The future of food production is local and regenerative
We have all become aware of the damages caused by our current food system. The intense use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers, GMOs, the heavy reliance on fossil-fuel hungry machines in conventional farming, extreme tilling and mono-crop practices are depleting the soil, destroying biodiversity, our planet, our communities and our health. These flaws in the system are symptoms of a highly centralised food system pushing for large-scale industrial farming and shipping of produce all around the world.
As a society, we have become disconnected from our food. We expect vegetables to be cheap and to be available all year round. The agriculture industry is not only damaging our planet and our health but is also making it hard for young aspiring growers to start a farm. Yet, a vision for a better future is possible.
Many small farms around the world are leading the way with local and regenerative farming. A type of farming that builds the soil while producing an abundance of nutrient dense produce.
These farms show us that the future of food production is local and regenerative.
Can we create a decentralized food system based on regenerative micro-farms?
After having spent countless hours rethinking the food system, an interesting concept came to life. Could we create a platform that connects passionate growers, landowners and retailers in a way that enables aspiring growers to start a productive regenerative micro-farm to provide nutritious food to
their local community while making a living and restoring the ecosystem?
And can this concept create a productive, decentralised, autonomous, and resilient agricultural system?
Based on works of Eliot Coleman, Perrine and Charles Hervé-Gruyer and Jean-Martin Fortier, we realised that small scale farming could be regenerative and productive. So growers could make a living from growing. The only stumbling blocks to any young aspiring grower to start a farm are the need for land, the starting costs and the risk of struggling to find customers. That’s where we come in. By connecting growers with landowners and retailers, we would remove the main barriers to entry for the next generation of farm-freelancers.
How would it work?
Growers are first connected to local landowners and produce retailers. Following a bio-intensive regenerative farming approach using manual tools and packing crops densely together, the growers’ micro-farms will produce an abundance of organic vegetables that are then sold by the retailer. This method provides an opportunity for any passionate grower to grow as a full-time job.
We will be experimenting this new concept on our land and with a local farmers market in Brighton for the first few years. We are therefore looking for growers to be part of this innovative experiment.
We’re reaching out to you, experienced growers or Sunday gardeners, would you like to be part of this experiment?