This past weekend, small farmers from the Flathead Valley met to learn about regenerative agriculture techniques from Nicole Masters from New Zealand. The 18-hour seminar brought together a diversity of small commercial growers and backyard gardeners who enthusiastically delved into the world of soil microorganisms—fungi, flagellates, amoebae, ciliates, nematodes, algae, and protozoa—with the goal of improving soil to produce nutrient-rich food.
Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services. Regenerative Agriculture aims to capture carbon in soil and aboveground biomass, reversing current global trends of atmospheric accumulation.
“My mind was blown,” commented one North Forker as she left the retreat on Sunday evening. “I have a whole new way of looking at soil and all of the life that healthy dirt can support.”