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  1. 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.
  2. Buy pastured meat and eggs and grassfed dairy. Your purchase of regenerative products sustains these farms.
  3. Dine at restaurants that support farmers. Tell restaurant owners you appreciate their focus on meats, dairy, and produce from regenerative farms.
  4. Volunteer at a farm. Many farmers appreciate having volunteer labor, and in some cases, you can bring kids, too.
  5. 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.

Elizabeth Millard

Elizabeth Millard is a writer, editor, and farmer based in northern Minnesota.

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