PP#18: Jonah Goldman – Why playing in the dirt can be a grown up activity

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There is a reason why we all loved getting messy when we were kids. It’s cathartic work to stick your hands in dirt and smell the fresh scent of earth. There are more ways to tap into that childlike urge for wild play than to simply roll around in the mud. Jonah Goldman, a college student and urban farmer, found a sanctuary in the ability to escape to the garden and clear his mind from the stimulations of screens and mind melding school work. After years of working on a computer, as most of us modern people do, Jonah needed to develop an escape in order to be more productive and happy in his day to day work. Jonah managed to transform a local abandoned trash dump into a lush green house, growing fruit and vegetables year round here in Colorado. Jonah explains how growing food and experiencing nature does not need to be expensive or complicated. Jonah uses recycled discarded items to serve as the structure fro growing nourishing, healthy and organic food. Jonah was a summer intern at Beyond Meat, which is an innovative plant-based meat alternative food manufacturing businesses that is bringing tasty vegan burgers into the grocery store and fast food markets. Jonah also works with the Colorado Springs Food Rescue, which is a student run non-profit organization that rescues food going to waste and redistributes it to people of need in the community. As a previous 10 year vegetarian, Jonah and I discuss the ethical implications of diet and lifestyle. We get into the issues with factory farming, and what this term “humane slaughter” means for different people.

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