What is Regenerative Farming?
By Rolling Up
When it comes to growing cannabis, there are a lot of ways to go about doing it. Regenerative farming practices have many benefits when it comes to growing cannabis and beats the traditional method when it comes to thinking about the environment as a whole. It integrates the surrounding environment and community into the system and helps build the soil, restore habitat, protects water quality, and encourages symbiotic relationships between plants.
Regenerative farming practices have been around for centuries, but commercial practices took over due to higher yields for profits. Cannabis gives us the opportunity to look at ways on how we can support small farms. The farming practice creates more resin in cannabis plants.
Farmers avoid using potting soil or organic potting soil for growing and opt for the natural soil that exists on the land. In order to enrich the land, farmers work organic amendments into the soil to hold nutrients into the soil for growth.
What are regenerative farming techniques?
Cultivation: Emphasis on carbon farming, crop rotation, closed-loop onsite plant nutrition, and composting systems. This means that seed-to-seed cultivation is encouraged. Producing your own seeds to create sustainable crops.
Water: Water conservation strategies through soil management and irrigation methods.
Land and Soil Management: Using rainwater harvesting systems that promote groundwater health. This means no tilling of the soil,
Beneficial to Animals: Management of natural areas to promote habitats. Regenerative farming preserves wildlife corridors and restores habitats.
Healthier Plants: Companion planting, cover cropping, and on-site food systems.
Pest Management: Relying on chemical pesticides is completely disregarded. Traditional farming techniques that utilize chemical pesticides can potentially create stronger and more damaging pests, so organic-approved pesticides such as alcohols, copper sulfate, hydrogen peroxide, neem oil, diatomaceous earth, and pepper are often used.
Impact on Community: Allows for community-supported agriculture, resource and skill sharing, and positively impacts small farms and businesses.
In the end, regenerative agriculture is not anything new. It’s a practice that we should remind ourselves of to appreciate and understand the benefits of growing cannabis using regenerative farming.