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Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

About Us


The Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems (CRARS) aims to investigate, develop, demonstrate, and educate about comprehensive, regenerative practices that both restore and enhance the resiliency of living systems.

Why this work is important?

As a society, we have overshot our planet’s capacity for sustainability, and we have only one option which is to rapidly regenerate that which underlies our life here on planet Earth, our soils. Agriculture is uniquely poised to address climate change by returning carbon to the soil through regenerative farming /ranching practices.

CRARS was created as a global research center, demonstration site, and policy think tank to usher in a real potential future for this planet’s capacity to robustly sustain Earth’s complex system of diversity.

Our programs are designed to support the farming and ranching communities with applied research, educational programs, and economically viable production systems that builds soil carbon.


  • Develop interdisciplinary teams that research innovative methods and strategies resulting in practical, transferable, and transformative solutions to regenerate soils and ecosystems
  • Develop a multi-sector network that includes academics, farmers, industry leaders, community members, and policy makers to implement and realize the benefits of these solutions.
  • Develop and implement strategies for creating multi-scale food security (local to global).
  • Support policy to create equitable, healthy and resilient societies by transforming food systems.

Strategic Priorities:

  • Transform agricultural and urban landscapes through regenerative practices.
  • Promote policy that advances food systems, sequesters carbon and reduces carbon emissions, creates food security, and revitalizes landscapes.
  • Address issues of drought and water and soil quality degradation by working within the framework of ecosystem services to restore and enhance nutrient and water cycles, biodiversity and energy flow.
  • Create a collaborative network of applied research, learning centers, and demonstration sites with partnering farms and universities.
  • Create interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities.
  • Create venues and communication platforms that foster open dialogue, discourse, and dissemination. 
  • Forge national and international collaborations with academic institutions, agencies, and nonprofits focused on best management practices that can reverse the effects of climate change and soil loss.