Permaculture

Regenerative Farming

Green the World’s Deserts

and reverse climate change | Allan Savory

5 Mar 2013 - TED - “Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it’s happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes – and his work so far shows – that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

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Running out of Time

Documentary on Holistic Management

2 May 2018 - Savory Institute - This in-depth documentary explores Allan Savory and how he has used Holistic Management to completely transform his land in Zimbabwe. Holistic Management was made popular in Savory’s 2013 Ted Talk, How to Fight Desertification and Reverse Climate Change.

This documentary was produced by Trevor Langham and his crew at Fig Multimedia Tech in Zimbabwe. We share this video in hopes that Trevor’s amazing work will reach a wider audience to honor his memory.

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About Savory Institute

Loss of grasslands leads to climate change, floods, droughts, famine, and worldwide poverty. It’s our mission to promote large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands through Holistic Management.

Holistic Management is a process of decision-making and planning that gives people the insights and management tools needed to understand nature: resulting in better, more informed decisions that balance key social, environmental, and financial considerations.


From the Ground Up

Inspired by Charles Massy’s best-selling book “Call of the Reed Warbler”, filmmaker Amy Browne set out across the dry farming country of South East NSW to meet Massy and the other trailblazing farmers bringing new life to their land.

Regenerative agriculture is one of the most promising wide-scale environmental solutions. This short documentary is a comprehensive journey through a variety of landscapes and regenerative farming techniques.

‘From the Ground Up’ is a story of genuine change and inspiration - tracing the steps of individuals who transformed their practices following the life-changing realisation - that farmers have a unique opportunity to heal the planet.


Charles Massey

Regenerative farming: A ‘natural way’ to help counteract drought (Australian Story)

For five generations, Charles Massy’s family rode on the sheep’s back and nearly destroyed their land in the process. When drought in the 80s and 90s almost sent him broke, the Cooma farmer switched to regenerative agriculture and watched his overgrazed land recover.

In his mid-50s, Charles Massy started a PhD, visiting 80 top regenerative farmers to see what they were doing differently. That led to his ground-breaking book Call of the Reed Warbler, a plea to farmers to start working with nature.

National Farmers’ Federation’s Fiona Simson says this story does not fully represent her position on regenerative agriculture, which is one of broad support.


Charles Massy - The Farmer Author

In this new interview with Soils For Life, respected agriculture author, Charles Massy describes Australia’s rural landscape brutally. He says the term “desecrated” is a mild term


Call of the Reed Warbler

Charles Massy in conversation with Costa Georgiadis

9 Dec 2017 - FriendlyFarms - Call of the Reed Warbler, with Charles Massy OAM

Author and radical farmer Charles Massy’s new book Call of the Reed Warbler explores transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. According to Massy, we need a revolution — he believes that human health, our communities, and the very survival of the planet depend on it. Charles is coming to the Library to talk about how he believes a grassroots revolution can save the planet, help turn climate change around, and build healthy people and healthy communities, pivoting significantly on our relationship with growing and consuming food.

Charles is in conversation with Costa Georgiadis, nature lover and host of ABC’s Gardening Australia.

Filmed: State Library of New South Wales, Sat 9 Dec 2017

Supported by: The Saturday Paper, Friendly Farms


Allan Savory in conversation with Charles Massy

chaired by Tim May at Groundswell 2019

10 Jul 2019 - Groundswell Agriculture - Tim May chairs a conversation with Allan Savory and Charles Massy in the Conference Barn at Groundswell 2019. Allan and Charles cover the challenges and rewards of Holistic Management.

More information on: Holistic Management, visit the Savory Institute.


Allan Savory Lecture

Wallace Stegnar POST Lecture

30 Mar 2015 - Savory Institute - Click here to see Allan Savory’s presentation at the Wallace Stegnar Lecture in February 2015. Allan Savory is the creator of Holistic Management and Planned Grazing. A native of Zimbabwe he shares in this talk what it means to manage holistically and how livestock, when properly managed to mimic nature, can be used as a tool to regenerate soil. Go to www.SavoryInstitute.org to learn more.

