REGEN1 asks producers to list their certifications and uses that information to simplify the onboarding process for new producers, while rewarding them for implementing certified standards. Certification adds a layer of verification for the marketplace. It can tell you a lot, but not everything, about a grower and their operation.
Getting certified can be challenging for many reasons, so REGEN1 offers pathways for reporting and verifying practices that may not be certified, opening regenerative to a greater diversity of farmers and ranchers.
*The history of organic certification began nearly 35 years ago with Harry McCormack and Bob Copperrider’s work on Oregon Tilth and Seattle Tilth. They took the principles of Lady Balfour (who founded the Soil Association in the UK) and JI Rodale (Pay Dirt, Rodale Institute) and created the first organic standards. In the beginning, farmers took a single piece of paper—printed on two sides—and took the organic rules written on them to certify each other. Within a few years, this farmer-to-farmer certification spawned a national movement and organic agriculture was born. The same peer-to-peer, farmer-led definition of regenerative agriculture standards has been developed by REGEN1, but instead of a practices-based certification, we are exploring the development of a place-centered, outcome-based model similar to the appellation model used in the wine industry.