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The Wild Farmlands Foundation is seeking partners and funds to develop a showcase regenerative farm and outdoor education center on Restoration Oaks Ranch. The Restoration Oaks Ranch Regenerative Farm will feature projects that strengthen the agricultural and ecological resources of the ranch and educate the public on the fundamentals and benefits of regenerative agriculture and local ecology stewardship. This Regenerative Farm provides an active demonstration of what is possible within the context of our native flora, fauna, soil, climate, and topography while using a regenerative agriculture framework in a long-term conservation effort.

RegenFarm 740Restoration Oaks Ranch, Site #1, Water Cycle Regeneration Project

 

By establishing a more robust diversity of plant life, support species and biodiverse soils, the ecosystem, crops and local food system will benefit. The results will be a highly visible and accessible example of these methodologies in the South Central Coast bio-region. 

When possible, projects include an immersive outdoor education component. This starts with the establishment of accessible habitats and activities that immerse visitors in a (primarily) outdoor education experience designed to feed the mind and stimulate the senses. Accessible habitats engage the senses of the touch, sight, hearing, taste & smell. People without sight can still touch, hear, taste and smell. People without hearing can see, taste, touch and smell. People who do not have the use of some or all of their limbs can still have their senses immersed, they just need a little help to get there.  

On a regenerative farm, you can eat leafy greens or carrots right out of the ground. You can eat nuts, fruits & berries right off the tree, bush or cane. You can see and hear red-tailed hawks in courtship overhead or feel the worms and bugs wriggle in a handful of healthy soil. You can hear the gentle buzzing of hundreds of bees and other pollinators feeding all around you. By welcoming people, especially youth, to see and smell and touch and hear and feel the working farm and ranch land, we enable them to personally appreciate the difference between a degraded landscape and one that is naturally regenerating and in synch with the environment- with just a little guidance from its human stewards.

The Restoration Oaks Regenerative Farm will, over the span of 10 years, showcase the local food system, ecological and community benefits of contemporary regenerative agricultural practices on brittle land and the native wild oak ecosystems of California's South Central CoastIt is our hope is that this showcase project will inspire other farmers, ranchers, land owners and land managers to take action steps towards using this best practice framework within their own landscapes and migrate their ranch and farmlands into a functional level of regenerative agriculture. 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Lizards-200The Wild Farmlands Foundation is committed to building relationships between small wilderness farmers and their local communities.  We are actively looking for foundations, businesses, individuals, youth groups, schools, clubs and other organizations that want to partner with us to build a strong community of support for small wild farmlands.

Farmer aFFILIATES

chuy-250Small farms have the heritage, the knowledge, the heart and the opportunity to optimize and extend the delivery of premium quality produce to local communities while protecting and sustaining irreplaceable ecosystems for future generations. All Wild Farmlands farmer and advisor affiliates have agreed to formally associate themselves with the Foundation, our mission and vision.

BEST IN CLASS

CSS Logo 250x146The challenge of implementing innovations for the small sustainable farmer is not a lack of opportunity, but rather a lack of time and resources. Which innovations or practices will actually work under the specific conditions of each farm? The Wild Farmlands Best In Class program accelerates our affiliate farmers' access to proven beneficial sustainable and natural agricultural innovations and practices. 

     

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