Healthy food from healthy soil
Homegrown by heroes certified, A Farmer Veteran Coalition member
Nestled on a hillside overlooking the Ware river, Frohloff Heritage Farm is lease to Luke & Rachael McGarr by the East Quabbin Land Trust
Once farms were diverse entities where livestock and crops worked together to create an ecosystem where the microbiome of the soil could thrive. A continuous rotation of high-density grazing and crop interplanting allowed farm fertility to be maintained without high cost of farm inputs. The separation of livestock from crop areas resulted in the need for mechanized manure spreaders and other fossil fuel-based management practices. We aim to create a continuous loop where the livestock are able to do most of their own manure spreading and fertilization while they are feeding themselves.
The regenerative approach means long-term improvement of the human-livestock-ecosystem. It is not just maintaining the status quo. Regenerative agriculture is a farming practice that focuses on building soil health, increasing biodiversity, and restoring ecological balance in order to create a sustainable and resilient food system. It is a holistic approach that aims to improve the overall health and productivity of the land while also enhancing the well-being of farmers, their communities, and the environment. Regenerative agriculture involves a range of practices, such as reducing tillage, using cover crops, practicing crop rotation, integrating livestock into the system, and minimizing the use of synthetic inputs. The goal is to create a self-sustaining system that not only produces healthy food, but also supports healthy ecosystems, strong communities, and thriving economies.
A farm should be a pillar of community.
Regenerative agriculture can bring a number of benefits to a community, including:
Overall, regenerative agriculture can help to create a more sustainable and resilient food system that benefits both farmers and communities. By promoting soil health, biodiversity, and ecological balance, regenerative agriculture can support healthier people, healthier ecosystems, and a healthier planet.