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That is what regenerative agriculture promises. An approach to producing multiple yields of food, fiber, fuel and medicines that are naturally derived, and grown in balance with the larger eco- systems which provide the stabilizing forces that keep our planet habitable, beautiful and absurdly productive. There isn’t room here to list and debunk all of the myths going around about how we can only feed the world by pursuing our current conventional ap- proaches and apply- ing high-tech tools to solve these low tech problems. So I’ll just focus on one. The belief that humanity can tame the natural world into a happily humming, controlled, weed-free seed bed that will grow food worthy of feeding ourselves, our elders, and our children far into the future. The facts from efforts to do this across the world argue strongly against the reality. Humanity can not both tighten our grip on the natural world and live in harmony with it. The only hope for a more diverse, verdant and peaceful planet is to learn how to manage the natural world towards higher productivity by encouraging the evolved systems that already do most of the


REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE


An approach to producing multiple yields of food, fiber, fuel and medicines that are naturally derived, and grown in balance with the larger ecosystems, which provide the stabilizing forces that keep our planet habitable, beautiful and absurdly productive.


work. Along with the possibility of finding truly sustainable ways to live on Earth, we may also rediscover the richness of the life all around us. There are lots of farmers across the country and world swimming against the current in these trying times. As consumers, it is in our best interests to search out those farmers and support them. Regen- erating our land-base is possible, and is be- ing done on farms right here in North Carolina. With the support of people like us, maybe we can turn the tide.


Nathan Wheeler is farm manager at RavenRidge Family Farm in Pilot Mountain, NC, where his family grows hemp and other herbs following regenerative agricultural principles, and manu- factures full spectrum CBD products. He also helps his wife Cynthia on their home farm in King where they raise horses, goats, chickens and 2 lively children. Learn more about Regen- erative Agriculture and support a local regenerative business by visiting https://www.ravenridgefamilyfarm.com/regenerative_ag. See ad on page 28.


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