Aligning with nature's perfect systems
Over the past decade, sustainability moved from a buzzword to a movement to a culture within leading communities, universities and businesses.
Significant strides were made in zero waste practices, renewable energy technology, and reduced carbon | water footprints. Yet the
glaciers continue to melt, the ocean acidification levels are increasing, and desertification is escalating.
To avoid a doom and gloom perspective, it is important to simplify the scenario and discover regenerative solutions. Beyond sustainability
and resilience, regeneration focuses on rebuilding and restoring nature's perfect systems.
Simply: there is too much carbon in the atmosphere and ocean pools. To restore balance, excess carbon must transfer to the fossil, biosphere
and/or soil pools. The RiA Magazine article, Carbon Crisis: simply a matter of balance
explains the carbon cycles and the current out-of-balance scenario.
Before industrial agriculture equipment was introduced to commercial farming, the soils were tilled with hand tools (shovels, hoes, picks,
etc.) or with draft-animal-powered equipment. Simply, tilling is turning over and breaking up the soil. By its intent, tilling destroys
the soil infrastructure built and maintained by mycorrhizal fungi network and results in degraded, unhealthy soil.
Without the soil infrastructure designed to hold moisture and nurture roots, plants lack the necessary nutrients to produce abundant,
healthy crop yields. Plant immune systems weaken often resulting in disease and insect infiltration.
Another strong contributor to desertification was the introduction of monocrop farms where the same crop is grown year after year on
the same soil with no plant species rotation. Fallow fields left barren with no crop cover contribute to the deterioration of soil
When livestock graze in confined fields without movement over the land, the plant life is destroyed due to excessive excretion and
hoof disruption. With plant life destroyed, the soil is left uncovered and the deteriorated soil washes or blows away eventually leading
to desertification. In nature, herds graze over vast lands constantly moving and nurturing the land with balanced excretion and hoof
By restoring soil health via no-till farming with crop rotations and livestock grazing that mimic natural herd movement patterns, healthy
plants "suck" carbon from the atmosphere into the soil via photosynthesis. Ei chooses to explore how regenerative agriculture practices
may be applied to urban landscapes at public parks, roadway medians and shoulders, and corporate, university, and government campuses.
Ei Farm Tours
are integral to the Regenerative Agriculture focus area on many levels.