Regenerative Agriculture 

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Have you considered transitioning to regenerative agriculture and not sure where to begin?

We support farmers looking to gradually convert their operation to a more sustainable practice. 

With options that reduce your costs, we can implement a gradual process of restoration and regeneration of your soil using a combination of green covers, green manures, organic manures, cover crops, and companion planting etc.

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What Is Regenerative Agriculture in Farming?


The term Regenerative Agriculture is a relatively new term, predominately because farming has followed a very rigid path since the industrial age, when tractors quickly replaced horses to get things done quicker. 

Over the years, the tractors have grown in size, as has the amount of land managed by farmers, consequently this means more power, more destruction of the soil when tilled or ploughed to deeper depths. Whereas in yesteryears, horses didn’t have the pulling power to rip as deep through soil the way it is done today, causing less damage to the soil biology. 

When soil is ploughed or even tilled to the depths capable with modern machines, all the beneficial soil biology is disturbed, and once exposed to the sun (UV) and dry conditions, it begins to die. When the biology in soil dies, so does the nutrients needed for plant growth. 

Adding fertilisers, pesticides, and herbicides only creates a never ending cycle of doom for the soil. It becomes a perpetual cycle of battling against nature, rather than working with it! 

When soil is restored to how it should be, using cover crops, green cover, manure, and so on, it becomes fertile again, full of nutrients, meaning less artificial pesticides and inorganic fertilisers are required. This is good news, considering the price of fertilisers at present, which, is expected to increase even further this year.


We have to realise that nature has managed very well before humans came along and interestingly enough, Bill Mollison (the father of Permaculture) spent his life devoted to studying nature and how the system works so that we could work with it, rather than against it. 

There are a set of principles involved when it comes to Regenerative Agriculture, which are; 

Soil Amour

Keep the soil covered throughout the year. This prevents weeds being placed upon the soil where they need to be to thrive, reducing the loss of nutrients. 

Living Roots

Did you know that roots put sugar-rich carbon into the soil naturally that feeds the soil biology? In return, soil biology provides plants with the nutrients locked up in the soil.

Less Disturbance

Soil disturbance should be kept to an absolute minimum, nowhere in nature does mother nature plough, add synthetic fertilisers, and hydrocarbon pesticides.

Plant Diversity

A diverse range of plants and species wherever at all possible, will reduce the pressure that nature places on a mono-crop system by trying to balance these unnatural environments by invading them with what we call pests, weeds, and diseases. As an example, if we trick pests away from our prized crops, we not only provide them with food and nourishment, but they provide us with their waste deposited into the soil to be turned into nutrients.

Using Livestock

We need to integrate livestock and their manures into these systems, animals within our ecosystems keep the link in the chain, without them, there would be no ecosystem on our planet. Likewise, animals provide nutrients for the soil, the soil provides feed (grasses), and food for humans! This is a perfect example of the Permaculture principle of “Use no waste“, everything within a permaculture design should have at least two, if not three uses. 

 

INTERESTING FACTS ON REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE

Regenerative Agriculture increases plant diversity.

  1. Plant diversity helps build healthy soils to better trap water and nutrients. Regenerative farms may vary crop rotations, plant multiple species of cover crops together, grow diverse forage in pastures, and maintain permanent vegetation. A way to naturally defend against pests and diseases, while improving soil health and the ecosystem.
  2. In the US alone soil can draw down 250 million metric tons of carbon dioxide–equivalent greenhouse gasses every year.
  3. Regenerative agriculture helps maximize water use efficiency and improve water quality, helping to protect and restore clean water in nearby water sources like streams, rivers, and lakes.
  4. Regenerative Agriculture captures substantial amounts of carbon from the air and store it in the soil, helping mitigate the effects of climate change.
  5. Regenerative agriculture sequesters atmospheric carbon dioxide, reversing industrial agriculture’s contributions to climate change.
  6. A shift to regenerative agricultural practices can restore grassland as one third of the earth’s surface is grassland and 70% of those grasslands have been degraded. By using holistic grazing practices, we can restore grasslands.
  7. Regenerative practices such as no till farming and cover cropping are reducing erosion and water pollution, and in turn, producing healthier soils.
  8. Regenerative Agriculture produces nutrient-dense foods that are free from chemical contaminants.
  9. In a white paper titled “Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change”, the Rodale Institute states that “we could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term ‘regenerative organic agriculture.’”