When we first came across Doudlah Farms and read about their commitment to regenerative agriculture and organic farming we knew we had to work with them. Mark Doudlah is a 6th generation farmer in Wisconsin. His father and his fathers father, and generations before that had been conventional farmers on that same land, the same as all their neighbors. Then Mark's dad was diagnosed with Mantle
Cell Lymphoma, known as The Midwest Farmers' Cancer. Doctors said the cause of his cancer was most likely due to his long-term exposure to herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and degreasers. Mark knew what he had to do. Today Doudlah Farms practices and advocates for organic regenerative and bio-dynamic farming practices (fancy names for growing nutrient-rich foods that are good for you and the future of human health). This is a family owned and family run farm, if you call, you will probably talk to Mark's wife Sherry “Lucy”, as I did when I ordered the beans in your box. They are a trailblazer, educating and paving a new way for farmers like himself. We are thrilled to be featuring their Great Northern Beans this month in the club and adding their products to the store very soon. We are huge fans.
Regenerative agriculture is a farming system that focuses on restoring and preserving the health of our ecosystems. It involves utilizing holistic practices such as crop rotation, cover cropping, composting, no-tillage approaches, the reintroduction of animals to pastures, and many more. These approaches help build soil health, improve water retention and reduce erosion while creating a more diverse and resilient system. Benefits of regenerative agriculture include an increase in soil health, improved water retention and fertility, increased biodiversity, carbon sequestration, improved air, and water quality, increased economic returns for farmers, long-term profitability, and sustainability. Regenerative agriculture also has numerous benefits to the environment as it reduces or eliminates the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, and reduces or eliminates soil erosion. By taking a holistic approach to farming, regenerative agriculture can help ensure our land is healthy for generations to come.