How can sustainably managed farms and ranches not only provide food to support human communities and economies, but also contribute to critical ecosystem services? What do the diverse voices of today’s agricultural communities think about how these working landscapes can improve water quality and availability, biodiversity conservation, nutrient cycling and be a part of the climate solution? Can mushrooms really be used to heal the land after wildfire?!
In this issue of the Point Blue Quarterly, we share stories—and answers to these questions—from some of the thought leaders and practitioners in the regenerative agriculture space, including Point Blue staff and partners. We’ve got a powerful story of a rancher living out her grandfather’s dream—maintaining a ranch in the Central Sierra foothills—while working to provide pollinator habitat and increase climate resilience, and an interview with CA’s Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary, Karen Ross. These individuals and the others featured in this issue are helping nature and our communities thrive in a changing future, and I know you’ll be inspired by their journeys.