Farmer Brown Agriculturalist

Chris “Farmer” Brown is an agricultural activist, educator, and urban farmer who lives in Nanaimo. He has been farming for the past 9 years and is passionate about solutions-based, regenerative agriculture, and the hope it offers to the challenges of adapting to climate change. Chris understands that "we all eat for a living," and wants to inspire and educate a new generation of ecologically-minded farmers in our community.

“My goal is to help grow a food resilient local economy based on farming. I have observed that there is nothing but potential in the local agricultural movement. I want to help create jobs and opportunities for farmers, support agricultural literacy in our school systems, fill nearby grocery stores with local food, and support biodiversity through regenerative agricultural practices and food forests. Farming is a hope-based profession, and I have never felt more inspired and honoured to grow soil. I hope to help others see the value of farming, and healthy food and soil.”

We all eat for a living; agriculture is part of our shared history. Globally, for-profit agricultural activities such as industrial-scale farming and the commodification of seed are disrupting and threatening the health of ecosystems and communities. Regenerative agriculture and permaculture have the potential to increase biodiversity and restore damaged soils. Adapting to climate change involves cultivating local food systems and seeding hope. We can all contribute because local food solves global problems.

MY SOCIAL MEDIA / CONTACT
https://www.facebook.com/farmer.brown.agriculturalist
@teacher_farmer

Some of my involvement, affiliations, and news stories:
VIU Pollinator Garden:
https://news.viu.ca/vancouver-island-university-recognized-bee-campus
Local News:
https://nanaimonewsnow.com/2019/10/17/viu-peace-garden-abuzz-with-bee-achievement/
CBC News:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-island-university-becomes-bee-campus-1.5327178
BC News:
https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/viu-students-in-nanaimo-have-been-busy-creating-haven-for-bees/
A founding member of FARMSHIP GROWERS COOPERATIVE:
http://www.farmship.ca/about-us/
Part of the 5-Acres Farm Documentary Video:
http://manlymedia.com/films/five-acres/
My community conversation with MP Paul Manly on Agricultural solutions:
https://www.paulmanlymp.ca/post/community-conversation-with-chris-farmer-brown
Collaborating with the Young Agrarians:
https://youngagrarians.org/sept-19-2020-nanaimo-bc-land-social-at-morgan-creek-farm/
Working with local farmers and local seed production:
http://www.bcseeds.org/harbour-city-star-article-about-growing-opportunitiesfarmship-and-the-carrot-seed-research-project/

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