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  • Keywords
    • Prairie Farming,
    • Gardening,
    • Conservation,
    • Sustainability,
    • Climate,
    • Soil Health,
    • Agroecology

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Practical Regeneration
Realistic Strategies for Climate Smart Agriculture
by Scott Gillespie

“To begin evaluating an agricultural system, you’ll need to get to the core ideas and features that actually drive the system to ensure that you have a grounding for best methods and practices.” In his consulting career as an agronomist, and as a lifelong gardener, Scott Gillespie has learned to critically evaluate information before jumping into something new. Particularly in these days of climate-change anxiety, he has seen people choose agricultural systems that seem right on the surface but aren’t actually making a difference. Many times, a new idea is simply a good hypothesis. Early success can mean things get picked up quickly and are applied before they are fully tested. Practical Regeneration starts out broadly talking about what Scott has learned in his garden and from researching and thinking through the claims of regenerative agriculture advocates. It then gets practical in how farmers can think about implementing the main healthy-soil practices such as cover crops and intercropping. The next section covers how they can advance their practice above the basics. The book culminates by looking into the future and examining how farmers can look at profitability in the long term. While based on Scott’s experiences in the prairies of western Canada, the principles can be applied to many areas of the world. Erudite, but entertaining too, Practical Regeneration sifts through the hype to critically evaluate the soil regeneration movement so that its principles can be practically applied helping both the farmer and the climate.

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Scott Gillespie grew up on a farm in southern Ontario and has never had a job that was not related to agriculture. Even his hobbies involve agriculture as he loves gardening in his free time. When it was time to choose a post-secondary school the only one he was interested in was the University of Guelph because of its acclaimed agriculture program. He attained a BSc in Agriculture from there and worked for a few years before pursuing his MSc in Plant Science at the University of Manitoba. After this he moved to southern Alberta where he has been working in dryland and irrigated specialty crops for nearly two decades. He has a professional designation (P.Ag.) from the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and has also attained Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) status from the American Society of Agronomy. You can learn about Scott’s consulting business at and keep up with his latest ideas through his podcast and newsletter.


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