Biodiversity is the shortened form of two words "biological" and "diversity". It refers to all the variety of life that can be found on earth (plants, fungi, animals and micro-organisms), as well as to the communities that they form and the habitats in which they live. Biodiversity, in turn, also contributes to the resilience of crops and soil to diseases and plagues. For instance, through biodiversity lanes (such as flower edges alongside crops) and lane farming, a farm can host hoverflies and lacewings, which in turn, are the natural enemies of lice. In our experiments we test different ways to integrate biodiversity lanes and lane farming into farm management, and research the relationship between biodiversity lanes, insects and resilience to plagues and diseases. We are working on guidelines for which varieties are most impactful in biodiversity lanes, including factors such as flowering period, availability of nectar and the relationship with insect populations.
Catalyzing the transition to regenerative agriculture through knowledge development
The Soil Heroes Foundation started the inspiration farm (to run experiments on knowledge and best practices for farmers to apply regenerative agriculture on a commercial, large-scale). If you are interested in developing projects with our Foundation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and register for our newsletter. We strongly believe that collaboration is one of the most important keys to success if we want farmers to transition to regenerative organic agriculture on a global scale.