Farm: SECREST ORGANICS, OLIVER, OKANAGAN, BC
NO TILL OR MINIMAL TILLAGE
A CHALLENGE IN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
Regenerative farming is based on five principles that need to be implemented together: no-till or minimal tillage, keeping the ground covered, species diversity, keeping living roots in the soil as much as possible, and integrating livestock.
Regenerative agriculture offers many benefits to the farming ecosystem such as increasing soil organic matter, carbon capture, greater water holding capacity, improved nutrient cycling, pest and disease suppression through enhanced soil biology, and ultimately higher nutrient density and health in our target crops.
An intriguing idea is the possibility of dry farming our vineyards which would have multiple benefits such as enhanced resiliency to climate change and potential increase in wine quality attributes. In our area we typically get 250-300 mm of rain/snow per year. If we can capture and store all this precipitation it is possible to grow grapes without additional irrigation. Furthermore by keeping plant cover present throughout the season we are able to capture dew as well. Thus by applying these principles we hope to be able to dry farm by 2025.