Regenerative Agriculture is a term building recognition thanks to some recent documentaries on the topic, including Kiss The Ground, and From the Ground up. These movies have helped to bring to light to other concerns and solutions for climate change. We often hear about reducing carbon emissions, and goals for 2050 for being net zero. But we also need to focus on how to actually reduce the carbon levels currently in our atmosphere. Regenerative agriculture can actually reverse climate change by restoring soil biodiversity, which can create carbon drawdown into the earth. In general, the processes help to pull carbon from the atmosphere and keep it in the ground.
The processes include:
- no tillage – the traditional way of American farming which damages soil integrity
- restoring soil microbiome with crop rotation, composting, and animal manures
- managed animal grazing processes which stimulate plant growth, soil carbon deposits, and insect and plant biodiversity.
Composting at home provides multiple layers of benefit. For one thing, food scraps and yard waste make up more than 30% of what we throw away that ends up in landfill. In landfill they create methane, a greenhouse gas. So by composting at home, you’re effectively limiting your landfill output, while also helping to regenerate the soil.
An at home compost bin can be homemade or purchased – there are many available. Items required for a compost bin:
- Yard waste - dead leaves, branches, twigs
- Produce food scraps – including fruits & vegetables, coffee grounds
- Correct amount of water
Below is a full list of items that can be composted:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Coffee grounds and filters
- Tea bags
- Nut shells
- Shredded newspaper
- Yard trimmings
- Grass clippings
- Hay and straw
- Wood chips
- Cotton and Wool Rags
- Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
- Hair and fur
- Fireplace ashes