Derek Axten owns and operates a diversified grain farm in southern Saskatchewan with his family.
While attending many workshops and conferences with his wife Tannis, they met many farmers and scientists who taught them to change the way they looked at farming. This led to their journey towards soil health and regenerating their farmland. Learning about soil biology and how soil functions has renewed the Axtens’ passion for farming, and improved the farm’s productivity.
Derek operates a no-till farm and has improved the farm’s soil health by seeding intercrops, companion crops and cover crops. Increasing the farm’s plant diversity and intensity is feeding the soil biology, which in turn is regenerating the land. Improving soil health has allowed him to reduce synthetic inputs, increase water efficiency and build organic matter. He has also implemented controlled-traffic farming and grazing as part of their farming system.