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Regenerative Dry-Farming: Perspectives and Practices for Regenerative Agriculture in Dry Lands, Jan 25, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Mounting scientific evidence indicates great potential for regenerative agriculture to mitigate and even reverse climate change within our lifetime. In order to address the climate crisis we now face, ecological farming practices can and must be central to collective global action.

This intensive is specifically aimed at determining the role of dry farming within a regenerative, carbon-centric ("carbon farming") approach. Topics will include perennial grain systems, agroforestry, and dry-farm practices in orchards and vineyards, as well as the use of amendments such as biodynamic composts to regenerate soil.

These topics will be presented with the explicit context of current National and State policies on climate change and agriculture; and the need for transformative policies rooted in community self-reliance and food sovereignty, e.g. agricultural co-ops. This framework provides inroads for individuals to get involved and take action today, rather than waiting for the slow turn-over of governmental and large-scale policy change.

Facilitator: Susan Cousineau, Paso Robles Grazing Project

This intensive has been made possible thanks to generous contributions from:
Fat Uncle Farm, Gaia University, Gophers Limited, Grass Valley Grains, Old Hill Ranch, and Rockfront Ranch

Registration: $100 (organic lunch included)

Date and Location


Mai Nguyen

Mai Nguyen
Presenter Affiliation: 
National Young Farmers Coalition, Farmer Mai
Mai Nguyen grows heirloom grains and vegetables in Northern California using a no-till, dry-farming method with draft horses – all in the midst of a historic drought! Having studied climate research in college, Mai got interested in the two big issues we face as a global society: climate change and social inequality. Aside from growing organic heritage grains and Southeast Asian crops under the Farmer Mai label, she assists other small-scale grain farmers across California to create regional grain hubs.



Thank you to our EcoFarm 2019 sponsors!