Regenerative Agriculture. What does this mean?
Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services.
Regenerative Agriculture aims to capture carbon in soil and aboveground biomass, reversing current global trends of atmospheric accumulation. At the same time, it offers increased yields, resilience to climate instability, and higher health and vitality for farming and ranching communities.
The system draws from decades of scientific and applied research by the global communities of organic farming, agro-ecology, Holistic Management, and agroforestry.
Many farmers have laudably undertaken natural resource management initiatives on their properties to make their landscapes more sustainable and there are a growing number of farmers who have gone one step further and embraced regenerative agriculture.
Regenerative agriculture is a system of farming which actively regenerates the current natural resource base.
Improving soil health is a key priority. Strong, healthy soils (structural and biological) with deep carbon levels retain water, support strong, nutrient rich plants, and promote biodiversity in soil microbes and plants. They also sequester greater amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, which helps combat climate change.
Regenerative agriculture works to:
1. Support soil systems Replenish nutrients into soil for better crop yields
2. Increase biodiversity Encourage and support flora and fauna species co-habitation
3. Improve water cycles Repair erosion and reduce and remove water pollution
4. Support bio-sequestration Increase dry matter compost and soil structure to lock carbon back into soil
5. Increase resilience to climate fluctuation Build resilience through ground cover and water storage
6. Strengthen soil health and vitality Improve water retention, compost and pastures and tree root systems