WHAT IS REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE?
Ecosystem re-creation. Simply put, regenerative agriculture is a way of raising animals on the land which seeks to mostly closely mimic the way that ruminants have lived on the grasslands of this planet for millions of years. By utilizing rotational grazing practices, carbon is sequestered into the soil creating a healthier ecosystem.
HOW REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE WORKS
Regenerative agriculture is about interconnection between species within an ecosystem. On farms raising animals in this way, humans, cows, sheep, birds, bees and other pollinators, insects, plants, earthworms, soil bacteria and mycorrhizal networks are all interconnected with each organism playing a critical role in this web of life.
In order for ecosystems in nature to thrive, all of the components of such an interconnected system must be present. When cows, sheep and other ruminant animals are raised in a regenerative fashion, they consume grasses grown from healthy, carbon rich soils and in the process of grazing contribute to the health of this soil contributing nutrients and bacteria in their urine and manure. Without animals to naturally fertilize the land, the soil weakens and eventually becomes unable to support life.
In contrast to the badly myopic perspective that ruminants are destroying the earth, when we examine regenerative agriculture practices it quickly becomes clear that nothing could be further from the truth. In order for the soil to remain healthy, properly raised animals MUST be a part of the ecosystem.
Modern monocrop agriculture and animal feedlot systems have forgotten this. These ways of raising plants and animals disrupt ecosystems by decreasing species diversity and deplete the soil of crucial nutrients.
REGENERATIVE FARMS WE SOURCE FROM
At Heart & Soil we source from farms that treat both animals and the land with the utmost care.