When we shuttered our cheesehouse in 2017, we did so with a heavy, but open heart. We knew that our work cheesemaking was not fully serving our broader vision: where integrity to the land—the health of the soil—could be the number one bottom line of our operation; to be a place where regenerative agricultural practices could be the backbone of a thriving business; to be a place where people could come and learn how to farm and eat better. We realized in 2017 that there was a lot more work to be done before such a vision could be achieved, both for ourselves and for the countless other Southern farmers who shared and struggled with such a vision. We closed our doors because we wanted to refocus our attention on finding ways to open more doors: we wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the problems and solutions around our food system.
With this intention in mind, Many Fold Farm has entered a partnership with The Rodale Institute—an organization that has been at the forefront of Regenerative Agriculture for the past 70 years—in order to open a Regional Resource Center for the Southeast on our farm. This Resource Center will act as a learning hub to provide scientific research, economic models, and educational outreach for farmers throughout the Southeast who want to start, transition, or improve their farms using organic and regenerative agricultural practices.
Many Fold Farm and the Rodale Institute share a belief that healthy soil is the key to human health and our ability to survive on our planet. Strong scientific and economic models that allow regenerative organic farmers to compete with conventional agriculture are necessary to shift the paradigm of how we grow our food. Scientific research and high-quality farmer education conducted by the Southeastern Regional Resource Center will validate and expand truly sustainable agricultural practices in order to save our food system, our planet, and ourselves.
Join us on this new chapter of our journey.