“The Wallace Stegner Lectures feature writers, artists and thinkers who explore important issues related to land, nature and conservation. Proceeds fund Peninsula Open Space Land Trust’s work to protect open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley.” http://openspacetrust.org/

Stay connected:

About Savory Institute

Loss of grasslands leads to climate change, floods, droughts, famine, and worldwide poverty. It’s our mission to promote large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands through Holistic Management.

Holistic Management is a process of decision-making and planning that gives people the insights and management tools needed to understand nature: resulting in better, more informed decisions that balance key social, environmental, and financial considerations.


Tony Lovell

Savory Institute Putting Grasslands to Work Conference

4 Jan 2015 - Savory Institute - Click here to see Susie Ward introduce Tony Lovell at the Savory Institute 2014 International Conference in London, UK. Tony speaks of his work with SLM, and Holistic Planned Grazing in Australia. Tony has been a leader in the Holistic Management movement and a tremendous resource to Australia and beyond.There are some great aerial shots exhibiting of animal behavior while moving between paddocks. Tony also grazes camels with his cattle which also provides some great insights. Enjoy!

Stay connected:

About Savory Institute

Loss of grasslands leads to climate change, floods, droughts, famine, and worldwide poverty. It’s our mission to promote large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands through Holistic Management.

Holistic Management is a process of decision-making and planning that gives people the insights and management tools needed to understand nature: resulting in better, more informed decisions that balance key social, environmental, and financial considerations.


SmartSoil Ground Cover

Ian and Di Haggerty are farmers from the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia who have partnered with nature to develop “Natural intelligence Farming”, integrating nature’s intuitive wisdom and biodiversity with food, fibre & beverage production.

We hope you enjoy watching as much as we enjoyed being out on country with two humble, nurturing farmers driving change in agriculture for a purpose much larger than themselves. We are grateful to the other influential figures also mentioned by Di & Ian, as the fruits of their wisdom can now be seen through their work.

There are simple solutions to the ecological crisis we face a species in the 21st century, & it is these regenerative processes like the Haggertys are practicing that will manifest the changes we need to make.


Invisible Farmer

‘Invisible Farmer’ is the largest ever study of Australian women on the land, and seeks to reveal the diverse, innovative and vital role of women in agriculture. We meet Kay Tommerup, whose ideas for diversification helped saved the family farm.


Farming Sustainably

with Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative agriculture offers a future for sustainable farming of meat in line with nature’s needs, by using holistic management and organic/biodynamic practices and even sequestering carbon in the soil – so important in our response to our climate crisis. At Mangarara, in New Zealand’s beautiful Hawke’s Bay, Greg Hart and his family are in the process of restoring 1500 acres of land, conventionally farmed for over 150 years, into the paradise it once was.


Regenerative Agriculture in Deep Creek

Ben Ryan is a sheep and cattle farmer operating on 760 hectares in Deep Creek, approximately 100km south of Adelaide, on the Fleurieu Peninsula. We visited Ben and his family in autumn and winter last year to chat about the journey into farming regeneratively and capture life on their farm.

In the last 20 years, the Ryan family has transitioned their approach to farm management from conventional farming methods to regenerative agriculture. For them, the core concept is to maximise energy from the naturally occurring resources. Ben says, “The farm aims to operate and prosper without the need for any external energy, except that provided from nature; sun, wind, rain, air, animal, plants and human ability.”

By practising regenerative methods, their overall awareness of the land, on which they both live and farm, has been increased. This has led to making strategic decisions that strike a far greater balance with the natural environment, while continuing to produce a high-quality product. For the Ryans, farming regeneratively has meant adopting holistic grazing practices, such as rotating large herds through smaller paddocks with optimal rest periods.

Ben believes that “maintaining a diverse ground-cover is really essential; it protects our soil which is good for the environment and our production”. He says,

“Good pasture is about maximising the growth and diversity we have now. Grazing management optimises the opportunity for new species, including deep-rooted perennials to prosper.”


