Chemical-based agriculture is new. It started in 1945 when the chemical companies, that had been making money from the war, needed a new revenue stream. Nitrogen-based bomb materials became fertilizer and chemical warfare agents became “pesticides and herbicides.” All previous generations only had access to organic food because there was no such thing as “non-organic” before 1945.
- There are only 60 years left of harvests if we don’t change our farming.
- Monocropping creates erosion by killing the soil.
- Synthetic fertilizers create algae blooms and dead zones.
- Pesticides residues remain in soil and on food.
- Chemical exposures disproportionately affect people of color.
“Regenerative Agriculture” describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.
Farmer’s Footprint is a coalition of farmers, educators, doctors, scientists, and business leaders aiming to expose the human and environmental impacts of chemical farming and offer a path forward through regenerative agricultural practices.
We live in the high desert of New Mexico. How can you create a regenerative agriculture farm in the desert?
- The Billion Agave Project is a game-changing ecosystem-regeneration strategy recently adopted by several innovative Mexican farms in the high-desert region of Guanajuato.
- This strategy combines the growing of agave plants and nitrogen-fixing companion treespecies (such as mesquite), with holistic rotational grazing of livestock. The result is a high-biomass, high forage-yielding system that works well even on degraded, semi-arid lands.
At Crooked Forest Institute, we intend to:
- Increase biodiversity in the soil,
- grow high nutrient density crops
- enough to share
- that improve human and animal health
- sequester carbon
- and practice water and land management
- guided by indigenous wisdom of
- the original people on this land.
- Regeneration International
- Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture
- Rodale Institute
- Farmer’s Footprint
- Southwest Victory Gardens and his resource page!
- Joel Salatin– The Lunatic Farmer
- Movie– Kiss the Ground
- Movie– The Need to Grow
- Community Food Resilience
- Movie — Living the Change
- Movie — The Biggest Little Farm