The idea of place is rapidly changing. The pressure to create and scale innovation is mounting. The choices of Innovation Districts, Eco Districts, Agri-hoods, Eco-burbias, Agro-ecosystems, Master Planned Communities, are expanding.
What about for small rural towns, and in particular, those adjacent to fast growing Metropolitan areas dealing with a wave of sprawl? Can the industrial juggernaut continue to consume new space for its voracious appetite, or ….
Sunergie understands that there is a need for jobs in rural communities that are reflective of the needs of its people. Those jobs are not all about creating new robots or artificial intelligence, but instead adding value to natural resources available within a mile of the town.
In a critique of above mentioned places, Sunergie explores the role of place in generating the full range of eco-system services from local land. This means not just little 7 acre market gardens, but larger scale buffers for extreme rainfall events, or wildfires. How do buffers stay green in the face of wildfire? How do we begin to regenerate the ecosystem services that help sell residential real estate and increase municipal revenues while decreasing costs?
This is innovation that reflects the needs of small communities, creating jobs, services and products for rural economic development that also regenerates the local environment.
Sunergie works with a range of technologies related to the development of Regenerative Agriculture amenities for residential communities:
- Ecosystem services that can be monetized such as Agri-tourism, edu-tainment, therapy farms, elder-care farms, school farms, camp farms.
- Nutrient dense foods, Omega 3 foods, and health impacts of regenerative agriculture including maximizing the percentage of a communities food requirements supplied from within the communities green infrastructure.
- Soil quality improvements using Compost tea and the soil food web; humus and humified compost; mineral applications using Mehlich III soil testing protocols.
- Financing strategies for green infrastructure including Tax increment financing, regenerative conservation easements, municipal utility districts.
- Broad-acre Permaculture design, large pond construction, irrigation, evaporation reduction technologies and systems including silvopasture.
- Livestock adaptability to regenerative agriculture systems and technologies related to their increased scale and beneficial impact.
- Value added technologies for livestock, vegetable, fruits and nuts, that can be scaled to regenerative communities.
- Zero-waste services and strategies, focusing on infrastructure for 100% composting and recycling biological materials; grey-water systems.
- Renewable energy systems including community solar, solar thermal, biomass thermal, biochar and biomass electric.
- Systems thinking, sharing economy and impacts on regenerative communities of block-chain, quantum systems, disruptive innovations.
Agriculture Development Districts is an economic development tool provided by the Texas Legislature to Texas counties. The legislation's origin is in the Soil and Water Conservation legislation. Sunergie has identified a pathway called "Regenerative Agriculture Development Districts" or RADD which may use this legislation to serve certain communities in building regenerative agricultural landscapes and conservation easements which address:
- Wildfire caused by drought conditions
- Flooding caused by poor soil quality conditions (improved soil quality holds more rainfall)
- Flooding caused by poor land design. Using broad acre perma-culture techniques, rainfalls can be re-directed to slow down and possibly impounded with on-farm reservoirs. These reservoirs can be used to slowly release water during dry times, which shorten droughts.
- Reduce fuel buildup through holistic grazing practices.
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