What’s in a name? A lot of things are said about agricultural approaches these days. There is conventional or industrial agriculture approaches (using synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, GMO’s, CAFO’s irrigation, intensive tillage and other nasties), sustainable agriculture (which is supposed to be to farming without (further) compromising future generations ability to farm), and regenerative agriculture (focusing on building soil, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle etc).
We don’t think that conventional or industrial agriculture is the way of the future. But sustainable agriculture doesn’t work for us either. Sustainable really means working on retaining the status quo. But when the status quo is soil that is degraded, with the usual issues that come from farming conventionally for a while, do we want to keep the status quo? No – not at all.
So we are pursuing a regenerative agriculture approach. Seeking to manage holistically to build soil, increase biodiversity, sequester carbon in the soil, and care for the animals and land we are entrusted with. To improve the water holding capacity of the soil, and reduce erosion and run off. To build a farm that is healthier for everyone and everything. Over time, we plan to improve the soil, heal the damage to the land, improve carbon storage and cycling, increase biodiversity, and have happy cows and produce tasty beef. Sustainable Ag is not for us - we have no intention of maintaining the status quo - we want to use regenerative ag to heal the land and grow healthy food. Now that's something that is worth the effort!
So, this blog is just an update of what we are up to on the farm - nothin' fancy...