Regenerative Farming and Gardening

​Regenerative Farming and Gardening

​(This post is just a 2 to 3 minute read)

​​Regenerative gardening and farming ​has an intention not just to feed ​people, but to leave the entire web of life stronger, richer, more complex and more resilient after our growing systems are in place, than​ it was before.

Growing food regeneratively means growing food in ecosystems, not mono-cultures. Biologically diverse, stable ecosystems that grow more vigorous and more bountiful with each passing season.

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​​​Healthy food production systems can also be ecosystems.

There’s growing things for the purpose of selling them to make a profit.

And then there’s growing things for the purpose of meeting our needs, in ways that are ethical, that build connections, and that will still enable our great grandchildren to meet their needs.

This latter philosophy around growing things includes having an intention not just to feed ourselves, but to leave the entire web of life stronger, richer, more complex and more resilient after our growing systems are in place, than it was before.


Ecosystems, not mono-cultures
​​​With an ecosystem focus framing ​food production, rather than just a narrow profit focus, everything changes.

When I say "regenerative gardening and farming," I mean growing food not in mono-cultures, but in ecosystems.  

(A mono-culture is basically a large area dedicated to producing just one crop, having wiped out the majority of other living things in the vicinity. When you eat food grown like this, you are eating something that's been severed from the web of life it should have been part of. You are eating something that is artificial.)

Healthy production systems are also ecosystems. Biologically diverse, stable ecosystems that can grow more vigorous, more bountiful, and more interconnected with neighboring ecosystems, with each passing season.

(Where does an ecosystem begin or end? It doesn't. Small ecosystems are embedded in larger ones, all of them inextricably interwoven across the living planet.)


Everything is connected
​​​It's not either / or. Its also.
The act of growing food, and also the act of looking after all of life.  

A pot of herbs on the balcony is directly connected to the source of your potting mix and the bees who visit it's flowers;

A farmer is directly reliant on the customers who choose food grown ethically, over food grown just for profit;

You as a customer can enjoy increased health and well being not just from better food but also from knowing that more bees and butterflies are going about their tiny, critical tasks on farms that integrate insect predators rather than using pesticides.

With an ecosystem focus framing our food production, rather than a narrow profit focus, the act of growing food for the short term becomes also the act of looking after all of life, for the long term.

It's not either / or. It's also.


Thanks for reading! If ​you've enjoyed this post, you may enjoy the other posts on my Sustainable Living page, ​​about ​providing for ourselves in ways that regenerate, rather than deplete, the web of life we depend upon.

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