Evan Folds Background
Evan got his start in agriculture by starting a retail garden center called Progressive Gardens in 2003 that specialized in hydroponic and beyond organic gardening techniques, including composting, aquaponics, urban farming, compost tea, organic lawn care, and so much more.
For over fourteen years Evan honed his craft and learned the art of teaching and connecting with an audience on the subjects of gardening and health. During this time he founded and operated a commercial wheatgrass and microgreen growing business serving the local health food and restaurant community. It was through this experience that he began to intimately understand the value of life force in food, and the powerful influence living foods can have on people.
One of the original inspirations for Evan's work is from the preface to The Agriculture Course lectures given by Rudolf Steiner in 1924. When Steiner was asked why despite his constant stimulus people’s inner guidance and spiritual impulse was so weak, his thought provoking and surprising answer was as follows:
"This is a problem of nutrition. Nutrition as it is to-day does not supply the strength necessary for manifesting the spirit in physical life. A bridge can no longer be built from thinking to will and action. Food plants no longer contain the forces people need for this.”
A serial entrepreneur, Evan founded and operated an organic lawn care company called A Natural Approach for over three years that specialized in growing and regenerating soil using compost tea and base saturation soil testing.
Out of this project he developed a local project called Food Lawns that focused on developing an economic model for the coordination of neighborhoods to produce food on lawns and vacant residential landscapes.
Through his experimentation with compost tea Evan pioneered the development of vortex-style compost tea brewing to deliver living microbes to the general public. He founded and operated a wholesale/distribution company Progressive Farms that manufactured the Microbe Maker compost tea system, then developed a Dealer network of hundreds of garden centers around the United States that used the “perpetual compost tea brewing” pioneered in Progressive Gardens.
In addition to product development and manufacturing, Progressive Farms operated a fourteen acre market vegetable farm with a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that fed over seventy families in cooperation with a local residential housing development. It was here that Evan learned the challenges and rewards of food farming on a community level.
Evan is active in performing lectures and workshops for gardening and farming groups all over the world and is a contributing published writer for many reputable international gardening publications including Garden Culture Magazine, the Biodynamic Association, Hobby Farms, Maximum Yield, and more.
Evan received a bachelor of science in Biology and a minor in Religion from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and resides with his family in Wilmington, NC.
The purpose of this website is to invite collaboration with all types of individuals and organizations on regenerative projects.
If you have a project that you think Evan can bring value to, please be in touch!
Be Agriculture is the result of 18+ years working on all levels of regenerative agriculture. As always, it is a work in progress.
I define agriculture in broader terms than growing crops, agriculture involves food, farming, and human health. There is massive power in this principle when these spheres work in resonance.
Right now, we are further from agriculture than we have ever been before. The systems that sustain us have become toxic and unconscious, and agriculture is being conducted for the wrong reasons - food is no longer our medicine.
We have lost our way, but we can find it again. To do this we cannot merely sustain what we have and call it good enough - regenerative is the new sustainable.
We can do this by developing what I call “Personal Agriculture” using the following principles:
Grow Your Own = Everyone Should Grow Functional Plants
Eat Real Foods = Whole Foods, Preferably Raw, Ideally Living
Love Yourself = Step Into Agency & Become Your Own Expert
Whether you know it or not, everyone is a part of agriculture -eating is an agricultural act. Be a truthseeker, and invest in your imagination, inspiration, and intuition. If we do not make up our own minds, someone else will do it for us.
Remember, if we fix the soil we fix ourselves – let's get started.