Profitable Regenerative Agriculture

With Colin Seis

In this Webinar with Smartsoil EDU, Pasture Cropping Inventor Colin Seis discusses how to be profitable with Regenerative Agriculture and also talks about some recent trials conducted on his farm Winona in NSW Australia.

To learn more about Pasture Cropping or Colins Online course go here.


Winona, Gulgong NSW

3 Dec 2020 - Colin Seis faced adversity and then struck ‘gold’ by developing a new way to look after the land and his bottom line - building tonnes of soil along the way. Winona was one of the first Soils For Life case studies in 2012 but has recently been updated to map the ecological journey of the property, study the soil and take a closer look at the books of this successful enterprise.


Illawong, Table Top NSW

24 Sept 2020 - (SoilsForLife) - Bryan Ward’s property, Illawong, comprises 160 hectares and carries up to 140 beef cattle at any one time. While this is a relatively small property, it is perhaps typical of thousands of farms producing beef in Australia. Bryan’s achievements over 24 years of managing Illawong provide valuable lessons for producers seeking to maintain production while also regenerating and improving the condition of the land. Watch a 1-minute summary of Bryan’s key practices and achievements.


Charlie Maslin: Soil Temperature

20 Aug 2020 - (SoilsForLife) - Charlie Maslin assumed management of Gunningrah in 1987, and realised while you cannot control rainfall, you can change how you use the rain you receive. The Maslin’s shifted their focus from animals to the health of the land by maximising rainfall retention and improving groundcover, and therefore delivering more consistent profits and reduced inputs. On a hot day, Charlie observed a difference in soil temperature between bare soil and groundcover- watch the video above to see what Charlie found.


Rothesay, Blackville NSW

23 Jul 2020 - (SoilsForLife) - Maddy Coleman grew up in the city, and her love of horses introduced her to agriculture. Years of experience working in diverse farming practice and ongoing training and education followed. Maddy has made changes to their initial Rothesay business model, proving that flexibility, formal and applied education and conversations with mentors are key factors in managing ongoing drought conditions.

Management changes on Rothesay include preserving ground cover using a different stocking model and fencing to allow rehabilitation of creeks and gullies. Maddy shares her experience in managing Rothesay using regenerative farming practices in this transition case study.


Mulloon Creek Catchment - Peter Hazell

26 Mar 2019 - (Soils for Life) - This interview with Peter Hazell is part of our Mulloon Creek Catchment case study. The case study outlines the collaboration between 20 farmers rehydrating their creek and agricultural landscape.

Peter, Project Coordinator at the Mulloon Institute, coordinates 20 landholders and work on 14 farms.

Do have a look at the case study.


Martin Royds Jillamatong

Regenerative Agriculture Case Study (Round 2)

2 Aug 2018 - (Soils for Life) - At “Jillamatong” near Braidwood, Martin Royds has turned traditional agriculture in his neighbourhood on its head, and increased his productivity to 230% per DSE. Focusing on water, grazing and rehabilitating the chain of ponds system, he’s used determination, learning from the experts and an inquisitive mind as the keys to “Jillamatong”’s success, even in dry times.


Garry Kadwell - Fairhalt Case Study

23 Apr 2020 - (SoilsForLife) - Garry Kadwell talks about his regenerative agriculture practices and the transformations over time they’ve brought to on his property ‘Fairhalt’ in Crookwell, NSW.


Smartsoil “Ground Cover”

  • Pasture Cropping with Colin Seis

In this episode of Ground Cover the Smartsoil team took a trip to NSW to meet Colin Seis, the co-creator of ‘Pasture Cropping’, a regenerative agriculture method that is providing a real solution to climate change and the food security issues facing us today.

Learn more about pasture cropping here.

If you or anyone you know is practicing biological/regenerative farming methods and think they would like to share their story, please connect : media@smartsoil.com.au


Digging Deeper

Soil Biology Forum - Colin Seis

17 Dec 2017 - amlrnrmboard - Pioneer of ‘pasture cropping’, Colin Seis, presents on how and why he implemented practice change on his south-west Victoria property, addressing issues of declining profitability, loss of grasslands, poor soil structure, dryland salinity, poor soil health, soil acidification and increasingly herbicide resistant weeds.


