Since moving to rural Ontario, Gayl Creutzberg has never looked back. After managing a flock of sheep for six years, she redirected her focus to researching models for accessing and distributing local food. Since then, she has owned and operated a local food shop and gourmet deli, coordinated training for direct market farmers, worked with rural local food organizations, and launched a local food brand, all resulting in Gumboot Gourmet, an online farmers’ market.
Throughout her Nuffield studies, Gayl will look at whether traditional food growing practices can help re-balance our diets, strengthen local economies, build relationships between food and culture, and create quality jobs on the land and in the kitchen.
Gayl anticipates that the information and experience she will gather will feed into the community – building aspect of Gumboot Gourmet suggesting that community-based agriculture can help treat food-related diseases such as diabetes and malnurition.
Study Topic: As a 2013 Nuffield Scholar, Gayl is seeking to define a new paradigm for agriculture by
If Agriculture 1.0 is subsistence farming that uses traditional farming practices, and Agriculture
2.0 is industrial agriculture, which is creating serious health and environmental concerns in
Canadian communities and communities world-wide, then what might Agriculture 3.0 look like,
that offers farmers more choice and also addresses the many concerns of feeding 9 billion by
2050? (Please note that the use of version 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 is tech talk, used to indicate the
version of software used by computers).
Gayl chose to travel through Europe because of the potential impact that industrial agriculture
(Ag2.0) could have if it was adopted in areas that have preserved their culture, traditional foods and
distinctive landscapes by continuing to practice traditional farming (Ag1.0). The lure of industrial
farming and the cash it generates is hard to resist.:
Can these regions leap from Agriculture 1.0 to Agriculture 3.0 if presented with a clear set of
measurable indicators and best practices? This happened with the telephone, where many
undeveloped countries progressed from ‘telephone 1.0' (ie. the telegraph or other) directly to
‘telephone 3.0' (cellular technology).