There is no one definition for regenerative agriculture, but there is widespread agreement on the type of practices used in regenerative farming.
Regenerative Agricultural Practices
Regenerative farming techniques are designed to improve soil health and increase the amount of arable topsoil. Common practices include:
Low- or No-till Farming
To stop the release of carbon dioxide.
Crop Rotation and Cover Cropping
To build and protect soil.
Increasing Crop Diversity
To feed the soil and help to build a diversity of microorganisms in the soil.
When animals graze, they feed on plants, which release their carbon-rich roots into the soil. The animals also trample the ground, creating pockets for water to pool, and fertilize it with their excrement. This is why a popular slogan for regenerative farming is: Keep the poop in the loop!
Planned Holistic Grazing
Not all grazing is created equal. Regenerative grazing means managing where and for how long animals graze and adapting that plan to the evolving needs of the landscape.
For a more in-depth look at the Regenerative Agriculture check out our article, Regenerative 101.