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Why everyone is buzzing about regenerative farming

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Why everyone is buzzing about regenerative farming

We talk a lot about ‘regenerative farming,’ but what exactly does it mean? Simply put, it’s a farming method that improves the resources it uses, rather than destroying or depleting them. This holistic land-management approach lets nature do the work; And in a time when we’re in the midst of a major climate crisis, experts believe that regenerative agriculture can help reverse it.  

Soil from the smallest backyard garden to a multi-acre farm can play an integral role in food production, and the reality is that it’s all being threatened by climate change.

 

It’s hard to believe that one form of farming can help make our world a better place, but believe it or not, regenerative agriculture rebuilds topsoil and can also provide global food security. This happens because it recharges water cycles and restores water quality, too.

Locally in Central New York, our Tap Root Team uses daily practices that help regenerate the soil. Those practices include cover crops, reduced tilling, rotating crops, spreading compost, and moving away from synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and factory farming. We put a major emphasis on looking at the farm as a whole and how the entire ecosystem can work hand in hand. We’re not just working to benefit our farm, we’re working to help our community be healthier by keeping our land and soil as healthy as possible.

A few ways we’re working as a regenerative farm include:

  • Adopting low or no-tilling processes.

  • Minimizing our physical disturbance of the soil. This practice is said to help increase soil organic matter over time, creating a healthier environment for plants to thrive in.  

  • Protecting and diversifying our plants. Cover crops that are left exposed to the elements can erode the necessary nutrients needed for proper plant growth. Also, planting the same plants, at the same time, in the same place can be detrimental to the farming process. 

  • Rotating crops and diversifying plants in the fields to help create rich, varied, and nutrient-dense soils that lead to more productive yields. 

Many of you might be wondering if you can practice your own form of regenerative farming at home, and the simple answer is yes. Buying organic whenever you can, moving to a plant-based diet, or buying organic grass-fed meat are all possible and doable options. Ultimately, knowing where your food comes from is key. It’s important to understand what it means to truly be ‘organically grown,’ and the major global impact it can have. So the next time you’re in the store shopping, have another look at the food you’re feeding your family, or maybe take a walk down the organic aisle. Better yet, stop by your local farm stand to stock up. These small changes can have a great impact in fighting the climate crisis and stomping out a carbon footprint or two.

Our “Root To You” farm stand is open and we make it easy for you. Visit us at 4272 Jordan Road in Skaneateles. We’re open daily and offer a variety of produce based on what we’re growing and harvesting out in our fields