Category Archives: Nuffield Scholarship

Being awarded a Nuffield scholarship gave me the opportunity to travel for 10 weeks and explore agriculture around the world. I am most indebted to the many people I met on my travels, and most specifically to those I consider my mentors, the late Barbara Knowles, Senior Science Policy Advisor, Society of Biology (UK); Gergely Rodics, Director, Pogány-havas Association;
Steffen Schneider, Director of Farming Operations at Hawthorne Valley (USA); Ralph Martin, University of Guelph Professor and Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production and Sarah Singla, 2011 Nuffield Scholar (France). Also a huge thanks to Chris Rust, Ross Dobie and the late Peter Noddle, who were so supportive.

I Graduated … so “Where Does Agriculture Fit In?”

And does it?! I was asked this in the comments to the post of my convocation photos on Facebook. Excellent question! But my answer still needs work. Here it is as it continues to emerge. My attention has been towards … Continue reading

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Nuffield Scholar Brings Regenerative Farming into the Centre of the Conversation

I am so excited to see 2019 Canada Nuffield Scholar Ryan Boyd talking about regenerative farming in the Alberta Express. I can’t wait to be reading his report. I will have to be patient! He has barely got started with … Continue reading

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What Does it Take for the Future of Farming to Emerge?

On tour in search of the answers!

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Thoughtful Thursday: Doing Away with the Term “Sustainable”

In my Nuffield study report,  I argue that the use of the term ‘sustainability’ in agriculture is outdated. I conclude that the 3 legged model (see needs to be replaced with a 5 pillar model for ‘resilience’. In a … Continue reading

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It’s Official: My Nuffield Report has been published

Thank you Nuffield International for tweeting! “Great reports from @NuffieldCanada 2013 scholars @gumbootgourmet, @blake_vince & @ClaytonRobins have just been uploaded – must reads!” “For Canadian agriculture to contribute to a healthy world, we need to go ‘back to basics’, … Continue reading

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Agroecology, Ecosystems, and Sustainability (Advances in Agroecology) by Noureddine Benkeblia

It is always exciting to see momentum building for change! This book has beaten me to it somewhat, but then again, I was not planning on writing 400 pages … just half that! From (November, 2014) From book’s description: … Continue reading

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Publication of my Nuffield Study Report

Executive Summary Agriculture 3.0: a New Paradigm for Agriculture Study Topic: As a 2013 Nuffield Scholar, Gayl is seeking to redefine what it really means to be sustainable in food and farming, by asking: ‘If Agriculture 1.0 is subsistence farming … Continue reading

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