Interview with Robert Barnum, March 20, 2021
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This interview provides a comprehensive overview of Robert Barnum's varied and extensive career in agriculture. Key aspects include his initial mechanical and management skills development while working with Norman Sutton and JR Brooks. The interview also touches on his international consulting roles with organizations like USAID and Goya, where he observed diverse farming practices worldwide. Barnum discusses his significant contributions to agriculture, such as the introduction and development of unique plant varieties like the Possum Purple passionfruit. His collaborations with notable figures such as Dr. Richard Campbell and Dr. Bob Knight, and connections with institutions like Fairchild and the University of Florida, are also highlighted. The interview delves into his approach to running Possum Trot farm, emphasizing regenerative and chemical-free farming techniques influenced by his broad experience and unconventional methods. Additionally, Barnum expresses his enthusiasm for experimenting with new crops and techniques, alongside challenges faced due to regulatory constraints. The interview concludes with insights into his teaching roles, where he imparts knowledge on economic botany and sustainable agricultural practices.
Florida International University
Robert Barnum, agricultural innovation, international consulting, regenerative farming, economic botany
Earth Sciences | Natural Resources and Conservation | Other Earth Sciences | Soil Science | Sustainability
Barnum, Robert; Acosta, Sofia; and Gonzalez, Aris, "Interview with Robert Barnum, March 20, 2021" (2021). Possum Trot. 2.
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