Mike Hansen: Graze against the Machine (ep19)
In episode 19 of the Plumed Serpent Podcast I welcome Mike Hansen, Regenerative Farmer, Entrepreneur and Inventor, running the Ozark Akerz Regenerative Farm located on Skaruhreh/Tuscarora Land in North Carolina with his wife Sue.
Mike shares the beginnings and intentions of his regenerative farming journey with his wife Sue. How biodiversity evolved on his farm and its impact on the quality and health of soil, plants, animals and humans. Mike speaks about his connection to the indigenous people in his area and their guidance towards implementing their holistic knowledge. The interconnectedness of plants, animals and land and the medicinal quality of this connection. Especially his experiences with the Heritage Pineywoods Cattle he’s raising on his farm. Mike also mentions how important constant learning, humbleness and reciprocity are for him. And how his connection to the land developed and the influence of his roots. Mike ends our talk with his thoughts about the vision for his farm and possibilities for further development.
Background and contact
Mike and Sue farm with respect for the gifts that plants and animals provide. They raise Heritage Pineywoods Cattle, and a variety of of heritage chickens who are protected from hawks by a guard-turkey name Romeo. Mike and Sue are on a journey to follow indigenous Honorable Harvest an ancient wisdom that grounds their approach to regenerative farming. They take slow and deliberate steps in their adoption of these principles, honoring the wisdom through understanding, practice and unlearning of other practices.
As Mike states: „We will care for the land that has adopted us. We will do so with respect, working in harmony with nature for healthy and vigorous soil and plants and improving the quality of life for wild and domestic animals. We embrace the 7th Generation Principle of indigenous nations around the world. In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”
Mike’s website: Ozark Akerz Regenerative Farm
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