Regenerative Organic Farming How To Grow Garlic
Regenerative organic farming is an approach to agriculture that utilizes ecological communities to build soil health and grow crops without synthetic inputs. Regenerative organic agriculture improves soil and biological resources by employing cover crops, crop rotations, and composting. In this way, it differs from standard organic farming practices. Learn how our CCOF-certified organic garlic farm is supplying nationwide.
How To Do it
While it might be a mouthful to say, the basic ideas and practices of regenerative organic farming are easy to understand.
- Use cover crops during and after crop growth to keep soil ecosystems alive and fed.
- Use crop rotations to help stop the spread of soil-borne diseases and pests.
- Use compost and organic inputs to add microorganisms, mycorrhizae, and nutrients/minerals.
Prioritizing soil health will allow farmers and gardeners to optimize yields and crop health intrinsically. Building soil also prevents top-soil loss, a significant problem that many agricultural methods fail to address.
How to do it?
Prioritizing soil health will allow farmers and gardeners to optimize yields and crop health intrinsically. Building soil also prevents top-soil loss, a significant problem that many agricultural methods fail to address—causing massive issues with crops missing nutrients and minerals. Mycorrhizae help plants digest nutrients. Besides, the fungi’ hyphae allow access to soil pores of minimal diameter that retain both water and nutrients as the soil dries. With proper education in regenerative organic soil health, your farm will grow truly wholesome organic produce.
With healthy soil, crop yields will be easier to maintain as biological communities work to hold excess nutrients, keeping them available for when it’s needed.
Cash crops will be less likely to succumb to pests and disease with crop rotation and cover cropping systems. Many organisms can improve your farm ecosystem while also putting pressure on problems and disease!
In the sections below, you can find information and examples of what we do on our farm to implement regenerative organic farming practices. We also included many resources to help you get started and learn more about this approach’s advantages to agriculture.