From Laura Silici, 2014. Agroecology: What it is and what it has to offer. "Agroecology – ‘the application of ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of
sustainable agro-ecosystems – has three facets. It is:
1. a scientific discipline involving the holistic study
of agro-ecosystems, including human and
2. a set of principles and practices to enhance the
resilience and ecological, socio-economic and
cultural sustainability of farming systems
3. a movement seeking a new way of considering
agriculture and its relationships with society.
Applying the principals and concepts that are manifested within agroecology is achieved through the soil. On the farm we practice several key techniques such as cover cropping, minimum disturbance, crop rotation, and inter-cropping. With these practices we have seen an increase in soil organic matter, water holding capacity, and soil texture and tilth.
Below are practices and techniques for implementing agroecological principals within land management.