Regenerative agriculture is an approach to farming that emphasizes the importance of soil, both in regards to the microbial population and regeneration of topsoil, in order to create a more ecologically sustainable operation that increases biodiversity, improves the water cycle, and increases resilience to climate change.
Generating food on a small scale close to home is one important step we can all take to create more sustainable communities. Most grocery store food is grown in California and Arizona, where unsustainable agriculture practices allow for intensive year round production at the cost of healthy soils and depletion of underground aquifers. Farming like this is incredibly deleterious to the environment and the long term impact likely holds severe consequences for the environment and subsequently the economy.
Permaculture, (i.e. permanent agriculture) is a whole systems method of thinking that seeks to replicate and proliferate natural arrangements and partnerships observed in healthy and thriving wild ecosystems. It is essentially a holistic management theory that attempts to establish perennial agriculture in the form of a self-maintaining habitat. Here at Honey Nut Farm we practice permaculture by attempting to close as many loops as possible on the farm so that we rely as little as possible on off-farm inputs.
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