Regenerative Agriculture

This is the way that we build or regenerate soils. Why care about soil? We believe that many of our health, environmental and climate issues can be solved when we adopt these strategies. Using our products is an ideal way to assist in rebuilding healthy soils.

“Start the transition away from external chemical dependencies”

What’s the difference between “dirt” and soil? In a single word… LIFE!

It is the microbial and fungal life that makes soil productive and healthy. Getting the soil biology right is the key step to producing vibrant plants with optimal, sustainable yields.

It is the microbial and fungal life that makes soil productive and healthy. Getting the soil biology right is the key step to producing vibrant plants with optimal, sustainable yields.

A system of farming practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves water retention, and enhances ecosystems.

  • Builds resilience and vitality
  • Fewer external inputs over time.

Regen Agri is the process of restoring soils that have been degraded naturally or have been damaged by harmful synthetic chemicals. Soils also get damaged by poor farming practices, inhibiting the soil’s ability to provide a protective and nurturing environment for plants and all life forms.

Why does this matter? There are so many reasons why this is important, from human health to bio-diversity and even climate change. Most importantly, our soils are getting degraded to such a degree that they are rapidly losing their productivity.

Human health and well-being

Bio-diversity – the key to resilience

Climate change & environmental resilience

How does Regen Agri work?

Most soils have sufficient nutrients, but these are often not in a bio-available form for plants to use. It’s the work of fungi and bacteria that makes nutrients bio-available (generally water-soluble). Adding more chemicals does not help; rather it hinders this process and slows the life building processes.

Enhancing biodiversity is a cornerstone strategy and leads to more productive soils and plants. Plants collaborate rather than compete –COMMUNITY EFFECT is what it is about.

Animal integration is a must in farming, as per the methods promoted by Allan Savory and biodynamic agriculture. Such methods help to transport organic matter into the soil mostly through root growth of annual and perennial plants. Think of the great savannas or American plains, fertilised by thousands of antelope and bison who grazed, dropped manure and urine and moved on. These are used to represent some of the most fertile soils on earth.

Plants know what nutrients they need and “manage” the microbes to provide them these nutrients by the exchange of root exudates. Too many synthetic chemicals inhibit this process.

“Get your soil biology right – ensuring the ‘good guys’ (aerobic micro-organisms) flourish and are in balance – and the rest falls into place”. Dr Elaine Ingham (SoilFoodWeb)

The economics of Regen Agri

Many farmers and growers want to transition from modern synthetic farming, yet are concerned about the financial side. There is great news here too!

Comparing the modern mono-cropping type approach to Regen Agri, the takeaway is that modern chemical methods require more external inputs over time to maintain optimum yields. By contrast in Regen Agri, external inputs slow down over time once the system is functioning optimally. As soil biology increases, farmers and growers need to apply less fertiliser, pesticides and fungicides and yields increase. In the medium to long term, Regen Agri wins on inputs, yield and finances – not to mention better overall environmental diversity and health!

Some key Regen Agri principles include: 

  • No-till or low till– Minimised disruption to the soil ecosystem keeps plant roots connected to unique communities of micro-organisms –  key to building healthy soils and store carbon. 
  • Cover crops –keep the ground covered with plants at all times! This allows for water and carbon to be absorbed by the soil which keeps the soil alive, reducing soil erosion and minimising CO2 release.
  • Diversified production – Multiple crops rotated in fields, perhaps with the integration of livestock, mimics natural ecosystems and enhances biodiversity which contributes to healthy soil and resilience. 
  • Reduce or eliminate synthetic chemicals– Synthetic chemical fertilizers discourage the plant from seeking nutrients deeper in the soil, minimising symbiotic work with microbes for its nutrition. Certain chemical pesticides further disrupt the soil microbial community and have other negative impacts on biodiversity, also contributing to land and water pollution. Pesticide exposure through the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink are linked to negative health impacts that range from birth defects to cancers and neurological disorders. 
  • Planned grazing– – Planned or rotational grazing of pastures mimics the patterns of animal herds which, ensures the land is not overgrazed. Manure and urine fertilize the soil and contribute to carbon sequestration. Animals in pastured systems tend to be healthier and do not need antibiotics to treat disease.

Other benefits of RA approaches include:

  • Increased yields
  • Better protection from pests and diseases (insects locate and prey on less vital plants which have lower immunity and defensive capacity)
  • Reduced irrigation needs
  • Reduced need for synthetic fertilisers
  • Weed suppression
  • Protection against soil erosion
  • Enhanced carbon sequestration
  • Protection of wildlife, insects and birds

Isn’t it time for you to transition to Regenerative Agriculture? Give us a call to help you on your way!

Links of interest

Deepen your understanding with these incredible videos:

Chemical farming and the loss of human health

Dr. Zach Bush: A physician specializing in internal medicine, endocrinology and hospice care. He is an internationally recognized educator and thought leader on the microbiome as it relates to health.

How the Microbiome Can Improve Gut Health (& Make Us Stronger!

What is the Soil Food Web?

How the Soil Food Web Works in the Organic Garden

Suzanne Simard:

Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia. Brilliant research on the fungal networks! Blow your mind with this talk!

Amazing insight into soil: Soil is a living organism

Kiss the Ground: Incredible movie (trailer shown)

Gabe Brown:

A pioneer of the soil-health movement and has been named one of the twenty-five most influential agricultural leaders in the United States.Brilliant research on fungal network! Blow your mind with this talk!