So much good stuff that it’s taken me over 2 weeks to get my head around it. The Neal et al. paper was a really dense read, but in a nutshell it establishes soil as a self-organizing system derived from the interplay of microbial genetics (not just the whole organisms)…


News flash: The Regenerative Agriculture Scientific Database is morphing, perhaps dissolving, into simply a bibliography of works that I have found useful, interesting and/or helpful in the pursuit of purpose and meaning as The Farm Ecologist takes form.

This is in part a result of a number of discussions I’ve…


I’m really excited about a new paper on perennial vegetables that just came out. It’s very likely you’ve already seen it making the rounds, but if you haven’t actually had a chance to read it yet, I gobbled it down last night and made a few notes for you. …


Since I’m constantly adding, editing and updating papers by the dozens, this is but a snapshot of what’s happening. I try to pick out the ones I find most relevant. Not always the newest, but most useful (e.g. …


A Manifesto for Change, Part I, Extreme Draft Version 2.0

[excerpted from a longer draft essay on making leaps into and out of and back into academia with renewed purpose and sense of meaning and value]

After awhile it becomes easier to just keep going than to stop and go…


I’ve decided to cancel all the half-baked plans I had for New Year’s Eve tonight.

Instead, I’ll be working. I’ve read the recent story about the MIT article, that the crash predicted in Donella and Dennis Meadows’ 1972 Limits to Growth may actually begin this year, in 2015. For me…


I am awake late, though hardly later than usual, at a time in my life when I’ve granted myself temporary reprieve from all-nighters, late-nighters, caffeine binges and the wine hazes of hammering through a draft in the final days before a deadline.

Two and a half years ago, I granted…

Susan Cousineau

Evolutionary ecologist who grows a little food on a little plot of land in SoCal. I work at the intersections of food, health, farming, climate and ecology.

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