Regenerative Farming

Mindrum is a working mixed farm involving a balanced blend of sheep, cattle, arable, forestry cropping, conservation, biomass and sporting activities.

regenerative farming

We have a strong regenerative organic focus and are a certified Organic farm.  We also run a range of other exciting projects based on a foundation of soil health and balanced ecology.

Regenerative Organic Farming

Mindset

At Mindrum, our operating model is based on a mindset in which agricultural operations are underpinned by the continual regeneration and maintenance of the agricultural ecosystem in which we are operating. We aim to harness this as a basis for profitable production of nutritious food. Whilst there is a strong focus on soil ecology, we work with a wide range of ecosystem components above, on and below the surface of the ground and the activity of the myriad of actors (including ourselves) who live and interact in this space.

Organic Regenerative

We are also certified as an organic mixed farm. Whilst the doctrine and roots of the organic movement lie in what is essentially a regenerative mindset, organic farming is often seen today as little more than a chemical free compliance framework. Here at Mindrum, we see the regenerative mindset and relevant associated practices as key enablers of effective organic production.

Listening to the ground

Having chosen a production model that is dependent on a dynamic, responsive and contested ecosystem, we need to understand what is going on so that we can play an active role in the ecosystem dynamics. Our approach has shifted from the imposition a set of artificial production conditions and now seek to create conditions where complex and dynamic natural systems drive production for us.

Situational Awareness

Working in an environment that is responsive, dynamic and contested, its become clear that everything we do (or fail to do!) may have an impact on the balance and it is by listening to the ground that we can understand and mitigate the effects of our actions. Because of this, soil and system ecology have become more than just a productivity enablers and have become critical operational intelligence tools.
In order to inform our management decisions and target our interventions to support the ecosystem, we need to generate information that is actionable, timely and relevant. We employ a number of lenses, ranging from microscopy, species monitoring, animal behavioural monitoring and biochemical assessments (soil, livestock and plants) to maintain this operating picture.
The really exciting thing is that we continue to learn as we move forward.