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Welcome to the Agroecologist Incognito blog.  I am an agroecologist by training, and with this blog I hope to make an independent contribution to the discourse on agroecology and sustainable agriculture.

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cultivating community

To the uninitiated, the term “urban farming” may seem like something of a contradiction. The typical image of a farm might include a tractor, long rows of crops, clouds of dust drifting past a rickety barn, while the image of an urban landscape is that of entombed earth under austere buildings and roads, with the …

in sickness

We often treat disease as an exception, a departure from the ordinary state of things. Thanks to public health infrastructure such as sewage treatment, restaurant inspections, and ventilation standards, we live disease-free for long intervals and don’t spend our all waking moments bracing for the cough that could signal misery, isolation, or death. Public health …

Phytophthora man

  Recent Ph.D. graduate Tyler Bourret is a phytophthorologist to watch out for. In his nascent career Dr. Bourret has pushed the boundaries of knowledge about that peculiar group of organisms known as Phytophthora. Once believed to be a type of fungus, Phytophthora is actually a fungal-like organism descended from algae, a member of a …