- Know your farmer. Research local farms to learn about their pest-management protocols, regenerative practices, and overall philosophy. Keep in mind that many farmers who avoid chemical pesticides may not apply for organic certification; it’s expensive, and many small farms can’t afford it.
- Buy pastured meat and eggs and grassfed dairy. Your purchase of regenerative products sustains these farms.
- Dine at restaurants that support farmers. Tell restaurant owners you appreciate their focus on meats, dairy, and produce from regenerative farms.
- Volunteer at a farm. Many farmers appreciate having volunteer labor, and in some cases, you can bring kids, too.
- Consider a community-supported agriculture (CSA) share. Produce or meat shares provide money upfront for operations so farmers can handle early-season costs like seeds, equipment, and feed.
This was excerpted from “Back to the Land” which was published in the July/August 2021 issue of Experience Life magazine.