HC Clark Gulf Coast Green 2010

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Gulf Coast Green speaker, H C Clark, presented " Critical Agricultural Strategies from the Outside-In: Through Doable Farming Centered Enterprise" on 04/15/2010 in Houston, Texas

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  • HC Clark Gulf Coast Green 2010

    1. 2. Critical Agricultural Strategies from the Outside In: Approaching Sustainability Through Doable Farming Centered Enterprise H.C. Clark [email_address]
    2. 3. Houston area as a laboratory <ul><li>Soil </li></ul><ul><li>Topography </li></ul><ul><li>Rainfall </li></ul><ul><li>Climate </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul><ul><li>+Attitude </li></ul>Hub + Developing Area Outer Tier Counties Nodes: real or virtual
    3. 4. Viable, doable, now. Get out of town! Get out of the box! Think of the possibilities-from your perspective. <ul><li>Houston hub and ag opportunity as example </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good soil, water and growing climate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Green already by food miles alone </li></ul><ul><li>Reasons will only become more critical </li></ul><ul><li>Scale—match to market, comfort and resource </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Niche, Threshold, Commodity, Transitions, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Failure is OK if end is a better place </li></ul>
    4. 5. Nodes—real and virtual <ul><li>GATHERING:washing, cold storage, assembly and distribution, processing plant—remodel, mobile, other infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>RESEARCH: experiments, long term demo </li></ul><ul><li>CONSULTING: design, set-up, legal, financial…. </li></ul><ul><li>TRANSPORT—e.g. cooperatives, backhauls </li></ul><ul><li>SERVICES—from plowing to harvesting </li></ul><ul><li>SELLING: farmers’ markets, restaurants, stores </li></ul>
    5. 6. A typical farmer, kind of--Me. <ul><li>Here’s my deal: </li></ul><ul><li>Bought a farm, great! </li></ul><ul><li>Flailed about with Kansas farming—and other foolish mistakes—lots of ‘em </li></ul><ul><li>Discovered cows </li></ul><ul><li>Added to farm </li></ul><ul><li>Kept my day job </li></ul><ul><li>Moved to grassfed prep </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable – but for truck </li></ul><ul><li>Cows grandin </li></ul><ul><li>Vetch </li></ul>
    6. 7. Farmers’ Market got me thinking Alternative place to sell Incubator Distribution Point Public Place—and all that goes with it
    7. 8. Farmer Examples <ul><li>Perry Chickens, Rockdale </li></ul><ul><li>Hanka Asian Vegetables, Pleak </li></ul><ul><li>Wood Duck Micro-greens, Fostoria </li></ul><ul><li>McGlaughlin Grassfed, Montgomery </li></ul><ul><li>Peachland Organic , Gundermann, Wharton </li></ul><ul><li>Fish Farm, Winnie </li></ul><ul><li>Lowell Organic Rice, El Campo </li></ul><ul><li>Calvert, the town </li></ul>
    8. 9. Collier Perry, Chickens, Rockdale to Commerce to Houston
    9. 10. Jim and Vel Hanka Ahead of the curve— and the season
    10. 11. John and Karla McGlaughlin Grassfed
    11. 12. Dimitri and Jennifer Georgantas— Gulf of Mexico Shrimp
    12. 13. Garrett, Stacey and Joan Gundermann Generations and more
    13. 14. Agricultural Green-think about it-Houston Region: Llano to Bolivar <ul><li>Input technologies—opportunities from Big Ag </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Precision agriculture, testing, irrigation, weed and bug control, mechanization, long term experiments, seeds, scourges—brush, bugs, weeds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inputs and soil building—waste becomes fertilizer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manure, food waste, yard waste, biosolids: N sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coal mines: humates, flue stack by-product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Llano granite quarries: P and K </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gulf Coast seaweed </li></ul></ul>
    14. 15. Find a place, design [re-design] it- <ul><li>Design farm layout, drainage, stock tanks… </li></ul><ul><li>Water and other regs </li></ul><ul><li>Temporary space, permanent space </li></ul><ul><li>Barns and buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Expansion </li></ul>
    15. 16. If this is such a great idea…? <ul><li>Economic reality-You won’t get rich, but… </li></ul><ul><li>Costs: fertilizer, fuel, land, labor-barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Uncertainties-Weather, politics, resources… </li></ul><ul><li>Small country towns today-difficult situation </li></ul><ul><li>Risks-Can we take on some? Very Important. </li></ul><ul><li>But wait! For one thing, people ARE doing these things: Creekstone, Ben Wheeler, Whole Foods kinda’, Piedmont Center, </li></ul><ul><li>Think of each of these problems as opportunities. </li></ul>
    16. 17. Get started—different approach-doable-ness <ul><li>Vision, ideas, deal making, …. </li></ul><ul><li>Get out and get learning </li></ul><ul><li>Think about people, opportunities, places </li></ul><ul><li>Catalog the resources, start a file, meet with colleagues, DRIVE! </li></ul><ul><li>DO something and tell about it…. </li></ul>
    17. 18. So now… <ul><li>Talk among yourselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Get started with the references I’ve set up. </li></ul><ul><li>Get out of town! </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a project and do it. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    18. 19. Reserve slides follow
    19. 20. Other things <ul><li>Long term planning—crops, succession, transition, Generation gap </li></ul><ul><li>Regulations of all sorts, political structure, development relations [lobbying] </li></ul><ul><li>Sociology, psychology, infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Research—What are others doing? </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation, my favorite </li></ul>
    20. 21. Time is now <ul><li>Real pressure will increase </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transport and input </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Population </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate and other environmental variables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green capital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Land ownership </li></ul></ul>
    21. 22. Start now <ul><li>Road map </li></ul><ul><li>Town folders </li></ul><ul><li>vacant buildings?? </li></ul><ul><li>Geologic map, of course, topo, soil survey </li></ul><ul><li>Water wells, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Appraisal district </li></ul><ul><li>Economic development office </li></ul>
    22. 23. <ul><li>Risk </li></ul><ul><li>Design build </li></ul>

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