All posts in Sustainable Farm Systems

Grain elevator in Cadillac, SK. No longer a registered delivery point.  
source: Off the Beaten Path – with Chris & Connie – BIGDoer.com http://www.bigdoer.com/15824/exploring-history/prairie-sentinels-cadillac-saskatchewan/

Raising Cattle, Losing People: Tracking soil nitrogen in Wise Creek, Saskatchewan

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project. Southwestern Saskatchewan is an isolated area where the low population density makes it easy […]

Costa Rican coffee labourers; shade-grown coffee (ca.1950s)
source: Album Manuel Chacón Hidalgo

Coffee Modernization: The Green Revolution and Market Regulation in Costa Rica (1950-1980)

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project. After oil, coffee is the second most valuable legal commodity in the world.[1] […]

Harvest of carrots at the case study farm (Holubí Zhoř, Czech Republic). Photo by Eva Fraňková

Looking for sustainability halfway through: Energy and organic small-scale farming systems in the Czech Republic

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project. Eva Fraňková and Claudio Cattaneo During the last two centuries, agriculture in Europe […]

"Farmer girl milking a cow". Provided by Julie Ruiz, UQTR.

From mixed dairy farming to intensive feedlot agriculture: The evolution of agrarian landscapes in Quebec

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project. When most of us think of Quebec agriculture, we think of dairy farming […]

"Bogotá y la Serrezuela", 1771. Archivo General de la Nación (Colombia), Sección Mapas y Planos, Mapoteca 4, 34A

Farmers, Herders, and Floods: Social-ecological changes in Colombia’s Bogota Plateau during the 18th and 19th centuries

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series showing the work of the Sustainable Farms Systems Project. The most populated areas around the world are located in lowlands, such valleys […]

View of Mallorca from Santuari de Cura, photo by author

Sustainable Farm Systems in Mallorca

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project For the last five years, the Sustainable Farm Systems project has explored the socio-ecological transition from […]

Mowing Hay. Photo credit: http://www.abc.es/cultura/20150312/abci-ganan-origen-insulto-201503112252.html

Social Metabolism, Agricultural Produce, and Labour: Conceptualizing a Biophysical Approach to Social Inequality in Sentmenat, Catalonia, c.1860

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project During the second half of the nineteenth century, traditional agriculture was a net energy provider […]

Olive grove landscape, Andalusia, Spain. Photo by Juan Infante Amate

The largest tree crop concentration in Europe: The making of olive landscapes in Southern Spain

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project The cultivation of olives has been present in all Mediterranean civilizations. To our knowledge, it […]

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Chronic Hunger, Chronic Terror: Agrarian Modernization and the Struggle for Sustainability in Guatemala, 1944-1980

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project Blessed with plentiful sunshine and rich soils, Guatemala exports large quantities of coffee, bananas, sugar […]

Arizona State University, Tempe

Food and Farm Systems Energy Transitions: A Meeting of the Phoenix Energy Working Group

Editor’s Note: This post, which originally ran on the University of Saskatchewan’s HGIS lab site, is part of a series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project.  In February I escaped the […]

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Studying Agricultural Change from the Perspective of Socio-Ecological Metabolism: Evidence from Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Austria

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project After High School I wanted to become a development aid worker and solve environmental problems, […]

Malaga Experimental Field. Photo by Guiomar Gallego

Reconstructing Sustainable Agrarian Conditions: Examples from three field experiments in Spain.

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly series showing the work of the Sustainable Farm Systems project Stripped of much of its traditional knowledge, modern western agriculture based on fossil fuel mechanization […]