Add Impact to your inbox.

Join 28,022 others and get inspiring stories and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

From Soil to Sustainability

Agricultural Innovation with John-Paul Maxfield

John-Paul founded Waste Farmers with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security.


We can’t all be Noam Chomsky or Ayn Rand or Wendell Berry or Bingo Pajama,¹ but that doesn’t mean each and every one of us can’t get the hint. We need a new story. Maybe even a new myth. We need to rediscover imagination.

The Future of Urban Farming

Some sights in the neighborhood were so common that I had stopped noticing them; but then one day they came into view. While driving down Harold Street on the way to my cousin’s house, I noticed a vacant lot on my left and then, just a block down, I saw two large vacant lots on my right.

Reader Interactions


  1. A little worm joined our garden art bunny rabbit while moving out of the veggie garden prep zone !! ? We laughed and celebrated the amazing power and sustenance that worm family gives to us; and my dearly departed sister Terry (Guinda, CA) may be closer to that worm community than I care to imagine!? ?

    Growing out community’s strength and productivity with Slow Money cultural strategies intrigues my wife and I. Our 4tg generation family farm and cattle enterprise needs FRESH ideas and attitudes. I’m grateful to you-all; and look forward to further inquiry

    Thank you,
    Paul Ahearn
    Vacaville CA

Leave a response

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Never miss an update from Slow Money, when you sign up for monthly emails. No thanks
Never miss an update from Slow Money.

Join 28,022 others and get monthly updates delivered straight to your inbox.