FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is regenerative agriculture?
Conventional wisdom has long held that the world cannot be fed without chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. Evidence points to a new wisdom: The world cannot be fed unless the soil is fed. Regenerative agriculture enhances and sustains the health of the soil by restoring its carbon content, which in turn improves productivity—just the opposite of conventional agriculture.
Regenerative agricultural practices include:
- no tillage,
- diverse cover crops
- in-farm fertility (no external nutrients)
- no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers
- multiple crop rotations
Together, these practices increase carbon-rich soil organic matter. The result: vital microbes proliferate, roots go deeper, nutrient uptake improves, water retention increases, plants are more pest resistant, and soil fertility compounds. Farms are seeing soil carbon levels rise from a baseline of 1 to 2 percent up to 5 to 8 percent over ten or more years, which can add up to 25 to 60 tons of carbon per acre.
It is estimated that at least 50 percent of the carbon in the earth’s soils has been released into the atmosphere over the past centuries. Bringing that carbon back home through regenerative agriculture is one of the greatest opportunities to address human and climate health, along with the financial well-being of farmers.
Do you have a list of farmer's converting to regenerative agriculture?
We are working in tandem with a coalition of regenerative agricultural education partners who are in tremendous demand to teach regenerative practices throughout the country and the globe. They are consistently offering names of farmers that are in various stages of regenerative practices. The Farmer's Footprint team is hard at work developing a centralized database of regenerative farms. We plan to feature several farmers in order to support their progress, but if you have interest in finding folks in your area, feel free to send us a message above. We will gather some additional information and be in touch when we have resources that align with your needs.
Is my Farmer's Footprint donation tax deductible?
Yes! Farmer's Footprint is currently in the process of applying for its official tax exempt designation with the IRS. As is common for new non-profits waiting for the final confirmation of their application, we have entered into a fiscal sponsorship agreement with an established 501(c)(3) organization in order to legally accept donations and provide a valid tax receipt.
For every donation you make to Farmer's Footprint, you will immediately receive a valid tax receipt. We will also provide year end summaries at the end of each calendar year to assist with your tax filings.
Our fiscal sponsor is Kiss the Ground, a nonprofit organization under the IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) with an EIN of: 46-4507696. Kiss the Ground’s mission is inspiring participation in global regeneration, starting with soil. You can learn more about their work at www.kisstheground.com
Besides monetary contributions, how else can I support Farmer's Footprint?
Your donations are critical to funding the programs and operations that our team needs to reach our goal of converting 5 million acres by 2025.
If you are not in a position to give financially, there are other ways you can help. Sign up here to share a bit about how you'd like to help. Perhaps you have a specific skill, or you have a large social media following and want to help spread the word. These are all welcome and appreciated ways to contribute to this movement. Use the link to find out more about volunteering or send us a message using the form above.