We invite you to contribute your energy and ideas to the conversation at this year’s convening, Cultivating Restorative Economies
As a global society, many have recognized that our current economic and agricultural models do not provide for a stable, sustainable, and equitable future. As we continue to face times of social, political, ecological, and economic unpredictability, many are pursuing alternatives that better serve our communities and work toward a more resilient planet.
We often discuss the economic viability of farms and ranches as something that is separate from conservation and restoration, but what if economic and ecological resilience are one and the same? From pig farmers who create compost as a value-added product for neighboring veggie farmers, to entrepreneurs creating a soil health fund in collaboration with restaurants, to large-scale ranchers navigating renewable energy and ecosystem services on their land, many producers, conservationists, scientists, and agencies are working on the same goal: to make our economy, our lands, and our communities more circular and regenerative.
Applying ecological principles to economic systems helps us reframe our production models so that all we do has the potential to be restorative. We can look to nature to guide and rebuild broken human systems and restructure them to be more balanced and therefore, more equitable and just. We no longer accept that economic growth must come at the expense of the environment and want to collectively redefine agriculture and our relationship with nature.
While we have many examples of successful restorative business models in agriculture, we are still just conceiving how to expand and encourage these practices at larger scales. For example, the valuation of ecosystem services provides a great opportunity to move production practices from extractive to restorative, but how do we develop the immense infrastructure and government programs needed to implement such practices at scale with integrity? Many are working on regenerative and no-waste production systems that create more resilient lands and businesses, but how do we spread this knowledge-base and support more producers in making these shifts? Diverse voices are coming to the forefront and contributing to building more synergistic and equitable systems, but how do we collectively maximize human creativity through this diversity to achieve our desired outcomes?
At REGENERATE 2022 we will discuss these challenges and more, inviting our community to learn, collaborate, and contribute to this conversation at local, national, and global scales. We aim to provide a range of cross-disciplinary perspectives, from the conceptual to the applied, to create an inclusive, open space for knowledge exchange, challenging dialogs, and community building. With this conference, we will synthesize the knowledge of our many innovative community members to help create resilient lands, economies, and communities, moving toward Cultivating Restorative Economies.
“Twenty plus years down the road, I still look forward to attending the annual conference–now called the REGENERATE Conference–of the Quivira Coalition, HMI and the American Grassfed Association. What a joy to reconnect with old friends and mentors and to be re-inspired to the work we all do on the land, especially by the younger folk who now lead us. The 2002 Quivira conference introduced me to the concept of regenerative management and provided the underpinning of my work as a rancher and producer. The principles of HMI solidified my practice and bottom line, and the early support of AGA was critical to our grassfed beef business. I am thrilled that the three now work together to broaden our work and outreach.”