The earth giveth, and its inhabitants taketh away. This approach of constantly taking without giving may ultimately leave us hungry and without a home soon. Which is why it’s very important to not only respect the environment that nourishes us, but also find ways to regenerate the land so that it can continue to produce a wealth of nutrient-dense foods to keep us healthy and well-fed—and not to mention keep earth green and beautiful. In this video, founder Sonia Jones visits Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York, where farm director Jack Algiere shares sustainable four-season farming practices used to cultivate rich, dark, moist soil—the secret ingredient to harvesting the best foods all-year-round.

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