Agroecology is a scientific discipline that uses ecological concepts and principles to study, design, manage and evaluate food and farming systems.
Agroecological research considers interactions of all important biophysical, technical and socioeconomic components of farming systems and regards these systems as the fundamental units of study, where mineral cycles, energy transformations, biological processes and socioeconomic relationships are analysed as a whole in an interdisciplinary fashion.
The Agroecology Land Trust is an organisation founded to advocate and implement the creation of co-sufficient community farms grounded in food sovereignty and rooted in agroecological production of food, fuel and fibre.
The organisation was created to advocate and implement agroecological methods in the UK to help secure food sovereignty, energy independence, and environmental regeneration in a way that is financially viable and socially just. The vision is to regenerate both the countryside and rural economies through the creation of self-built co-sufficient community farms rooted in agroecological production.
At the heart of the endeavour is the principle of co-sufficiency, both within the farm community and in its relationship with the wider community.
The 70 acre woodland on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons is the location for the initial research and development of applied agroecological methods to produce food, fuel and fibre and to do so using systems that are not merely sustainable, but that actively repair and regenerate the degraded ecosystems we live with today. We are very pleased to say that this 70-acre woodland is one of the places WWOOFers can go to stay and learn about agroecological methods [Member ID#: 94144] and there are also a number of other WWOOF UK hosts who practise agroecology and regenerative farming methods.
To visit the Agroecological Land Trust website click here.