To grow plentiful food crops, farms need more nitrogen than naturally occurs in the soil. Fertilizer runoff is minimized on this Wisconsin farm by planting strips of alfalfa between corn and soybeans - Dan Charles, National Geographic (photograph: Peter Essik)
"The biggest obstacle to creativity is attachment to outcome. As soon as you become attached to a specific outcome, you feel compelled to control and manipulate what you’re doing. And in the process you shut yourself off to other possibilities.
I got a call from someone who wanted me to lead a workshop on creativity. He needed to tell his management exactly what tools people would come away with. I told him I didn’t know. I couldn’t give him a promise, because then I’d become attached to an outcome — which would defeat the purpose of any creative workshop.’
It’s hard for corporations to understand that creativity is not just about succeeding. It’s about experimenting and discovering."
"the food system itself is a process. This is a critical part of urban agriculture – if we are growing food in environments with people, then people need to be central to it. And people are not static; they are dynamic – their tastes change, they are sometimes engaged and sometimes apathetic, and they change their minds all the time. So because engagement isn’t something that can be ‘finished’, the food system needs to continuously adapt to the people who are part of it. But people are also full of knowledge! They are experts on their own communities, and are the best people to talk to when making plans and decisions about them and their environment."
"Urban agriculture needs to be considered within a larger scope – within its ‘city region food system’. So this might include peri-urban agriculture or even rural agriculture as well – because, as he said, “When working in a local level, it is important to look to other levels in the planning process.”"