Regenerative agriculture is based on various agricultural and ecological practices around the world and its history is heavily rooted in Biodynamic practices with particular emphasis on minimal soil disturbance and also the practice of composting.
Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and restorative approach to food and farming systems with its primary focuses on topsoil, by increasing the soil biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing the entire soil ecosystem, supporting carbon sequestering, increasing resilience to climate change and strengthening the health and soil vitality/performance.
Regenerative agriculture can be practiced by recycling as much farm waste as possible, and also adding composted material from other sources outside the farm environment.
Regenerative agriculture on small farms and gardens is often based on ideologies like permaculture, agroforestry , holistic farm management which larger farms tend to be less ideology driven, or the use “no-til ” and/or “reduced till” practices.
With the practice of regenerative farm, crop yields should increase over time, as the topsoil deepens, production may increase and this may lessen the need for external compost inputs.
An actual plant/crop yield is dependent on the nutritional value of the composting materials, the structure and content of the soil profile.
A major part of regenerative agriculture is allowing beneficial microbes to restore nature back to equilibrium.
What is beneficial microbes?
Beneficial microorganism are naturally occuring bacteria, fungi, and other microbes that plays a crucial role in plant productivity and health , examples are Mycorrhizal fungi and nitrogen-fixing bacteria called ”Microsymbionts” because they form a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship with plants.
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