Why We Care About Our Soil

At the heart of regenerative farming is soil health and the well-being of our animals. We believe in a better alternative to conventional farming practices, which often rely on confined feeding or pesticides, tilling, and artificial fertilizers that degrade the health of the topsoil over time. Our regenerative farming practices focus on enriching the topsoil and creating a more resilient ecosystem.  

Soil closeup on Sonny's Farm

At its core, regenerative animal farming is about using animals to improve soil health. Our Wagyu Cross steers, heritage pigs, lambs, and chickens are all thoughtfully selected and integrated into our rotational pasture schedule in order to improve soil fertility by cycling nutrients through their grazing and foraging patterns, and nature’s best fertilizer – manure. This can help to build up the organic matter in the soil, which in turn can help to promote the growth of beneficial microbes and fungi. These organisms help to break down organic matter and release nutrients that are essential for plant growth and water retention. 

Our method of regenerative farming also prioritizes the use of diverse cropping systems that help to build soil health. For example, in our California farm we use cover crops that include a selection of chicory, clover, radishes, and a variety of sweet grasses. These cover crops are both grown specifically to improve soil health rather than for harvest, to help keep the soil covered and reduce erosion, while supplying a nutritious, diverse food source for our animals. Cover crops can also help to break up soil compaction and improve water infiltration, which can lead to better soil structure and a more resilient ecosystem. 

We care about soil health because of its important role in mitigating climate change. Healthy soil can sequester carbon, which can help offset greenhouse gas emissions. By using our regenerative farming practices, we are investing in our soil’s organic matter and promoting carbon sequestration, which can help to reduce the carbon footprint of our farm. 

Our animals also reap the benefits of our enriched soil. Regenerative farming techniques have been proven to produce higher quality meat and egg products, containing more essential vitamins and minerals.  

We have committed to regenerative farming as a holistic approach to farming that emphasizes soil health and the myriad of important benefits it creates. By using these regenerative farming practices, we are enriching the topsoil, promoting biodiversity, and helping to mitigate climate change. With your support, we can build a more sustainable and resilient food system built around soil health.  

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