"A Sixth reGeneration" comes from two inspirations.
First, it serves as a nod to the family history that has settled and stewarded this farm, dating back to the 1850's. Jacob is proud to be the Sixth generation on this family farm, and he is the THIRD Jacob Marty to have farmed here. The farm has a strong sense of and places an emphasis on the ethic of time. It is a blessing to be farming and living on this land, and it wouldn't have been possible to keep it in the family for over 150 years if previous members of the family lineage spoiled the resources. We are transitioning our farm to a system that seeks to establish long-term food producing practices that will grow, mature, and feed the community for six more generations. That requires protecting and building the soil by preventing erosion, promoting microbial life, and cycling nutrients. It also requires safe and clean water. Without water, animals, humans included, can't thrive. On top of the basic building blocks of life- air, soil, water- ecosystem services such as pollination, nutrient cycling, reducing pestilence and many others are essential to a healthy living and growing environment.
Second, "A Sixth reGeneration" is in response to the current Sixth Mass Extinction
plaguing our Earth. In the 3.5 Billion years that life has existed on this planet of ours five mass extinctions have occurred. FIVE!
"Unlike past mass extinctions, caused by events like asteroid strikes, volcanic eruptions, and natural climate shifts, the current crisis is almost entirely caused by us — humans. In fact, 99 percent of currently threatened species are at risk from human activities, primarily those driving habitat loss, introduction of exotic species, and global warming".
Humans, unfortunately, are causing a massive die-off of life, but perhaps they possess the key to reversing, or at the very least, stopping the current trend? Green Fire Farm believes that is
completely within the realm of possibility, and is optimistic that we can be part of a REGENERATION. By creating agro-ecosystems, humans can provide habitat for the abundance of
life on this planet, while producing the food that we undoubtedly need. Biodiversity amplified. Food production optimized. Health revitalized.
Take notice of the bull's eyes on the above image. After each of those dramatic drops in biodiversity, there is usually an equal and opposite regeneration of life! If we are presently causing a massive die-off, history predicts that there will be an explosion of new life in the future. Again, maybe we can reverse and prevent needing an overhaul or rebirth of biodiversity. Worst case scenario, we can make our best effort to be part of the regeneration.
Never in time has there been humans and their ability, afforded by technology and intelligence, to collectively create and spread life. We have over 7 billion people living on this blue marble,
imagine if they all strove to plant trees, clean the air, soil, and water, and eat good food above all.
We here at Green Fire Farm have imagined that, and while we can't see the future clearly, we can get a good idea. If we can imagine it, we can see it. If we can see it, we can understand it. If we can understand it, we can do it.