What's the 'Best' Way to Break Land?
An Invitation for Community Engagement
A common conundrum for those of us working in regenerative organic cropping is the question of if and how to expand cultivation into unbroken land. There's a cringe-worthy point in almost every conversation around the impact of breaking up grassland, removing trees and filling in wetlands. These are practices that may work against the principles of regenerative agriculture, but they are also often necessary for an organic farm to be economically viable.
Like anything, there are bad and less bad approaches breaking up grassland, for example. What are the techniques being used that allow for a crop to be grown and also minimizes disturbance and disruption of the natural biology in the field? How are we currently farming around wetlands and what measurable benefits are being observed from doing so? And with all the research coming out now around the benefits of silvoculture (adjacent production of trees and crops), how can it practically be incorporated into farms in western Canada?
One of Sustainable Grain's reasons for existing is to bring this type of knowledge to light. If you're on this mailing list, we believe you have some of the answers. As you digest the information in this week's report, please give some thought to engaging with us and each other more openly, by chiming in Sustainable Grain's facebook page with your ideas, questions and feedback around the questions above.
Regenerative organic farming is an extremely powerful new movement, but is it ever hard to implement, right?! As a community, a critical part of our work to bring regenerative organic farming into the prevalent place it deserves in society, is by sharing our knowledge, helping each other turn failures into feedback and successes into strategies for the future.