The regenerative farming movement has mostly centered around restoring soil and ecosystem health and leaving our land, waters, and climate in better shape for future generations. But regenerative farming also requires reckoning with our nation’s agricultural history that is marked by discrimination and displacement. And it will ultimately require dismantling power structures that have blocked many farmers of color from owning land or building wealth.
On this episode of Locus Focus we talk Liz Carlisle, author of Healing Grounds, which tells the stories of Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian American farmers, who are reviving their ancestors’ methods of growing food—techniques long suppressed by the industrial food system. We talk about how true regenerative agriculture is not merely a set of technical tricks for storing CO2 in the ground, but a holistic approach that values diversity in both plants and people.