Supporting regenerative agriculture
For over two decades Roots, Shoots & Fruits have been supporting New Zealand farmers and growers to build healthy, living soils that are thriving with life.
Our focus on beneficial biology for plant and soil health, along with organic ‘people and planet-friendly’ organic fertilisers is the backbone of what we stand for.
When the soil is healthy, the plants are more robust, resilient to pest and disease and produce bountiful yields. The healthier the soil and plant, the less synthetic fertilisers are needed to address any issues.
It is proven through decades of field trials that high quality produce can be grown with advanced technology environmentally friendlier options.
Regenerative Agriculture is a practice whereby farming systems foster a thriving ecosystem approach of soils, plants, minerals, microorganisms and animals, in a self-generating productive harmonious environment where one supports the other.AgFunderNews
When working optimally this regenerative agriculture environment can be very efficient and produce high quality outputs.
A major factor for New Zealand growers and farmers considering practising regenerative agriculture is to restore soils that have been depleted by conventional growing practices and synthetic fertilisers and pest controls. Begin to work more with nature to provide what the plants need for health, so they in turn can start to naturally resist pest and disease.
Regen Ag practices (in very broad terms) benefit the environment by not having toxic chemicals disrupt the balance of the ecosystem. They benefit animals and humans by not being exposed to said toxic chemicals. Also the planet benefits as healthier soils has more capacity to store carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it in the ground. (source: climaterealityproject.org)
Soil that has more organic matter holds more water, which has myriad benefits; enabling easier nutrient transition to plants, increasing water absorption by plants and tolerating less precipitation to name a few.
Each one-percent increase in soil organic matter helps soil hold 20,000 gallons more water per acre. And heightened water holding capacity means crops are more resilient through times of drought or heavy rain. By maintaining surface residues, roots, and soil structure with better aggregation and pores, soil organic matter reduces nutrient runoff and erosion, as well.
And the healthier the soil, the healthier the crop. When plants have the nutrients and roots systems they need to thrive, they build compounds to help protect against insects and disease. There is also growing evidence that a healthy soil microbiome full of necessary bacteria, fungi, and nematodes is more likely to produce nutrient-dense food, promoting better human health.What’s Your 2040
Our products are environmentally friendly, and work with efficacy in conventional and organic farming environments. Their glycine chelated mineral technology increases bioavailability, meaning more minerals are absorbed with very little wasted. This benefits both plant, environment and resources (time and cost in reduced applications).
Our Bio-Organisms and Humates
Our bio-organisms such as fungi and beneficial bacteria, along with humates assist in building a soil that is rich with life and organic matter. If you’d like to chat about opportunities for your farm to use more advanced nutritional products that support regenerative agriculture practices, we are happy to offer a complimentary phone consultation.