ONEAs more people have woken up to the fact that what we eat affects not only our body but also our environment, curiosity about regenerative agriculture has naturally begun to grow.
Not sure what it is? Regenerative agriculture refers to holistic farming practices that help, rather than harm, the environment. This often includes reducing tillage (or how much soil is plowed) and using pesticides and herbicides, using cover crops (plants grown between harvests to slow down soil erosion and increase biodiversity), practicing crop rotation, cattle grazing and more. The goal is to prioritize soil health and land management practices that mimic nature and rehabilitate the soil. While many of today’s agricultural practices are responsible for a full quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, regenerative agriculture does the opposite, giving back to the earth instead of just taking away.
Even when one knows the definition, regenerative agriculture can still seem quite hazy; it’s hard to know what it actually looks like unless you, well, see it. Do you want to go on a small excursion? In the latest section of What Wellness, Well + Goods Director of Creative Development, Ella Dove, took a trip to Plumcot Farm, a regenerative farm located in Malibu, California. While she was there, she picked up some tips that we can all put into practice in our own lives.
At Plumcot Farms – which is certified organic and family-owned – you will find, among other things, pomegranates, peaches, avocados, bananas and seasonal row crops (such as beets, chard and kale). Since this is a regenerative farm, Alison Hersel, owner and farmer, explains in the video that everything is grown in a way that gives more back to the land than what has been taken from it. For example, she explains the benefits of growing avocados and bananas near each other. “When you plant avocados and bananas together, they use the same amount of water than if it were a single tree,” Hersel says.
While many people may not have the outdoor space (or weather) required to grow avocados and bananas in tandem, Hersel also shows how to make something that can be beautiful everywhere we live: wild flower seed bombs. “The idea behind bombing wild flower seeds is to wild our public space again,” Hersel says. “If there’s a vacant lot in your neighborhood or walkway that’s dead and flooded with weeds, drop your seed bomb.” The result? A spot of colorful flowers.
When it comes to the most important thing we can all do to live a more sustainable life, Hersel says it’s as simple as this: Ask more questions about where your food comes from. “Whether it’s takeaway, eating at a restaurant, or we’re buying our food at the grocery store, it’s really important to ask,” she says.
Watch the episode to find out how to use that question to make the most sustainable food choices, as well as to hear Hersel’s other tips – including how to make wild flower seed bombs yourself.
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