Regenerative Agriculture - Adding a Cover Crop To A No-Till System

Cooking up a Story
Wednesday, 29th January 2014

Permaculture author and teacher, Patrick Whitefiled, discovers a new film that he finds really encouraging. It shows how permaculture principles, in this case no-till and cover crops, are being taken up by some mainstream farmers. He says, "OK, there's plenty we might not like about the system illustrated here, such as the size of the farm and the heavy relience on fossil fuels, and some unanswered questions, such as the use of herbicides and pesticides. But the general direction is beginning to change, more towards working WITH nature rather than against. Good stuff!"

For more Stories, Food News, and Cooking Fresh videos, please visit Dan Forgey, farm manager at Cronin Farms in South Dakota, has been using no-till management for more than 17 years. Over that time, Forgey has developed a keen understanding of how his farming system works and where new challenges and opportunities exist.

For a PDF download of Forgey's 4-year crop rotation, click here:

Further Resources

Watch: Crop rotation and green manure with Patrick Whitefield

How farms are using permaculture design to survive and prosper

We review The Resilient Farm and Homestead

Watch A Farm for the Future - the full length feature by Rebecca Hosking and Tim Green

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