The exact mix of regenerative approaches appropriate to a farm varies depending on what is being produced and the goals of the farmer and landowner.  Some soil and climate conditions can also impact what farming practices it makes sense to use.  For farmers growing commodity crops or annual fruits and vegetables, some common regenerative approaches can include:

  • Cover crops
  • Minimal soil disturbance (such as use of no-till or strip-till)
  • Diversified crop rotations
  • Field buffers and perennial plant strips on contours to reduce soil runoff
  • Integrating crops and livestock where feasible

For perennial food crops such as orchards and vineyards, changes might involve growing cover crops between the grapes or trees, perhaps using cover crops that attract more pollinators or other strategies that involve integrated pest management approaches.  Pasture management might involve adding legumes, having a mix of cool-season and warm-season pastures that includes some native grasses where viable, and management intensive grazing that stimulates soil biology.  Certainly, other approaches make sense for different farmers, and new ideas on how to better manage for resiliency are coming forward every year.

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