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Natural Systems Agriculture: Bringing Wild Ecosystem Processes to the Farm

Natural Systems Agriculture

Bringing Wild Ecosystem Processes to the Farm

Wes Jackson is a long time advocate of sustainable agriculture, and his creation, The Land Institute, is working to develop perennial, polyculture systems for grain agriculture to reduce soil erosion and pesticide use.

7:00p Thursday 6 Oct 2011, OSU's LaSells Stewart Center

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Wes Jackson

Wes Jackson is the founder and current president of The Land Institute, a research, education and policy nonprofit dedicated to sustainable agriculture based in Salina, Kansas. Jackson and his colleagues are working to develop an intensive, energy-efficient agricultural system that reduces inputs – water, fertilizers and pesticides – and enhances soil fertility and biodiversity.

Jackson explains how, for the first time in 10,000 years of grain production, the processes of wild ecosystems could be brought to the farm using perennial crops.

  • lecture intro by OrB director Steve Strauss
  • lecture slides (pdf version)
  • podcast
  • the Bottom Line - A synopsis of the main lecture



  • streaming video and Q&A




Books by Wes Jackson


Consulting the Genius of PlaceConsulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture





Nature as MeasureNature as Measure: The Selected Essays of Wes Jackson





The Virtues of IgnoranceThe Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge (Culture of the Land)





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