We recognize the interconnectedness of soil health, ecological restoration, strong local food systems, and healthy societies, and this is reflected in our work on and off the farm.
Soil regeneration is the root-bed of our work, and we are building soil health on Agraria through regenerative practices like cover cropping, organic soil amendments, conservation tillage, and permaculture.
We recognize the central role pollinators play in building strong local food systems an sustaining ecosystem health. They are responsible, in part, for the production of 75% of the world’s food crops. At least a third of our garden areas on Agraria are dedicated to pollinator plant species, and in 2020 we planted over 100 sensitive native prairie plants.
Our aim is to transform Agraria into a regional hub that helps build and support a just, equitable, and accessible local food system that recognizes the right of all people to fresh, healthy, culturally appropriate food. We manage the SNAP and Produce Perks Program at the local farmers market, and in 2020 we connected local gardeners and farmers to regional pantries to supply fresh, locally produced foods to neighbors most in need.
We are working in partnership with others to advance food sovereignty and food justice as well as regional resilience. We are partnering with Springfield, Ohio Urban Plant Folk (S.O.U.P.) on development of a center for urban agriculture in South Springfield with the goal of increasing food security as well as the self-reliance and resilience of South Springfield residents. We launched a six-month Regenerative Fellowship Training program in April 2021, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. The first group of six Farmer Fellows are mostly Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). They will receive stipends along with education and
training in a range of agricultural and regenerative practices. We are also spearheading development of a regional support network for BIPOC farmers.
Riparian zone agroforestry
Managed rotational grazing
Perennial pantry garden
Central State University
University of Dayton
Hall Hunger Initiative
Miami Valley Regional Food Policy Coalition
The Yellow Springs Farmers Market
Produce Perks (Cincinnati)
Ohio Farmers Market Network
The Foodbank, Inc
Greene County Food Insecurity Council
S.O.U.P. (Springfield Ohio, Urban Plant Folk)
Smaller Footprint Farm
Gem City Market