Real Organic Podcast

Tom Willey Part 2: Working Towards A Permanent Agriculture

October 31, 2023 Real Organic Project Episode 140
Real Organic Podcast
Tom Willey Part 2: Working Towards A Permanent Agriculture
Show Notes

#140:  Longtime organic, California vegetable farmer Tom Willey continues his lively conversation with Dave. They land on their thoughts around lasting solutions for sustainable food production that will take humanity into the future.

Tom Willey has run TD Willey Farms with his wife Dennesse in Madera, CA since the mid-1980s.  Along with California farmers Scott Park, Phil Foster, Paul Muller, Dru Rivers, Andrew Brait and others, Tom has been participating in on-farm trials that aim understand how tillage can be minimized on organic vegetable farms.

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