How do you grow specific crops using Regenerative Agriculture? reNature develops model farms to show how. Model farms are small plots with intertwined species focused on growing one or two main cash crops. The goal is to showcase the benefits of Regenerative Agriculture and inspire communities to join the transformation.
And there is a good reason for developing regen Model Farms, because model farms serve two main goals:
- Developing an example farm for specific crops
- Supporting farmers with the transition to regenerative agriculture
Developing a demonstration plot for specific geography & crops
Every region is different and so is every crop. For instance, our citrus project in Yucatán, Mexico, is incomparable with cocoa projects in Brazil or the white pepper in Indonesia. We develop designs focusing on different objectives depending on the local circumstances and the preferences of the beneficiaries. This way, a Regenerative Model Farm serves as a showcase for local farmers highlighting the benefits of the approach, whilst providing a hands-on learning experience. reNature is not afraid of people applying some of the principles of regenerative without paying for it. On the contrary, we WANT farmers to use them.
Supporting farmers through a step-by-step approach
Last but not least, we support farmers. Many farmers are stuck in their annual routine of seeding and harvesting. They need to keep the farm running in order to provide income for their families. Stepping into the insecurity of a new business model is sometimes a big decision to make. It takes serious guts to do so. Developing a Model Farm always involves a visit, a good talk with the farmer and the community and a feasibility study. We work in a participatory fashion putting farmer interests at the center to obtain the best possible outcomes for everyone.
Global interest in regenerative agriculture model farms
Model Farms are needed everywhere and local labour when implementing is key. If you are keen to support you can sign up as a volunteer below. If you want to support one of our projects you can give it a boost through a donation under this link. Every support is much appreciated!
In case you are interested how we support organisations with their supply chain by giving TA before setting up model farms, you can read about our technical advisory services here.