James Douglas

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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  • Landless farmer / student of organic farming
  • Through travelling and activism. I did a degree in chemis...
  • From Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Second home Kingston, Ontario.
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About Me


(support the movement to) Keep food public


I've been going around to different parts of the world ostensibly looking into the food system (i.e. 'studying the food system ') :-). Sometimes this takes me into labour rights, sometimes dumpster diving, often organic farming, and lots of other stuff along the way. I like to have some sort of mission to guide my travels. Now I'm continuing the journey by trying to get an M.Sc. in Agroecology from a school in Norway, and I am going on exchange to the Netherlands. I want to study medical marijuana as a crop.

I like the idea that travelers remember more than they've seen and see more than they remember. Friends made along the way is the best measure of a successful travel, not Locations ticked off, kilometers covered or even photos taken. I am really into photography though :).


I guess Theraveda Buddhist of the forest monks if I was going to choose a school of philosophy. I wouldn't say I'm buddhist, but I'm really interested in it and meditate frequently after taking a course about it in Thailand. I also like the nature-oriented philosophy of Masanobu Fukuoka (he was Mahayana Buddhist).

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've mostly been a surfer and been meeting up with people for coffee or a meal. I've only hosted a few times.


It is a great way to meet fun people and hang out. I had a great time in Thialand meeting some people from the US and going to Koh Phangan with them. I met some nice hosts in Bangkok, and some very lovely, helpful, trustworthy people in the Sunshine Coast, Australia. I had a surprise visit from a cool guy from Montreal and making some great vegan friends in Ottawa. More recently, I had a great time in Wageningen, in The Netherlands.


Growing food and other plants, hiking and exploring, vegan food, reading stuff. I like George Orwell, Sherlock Holmes, Satish Kumar, Gandhi, Tolstoy, Vandana Shiva, Charlie Chaplain.

I really like photography, especially political photography and portraits of people. One of my favourite photographers is Alberto Korda.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies by Charlie Chaplin, Crash, The Pianist, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Darwin's Nightmare. I love movies, especially arty film festival ones :). But also there are some amazing action movies I like, for example Looper.

I like the authors Wendell Berry, Fukuoka, Albrecht, Tolstoy, Thoreau, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Assata Shakur, Micheal Ableman, and Elliot Coleman.

I'm getting into Anais Nin because she says fun stuff like this:
"“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls. -- Anais Nin"

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I went to a labour rights organizer training in Washington, D.C. It was great to be able to work with other people who were so dedicated to justice.

Teach, Learn, Share

photography, some farming, some computers.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Um... vegan cooking, photography? What's the difference between this and the above field?

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Egypt, El Salvador, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palestine, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Nepal, Norway

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