Images: Abby Rose, the farm at Vidacycle today
Abby Rose is a physicist, farmer, soil health expert and co-founder of Farmerama Radio, a podcast which shares the ideas, experiments and experiences of smaller-scale farmers across the world. Combining traditional farming methods with new technologies, she develops simple apps like Vidacycle that help farmers collect important data such as the productivity and health of their trees, vines, fruit and crucially, their soil.
According to Abby, the future of sustainable farming goes way beyond organic and biodynamic certification; it’s about regenerative farming, which is a holistic approach to agriculture.
Regenerative farmers take “a more ecological approach, observing the natural ecosystems on a particular plot of land and working with them to build a farming system that produces diverse and nutritious sources of food, whilst also providing income streams for the farm.” This essentially strengthens the soil beneath our feet, making it more resilient in the radically changing landscape.
“Regenerative farmers prioritise soil health and biodiversity on their farms. They are not just farmers, but environmentalists too, they want to see more wildlife and insects on their land because they know it’s part of a healthy farming system.”