423: John Jeavons on Biologically Intensive Gardening & Farming Part 1.

Empowering people globally to build food security while using very little land.

John has been the Director of the Ecology Action Mini-Farming Program since 1972 and is the author of How to Grow More Vegetables a book on BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-Farming in use in over 150 countries in virtually all climates and soils. John advises on projects in countries such as Mexico, Kenya, Russia and India, as well as all corners of the United States.

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Ecology Action has been a non-profit since 1971 and currently has two research and demonstration sites in California. Their mission is to teach people worldwide to better feed themselves while building and preserving the soil and conserving resources through the GROW BIOINTENSIVE closed-loop small scale agricultural system.

In This Podcast: 

Biologically Intensive Gardening allows farmers to grow more food, with less water, in a sustainable way. In this podcast, we speak with John Jeavons who has been a Bio Intensive pioneer for over 50 years. An Arizona native, his books have made an impact on our own Greg Peterson. He enthusiastically shares his journey, discoveries, and tools to create your own Bio Intensive Garden.

Listen in and learn about:

    • He grew up in Arizona and loved gardening 
    • Asked himself an important question about efficient gardening that prompted him to make a big change 
    • A project started in 1972 that was designed to help answer the question 
    • Growing a balanced diet in 2,000 square feet 
    • “Every year it gets to be more and more fun” 
    • A 60-30-10 formula for planning crops efficiently 
    • Changing scarcity into abundance so that everyone can live well and eat well 
    • Growing Biomass 
    • Compost Crops 
    • Watering Strategies  
    • His journey in Biologically Intensive Gardening 
    • How the world can reduce climate change by 50% if everyone used Grow Bio Intensive 
    • Creating food sustainable Cities  
    • Self-Fertilizing herbal lawns that require half the mowing 
    • Closed loop farming systems 
    • Free tools to start your own Biologically Intensive Garden 
    • Upcoming Bio Intensive Workshops 

Farmer Greg’s note:

This interview was amazing and John offered so much information that I did not want to end the call. As a result this podcast became two episodes and we invite you to tune in to the next episode to hear more from John.

STAY TUNED for part 2 of this conversation – you will be able to find the episode at UrbanFarm.org/johnjeavons2


To learn more about more about Growing Your Own Food visit IWantToGarden.com

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Note: You can also find these books mentioned above at one of our favorite local independent bookstores and have the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a small business.

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