A publication of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi conducted a Question and Answer interview of Johnny Wray for an Alumni Spotlight feature.
The introduction of the article said:
Currently, Johnny and his wife, Deb, run High Hope Farm — 38 acres of lush farmland located near Cedar Bluff, Miss. More than just traditional farmers, Johnny and Deb are part of a movement of farmers who use holistic agricultural practices to promote the well-being of the earth…. Johnny and Deb are working to promote sustainable / regenerative farming and to expand the market for organic, locally-grown foods.
Resources and Helpful Articles
The following are links and information about sustainable farming and regenerative agriculture that may interest you:
This article reflects on the question, “Why aren’t we all addressing climate change at each meal by skipping the meat?” by sharing information about CAFOs (confined animal feed operation) and industrial farming. “There’s a better way to help the climate than abstaining from beef” – MinnPost
As writer Wendell Berry observed, when commercial, or “factory,” farming increased, small family owned farms started to decline – putting a strain on rural communities and local economies. An article in The Guardian tells more of this story. “How America’s Food Giants Swallowed the Family Farms” – The Guardian
The terms “sustainable farming” and “regenerative agriculture” sound similar, but can mean different things. As this article shows, it is important to take steps to improve – not just maintain – the land. Read about the research and first-hand experience of those who are taking these steps and seeing positive results. “Regenerative agriculture can make farmers stewards of the land again” – TheConversation
Gracy Olmstead’s opinion article featured in The New York Times features an interview with farmer and poet Wendell Berry, who shares his perspectives on industrial farming, economic shift, and generational “prejudice” towards working on a farm. “Wendell Berry’s Right Kind of Farming” – The New York Times