When setting out to farm, often the inspiration is a desire to live on the land, grow food, and be self-reliant. Here are a set of values and insights that have been acquired from twenty years of farming and learning from my mistakes.
Beauty, form, and function are the building blocks of farming. Beauty is expressed… Read more »
Everything eats and is eaten, and a main indicator of effective livestock grazing is watching the biodiversity increase and flourish in a balanced way. As a regenerative rancher I look toward that principle of nature to steward the 10,000 acres of grasslands my family manages in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a family owned… Read more »
It would be impossible to describe civilization today without noting the enormous contribution of petrochemicals, all nonrenewable. In a few hundred years, we have burned through scores of millions of years-worth of stored photosynthate to accomplish what we have. Without sustainable agriculture and land management practices, we are well on our way to saving absolutely… Read more »
The key difference between regenerative agriculture and sustainable agriculture is the intention to regenerate, or renew, the productivity and growth potential of whatever is being regenerated.
Sustainable practices, by definition, seek to maintain the same, whereas regenerative practices recognize that natural systems are currently impacted and it applies management techniques to restore the system to improved… Read more »
In order to discuss the merits of High Density Grazing versus Holistic Planned Grazing, both must be defined.
High Stock Density Grazing (HSDG) is grazing livestock at a high density, in excess of over 100,000 pounds per acre up to 1,000,000 pounds per acre for a very short amount of time, moving the livestock multiple times… Read more »