While the vast majority of us don’t own land, that doesn't mean you can’t play an important role in changing our food systems by driving the transition towards regenerative agriculture. Even if you live in an urban area!
Using your purchasing power to support local growers by choosing organic, regenerative or ‘climate positive’ produce can make a big difference. What you eat can be good for the planet, for farmers, and good for you and your family’s health.
You can also make a difference by donating to organisations who are helping farmers transition their farms to regenerative farming practices.
Browse the resources below to help you find regen ag farmers and local food markets that you can purchase from. The maps will continue to be updated over the coming years as regen ag continues to grow in popularity, so if you don’t see anything in your area currently, keep checking back as that may well have changed.
Sustainable Table is an Australian organisation that aims to transform farming, food, and fibre systems through regenerative practices. They work to connect regenerative projects with philanthropic support, developing networks and knowledge through targeted support, telling the stories of regenerative industry stakeholders.
They also have a number of resources for consumers to help guide your purchasing decisions.
- Browse the Regenerative Food and Farming Map - This map is a relatively new resource and it will take time to see this map grow, however rest assured that every producer on this map has been through a rigorous vetting process.
- Explore The Ethical Food & Fibre Guide - a collection of resources that have been put together to support consumers in making ethical choices about the food on your plate and the materials you wear and use.
Open Food Network
Open Food Network is a not for profit that builds tools and resources for regenerative food systems. They create open source software that allows farmers to sell produce online directly to consumers or communities.
- Find out about the Software Platform
- Browse the Open Food Network to find shops in your area - With more producers on the map, this is a great resource. We suggest using Sustainable Table's Ethical Food Guide, and doing your own research when making choices on which producers to buy from.
Organic Consumers Association
The Organic Consumers Association is a US based group that strives to ensure consumers have access to safe and healthy food, as well as supporting a just food and farming system that enables biodiversity and is free of pollutants.
They achieve these goals primarily through education and advocacy but they have also compiled some helpful resources for consumers in North America.
- Explore the Regenerative Farm Map which plots out where regenerative farms are located across the US and Canada. You can use this map as a jumping off point for your consumer choices.
Regenerative Organic Alliance
The Regenerative Organic Alliance is a global platform established in 2017 to build soil health, ensure equity for farm workers, empower farmers, and improve animal welfare. They promote the adoption of regenerative organic practices as a solution to the climate crisis and struggling rural economies. By establishing a certification for regenerative farming they are aiming to promote its growth and uptake around the world.
- Browse the global map of farms which have been certified by their alliance as regenerative organic operations.
Dr Charles Massy
Dr Charles Massy is a Merino grazing farmer in NSW who holds a PhD from ANU in Human Ecology. Those studies led to him publishing a book titled Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture - A New Earth on the emergence of regenerative agriculture in Australia and why this is a cause for hope.
- Watch Charles Massy’s Ted talk
- Read Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture - A New Earth
For the Love of Soil
Nicole Masters has written an excellent resource for understanding the soil crisis that is occurring around the world and how we can make a difference. She breaks down complex and technical know-how of soil into more digestible terms through case studies from regenerative farmers, growers, and ranchers in Australasia and North America so land managers can begin to revitalise their soils.
Online Soil Health Course
Integrity Soils has set up a series of online courses designed to guide you through the early steps of understanding soil health and what the specific needs of your soil might be depending on what you’re growing or grazing. If you’ve been unsure about current on-farm practices and are looking to make sense of the endless recommendations, these courses will give you the foundations to support you in making informed decisions about the health of your soil.
Meeting the Challenge for Change
Dr Christine Jones is an active participant and supporter of an Australian movement into a Soil Carbon Accreditation Scheme. She possesses ample knowledge in regards to the treatment and maintenance of Australia’s lush and vast environmental resources, and she recently used this knowledge to put together a two day seminar with a variety of speakers on the subject of soil health.
- Access the online seminar to get up to speed on the latest knowledge and thinking in Australia
Matthew Evans is Australia's favourite tree-changer. A former chef and food critic, Matthew is now a Tasmanian smallholder, food writer and food activist. In ‘Soil’, Matthew shows us that what we do in our backyards, on our farms, and what we put on our dinner tables really matters, and can be a source of hope.
Our Sunburnt Country
Dr Anika Molesworth is an agroecologist, farmer, researcher, and author who grew up on a sheep farm out near Broken Hill. As she began to learn more about the extreme weather that was killing her land and her livelihood, Anika became fired up and determined to speak out. Talking to farmers and food producers all around the world, she began to realise that there was a way forward that could be both practical and sustainable. She wrote Our Sunburnt Country to show that there is a way to protect our land, our food and our future, and it is within our grasp.
Why you should give a f*ck about farming
Gabrielle Chan has been a journalist for more than 30 years covering Australian politics. When she moved from the Canberra press gallery to marry a sheep and wheat farmer in 1996 she began to cover the needs and concerns of rural communities.
In her book, Why you should give a f*ck about farming, Gabrielle Chan lays out how Australia, its leaders, farmers and eaters can usher in new ways for us to work and live on our unique and precious land. We must forge a new social contract if we are to grow healthy food on a thriving landscape, while mitigating climate and biodiversity loss.
Who’s Minding The Farm?
Patrice Newell is a sustainable land manager and writer/researcher dedicated to developing and communicating improved agricultural systems and innovations in an era of rapid climate change. The land she manages, Elmswood Farm, is 10,000 acres of prime agricultural land in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales in Australia and is also the inspiration for Who’s Minding the Farm? The devastation of drought and the crises created by industrial-scale chemically-dependent primary production are discussed and alternatives proposed – along with bold ideas for new sources of energy.
Transitioning your farm or land to regenerative practices is part of a larger collective response. Learn more and find other actions about creating a regenerative and secure food future
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