Building an agrihood that other communities can model will require a research institute and a farm training program.
Research and Training: SULRI and SOFT
Research and training programs are established to study, improve, promote and expand the agrihood and other land use models and thus create a regional network of world wide regenerative farming models. Each model varies according to region and the local ecosystem where the model is located.
Research and training programs can be offered at each farm’s location based on the local soils, their microbiology and climate conditions, native plants, and local ecosystems. SULRI collaborations can be developed with the academic institutions of each region, especially those within close proximity to each model site.
SULRI The Sustainable Urban Land-use Research Institute
SOFT Sustainable Organic Farm Training
In order for this farming model to produce significant benefits to society, an academic research institute is connected to it, primarily populated by a student internship program that provides a labor force and academic discipline programs to study outcomes and benefits, set up experiments, collect data, publish and share data.
For example, studies may be conducted comparing a regenerative farm model with other farm models. Some typical research areas of study may investigate:
1) Soil health,regeneration and microbial comparisons of naturalized soils to disturbed soils and the effects on yield and productivity by comparing microbial behaviors in varying soils states of disturbance.
2) air quality: conducting air quality and air content studies at regeneration farming sites, vs non regenerative farms sites.
3) Water: studies are conducted using various water technologies that enhance quality, conservation, improve technology, reuse, cleansing and watershed stewardship and education vs non regenerative farming sites
4) Waste: studies are conducted, shared and published comparing on site waste management systems to conventional systems that transport waste away from sites. This includes product and consumer waste and human bio-waste.
5) native plants studies: a list of the top native, ancestral food and medicinal plants, selected according to ecological regions where the farms are located.
A rating system may include:
1) Nutritional Value
2) Popular Acceptance
3) Super Food
4) Drought Tolerant
5) Ease of Processing
6) Disease and Pathogen Resistant
8) Habitat Value
11) Nitrogen Fixing