Regenerative agriculture is the latest buzz word that we are all now familiar with, but what exactly is it? However, as the Regenerative Agriculture movement is continually adapting and expanding, there is no agreed definition. But there are five key principles:
- Minimise soil disturbance – adopting reduced or zero tillage practices
- Keep soil covered – minimising the amount of time that the soil is left bare, especially in winter, by covering with cover crops and leys
- Maintain living roots, which help stabilise the soil, prevent nutrient run-off and actively input carbon into the soil.
- Diversify rotations – Include leys and diversify crops grown
- Integrate livestock. Livestock can eat the grass grown to cover soil between arable rotations, and their manure can add valuable nutrients into the soil, reducing the need for fertilisers.
You can read more about these principles on this page of the Farm PEP website.