Tomorrow’s Good Food Depends on Today’s Good Dirt
You bite into a carrot, and there’s that familiar crunch, and that slightly sweet flavor. But what’s that taste element you can’t quite place? Is it crazy to think that your carrot tastes…alive?
No, you’re not crazy. In fact, everything that goes into digging up that carrot involves the forces of life—from the soil to the trees, to the people packing and transporting the produce, to the grocer you buy it from. We’re all connected, and we’re all in this together. In this way, we really are what we eat.
Who’s in bed with your carrots?
Soil is made of living entities interspersed within clay, sand, and silt particles. Living roots, worms, nematodes, fungi, and millions of microbes all contribute the health of the soil. But when over-tilling and misuse of farmland sucks the life out of the soil, its future as a food generator becomes bleak.
Regenerative agriculture presents a solution: growing food without chemicals by sustaining healthy soils. With regenerative practices, farmers can keep their healthy and even restore degraded soil, so they can keep growing good food, season after season after season.
Creating the healthiest possible soil for each unique environment
Unlike organic farms, which omit synthetic pesticides or replace them with organic alternatives, regenerative farmers are rethinking the entire operation. Their creative methods range from perennial-rather-than-annual plantings, to increasing biodiversity by planting trees among crops, to creating permanent habitats on the farm for pollinators and pest predators. Every regenerative farm has its own plan and strategy customized for its unique environmental, geological, and biological factors. These farms may cost a bit more to operate in the short term. But the switch to a regenerative plan is an investment in our environmental future.
Rather than maximizing output at all costs, regenerative strategies support localized food production. It has the potential to reduce the use of fossil fuels in farming while preserving the soil and its quality.
This land is your land.
Supporting local growers who practice sustainable, regenerative agriculture has always been part of our mission here at T&C. As a family-owned company, we care about the health of our land, the climate it depends on, and the generations ahead of us who will be here, eating locally raised foods, and continuing to bring them to our customers. We don’t just believe in regenerative agriculture. We live by it—and you can too.
Support regenerative agriculture by checking out our products from these responsible pioneers in environmentally sustainable farming:
A2 Milk from Alexandre Family Farms
Alter Eco Chocolate
Shepherd’s Grain (also found in many of our house-made baked goods)
Oregon Country Beef
Epic Provisions (includes Serenity Kids and Force of Nature Meats)