After stumbling upon Allan Savory’s methods in 1979, Blake has seen significant improvements in the health of Shipwheel’s land base. Since 1979 we have seen a significant increase in stock days per acre and an average increase of 5% organic matter. Andrea now faces the unique challenge of not only maintaining Shipwheel’s past success but making further progress on the health and production of the land. The learning curve Andrea has had in the areas of regenerative agriculture is one of the areas that is key to making progress on Shipwheel’s grassland and most importantly, the soil. What has worked in the past but isn’t working now, doesn’t mean it doesn’t work anymore, it just means its time to use another tool.
Wikipedia defines regeneration as:
Regeneration is the process of renewal, and restoration that makes life and ecosystems resilient to natural fluctuations or events that cause disturbance or damage. Regenerative concepts take sustainability to the next level, moving from ‘doing less bad’ to actually ‘doing good’ for people and planet.
Our most significant non-renewable geo-resource is productive land and fertile soil. Each year, an estimated 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil are lost due to erosion. That's 3.4 tonnes lost every year for every person on the planet.
To Shipwheel regenerative agriculture is a change in mindset and farming practices from using the soil to grow plants, to using plants to improve the quality and increase the quantity of the soil.
That is a 3862% increase!