What is Regenerative Agriculture?
While there is no strict definition, Regenerative Agriculture is an umbrella-term for sustainable farming methods that focus on:
- Restoring soil fertility.
- Increasing biodiversity.
- Sequestering and reducing emissions.
- Improving nutrient cycling in the soil.
- Animal welfare.
- Increasing water quality and availability.
(Schreefel et al., 2020)
This style of farming integrates plants and animals, uses no chemical inputs, and avoids practices that cause long-term damage to soil, such as excessive tillage.
Practices that involve “farming for nature” are encouraged, such as hedgerow preservation, field margins, winter stubble, cover crops, agroforestry, and flowering belts
Regenerative Agriculture is site-specific, and farmers can implement the practices in the ways which they feel most suit their land, which can be a very empowering process. Many people say that Regenerative Agriculture mimics ‘the old way’ of farming, as it is a less intrusive and less intensive way of farming.
Read about Irish Farmers Using Regenerative Agriculture practices
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing stories from farmers who are using regenerative agriculture practices in their farming. To read, click on the name:
What is SECAD’s Involvement?
SECAD have joined 7 other rural development stakeholder groups across Europe to create an educational project entitled “REGINA”, which stands for: ‘Regenerative agriculture. An innovative approach towards mitigation of climate change through multi-tier learning.’ This project has received funding from Erasmus+ and aims to create a university module for third-level students, and an online learning platform for farmers.
This project is funded through the European Erasmus+ Project. For more information, visit: www.regina-ra.eu/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy cows on a multi-species pasture on Mervyn Auchmuty’s farm, County Roscommon
- Rhodes, C.J., 2017. The imperative for regenerative agriculture. Science progress, 100(1), pp.80-129.
- Schreefel, L., Schulte, R.P.O., De Boer, I.J.M., Schrijver, A.P. and Van Zanten, H.H.E., 2020. Regenerative agriculture–the soil is the base. Global Food Security, 26, p.100404.