Restorative Farming – Beyond Sustainability

What do we depend upon for life?  All other life.

That is why we are feeding the life of the soil on our farm and through our business.

Restorative farming aims to restore oneness to the fragmented web of life.  We humans have been literally mining the resources of our planet in an exhaustive fashion for short term gain.  A primary example is the ongoing destruction of the earth's topsoil.


“It is estimated that over one third of all useable land worldwide has been seriously degraded in the last 100 years by unsustainable farming practices...Over 300 tons of productive topsoil are lost worldwide every minute, from accelerated erosion, related to destructive recent agricultural practices ( since 1940's)...” Peter Rutherford, Australian ecologist.

 

Conventional farming deals with depleted soils through the heavy use of chemical fertilizers.  Unhealthy plants also call for increased use of pesticides and herbicides. Working with dead soils, this leads to a cycle of dependency on artificial inputs, which we are then eating in the crops produced. The recent organic farming movement improved on this cycle by using only organic, natural inputs. However, most organic farms follow the same basic concept of conventional farming – growing in dead soils through a reliance on regular inputs, often trucked from a distance instead of being sourced locally.

Vermont Biochar wants organic farmers to have options other than elaborate biodynamics or expensive imported minerals to create fertility.  We want all farmers and gardeners to have access to a restorative soil amendment.

Inoculated biochar addresses this issue at the roots – literally. Inoculated biochar provides soil with both the humus structure and the microbial life to inhabit that structure, creating the perfect environment for robust, healthy, nutrient-rich plant life.

Experts say that adding charcoal to soils sequesters carbon at such a high rate that, in the near future farming with this technique could be eligible for lucrative carbon credits.  There is currently a carbon offset bill before the U.S. Senate that includes two biochar provisions.

 


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