As we approach a generational shift, it’s a good time to pause and outline the agriculture we wish to practice in the decades to come. Everything is accelerating, and we are convinced that a profound transformation must occur to better meet the planet’s needs and everyone’s aspirations in the face of climate change.
Instead of spending a lifetime destroying what we don’t want, let’s promote the species we do want, which will colonize the space and prevent the growth of what we don’t desire. By sowing or allowing the development of other non-competitive plant species alongside the vines, we nourish the soil and store carbon and nitrogen.
For us, this is a new agricultural revolution that addresses the challenges of tomorrow by placing ecosystem resilience at the core of the farmer’s profession.
What is Regenerative Agriculture?
Regenerative agriculture is a philosophy advocating a new agricultural approach capable of :
Why store carbon in the soil? Sequestration occurs when the soil absorbs more carbon than it releases into the atmosphere. This sequestration helps combat climate change and enhance soil health.
Why improve water management? This ensures sustainable use of freshwater, both to protect our biodiversity and to make it available for human activities.
Why cultivate the richness of our natural habitats? Nurturing biodiversity ensures ecological balance and the sustainability of ecosystems for future generations.
This philosophy involves harnessing the power of nature rather than working against it by placing the resilience of ecosystems at the heart of the farmer’s profession. It’s a holistic approach involving a set of practices aimed at enhancing soil structure and health, increasing biodiversity, and restoring ecosystems. As you will see when visiting our trail at Bellecoste, species within an ecosystem form an interconnected network.
And how is it done?
And what are the methods? Here’s a diagram that will help you better understand our approach to regenerative agriculture at Bellecoste.
Illustration : Laurie – Bilden Studio
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