Today’s industrial agriculture system extracts from the land without replenishing, exploits people, animals, and natural resources, and is a major contributor to climate change. Rooted in Indigenous wisdom, regenerative farming is an alternative decision-making framework that offers a set of principles and practices to grow food in harmony with nature and heal the land from degradation. The regenerative principles include farming and ranching with an understanding of the land’s natural resource availability, building and prioritizing soil health, reducing and eventually eliminating the use of harmful chemicals, integrating animals onto agricultural land, and nurturing strong relationships with communities.
For a definition of regenerative agriculture we invite you to look at the literature available online, especially through the likes of Rodale Institute, Ridgedale Farm, Neversink Farm and Terra in Luxemburg, as a few examples. However, borrowing from Bob Rodale, as a small synopsis, here are some of the tenets of the Regenerative Farming Movement.
Bob penned the 7 principles of regenerative as he saw them, outlined below.