What You Will Learn...
This workshop focuses on the sciences and best practices in regenerative agriculture to build soil health particularly soil organic matter and how this can both adapt and mitigate climate change. Most importantly, these methods will improve yields in an increasingly unreliable and erratic climate while reducing production costs – making farms more viable.
Regenerative Agriculture is now being used as a term for then many farming systems that use techniques that can increase soil organic carbon. Regeneration is far more than being sustainable. Sustainable is defined as keeping the present system stable without degrading or running it down.
The Course begins as soon as you register. It’s a self-paced course where you can access the Lessons anytime once they are released. Lessons are from the recording of the Regenerative Agriculture Workshop presented by André Leu. You have lifetime access to the course, once they are made available online they remain there for you to access permanently.
Choose your own learning environment that works best for your needs. Get your Certificate of Completion as soon as you finish the course. Get access to Farming Secrets Circle and join the community of like-minded farmers all over the world.
Who is this course is for:
For all growers and farmers who want to go beyond sustainable agriculture. If you want to increase your soil quality, manage pests and diseases, understand the value of weeds using beneficial species as weed control, then this course is for you.
Regeneration International, an organization that promotes food, farming and land use systems that: Regenerate and stabilize climate systems, the health of the planet and people, communities, culture and local economies, democracy and peace.
Regeneration is far more than being sustainable. Sustainable is defined as keeping the present system stable without degrading or running it down. Regeneration improves the current systems. Do we want to sustain the current status quo or do we want to improve it?
Organic matter management is the primary tool in regenerative farming
- Plants are primarily composed of cellulose and lignins
- Cellulose biodegrades into glucose that feeds the microbes of the soil food web
- These microbes break down cellulose and other plant residues releasing nutrients for the crop
- The soil microbes have many other functions such as building good soil
structure, unlocking minerals and protecting plants from disease
- The process of making Biochars oxidises the glucose and destroys it so that there is no food to power the soil microbes
Successful regenerative farming requires a whole-farm approach. This means managing a crop or animal as an integral part of the farm
system rather than in solution.
There are many definitions of a weed. Probably the most common one is: ‘A plant in the wrong place’.
In agriculture a better definition is a plant that adversely affects the production of the crop. Weeds can have many benefits, in this lesson, you will learn how you can manage weeds and replace them with beneficial species.
Presenter: Andrè Leu
André Leu is the Author of the ‘Myths of Safe Pesticides’ and ‘Poisoning our Children’. He is the co-author with Dr Vandana Shiva of ‘Biodiversity, Agroecology, Regenerative Agriculture – Sustainable Solutions for Hunger, Poverty and Climate Change’.
André is the International Director of Regeneration International. It is an organization that promotes food, farming and land use systems that regenerate and stabilize climate systems, the health of the planet and people, communities, culture and local economies, democracy and peace. Regeneration International works with numerous agricultural systems such as agroecology, organic, permaculture, ecological agriculture, holistic grazing, biological agriculture, organic agriculture and agroforestry.