Regenerative Agriculture is a Win for Producers, Consumers, and the Environment: A Promotional Rant

Regenerative agriculture is in everyone’s best interest.  This is true for the producer, who reap a variety of benefits from fully regenerated soil. The general idea being healthy soil is more resistant to environmental stresses; ranging from drought to disease, and will therefore produce healthier plants. This is true for consumers, who stand to gain …

How to Build a Vermicompost Bin: Cheap and Easy Worm Castings

Over the last few years we’ve been hearing great things about vermicast (i.e. worm manure). And when farmers are talking up one kind of shit over all the other types of shit they have access to, we’ll it’s time to listen up — cause farmers know their shit.  What makes worm castings so special — …

Vermicompost Feedstock Recipe: How to Make Worm Food and Why You Should Do It

if one can consistently feed the worms the exact same food then the castings produced should be of a consistent quality and thus consistently bestow the same benefits upon the crop

On the Science of Regenerative Agriculture and Those Who Don’t Give a $#!&

Farming has always been a multidisciplinary vocation. Few other professions require individuals to have such a diverse skill set. Ranging from general heavy machinery maintenance and repair to understanding the basics of botany, from accounting to marketing, business management to animal husbandry and everything in between. Farmers are never short of options when it comes …

Transitioning to a Regenerative Farm: On Developing Water Infiltration, Retention and Management

For farmers on the Canadian prairies, water is precious as gold.  With an average precipitation of 300 mm (12 inches) water resources are tight on a normal year. But weather is rarely normal and recent years at Prairie Son Acres have been on the dry side of the scale, leaving us searching for ways to …

Transitioning to a Regenerative Farm: The First Three Years and the Mid-Transition Hump

Change is hard. Uncertainty can be stifling. And there is always risk in the unknown. So when we at Prairie Son Acres, a 4th generation family farm in central Saskatchewan, Canada, decided to transition from a conventional farm to a regenerative one it felt like a big deal.  Prairie Son Acres (https://www.prairiesonacres.com) is an 11,000 …

Sustainability: A Regenerative Farmer’s Perspective

Every once in a while, the forces that be select a term from relative obscurity and elevate it to the forefront of the public consciousness. These terms, known commonly as buzz words, come to be associated with a specific cultural movement or feeling and help to define the flavor of the current social climate. Over …

Regenerative Farming: Why the Focus on Soil Health?

A hundred years ago, Canadian pioneers could break a fresh plot of land and grow a healthy, high yielding wheat crop just by putting seed in the ground.  Fifty years ago, second and third generation Canadian farmers began to realize that the land just wasn’t producing like it used to. Lucky, synthetic fertilizer was now …

Pioneers of Regenerative Farming: The Miraculous Dr. Northen

“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our foods come are brought into proper mineral balance?” These words were spoken by Rex Breach, a gentleman farmer from the state of Florida, in his 1936 address to the …

The Chaos Garden: Year 1

Some call it a mess. Others contend it’s natural order. Technically, it’s referred to as polycropping but we call it a chaos garden and it’s the perfect microcosm of a regenerative farm. Regenerative agriculture is focused on restoring natural nutrient cycles in the soil by emulating the natural ecosystem. The goal is to create an …