Seeding Regenerative Agriculture: Seed Group 2021 Application Form
You can help strengthen regenerative agriculture by participating as a Seed Group member in the Seeding Regenerative Agriculture Project.
The Seeding Regenerative Agricultural Project is a grant-funded project that works to identify and address obstacles to regenerative agriculture, with the goal of making it easier for more farmers and ranchers to protect their profitability and the health of their soils. The project works primarily with Seed Groups, or local communities of farmers and ranchers who have implemented or who are interested in implementing regenerative agricultural practices.
Regenerative Agriculture includes, but is not limited to:
--minimizing soil disturbance
--keeping soil covered
--minimizing external inputs
--maintaining living root systems
In response to Covid-19, Seed Group activities through summer 2021 will be conducted virtually. These activities include
1) Cooperating on grants and other funding proposals for participants' farms/ranches.
2) Working with Dr. David Johnson and the team at the Sustainable Agricultural Science Center at Alcalde to do soil testing and on-field experiments about regenerative agriculture.
3) Compiling the knowledge that participants have about getting regenerative/sustainable practices to work under local conditions.
4) Identifying other projects we'd like to work on together.
Starting in summer 2021, or as soon as safely possible, Seed Group activities will also include
1) Field days, where participants learn sustainable/regenerative practices by helping to implement them on a working farm or ranch, and
2) Post-event meals for networking and knowledge-sharing. These meals are held during and/or after field days.
Seed Group members agree to make good-faith efforts to
--Participate in an intake interview (in-person or phone).
--Attend a kickoff meeting in person or virtually (unless you're joining the project after the kickoff meeting).
--Participate in field days (average of one per month) and post-event meals when these gatherings can be held safely. (We don't expect you to attend all events, but try to attend as many as you can.)
--Complete an evaluation survey about the project at the end of the year.
Seed Group members may also
--Host a field day (with support from project organizers)
--Receive new technologies to use and give feedback on
--Share regenerative practices that work for them
--Share obstacles to regenerative agriculture that they encounter
In recognition of their time and effort, Seed Group members are paid $300 per farm/ranch per year.
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What is your name?
What is the name of your farm or ranch? (optional)
What is your telephone number? (optional)
Where is your farm or ranch? Please provide an address or geographic coordinates.
What is your mailing address?
What size is your farm or ranch? Please answer in acres.
Do you have reliable irrigation for the whole growing season?
How many hours a week, on average, do you work on your farm or ranch?
Do you own your farm or ranch, or do you have a long-term lease of at least five years?
Do you plan to continue farming or ranching at your current site for at least the next five years?
Which regenerative agricultural techniques do you currently practice? Select all that apply.
Minimizing soil disturbance
Keeping soil covered
Minimizing external inputs
Maintaining living root systems
Integrating animals into land management
What are your future goals for soil health and/or sustainability?
What sorts of data collection or soil tests have you done at your farm or ranch? Select all that apply.
Yield or productivity data
Water use data
Soil type/composition tests (clay, loam, sand, etc.)
Soil nutrient tests
Soil microbial community tests
What technologies do you currently use for your farm or ranch? Select all that apply.
Excel or other spreadsheets
Digital articles or videos for research
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