We are a small European startup on a mission to develop and produce the right technology that will support regenerative farmers, organic growers, gardeners, permaculturists and other people who devoted their life to sustainable land practices. We at GTT believe that regenerative agriculture is the most viable solution to climate change as well as a whole array of problems created in the modern society. We need to transform our agricultural system and we need to do it fast! And in order to change our farming we need to change the tools and equipment used in the process. We at Green Tools are focusing on appropriate, open source technology that will help regenerative farming and permaculture spread across the globe.
REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE varies greatly depending on the climate, terrain, size of the farm, type of the food that is being grown, technology available and various other factors. Here is where the permaculture design and holistic decision making process can help tremendously. It can be a vegetable farm where no-dig beds are used, an agroforestry system which integrates trees and annual crops, a holistically managed grazing operation with hectares and hectares of land or even a small urban farm. *As long as we are building soil, it means we are sequestering carbon and increasing the fertility!*
We start with the most important element – the soil. Soil is a living, breathing organism. In only one handful of healthy soil there are more living organisms than there are humans on planet Earth. They play a key role in cycling the nutrients and feeding our plants that we want to grow. We are only beginning to understand this vast network of interactions and processes happening beneath our feet that are essential to feeding ourselves. And there’s a bonus – a healthy soil ecosystem can sequester carbon from the atmosphere at no cost, while being more and more fertile every year. But in order to make our fields and gardens fertile again, along with stopping spraying toxic chemicals, we need to stop tilling, turning and pulverizing the soil. Ingenious people have found a way to improve the soil structure without turning the layers. On a large scale it is done by a carefully designed subsoiler that creates soil pores, introducing more air, increasing water holding capacity and creating more
habitat for our greatest allies – the soil organisms: bacteria, fungi, friendly nematodes, earthworms, microarthropods etc. On a small scale, in our gardens we can use a broadfork – a tool that was invented in France in the 1960’s (la grelinette in French).
Our journey to the *technological sovereignty* of the regenerative farming movement has only just begun! We are looking forward to collaborate with regenerative farmers, experiment and develop new techniques and technologies that will make the proces of growing food more efficient, enjoyable and will bring back the livelihood of farmers – the unsung heroes of fighting climate change and feeding the planet.