Regenerative Farming Requires a Different Mindset
The path from conventional agriculture to regenerative is not going to be the same for all farmers. Even those that want to farm in a way that builds healthier soils don’t have the ability to take large risks to change their operations. Silas Rossow is a consultant who is helping California farmers adopt some regenerative practices.
Rossow… “You know, I've farmed conventionally for a long time, and I'm kind of in this middle ground where I see regenerative as an important thing, but there's certain things on the conventional side that are still very valuable and important. So integrating these things together and having those conversations and collaborating with growers is probably the most important conversation. And some people have the mindset for change. Some people truly want to make a difference with their operation. And what's fun is really getting to know their operation and what drives them; what motivates them.”
Rossow says many of the regenerative practices require a different mindset.
Rossow… “We like to have things in a system that work successful. And when you look at regenerative practices, in some of these other situations, there's gonna be some patience building opportunities where you're not gonna have success overnight. It's gonna take some. But do you want that end goal to be more balanced, more successful in that area, to where things can actually work the way that they were designed to work? And that takes time, but it takes the mindset to get there.”
That’s Silas Rossow, president of California Ag Solutions.