Examples of regenerative agriculture

Level of Expertise: Introductory/Overview,

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,

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. Soil and climate conditions can also impact what farming practices make sense. 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

For perennial food crops such as orchards and vineyards, changes might involve getting cover crops growing between the grapes or trees, including pollinator plantings and 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 include native grasses, and management intensive grazing that stimulates soil biology. Certainly, other approaches make sense for certain farmers, and new ideas on how to better manage for resiliency are coming forward every year.

Examples of regenerative agriculture

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