What does a truly wild landscape look like?
Does our modern sensibility of wilderness speak to how deeply disconnected from nature we have become? Is it time to reimagine the idyll as more wild and less curated? Less rolling fields of monoculture grain and more woods, interspersed with wild flower meadows. What does this mean for urban spaces? What wildlife would return to this new idyll? How would these wild spaces benefit us? How do we live with it/in it and how does it form part of a new economy?
Regenerative farming, sometimes referred to as restorative farming, is a term that encompasses or is associated with many agricultural practices; agroecology, agroforestry, permaculture and silvopasture to name a few. The basic tenet that unites these agricultural systems, is the need to move away from intensive farming practises, because they are ecologically unsound. Instead regenerative farming adopts a more holistic approach to agriculture, co-opting natural principles to cultivate the land in harmony with nature, rather than working against it. It focuses on the regeneration of top soil health, improving water retention, promoting wildlife biodiversity, carbon sequestration and multilayered perennial crops.