There has been a lot of talk about how regenerative agriculture will save the planet. But, with all the excitement about regenerative agriculture there have been a number of dubious companies wanting to hop on the regenerative agriculture band wagon and show how green they are.
While some people say that regenerative agriculture is a subset of organic agriculture, the broader definition is that it defines agricultural practices that improve soil health. At HMI we believe that regenerative agriculture is agricultural practices that not only regenerate the land health (soils and plants), but also regenerate the businesses and communities that engage with that land (both economically and socially). That may seem like a tall order, but it is the result that many Holistic Management producers have been able to accomplish.
Go to our Videos Profile page and see the many Holistic Management producers who are being recognized for the work they are doing on the land and in their communities. Whether you click on the video of Gabe Brown of North Dakota or Joel Salatin of Virginia, you will be inspired to learn what is being done to regenerate the land.
In a recent white paper by Terra Genesis International, the authors note that no single best practice will result in regenerative agriculture. Indeed, because nature is a system, a system approach is necessary. Holistic Management, like Permaculture, is a tool that helps people design their regenerative approach to land use effectively.
The 7 Principles of Regenerative Agriculture that Terra Genesis International lays out are:
1. Work with wholes, not parts
2. Design for non-linear, multi-capital reciprocity
3. Make holistic decisions aimed at specific systems change
4. Express the unique irreplaceable essence of each person, farm and place
5. Continually evolve agro-ecological processes and cultures
6. Connect the farm to its larger agroecosystem and bioregion
7. Agriculture shifts the world
If you want to learn how to incorporate these principles into your practices/actions, I recommend you download HMI’s Introduction to Holistic Management Manual for free today.
Cultivating Community: Land, Food, Health will offer thought-provoking presentations and breakout sessions on various consumer and producer interests. Local food security, land health, strengthening our communities and nourishing our bodies all included! We have something for everyone, so come learn from the experts!
Many of our acclaimed speakers are celebrated throughout the world. Our special keynote speaker, “America’s Most Famous Farmer” himself, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, will be sure to inspire us all.
We’ll also enjoy beautiful landscapes, farm-fresh food and be on the land with the animals. This is no ordinary conference.
Jonas Nilsson says
Dear Sirs, Madams,
I was so excited to discover regenerative agriculture via Sheridan Tatsuno on Facebook. In his posted link they talk about how it would be possible to combat climat change by restoring the topsoil, hence a new expression för me: regenerative agriculture.
I live in sweden and I have worked in the field of recirculating Aquaculture and now I work with growing insects (black soldier fly) in food waste in order to offer a fishfeed that not contains neither fishmeal nor soyaprotein. All this in order to create a holistic and circular foodproduction with as little negative impact as possible.
I am very worried about the climat change and if mankind could understand the enormous win win potential in combating climat change and at the same time revitalize our agricultural soils it would be fantastic.
I just wonder how I get started. I get the impression that if I speak to the folks at the agricultural universities in sweden, I will be met with sceptisism. The researchers are in to bussiness as usual way of dealing with agricultural activities ie chemicals, plowing, man made fertilzers etc.
How do you convince and inspire people in your surrondings?
Ann Adams says
Hi Jonas, You can start by learning more about Holistic Management and become a leader in your area. We have an Introduction to Holistic Management class starting up in August. You can learn more at: https://holisticmanagement.org/training-programs/onlineintro/. We’re glad you are exploring how to bring more regenerative agriculture to Sweden!
Caroline Almroth says
I live in sweden as well. I work as a vet and my husband is a farmer. We are really interested in this. Jonas: if you want to contact me please do so [email protected] gmail.com
Will there be another online course anytime soon?
Where did these 7 principles originate?
Ann Adams says
Hi Anders, You can learn more about at: https://www.terra-genesis.com/