At City Farm SLO, we practice and model Regenerative Farming.
Regenerative farming is a holistic approach to agriculture that focuses on restoring soil health, improving biodiversity, and enhancing ecosystems. Unlike conventional farming, which often relies on synthetic inputs and large-scale monoculture production, regenerative farming emphasizes practices such as crop rotation, cover cropping, reduced tillage, and the integration of livestock to promote soil health, carbon sequestration, and overall farm resilience.
Why is this important?
Climate change: Regenerative farming has been shown to sequester carbon in the soil, which can help mitigate climate change by reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.
Soil health: These practices can improve soil health by increasing organic matter, reducing erosion, and promoting nutrient cycling. This can lead to higher crop yields, greater water retention, and reduced dependence on synthetic inputs.
Biodiversity: Regenerative farming promotes the diversity of plants, animals, and microorganisms on the farm, which can improve ecosystems to promote pest control, pollination, and soil fertility.
Resilience: Regenerative farming practices can improve the resilience of farms to environmental and economic shocks, such as drought, floods, and market volatility.
Food quality and safety: Regenerative farming can lead to higher quality, more nutrient-dense crops and can reduce the need for synthetic inputs, which can have negative impacts on human health and the environment.
Because of our climate-friendly practices and carbon-farming work, City Farm SLO is an integral participant in Pillar 6 of the City of SLO’s Climate Action Plan for Community Recovery.
Growing healthy kids...
Our youth programs are centered on regenerative agriculture instruction. Students build life skills, develop an understanding of where food comes from, connect with land, and improve their health and wellness. They are becoming stewards of our environment and agricultural lands.