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Cover cropping can be an effective strategy to recover the soil biology so that healthy crops can be grown again. This guide offers a step-by-step handbook for designing and implementing the cover crop strategy for your own farm. You will learn about the basic reasoning behind cover cropping, the role of weeds, and guidance in each successional step of your cover cropping journey.

This is by no means an exhaustive guide and based on experience in the specific context of the Baviaanskloof in South Africa. The author, Daniel Fourie, is a regenerative agriculture enthusiast and advisor working with Living Lands to implement regenerative agriculture practices in the Baviaanskloof. Would you like to learn more about this background and work in the Baviaanskloof, South Africa? Find an interview with him on the Grounded blog here.

We are learning together in this community, so we are very interested in your own experiences and knowledge on cover cropping. So please share and suggest studies and practices that either strengthen or adapt this how-to guide in the comments below.

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Cover cropping is regarded as one of the practices of regenerative agriculture. Would you like to learn more about regenerative agriculture? Search for the topic ‘regenerating farms’ in the toolbox! Some top picks are this video on the basics of regen ag, the cool farm tool, an online greenhouse gas, biodiversity, and water calculator for farmers, and this podcast on investing in regenerative agriculture.

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