In order to help reverse climate change and make a positive impact, we are co-creating with WWF the first regenerative organic cotton farm in Turkey.
Areas of land all over our earth have been eroded and destroyed from monocultural farming and by harmful agricultural practices like deep-tilling and excessive chemical use. These practices have left areas barren, waterways polluted, and communities in danger.
It’s also contributing to climate change, as areas of land that once drew down carbon from our atmosphere are now releasing more carbon than they store. Together, we can take action against climate change by implementing more responsible agricultural practices.
Here’s a quick overview of how regenerative farming works. By adopting these measures, we can support the development of healthy soil and waterways.
Regenerative farming uses a holistic set of practices to improve the quality of the soil and the nature around it. It’s rooted in a traditional and indigenous approach, where healthier practices like no deep-tilling, perennial and cover crop planting, integrated pest management and composting are given priority over a short term yield.
By prioritizing these practices the soil and water provides a healthier, longer-term farming solution, and an area of land that can draw down carbon from our atmosphere.
The project will take place just outside the town of Germencik, Turkey. It’s a 78 ha piece of land growing organic cotton and Alfa Alfa, a perennial plant grown for animal feed and known for its ability to enrich nitrogen content in the soil.
The farm is leased by Ali, an organic cotton farmer selling his crop to the cotton trading company, Akasya Tarım. Ali will begin by converting 3 ha of cotton farmland into regenerative farming practices.