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How Our Rice is Regeneratively Grown

The three principles below are the foundations of Regenerative Agriculture [1].

Midnight Diamond Rice

Grown by Isaarn farmers group in Northeast, Thailand

variety of beans in the hand will be grown in rotation with rice to replenish the soil

Build Soil Fertility

Various nitrogen-fixing beans are grown as part of the crop rotation cycle to return nutrients to the soil. Compost based on chicken manure and rice straws is also applied before rice season to add nutrients, soften the soil, and control pests.

diverse mix of native herbs and greens grown in our partner farm

Promote Biodiversity

Depending on each member's expertise and location, they will rotate through multiple crops, intercropped with various local greens, before planting rice again. Some of these crops are red onion, heirloom garlic, drought-tolerant watermelon, soy, and cabbage.

Rice straws used as mulches to protect soil

Conserve Soil

The group uses rice straws as mulches to retain moisture. They also utilize the push-pull pest management technique by maintaining native grasses around rice paddies. In addition to protecting the soil, these grasses attract pests like grasshoppers, keeping them away from the rice.

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The majority of rice is currently grown as a monoculture with little to no crop rotation and, in the conventional case, with a heavy amount of chemicals. After the harvests, farmers burn their fields to get rid of crop residues. This practice unnecessarily releases carbon into the atmosphere and destroys the soil, requiring more external chemical inputs. We experienced it first hand when we were in Bangkok. The burning from nearby cities was so bad that it created almost the same level of air pollution during the wildfire season in Pacific Northwest.

1. Regenerative Agriculture Initiative, California State University, Chico, and The Carbon Underground. "What Is Regenerative Agriculture?" Regeneration International, Regeneration International, 24 Feb. 2017, regenerationinternational.org/2017/02/24/what-is-regenerative-agriculture/.