Regenerative Agriculture claims to offer solutions to our agricultural and land care problems, such as soil erosion and depletion, weed and pest abundance and pesticide tolerance, nutrient supply and availability, proper ecological roles for farm animals, and more. Through these regenerative methods Regenerative Ag also offers solutions to our wider, global crises such as climate change and ocean acidification through carbon sequestration into soils, less reliance on chemicals and mined minerals, and less fossil fuel consumption.
Can it deliver on these promises? At our Winter Conference this season we will explore these issues with several leaders in the arena of regenerative and sustainable agriculture over the course of two panel discussions moderated by Rhode Island farmer John Kenny.
- Ray Archuleta, the Soils Guy himself, has worked for over 25 years with NRCS as a Conservation Agronomist and has been a leading spokesperson for regenerative agriculture.
- Leah Penniman is a farmer, activist, author, co-founder and co-director of Soul Fire Farm in Petersburg NY. Leah brings the perspective of a Black woman who has helped many, many Black and Brown people reconnect with the land.
- Dr. Vern Grubinger is the Extension Professor and Vegetable and Berry Specialist at the University of Vermont. Vern has been helping farmers for over thirty years reach sustainable solutions to agricultural challenges.
- Dr. Jonathan Lundgren is the founder of Ecdysis Foundation and Blue Dasher Farm. Jonathan left a career at the USDA over the agency’s attempts to suppress his research around neonicotinoid pesticides and their ecological impacts. He has since dedicated himself to research around regenerative practices and is an advocate of their promises.