The Foodshed Restoration stream sits at the confluence between wild systems and people, exploring solutions in feeding communities through regional sustainability.
Foodshed Restoration in Action
In an effort to reconcile ecological restoration and cattle ranching, CLO is experimenting holistic grazing in the ranch el Valle, in Northern Sonora, MX. In the ranch, land had been resting without grazing for 20 years but clumps of grasses were dying out and the overall grass to bare soil ratio was not improving. CLO is trying a new form of grazing to see if by disturbing and fertilizing the surface of the soil, the situation can be improved. Cattle hoof action breaks the soil’s hydrophobic crust, manure adds nutrients and both stimulate plant growth. To prevent overgrazing, cattle are moved 4 times a day, with each section rested for two rainy seasons to maintain ecosystem health.
Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system. Deep Dirt Farm is unique in its practice of creating stunning and artful ways to live out permaculture values, and is demonstrating this in one of the most surprising and remarkable landscapes on Earth- the Sonoran Desert.