Certain things come to mind when we think about farming. Tractors, irrigation machinery, rows and rows of a single crop. But as the climate continues to change, the way that we grow food needs to change too.

There’s a particular resounding quiet at White Buffalo Land Trust’s 1,000-acre farm. It’s not silent, but more a natural hum. Birds chirp, bees buzz, the breeze drifts. It’s like the soundtrack for peaceful meditation. 

Things look different from the farms you might be used to seeing too. 

Instead of rows and rows of a single crop, and flattened land that’s easy for machinery to maneuver, the ranch is hilly. Rocky in some places, with ridges and canyons and layers. Students and volunteers come in from the fields greeting one another. 

It’s not your typical farm, but the hopes are that it will be the typical farm of the future. Around the world, farms like the White Buffalo Land Trust are beginning to rethink the way agriculture works, and how it can better serve both the planet and people. It’s about working with the land instead of simply working the land. Agriculture is what makes regional cuisine possible. It fuels the restaurant and bar industries. It feeds families. It keeps humanity going. But we are beginning to see the repercussions of poor land stewardship affecting food availability, prices, and quality. Forty percent of Earth’s land is farmed or grazed. We can’t afford to lose it.