Why regenerative agriculture
Updated: Jul 22, 2020
I set up Earth Up Market Garden to experiment and to show what can be done with a small space. I have only 200 square metres at the time of writing this. I was granted access to this growing space during the Covid-19 lock down on April 10th and began work on the 12th.
Regenerative agriculture means that you grow with a conservation and rehabilitation approach. The key is that you are actually improving the habitat whilst also producing an abundance for food.
The key focuses for me are: improving topsoil, increasing biodiversity and applying permaculture principles of earth care, people care and fair share.
The garden has been created on a dry clay soil that was cracked and full of weeds. I went about laying a double layer of cardboard and made use of the well rotted horse manure that was on site to form the base of the beds. I then topped the beds with 6 tonnes of compost and got a tree surgeon to bring wood chips for the paths.
Within a month I was sowing and planting out my first crops of beetroot, onions, carrots, potatoes, corn, squash, peas and courgette.
I feel it is of the utmost importance to be showing that it is not only possible to grow productively but also regeneratively as an example to growers of today and of the future.
I've seen so much life returning within the soil in this first few months with so many worms just below the surface and different types of fungi popping up through compost and wood chips. I'm currently learning about microbes and fungi and the whole soil food web which is really exciting. To have an understanding of the whole soil food web is going to be very useful indeed.