It’s worth noting that on April 18th at noon, Dr. Mike
Brown will be presenting an informative overview of modern aquaculture. The presentation will take place at the Freeman Community Library at 12pm and should run between 1 and 2 hours depending on question and answer sessions, etc. The public is welcome, but space is limited and thus limited publicity has been put forth.
The presentation will cover a swath of issues, but will likely have some focus on how fish farming could possibly apply to rural Freeman, SD —
not exactly the place you might think of when it comes to fish. One of the more interesting topics, is how a number of communities have
converted old hog confinement buildings to aquaculture. Likewise there will be discussion on aquaponics, along with newer breeds of fish as least some of which are genetically engineered for concentrated farming.
In March, Mark Bittman of the New York Times has an opinion piece, Sustainable Farming Can Feed the World? that I thought nicely captured a fairly pragmatic, yet in many ways revolutionary view of agriculture that more and more people are coming around to understand, acknowledge and support.
It certainly helps
the legitimacy of an organization like Rural Revival when official UN reports on agriculture acknowledge
and advocate for the sustainable development
of local food markets around the world. Read the article yourself, or jump straight the to the heady UN report directly. It may, at least, provide some food for thought – pun intended.
“Rural Revival” exists on the web.
While not exactly a first for human kind, it is always a little bit of a feat for agriculturalists to find the time to pause long enough to explain to others what we do, what we believe and what we see in the future. This website is but one of those communication channels the group hopes to open up with the local community of rural Freeman, South Dakota and beyond.
It’s probably wise to at least initially point out our group’s Mission Statement so all could see why we exist, and likewise, you’ll probably want to also know what broad goals
we see ourselves undertaking.
As for this website/blog, we hope that it will allow others to get information about us and help us in the coordination of activities and education. We’ll likely be posting somewhat irregularly with bits of news we feel should be shared and that pertain to our mission and goals.