An Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture
Grade Level: 
In this lesson, students will learn about regenerative agriculture and how it is similar to, and different from, organic agriculture. Students will explore what “regenerative” means, learn what practices are considered regenerative, and discuss the differences between regenerative and organic. This lesson is designed to be an introduction to the principles and practices of regenerative agriculture rather than a comprehensive summary. The goal is for students to become aware of some of the issues and discussion around regenerative agriculture and how it aligns with, and differs from, organic agriculture.
Guiding Questions
  • What are the aims of regenerative agriculture? What practices support the aims of regenerative agriculture?
Teaching Notes: 
  • It is highly recommended to complete the lesson The Indigenous Origins of Regenerative Agriculture after this lesson in order to acknowledge and center the Indigenous origins of the principles and practices that comprise regenerative agriculture today.
  • The first portion of this lesson includes viewing videos as texts. The second portion of the lesson includes a garden walk and imagination activity. If this presents a logistical challenge, the lesson could be split into two lessons, or the garden “walk” activity could be completed without visiting the garden space.
  • This lesson was developed for Edible Schoolyard Project’s Understanding Organic curriculum and is part of the extension inquiries.