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Rebuilding Healthy Soil

For over 10,000 years humans have depended on soil. Today, soil depends on us. Due to industrial agriculture’s dependence on processes such as high-volume tillage and the heavy use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, the health of our planet’s soil is decreasing at an alarming rate. Without healthy soil, we face increased amounts of soil, water, and air pollution, along with less opportunity for agricultural cultivation, meaning a decreased ability to grow healthy foods.

By rebuilding healthy soil through regenerative practices such as cover cropping and on-site composting of organic matter, nutrient-poor soil can transform into fertile ground teeming with beneficial microbes, bacteria, and mycelium. Healthy, nutrient-rich soil aids in plant growth and on-site water retention. It also has a greater ability to resist pests and droughts and a greater capacity for sequestering atmospheric carbon, a leading contributor to our planet’s increasingly unstable climate.

From February 14-27, 3% of all Cascadian Farm sales at all three Mississippi Market locations will be donated to The Land Institute, supporting their efforts to regenerate healthy soil while positively impacting our climate. This includes Cascadian Farm’s cereals, frozen fruits and vegetables, and more.

Photo courtesy of Frogtown Farm, a 5.5 acre urban farm in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood that utilizes regenerative agriculture practices.

The Land Institute is focused on introducing perennial grains to ecological communities, transforming agriculture globally through the practice of regenerative agriculture. By planting perennial grains, including Kernza®, Sorghum, Silphium, Perennial Wheat, and various legumes, and implementing intercropping systems, The Land Institute is restoring ecosystem services to food production systems similar to those of native landscapes. These ecosystem services include:

  • Protecting and restoring soil
  • Maximizing soil organic matter
  • Building resistance to pathogens and insects
  • Regulating soil nutrient losses
  • Improving weed suppression
  • Restoring high-functioning soil microbiomes
  • Reducing fossil fuel dependence
  • Improving soil carbon and nutrient retention

Support these efforts to rebuild healthy soil and a healthier planet when you shop the co-op!

Learn more about regenerative agriculture

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