If you're looking to connect with people who are living and breathing their way into a new, ecologically centric and biologically grounded worldview... then come join us.
Who it's for:
This is created for people who...
The Farm Ecologist was born of a desire to serve a growing need for clear, evidence-based answers.
My goal is that within 3 months in this space, you will have found, activated, discovered, or created an opportunity that lights you up and gets you moving forward on your journey.
It's what happens when science meets farming, in ways that restore soil and water, improve economics for everyone in our food systems, improve animal welfare, and address climate change.
The "physical stuff" (resources, info, etc.) you'll tap into includes:
The "other stuff" (support, guidance, networking) you'll get include:
Many of the resources I provide in the membership are ones I've provided to students and clients (and continue to recommend) over the years. My net is wide, and I capture articles and resources that I and others have noted to be interesting, or helpful and informative within the context of regenerative agriculture, agroecology, and global health.
I work with a growing number of organizations and independent and academic researchers to populate the database with peer-reviewed studies, quality media articles, videos and other resources that 'feed' The Farm Ecologist. Primary topics are in the areas of food, ecology, and health but range into economics, energy, waste management and more.
I share courses created by people I know like and trust, first-dibs on discounts and exclusive mailing list offers, and occasional affiliate links. There are occasional launches when I'm opening up a new offer, but you can always opt out.
Who it's probably NOT for:
If you're looking for your next guru, you probably won't find them here. I do point to plenty of world-leading experts in their respective fields. I do not uphold any single individual or system as the be-all, end-all. This is a place for a multitude of context-driven answers, and support for you to look "outside for ideas, inside for answers"*.
If you're a purely Western science-oriented person, this probably isn't going to be for you. Same goes if you're not keen to learn from indigenous science and other ways of knowing, including intuition. (And yes, there is plenty of peer-reviewed literature to support these, too!).
If you're a purely (or even heavily) magic- and spiritually-oriented person, this probably isn't going to be your place, either. I'm definitely a foot-in-two-worlds person, but at the end of the day, I'm trained and naturally inclined towards data. That said... there can be plenty of "soft side", holistic, intuitive, and feelings-oriented stuff here for you, too.
This is why all levels have a no-payment-required 30-day trial period. If you get in, look around, and decide it's not for you, that's okay.
*Credit to Carly Jo Bell of Whole Co Media, Inc. for this phrasing and perspective.
30 Day Trial (then $27.00 USD a month)
Annual Subscription (40% off monthly)
30 Day Trial (then $194.00 USD a year)
**All annual subscribers get a complementary 1:1 30-minute Zoom call with me once a year to tackle any topic of their choosing (a land issue, a personal topic, or just to pick my brain). Monthly subscribers get the same after 6 months of subscription.**
Hi, I'm Susan Cousineau.
I'm an evolutionary agroecologist, a farmer-scientist who returned to farming through the lens of ecological restoration over 10 years ago, after completing a Masters degree in evolutionary ecology (during which I studied genetics, ecology, infectious disease, microbiology, and indigenous plant systems). I look at the world through an agricultural lens.
My adventures have taken me to the farthest corners of the Earth, from picking up tortoises to saving a drowning parrot, and even collecting zebra poop (yes, you read that right). I've battled Leishmaniasis parasites and had my fair share of wild escapades. And eventually found my way back to farming.
🌿 Today, my work is a fusion of these worlds. What ties it all together is our journey as a species and how we interact with our world, from the tiniest molecular dance to the grand stage of global ecosystems. I now get to be part of a global and growing community dedicated to tackling the complex challenges of our time, from climate change to health, biodiversity, and energy.
Well, I'm an eternal knowledge-hungry sponge. With a Bachelor of Science with First-Class Honors, a Masters in Evolutionary Ecology, and a knack for statistics and ecological modeling, I'm your go-to science enthusiast. I've dabbled in citizen science research, explored the wilds of Western Canada, Costa Rica, the Peruvian Amazon, Europe, and East Africa, and even got my Permaculture Design Certificate in Jordan with the rather well-known Geoff Lawton. I'm a lifelong learner with a side of business savvy. Over nearly 20 years, I've collected thousands of papers related to sustainability, agroecology, and permaculture. During this time, more and more people keep coming to me looking for scientific literature related to how we grow our food, heal our planet, and live better, more simply, and with better health.
🌈 In recent years, I've embraced a more trauma- and neurodivergence-informed approach.
🍽️Fun fact: Despite globetrotting and indulging in exotic dishes like roasted thymus glands and grilled beetle larvae, I was once a picky eater as a kid. My best friend thought I'd starve during my travels, but look at me now!
🔍 As if that wasn't enough, I once spent many hours of my life deciphering aquatic beetle species – by comparing their penises! Yes, size AND shape do matter in the insect world.
So, whether I'm diving into ecological mysteries, helping land-based humans thrive, or simply savoring the quirks of life, I'm your science-savvy, nature-loving guide on this incredible journey through our wondrous world. 🌿🌍 #LifeOfAnEcoExplorer
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