Regenerative Agriculture is an approach to food and farming systems that regenerates topsoil and increases biodiversity now and long into the future. Regenerative Agriculture improves water cycles, enhances ecosystem services, increases resilience to climate fluctuation and strengthens the health and vitality of farming and ranching communities.
Today, the current practice of Regenerative Agriculture takes place on a wide variety of scopes and scales throughout the world.
The core Principals and Practices of Regenerative Agriculture are based on a wide range of established sustainable land management practices and resource renewal systems , both historic and contemporary.
- Increase soil fertility
- Work with wholes, not parts
- Progressively improve whole agro-ecosystems (soil, water, and biodiversity)
- Connect the farm to its larger agroecosystem and bioregion
- Create context-specific designs and make holistic decisions that express the essence of each farm
- Express the unique irreplaceable essence of each person, farm and place
- Make holistic decisions aimed at specific systems change
- Ensure and develop just and reciprocal relationships amongst all stakeholders
- Design for non-linear, multi-capital reciprocity
- Continually grow and evolve individuals, farms, and communities to express their innate potential
- Continually evolve agro-ecological processes and cultures
- Agriculture shifts the world
- Permaculture Design
- Soil Food Web
- Properly Managed Livestock, Well-managed grazing, Animal Integration, and Holistically Managed Grazing
- Keyline Subsoiling
- No-Till Farming, minimum tillage, and Pasture Cropping
- Cover crops & multi-species cover crops
- Organic Annual Cropping and Crop rotations
- Compost, Compost Tea, animal manures, and Thermal Compost
- Polyculture and full-time planting of multiple crop intercrop plantings
- Borders planted for bee habitat and other beneficial insects.
- Boarders planted as biological corridors to create habitat and facilitate passage of native fauna
- Biochar & Terra Preta
- Ecological Aquaculture
- Perennial Crops