Farming for the future
Farmers the heroes
Helping the transition
A lot of our current day problems can be solved on the land. By taking soil-health as the number 1 priority, regenerative farming helps to: promote an active soil microbiome, capture CO2, fix nitrogen, hold water in the soil, stop erosion, increase biodiversity and provide natural pest-control mechanisms, all with healthy food as a consequence.
There are various farming practices that are considered regenerative agriculture, such as: no-till farming, holistic grazing, biodynamic farming, natural sequence farming, agroforestry and permaculture.
A common thread is around managing the land by mimicking natural processes that support the ecosystem in which farming and ecology go hand in hand.
Farmers are generally proud of the way they operate and so they should be.
A conventional farmer typically farms in a mechanised and calculated fashion, proudly producing the food we eat, using chemical fertilisers to provide the plants with nutrients to grow. Unfortunately, this approach often leads to less fertile soils with an ever increasing need for chemical inputs and less nutrient-dense food as a result.
Regenerative farmers will have their focus primarily on improving soil-life, creating a living soil to support plant growth. Plant growth, in turn, will help to create an active living soil. Leading to an increase in active topsoil over time. Importantly, plant roots get their nutrients via the microbiology in the soil, leading to healthier food.
Transitioning to regenerative agriculture is not an easy journey. It requires a change of management style, continuous learning and patience.
To help the transition on the land it is important to understand the farmer's needs to successfully change the way they operate their farms. Think of educational needs, farm supply needs, connections to markets ready to receive their beneficial produce and opportunities around carbon credits.
With a basic understanding in various regenerative practices, we are well equipped to discover farmer needs and consumer needs to help build an ecosystem that supports farmers to succeed.