Jimmy Videle is a farmer, naturalist, and researcher. He is the author of The Veganic Grower’s Handbook: Cultivating Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs from Urban Backyard to Rural Farmyard (Lantern Press, 2023) and the co-founder of NAVCS-Certified Veganic. His writing has appeared in CounterPunch, Countercurrents, and LA Progressive, among others.
Jimmy Videle is a farmer, naturalist, activist, consultant, and researcher. He has been a consultant, researcher, and volunteer with A.U.M. Films (producers of “Cowspiracy”and “What the Health,” Humane Party USA, and the Animal Protection Party of Canada.
He lives with his wife, Melanie Bernier, and five rescue cats on the small-scale veganic market farm, La Ferme de l'Aube Accueil (lafermedelaube.com) in Boileau, Québec. He has been growing his own food and homesteading for over twenty-five years and became a professional full-time organic farmer in 2005.
From 2010 to 2014, he worked and consulted on eleven vegan, organic, and permaculture farms throughout Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Québec before settling at his current home in 2014.
His veganic farming and research has been featured in the bi-annual publication Growing Green International Growing Green International magazine – Vegan Organic Network since 2016.
He is the host of The Veganic Grower's Hour Youtube show Jimmy Videle-Veganic Grower - YouTube , agriculture and rewilding ambassador for the Plant-Based Treaty Ambassadors - Plant Based Treaty, and the co-founder of the North American Veganic Certification Standard (NAVCS)-Certified Veganic North American Veganic Certification Standard – Serving USA, Canada, and Mexico (certifiedveganic.org) whose mission is to certify farmers throughout North America in 100% plant-based agriculture principles and practices that work to end animal agriculture forever.
As a naturalist he has conducted field studies as a 'citizen scientist' logging more than 10,000 hours of field work with the National Audubon Society, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Nature Conservancy, Birds Canada and the Arizona and Québec Breeding Bird Atlas's.
There is no place more relaxing than a beautiful garden, and nothing better to eat than homegrown fruits and vegetables, but what is a vegan to do when all of the potting soils and fertilizers are riddled with animal products? Jimmy Videle has the answers, and he joins us today to discuss his new book, The Veganic Grower’s Handbook: Cultivating Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs from Urban Backyard to Rural Farmyard, as well as the new North American Veganic Certification Standard.
This episode covers:
What the best type of agriculture is to feed the world without destroying the planet
The differences between regenerative ranching vs regenerative plant agriculture
What they improve on the environmental metrics and if it is scalable
Regulation and accountability (or lack of) within the regenerative label
Soil issues, what causes it and how do we fix it?
Is buying local food a way to reduce your environmental footprint?
Is there enough land in the US, or globally, to support meat demands if we switched to grass fed/finished beef?
If it’s unrealistic to expect people to reduce their meat and dairy intake
Where most methane comes from and If there is such a thing as carbon negative beef
Allan Savory and his claim that holistic grazing can reverse climate change
This is such a high energy and hopeful conversation on a shift to sustainable plant-based agriculture. For a few years I’ve been aware of the huge benefits, to animals, to human health and of course to the environment of veganic farming and yet, I was not sure of how it might actually work.
How realistic is it to remove both all chemical inputs AND all animal inputs and exploitation? How productive? How scalable? How financially feasible?
Veganic farmer, activist, consultant, and researcher Jimmy Videle a paints beautiful, incredibly appealing picture of how it might work.
With small scale veganic farms.
My first interview about the Veganic Grower's Handbook with Caryn Heartglass enjoy!
Veganic SummitNovember 10-12, 2023
It is my great pleasure to share to the first annual Veganic Summit, held online from November 10-12, 2024. Get your free pass for inspiring talks, hands-on advice, and a deep dive into the world of veganic farming and gardening. Experts from around the world (including myself) will be giving interviews, conferences and Q&A' s on everything you could possibly want to know about veganic gardening/homesteading and farming.
Brought to us by the amazing work of the Veganic Agriculture Network.