CategoryRegenerative Agriculture

Imagining the Food System We Really Want

It’s the dawn of the twenty-twenties, the make or break decade for climate change and humanity.  We’ve reached a tipping point for sustainability in virtually every sector on the planet, though arguably few on the scale of disruption in the food system. Regenerative agriculture (regen ag) is rapidly emerging worldwide as a new frontier for sustainable agriculture. So how do we make sense of the...

Building Future-Proof Farms at Mangarara Station with Greg Hart

How one Hawke’s Bay farmer is building economic and environmental resilience into his farm At the back of Greg Hart’s farm in the Hawkes Bay, two paddocks are growing grass side by side. As part of his monthly feed budgeting, Greg measures the grass growth in his pastures and has noticed that one of these paddocks is growing twice as much grass as the other.  Greg recently took back management of...

Taking Regenerative Agricultural Produce to Market with David Crutchley

How origin tracing can instil consumer confidence in regeneratively produced foods When David Crutchley markets his lamb to international buyers, it’s the story of his biologically managed, soil-regenerating, lush green pastures that first hooks them. But once they taste his product, they are sold.  David’s company Provenance Meat is an award winning supplier of high quality lamb to international...

Sheep Included in Regenerative Agriculture

When Geoff Ross bought Lake Hawea Station in 2018, he said he wanted to be a changemaker and farm for the environment. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Edzard van der Wyck was about to launch a carbon-negative merino knitwear brand aimed at setting a new red line for sustainable fashion. Now the pair have struck up a supply partnership that should help both achieve their goals.   Ross...

Discovering New Zealand Agriculture One Conversation at a Time

How times have changed, last May I left Farmers Business Network, an Ag Tech start-up company in the U.S., to explore agriculture systems in other parts of the world. I was initially drawn to New Zealand by the lore of the clean green open spaces and a curiosity to spend time on the idyllic farmland I had only seen on postcards. Now for family reasons and the COVID-19 pandemic, I am back in the U...

Regenerative Agriculture and Food Waste

Regenerative agriculture has become a hot topic in New Zealand. At its core, regenerative agriculture is about shifting from a carbon intensive food system to a regenerative, carbon-negative food system.  While a number of definitions exist, the common focus seems to be on farming principles and practices that increase biodiversity, enrich soils, improve water quality and enhance ecosystem...

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