Communicating the essentials
Level of Expertise: Intermediate,
Topics: Cover Crops, Soil Health and Building Soil Carbon, Biodiversity, Pollinators, Grazing Systems, Diversified Cropping and Agroforestry, Buffer Strips, Nutrient Management, No-Till and Reduced Disturbance,
There are so many choices with some regenerative practices that it can be a bit overwhelming for farmers and landowners alike. We suggest you work with your clients by starting simple, such as taking an individual field or pasture and doing some trials to see what works for them. Very importantly, connect your clients with educational opportunities to hear from other farmers using these practices, whether through a farm tour, workshop, or webinar. That peer-to-peer learning between farmers can help improve both your client’s comfort level with new practices and increase their chance of success with a new approach. Also, help your client understand that failure with a trial can be an important part of a learning experience. Many innovative farmers comment on how they made missteps when getting started. Of course, you can help them avoid some of those missteps, but encourage them to accept failures as “learning experiences” when trying a new practice. If they keep refining their approach and expand slowly, they should find a way to make things work for them.