REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE

Regenerative agriculture leads to healthy soil, capable of producing high quality, nutrient dense food while simultaneously improving, rather than degrading land, and ultimately leading to productive farms and healthy communities and economies.

There is a better way to farm

why "regenerative"?

Because “sustainable” is just not good enough!

  • The integrity and function of our soils have become seriously impaired, so much so, that most of the applied fertiliser ends up polluting our rivers.
  • Our farms are not resilient enough to handle the increasingly challenging climate variability.
  • The production of “cheap” food that looks good, but with low nutrient density, comes at an enormous environmental and health cost.
  • We have unwittingly enslaved ourselves to a system that perpetuates the downward spiral of environmental degradation, diminishing profits and poor health.
  • South African farm debt has increased from roughly R80 billion in 2008 to R160 billion in 2017.
  • Family farms are disappearing and swallowed up by corporate farms.
  • Profit margins are increasingly being eroded.

the solution

What’s needed is a fundamental redesign of how agriculture, and our place therein, is viewed. We need to reprogram the way we think and approach farming. Only if we think holistically and regeneratively, will we create a future that is resilient, profitable and healthy for us, our crops and the environment.

Regenerative Farming Made Simple

  • Build topsoil deep down - drought resistant, fertile
  • Restore soil function - lower fertiliser use and pollution substantially
  • Improve plant health - lower pesticide use
  • Increase water infiltration and water holding capacity
  • Improve crop quality – appearance, nutrient density and shelf life
  • Improve and sustain production for years to come
  • Increase farm profitability

our approach

INITIAL ASSESSMENT

  • Soil health status – physical, biological and chemical
  • Fertiliser efficiency
  • Production quantity and quality

REGENERATIVE PLAN

  • Restore microbial biodiversity with Compost Tea and cover crops
  • Redesign fertiliser programs to support soil health and reduce the harmful effects thereof
  • Address the root cause of pests and diseases
  • Eradicate fertiliser losses and pollution
  • Build stable soil carbon
  • Create resilient crops that can withstand stress through disease, drought, frost and heat

OUTCOMES

  • Measurable results – soil compaction, fertiliser use, soil carbon and other bio indicators
  • Annual goal setting – inputs, production, quality
  • Upward spiral of soil regeneration

Benefits of Soil and Foliar Compost Tea Applications

PROFIT WISE, EARTH FRIENDLY

Many of you may be new to farming and may have “inherited” a dead, diseased soil with little soil function and might not be aware of the true potential of what lies beneath your feet. Your soil was once fertile. As an illustration of how soil function can be restored, we would like to share the story of Ecosoil’s founder.
“Regenerative agriculture is not possible without actively forming topsoil and new topsoil cannot form unless there are high levels of biological activity. Once we recognise the significance of this relationship, and focus on its achievement, agriculture becomes less complicated and far more rewarding.”
Dr. Christine Jones
Soil Carbon Accreditation Scheme
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