Welcome to the Regenerative Ag Idea Network (REGAIN)! This is an online community of practice designed for all regenerative agriculture educators, advocates, and leaders. Regardless of areas of focus, REGAIN is a place to discuss challenges, share successes, access peer expertise, share resources, promote events and create opportunities for collaboration in the Upper Midwest and across the country.
REGAIN leverages peer-to-peer knowledge of regenerative agriculture practitioners to increase regenerative agriculture practices, support profitable family farms, protect vulnerable ecosystems, and improve agricultural communities. By helping people be more connected and work better together, REGAIN supports broader environmental, economic, and social shifts through agriculture.
REGAIN acknowledges the past, present and future leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the regenerative agriculture movement. Many regenerative practices are rooted in the long-standing stewardship and cultural traditions of BIPOC communities, yet this is too often omitted, mischaracterized, or actively erased. REGAIN supports regenerative agriculture efforts that honor and integrate:
- Indigenous knowledge, practices and leadership,
- current on-farm and academic research,
- cutting-edge technology,
- community-based approaches,
- equitable participation of all peoples.
To this end, acknowledging and addressing racial and other social inequities must be priorities for REGAIN and the modern regenerative agriculture movement. While the Wallace Center and REGAIN partners are not experts in racial equity, we are committed to understanding the full history of U.S. agriculture and how our efforts can mend not only the soil, but also human relationships with each other and the land. For those on a similar journey, we suggest the following articles:
- Civil Eats: “Does Regenerative Agriculture Have a Race Problem?”
- A-dae Romero-Briones: “Regeneration—from the Beginning”
- Union of Concerned Scientists and HEAL Food Alliance: “Leveling the Fields”
Created and supported by the Wallace Center, REGAIN is designed to be cooperatively run. One of the platform’s core functions is to provide partners with the forum and functionality to engage new and existing audiences, advance their organizational activities, and be more connected to aligned efforts. In doing so, REGAIN builds the capacity of the individuals, organizations and networks working to advance regenerative agriculture.
Sign up today to become a member and explore REGAIN! Members can enjoy access to the platform for free. Are you an organization working on regenerative agriculture and interested in helping run REGAIN?