Industrial Harvest

Introducing Ben Walker, our Research Fellow by sarah kavage
February 1, 2010, 9:46 pm
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I’m pleased to announce that the Industrial Harvest project now has an official research fellow!  Ben Walker was born in Streator, IL, a couple hours drive southwest of Chicago, and has spent the bulk of his life in the region between these two places.  His earliest jobs were in conventional agriculture, detasseling seed corn for Cargill and baling hay for a local farmer.  Since then, he has worked with a few organic/sustainable/family farming operations, both vegetable and animal, one (at Growing Home) as part of a job training program for urban populations with various barriers to permanent employment.  He’s a beekeeper, a student of traditional Western herbalism, a permaculturist, and an avid maker of fermented foods.  

Ben is interested in helping to frame discussions about food and agriculture that examine the crucial social factors that are often left out of current food systems critiques, and in exploring possibilities for cultural exchange that weave together meaningful personal experience, sharing of skills, and broader popular education.  He’ll be posting on such things and others here, and likely lending a bit of greatly needed intellectual heft to this rag!


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