Healthy food comes from healthy soil. Unfortunately, most soil today is far from healthy, thanks to years of industrial farming methods that push Mother Nature too far. It’s over-tilled, over-fertilized, exposed, eroded and treated with chemically-based fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. What good food could come from land like that? These degenerative, industrial practices have depleted the soil of life, making it difficult or impossible for it to support growing plants, and spurring frustrated farmers to rely more and more on chemical inputs.We cannot continue to abuse our soil, nor can we simply sustain unhealthy land – we must to revive and restore it, and we can through Regenerative Agriculture.
Regenerative Agriculture is a farming method that relies on nature, not harsh chemicals or disruptive practices like tilling. When practiced, Regenerative Agriculture offers a multitude of benefits for our farms, our environments, and our food. It builds soil health, enhances ecosystem diversity, and captures carbon and nitrogen from the atmosphere, to name a few.
Since it is dependent on working with and adapting to nature, there is no specific “formula” for Regenerative Agriculture. However, there are some guiding principles to follow, which include:
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