You can become part of this grassroots movement by taking a photo of the sticker (and it's surroundings) and sharing on social media with the hashtags #gatmstreets #grazeagainstthemachine.
Graze Against The Machine Streets is a volunteer based, nascent grassroots movement in cities on 3 continents attempting to bring the true voice of regenerative farming to the streets while shedding light on crap farm policies. The street art scene in New Orleans and Memphis, Tennessee inspired us to launch #gatmstreets from our small farm in North Carolina, USA!
The Machine is Shady
The Machine is shady. We try to shed some light on their bull.
Graze Against The Machine Streets is a direct response to special interests hijacking regenerative farming for their own profit. They’ve done the same with sustainable, organic and natural. In reality, regenerative farming is just a new "brand" tying to define the complex and honorable practices that indigenous communities around the world have used regenerative practices for thousands of years. They are the true keepers of this meaning . We must all listen to the wisdom they choose to share so we can learn what regenerative really means.
The campaign is also directed at the government entities that support farm policies that favor big corporation interests instead of small and under-served farms that are trying to do the right thing to support their local community and the environment.
Watch for #gatmstreets in Bloemfontein, Cadiz, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Durban, Durham, Johannesburg, London, New Orleans, New York, Pensacola, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Washington DC, Windhoek and Zurich this summer.
Risk, Rage, Power and Farming - Grazing Against The Machine
Risk. It makes me feel chaotic, disorderly, wild, vibrant. Risk makes me feel alive when I take it. And yet, through my work as a farmer risk is not something I take, it is given.
So this month I am ready to TAKE a risk, go to the Rage Against The Machine concert in Raleigh, North Carolina despite the resurgence of the disease.
I’m sure you’re thinking “that doesn’t sound risky”. Let me explain why it is.
8 days on 3 continents, over 300 species discovered! Join us in 2023 for the second annual Graze Against The Machine Biodiversity Challenge!
What you need to join
What is the Graze Against The Machine® Challenge?
From May 7th to May 15th, we will be hosting a fun bioblitz to identify all the animals and plants in the areas that our growing Graze Against The Machine community lives, works and plays. You can sign-up any time before May 7th.
iNaturalist from National Geographic has helped us verify more than 550 species at Ozark Akerz. We've even discovered wild-growing food, medicinal plants and ingredients for brewing beer!
With iNaturalist you can take photos of plants, insects, mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, mollusks, amphibians or any other animal and upload to the iNaturalist App. You can also record sounds of birds, mammals, reptiles or insects directly in the app if you can’t get close enough for a photo or if it’s too dark. iNaturalist will help you identify the species from the photo or sound, if you’ve joined the Graze Against The Machine Challenge, it will automatically be added to the bioblitz.
Whether you have time to take one or one hundred photos, visit our 2022 Graze Against The Machine Challenge page on iNaturalist website and signup/login to join the challenge (or the Android app, for reason iNaturalist doesn't allow you to join on the iPhone app). Lets see how many species we can identify as a community in a week and how many locations we represent. Our observations will contribute to community science and are allowing us to better understand – and take care of – the nature that we farm in harmony with.
Who knows, you may find a member of the GATM community who lives near you!
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