Hōkū Nui employs the Regrarians System of Regenerative Agriculture to design and manage ecosystem restoration activities. It not only “sustains” the property, but it moves it forward by regenerating natural resources. Regenerative Agriculture uses Integrative Farm Practices that help build soil health or regenerate unhealthy soil. It’s a Holistic Management framework that promotes the regenerative enhancement of the biosphere’s ecosystem processes. The goal is “to maintain creative and intergenerational family & community lives built around regenerative & profitable production, management & educational systems.”
We are unashamedly integrationalist in our approach to project design & delivery where we are not set on operating under a single set of parameters, approaches, disciplines or techniques. We carefully select the most appropriate tools for the right circumstances, considering with integrity how these fit with our charter, objectives and expectations.
Our primary responsibility is to the regenerative enhancement of the biosphere’s ecosystem processes.
Our secondary responsibility is to provide the potential for people to be informed about the regenerative economy, whether it involves their work in agriculture, land management, corporate life, domestic services, manufacturing or other activities that are within the reasonable domain of humans.
Darren Doherty is the originator of the Regrarian Platform which outlines a strategic & logical process to the development of regenerative agricultural systems.
The ‘Regrarians Handbook’ is a succinct & sequential outline of over 300 integrated methodologies and techniques that have been proven over many years of universal application to work towards regenerating human & livestock’s lives along with production landscapes.
It does so in a wholly practical, positive & pragmatic fashion, promising to be a relatively ageless tome that generations of users will refer to as they negotiate the design, development & management of systems they operate.
Concerns the various climates of an enterprise, be they Biospheric or Human. Effectively these climates create ‘the rules of the game’ in the application of the Regrarian System.
The ‘board game’ in the Regrarian system. The Geography of your landscape places it in its catchment interacting with all physical elements. It includes: topography, demography and geology.
An enterprise’s water availability is relatively fixed. We should concern ourselves with making optimal use of what is available and employ Climate & Geography (as well as capital) as best we can to maximize the effectiveness of this critical resource.
Roads, tracks and lanes are long-lived features in our landscape. Their placement defines our movement and should integrate all of the elements which these pathways connect.
Perennial woody plant systems are vital, productive and oversearching elements in most lanscapes. Their assemblies can be complex. Their placement is critical to support and provide for other systems.
The array of structures we build on our holdings are critical to the success of agriculture. Their placement and design is directed by the other elements.
Subdivide your landscapes by following the lines of other more permanent elements. Use the most flexible infrastructure to take advantage of changing opportunities for yield.
Easily destroyed and easily created soils are the foundation of life. Management is critical to the development and maintenance of soils. Enhace the protection of your soils by considering other elements, particularly Water, Forestry and Fencing.
It has never been easier to analyze and access markets. Our difficulty remains in the terms of trade (particularly with regards compliance) although we persist, continuing to be enterprising, adaptable and difficult to quell.
Almost all energies that we use originate in the sun. Yet, nothing is as fleeting as a photon of light. Our primary role must be to enhace photosynthesis at every opportunity and maximize its benefits.
> Implement Regenerative Agricultural Practices
> Follow Regenerative Agricultural Techniques
> Minimize Agricultural Inputs
> Maximizing Healthy Outputs
> Leverage best practices from Permaculture, Organic and Holistic Management
> Minimize or eliminate harmful pesticides, herbicides, and other inputs
> Provide local agricultural products
> Buffer Maui’s dependency on imported goods
> Provide Training Programs for on-site Farm Workers
> Provide a site-specific Agricultural protection buffer
> Rotational Grazing to increase Soil Regeneration
> Increase Carbon Sequestration
> Introduce Native Habitat to act as a carbon sink
> Compost all agricultural and green waste produced
> Produce stable environments with sound watersheds
> Restore profitability via integrated & regenerative agricultural development & management
> Increase wildlife species, numbers with species & stability of populations
> Improve water, soil & vegetation resources
> Re-establish riverine & riparian areas
> Prevent waste of financial, human & natural resources
> Entrench Holistic Decision Making Frameworks & Regrarian Design Ethics & Principles within the education system, communities & organizations
> Develop viable decentralized energy production systems
> Restore local, regional & global mineral & water cycles
> Provide value to our collaborators, course participants, clients & community