September 29 | 2019
Photo courtesy of No-till on the Plains
I like to eat. You like to eat. Everyone likes to eat. Food. Which comes from soil. Without good soil, crops don’t do well, and food is less nutritious.
The current art exhibit at The Volland Store, H U N G R Y H E A R T L A N D, is a look at food deserts in several communities in northern rural Kansas. The exhibit has begun a conversation about food. Whether you are rural or urban, it is a subject that affects us all.
Food comes from farms and gardens. From the soil. Soil is a thin skin on the earth and is eroding rapidly. It is also being stripped of its ability to grow things, gradually but persistently. It’s time to think about dirt. Enter Josh Lloyd.
JOSH LLOYD graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Business, but he went back to the family farm in Clay County in North Central Kansas. He began to change his way of thinking about how to farm. He began to transition the farm away from the existing paradigm used by four generations. A tall order for sure. The transition is not complete, but he thinks it’s going in the right direction.
Josh grows wheat, corn, soybeans, rye and cover crops on his farm. He also uses perennial pasture breaks in his crop rotation to help soil and crop resilience, and provide additional grazing for his hair sheep flock and cow-calf herd.
Hear Josh talk about why he changed his thinking, how he convinced his father and partner Gale, to try new ways of farming, and the latest innovations that are re-building his soil and making his farm more profitable. It’s a good story about an important journey.
Join us at The Volland Store for conversation and refreshments. Free admission.
H U N G R Y H E A R T L A N D is the culmination of the multimedia educational and outreach campaign initiated in Fall 2018 by K-State faculty members in three departments: Shreepad Joglekar, Associate Professor, Art Department; Tom Hallaq, Associate Professor – Digital Media, A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications; and Han Yu, Professor, English Department. Twenty-one of their students participated in the project. The exhibition of their work includes photography and short documentaries that reveal, document and interpret the issues of healthy food accessibility and food insecurity in Kansas. The exhibit continues through October 6, 2019. For further information about this project, contact: Shreepad Joglekar, Associate Professor, KSU email@example.com