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We Believe

We are part of nature, and we should work with nature and cyclical processes to create a resilient food system.

Regenerative farming not only has the power to heal the land, water and ecosystems, but has the power to heal people--those who work on the land and those who are nourished by its bounty.

Farmers are important members of society, and the best farmers are highly skilled artisans.

Productive, more resilient farms result from diversifying farming systems with mixtures of crop varieties that are grown through intercropping (growing two or more crops in proximity), agroforestry (combining trees and shrubs with crops), intensive rotational grazing of livestock, and other techniques. These, principles, known collectively as agroecologyimprove soil, heal farmland, and restore biodiversity

Integrating livestock into farms supports life above and below ground. These practices are labor-intensive and community-oriented, and have the power to reinvigorate farm communities and their economies. 

Regenerative farming practices (which rely on principles of agroecology) are able to raise agricultural productivity in economically viable, environmentally benign, and socially uplifting ways.

More farmers are needed on the land. We encourage the growth of small to mid-sized diverse farms that use regenerative practices to build resilience, protect nature and strengthen communities.

Food should reflect the true cost of production, including the costs of environmental impacts.

 

Farmers should be paid a living wage for their work.

People have the right to an adequate quantity of healthy food.

The best way feed people is to feed as many as possible with a diverse, nutritious diet, grown as close to their community as possible.

People have the right to renew and regenerate their lives at every turn. Since we are part of nature, a food system that regenerates soil, water, land and wildlife is the best way to also regenerate people.