Farmacology the Five Lessons from the Farm

September 28, 2013

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News

The work of farms are the instruments of our food and bring intelligence on health, animals, organics, germination and environmental sciences. The work of the farm harvest ideas that can teach us beyond the construct in framing farming. The work of Farmacology is leading new knowledge on the science and community of living systems and soil.

Daphne Miller, MD  said, “I have often wondered what I could learn from family farmers. After all, their job seems much more complicated than mine. They are responsible for the health of an entire eco-system while I am expected to care for just one member of that eco-system.”

What farms can teach us is vital. The overlooking of systems can lead to a myopic view in the nexesus between resources, people, place and technologies. The farm is one system that Miller reveals the “farm-body lesson”.

Miller presented the work of farmers and farms at the IdeaFestival this week where she illustrated and made strategic connections to farms as:

  1. Farm as Vitamin
  2. Farm as Nutrient
  3. Farm as Community Medicine
  4. Farm as model for Cancer Care
  5. Farm as model for Stress Management

Consider, soil as organic consisting of microbial DNA centers feeding life. She said, “microbes are the unpaid workers”. She highlighted stories that revealed strategies in farm from Cody Holmes, cattleman of Kansas, Missouri who adopted organic systems and feed rotation on the land that in a short period went from being in the red to double black in revenues.

The stories continue as Karen Washington, community gardener, New York who started a community  garden  to give healthy foods but identifed larger benefits: 1) Better health for seniors; 2) Reduce obesity; 3) Reduced crime; and, 5) Better self-rated health.

The lessons from the farm are understanding the impact of systems, soil, processes and innovation in the delivery of healthy outcomes. The depth of Farmacology for those exploring farming, food and system’s thinking can lead to new intelligence  across platforms and disciplines. Learn more on Farmacology.

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