“Regenerative Agriculture” is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming system. It focuses on topsoil regeneration, increasing Biodiversity, improving water cycle, enhancing ecosystem services, supporting bio- sequestration, increasing resilience to climate change and strengthening the health and vitality of farm soil.
Reduced/No tilling Farming Practices.
Don’t disturb the soil. Limit mechanical, chemical, and physical disturbance of the soil. Tillage destroys soil structure. Fewer disruptions to soil allow more diverse soil microbes that provide better soil structure for plants to grow.
Keep the soil surface covered at all times. Bare soil is an anomaly, nature always works to cover the soil. Providing a natural “coat of armor” protects the soil from wind and water erosion while providing food and habitat for macro and micro-organisms.
Strive for diversity of both plant and animal species. Grasses, forbs, legumes, and shrubs all live and thrive in harmony with each other. Some have shallow roots, some deep, some fibrous, some tap. Some are high-carbon, some are low-carbon, some are legumes. Each of them plays a role in maintaining soil health.
Maintain Living Roots in the soil as long as possible throughout the year. When you see green growing plants any time of year it is a sign of living roots. Those living roots are feeding soil biology by providing its basic food source: carbon. This biology, in turn, fuels the nutrient cycle that feeds plants.
Nature does not function without animals. The grazing of animals stimulates the plants to pump more carbon into the soil. This drives nutrient cycling by feeding biology. If you want a healthy functioning ecosystem on your farm or ranch, you must provide a home and habitat for not only farm animals but pollinators, predator insects, earthworms, and all of the microbiology that drive ecosystem function
Other Regenerative Agriculture Practices...
...that help manage and improve soil fertility Include Managed Grazing, Crop Rotation, Composting, Agroforestry and Agro-silvopasture systems