These Key Leaders in the development of "Regenerative Agriculture" have created a commonsense revolution to restore our environment.
In the 1960s Zimbabwean wildlife biologist-farmer Allan Savory made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems and developed a way to restore the land to health using livestock as his primary tool. For centuries we believed livestock were a major cause of desertification, but Savory’s research showed that the cause lay in how those livestock were managed. His solution involves mimicking the behavior of the formerly vast herds of wild grazing animals he had witnessed as a young biologist. This system not only serves our own interests in the best possible way, but also accounts for the environmental, social and economic consequences of our actions. Savory developed a decision-making framework, Holistic Management that enables people to make decisions which satisfy immediate needs without jeopardizing their future well-being or that of others.
In the mid 20th century, Australian, P.A. Yeomans, a natural systems-thinker developed the Keyline Scale of Permanence, as outlined in his 1958 classic, "The Challenge of Landscape" for the planning, development, and management of agricultural lands. A fellow Australian, Darren Doherty, following in Yeoman's steps coined the term ’Regrarian’ to describe those who are actively undertaking the serious and timely process of regenerating, restoring, rehabilitating, rekindling and rebooting production landscapes. Keyline plowing follows harmonic patterns of the landscape, based on the natural contours of the land. The four components of Keyline Design include 1) rapid soil development; 2) water management; 3) integrated tree crops; and 4) rotational grazing. The use of a non-inversion plow, the Yeoman's Plow gently uplifts soil to allow water penetration and aeration, de-compacting 100's of years of soil compaction. Doherty's Regrarians® Platform, based on the Keyline Scale of Permanence is the basis of the work flow & decision-making for all of Regrarians Ltd. work in designing, developing & training in the field of Regenerative Agriculture & Living.
Joel Salatin is a third generation farmer who has worked with his family on their farm in the Shenandoah Valley since 1961. Together they have developed an innovative pastured livestock system on Polyface Farm that has healed the land while producing a wide diversity of animals on perennial prairie polycultures.
Gabe Brown is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement that focuses on regenerating our resources. Gabe, along with his wife, Shelly, and son, Paul, own and operate a diversified 5,000-acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, N.D. The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping system with a focus on farming and ranching in nature's image.
Mark Shephard, author of Restoration Agriculture is a proponent of perennial based, agricultural ecosystems that produce staple foods, while improving the quality of the environment. These systems remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, purify water, increase the depth and fertility of topsoil, provide wildlife habitat and create incredible beauty.