ground” documentary filmmaker Josh Tickell, this book focuses on how the food you eat can reverse climate change, heal your body, and ultimately save our world.
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings – asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass – offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. The awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our
reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.
The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet By Kristin Ohlsen An elegantly argued, passionate case for “our great green hope”--a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon--and potentially reverse global warming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP_t-kOO_R4
Restoration Agriculture By Mark Shepard
Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed. Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel, and many other needs - in your own backyard, farm, or ranch.
In Call of the Reed Warbler, Charles Massy explores regenerative agriculture and the vital
Farming While Black is the first comprehensive “how to” guide for aspiring African-heritage
growers to reclaim their dignity as agriculturists and for all farmers to understand the distinct, technical contributions of African-heritage people to sustainable agriculture.
Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture By Gabe Brown
As he and his family struggled to keep the farm viable, they found themselves on an amazing
journey into a new type of farming: regenerative agriculture.
Schwartz reveals that for many of these problems--climate change, desertification, biodiversity
loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity –there are positive, alternative scenarios to the degradation and devastation we face. In each case, our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil.
By allying with the water cycle, we can revive lush, productive landscapes, like the river in rural
Zimbabwe that now flows miles further than it has in living memory thanks to restorative
grazing; the fruit-filled food forest in Tucson, Arizona, grown By harvesting urban wastewater;
or the mini-oasis in West Texas nourished By dew.
Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet.
Dirt, soil, call it what you want--it’s everywhere we go. It is the root of our existence, supporting
our feet, our farms, our cities. This fascinating yet disquieting book finds, however, that we are
running out of dirt, and it’s no laughing matter.
This book tackles an increasingly crucial question: What can we do about the seemingly intractable challenges confronting all of humanity today, including climate change, global hunger, water scarcity, environmental stress, and economic instability?
Growing a Revolution draws on visits to farms in the industrialized world and developing world to show that a new combination of farming practices can deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions to problems farmers face today.