The value of regenerative farming is the desire of farmers to reduce their environmental impact and align their practices with the services that are inherently part of all ecosystems. But this is not a new concept at all.
Attaining soils that are working for you is a process. It starts with figuring out where your soils currently are. This will determine the next steps.
Can we afford not to change when we look beyond the individual farm and look at the entire agricultural industry and the way food is produced? What will it cost environmentally, and long-term economically, if we do not change?
Compost tea, if used correctly, can help reduce the use of harmful pesticides through the introduction of beneficial microbes and at the same time bring nutrients that are essential for plant growth and soil functions.
I am challenging farmers to think differently about how their farm systems are set up, especially in terms of their reliance on concentrates and fertiliser inputs. There is an alternative approach to the current convention.
Agriculture has not always been a destructive, extractive process. Regenerative agriculture is the solution, providing a renewable source of food.
I encourage you to think about farming from a restorative versus destructive, rather than a livestock versus plant-based perspective.
There is a huge issue in agriculture that most of the research, especially prominent research, is driven by the agrochemical agenda.
The goal is to restore agricultural soils to a healthy state – every farm is different, but the principles always apply.