Some insight into our methodologies...
WHY ISN't SUSTAINABILITY ENOUGH?
It's not enough to simply sustain our current land management practices – we need to restore our topsoil and the overall health of our watersheds. Human influence on our planet's ecosystem has reached a tipping point. Our agricultural practices – including tillage, chemical inputs, and feedlots – are major contributors to the problem. So what's going to save us? Ironically, agricultural practices like Rotational grazing, no-till food production, and conscious surface water management are currently some of the best tools humans have to repair much of the damage that's been left in our wake. Pattern Regenerations primary goal is to help cannabis farmers shift their land-management practices toward actively regenerating degraded agricultural lands.
ADAPTIVE BREEDING-improving with nature
As standards are established for legal cannabis production, understanding selection and adaptive breeding practices can go a long way in helping a farm establish proprietary varieties that perform better in their specific region. Cannabis expresses a rich diversity of flavors, scents, and plant characteristics, the majority of potent, modern genetics available to cannabis growers have been bred under lights and selected for quality finish in those conditions. However, when grown outside in an environment that can't be as easily controlled, those indoor adapted selections often don’t fare well, depending on regional or climatic factors. Pattern Regeneration has focused on selecting for not only a quality finish, but also for vigor and health in an outdoor environment. Even in situations where we grow clones over seed, we work only with locally proven genetics that we can count on for potent flowers, disease resistance, and consistent production. We hope to help farms establish their own adapted high quality seed and clone lines to stay competitive in a changing marketplace.
WHAT IS POLYCULTURE?
Also known as "companion planting," polyculture is the simultaneous cultivation of several crops and/or animals. When applied to cannabis cultivation, polyculture involves cultivating other plants in the same space in and around the cannabis plant to discourage pests, attract beneficials, protect and feed the soil, as well as provide food for humans and animals. This practice can also include animal rotation, which can be a way to passivly manage and cycle fertility through your landscape, but it needs to be done thoughtfully regarding rotation timing and potential contamination issues. An organic farm method that often focuses on polyculture is called "cover cropping", and depending on the crops grown on the bed surface it can add fertility, protect the soils from wind, rain, sun, and feed microbial communities in the soil with its root exudates. The French have a term "terroir" which is often used in the wine world, It essentially espouses that all aspects of a plants biome- anything from the moisture, soils and surrounding forests all affect the taste of its finish product. There is a lot of potential for very strategic companion planting arrangements to influence smells and tastes of the finished flower of cannabis and this will undoubtedly be one of the many avenues explored by producers as terpenes and their synergistic behaviors with cannabiniods become better understood.
Many trusted agriculturalist and scientists are starting to recognize that planned grazing of herbivores on diverse grassland species may be the biggest tool the human race has to sequester carbon and prevent catastrophic climatic events in the future. This practice requires regular movement of the livestock (in many cases daily) as well as careful stocking density and attention to soils and surface plant species. This approach can be used on thousand acre scales by ranchers with careful planning and development of infrastructure. Animals are commonly moved with solar chargers and moveable electric fences, these modern means allow ease of paddock shifts to happen far easier than farmers just a few decades ago could have imagined. In some cases animals can be supplemented dietarily with cannabis leaf spoils, turning a waste stream into meat.
always cover the soil
Living mulches and cover crops can add atmospheric nitrogen to fertilize plants and make other nutrients more available. They help retain soil moisture; feed microbiology when tops are cut back or crimped, and protect the soil from both erosive rains as well as desiccation from wind and sun. There are innumerable combinations and successions of cover crops and living mulches that could be used to establish a farm-specific regimen of plants, ideally we want perennials or reseeding annuals that thrive without inputs, but won't become aggressive and require additional management as your system gets established. This sort of approach mimics natures own processes of establishing and protecting one of its most valuable resources- the topsoil.
these are farms, instructors, and information sources we highly recommend: (still in process)
greensourcegardens.com - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFjKccol584
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
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