These are some of the components of our Regenerative Organic Agriculture Farm, which is the same model we are striving for in Africa, India, France and Chile.
It is up to each of you to work with local ecologists and the older people of your villages to discover the value of your ancestral plants–then reintroduce them to the local people and create hedgerows comprised of your locally native plants.
This will protect your biodiversity and improve soil function, hydrology, air quality and nutrient uptake. Scientific studies support this.
Five important reasons to design, build and manage regenerative organic Agriculture farms (ROA) in urban and Peri urban environments:
1) Growing food locally, using ROA ecological methods can simultaneously reduce CO2 emissions by 30% while also sequestering significant carbon in the soil.
2) Converting to this form (ROA) of local food production builds soil organic content while sequestering more carbon in the soil than existing agriculture methods. Current farming methods diminish soil organic content, worsening from year to year.
3) Data shows that ROA farms are 7 to 10 times more productive than organic farms. Based on a California economy, typical one-acre organic farm will produce $12-18k revenue for one year. An ROA Farm will generate $100-$125k/acre/year.
4) An ROA one-acre farm can feed 500 people all their required fresh fruit and vegetables for a year. It can take 3 to 5 years for a regen farm to reach full production. High productivity is possible because of the variety of foods grown, methods used and multiple strategies employed, particularly by stacking functions.
5) ROA farms require fewer resources to grow more food than current farming practices. They are less labor intensive, less fossil fuel dependent, use less water, use no phosphate based fertilizers, no pesticides, no insecticides and no herbicides.