- Author: Jeffrey P Mitchell
Renowned soil ecologist, Gwen Grelet, who works as a researcher with LandCareResearch in New Zealand, visited the NRI Project field and had a very interesting and mutually-enriching conversation with CASI hosts, Tom Willey and Jeff Mitchell on June 12, 2019. She received a fellowship from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in France, to conduct investigations and to make connections with people and groups around the world who're working in various ways to scale up the adoption of conservation, or regenerative agriculture food systems. She is in California for about a month and is taking part in workshops and meeting a variety of people such as Tom Willey in Madera, CA, the entire team at Paicines Ranch, and David Johnson and Christine Jones when they conduct a training event on compost later this month at Chico State University. I believe that we in CASI have much in common with the work that Gwen is spearheading and it was not only a lot of fun for Tom and me to host her last week, but we also certainly hope that we will stay in close communication and connection with her well into the future. She clearly has a lot of very good ideas to share.