Charlie Maslin - The Disruptor

SoilsForLife - 5 Sept 2018 - Charlie Maslin talks about how his ‘drought proofing’ strategies for his regenerative farm, aimed at keeping his groundcover, can capture rain when it comes - heavy or not.

In this exclusive series of interviews for Soils for Life, prominent Australians lend their perspective on the fundamental role that soils play in our urban and rural landscape. You’ll hear from prominent influencers, a chef, an innovator, a gardening guru and several of our most advanced farmers.


Nicole Masters - Renowned agroecologist

SoilsForLife - 5 May 2019 - In the town of Bombala on the Monaro high plains pf New South Wales, renowned agroecologist, Nicole Masters, captivated a large audience with her graphic descriptions of how soils function, before a hands-on examination of the soils on two local properties.


Regenerative Agriculture

The fastest way to climate safety?

30 Nov 2020 - (Just Have a Think) -

Renewable technologies are moving us towards a low carbon future, but sadly we’ve ignored scientists’ warnings for so long that just reducing our carbon dioxide emissions will no longer be enough to prevent dangerous levels of planetary warming. The only way to do that is to draw CO2 back out of the atmosphere, and a growing number of ecologists and land managers are turning to regenerative agriculture as the fastest way to achieve that goal.

ADDENDUM

The video suggests that John D Liu achieved widespread regeneration of thousands of hectares of land around the world. In fact, while Mr. Liu has been a tireless campaigner for, and advocate of, these practices, his role has been mainly to document them on film. Please see this link to his biog

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Can Regenerative Agriculture Reverse Climate Change?

12 Oct 2020 - One Small Step | NowThis Earth - Could the solution to climate change be right under our feet? Here’s why regenerative agriculture might be the key to securing a safe and healthy future.

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Some experts claim regenerative agriculture can reverse climate change by sequestering atmospheric CO2 in soil. Regenerative organic farming emphasizes the importance of soil health and includes practices like cover cropping, crop rotation, holistic animal grazing, and the use of compost.

Proponents suggest it could increase biodiversity, make farms more resilient to floods, produce healthier food, and improve farm animal welfare. “Healthy soil equals healthy food equals healthy people,” says Jeff Moyer, the CEO of the Rodale Institute, which has studied regenerative and organic farming methods for 70 years. “The age of chemical food production is gone. Regenerative organic agriculture is really the future.”


Isabella Zorab Interview

19 Feb 2020 - (SoilsForLife) - Isabella Zohrab, has completed her Masters research on regen-ag certification. Isabelle asked how to change agricultural practice to focus on food quality and environmental sustainability.


Grassland Restoration

Allan Savory at Tufts University

14 Mar 2013 - Steven Noble - Excerpted from Allan Savory’s presentation on January 25, 2013 at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, this segment highlights examples of how Holistic Management restores grasslands from land that’s degraded to desert. This innovative, natural, and simple idea mimics Nature by using careful management of livestock to stimulate the regrowth of grasses, animals, and puts large amount of greenhouse gases (GHG’s) from the air into the soil.

Event sponsored by The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, the The Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University, and Planet-TECH Associates of Somerville, MA. Videography provided by Local Flavor LLC.


Natural Sequence Farming

Natural Sequence Farming

How Peter Andrews rejuvenates drought-struck land | Australian Story

Is “natural sequence farming” the secret to restoring our water-starved continent? For more than a decade, two farmers have shown that parched landscapes can be revived. And finally, Canberra’s listening.

Australian Story explores the potential solution to Australia’s drought crisis.

Read more here.

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Peter Andrews OAM at “Peter’s Pond”

Mulloon Creek (interview)

Peter Andrews OAM explains the Restorative Agriculture at “Peter’s Pond”, Mulloon Creek, 17 Jan 2011. Peter first developed Natural Sequence Farming at Tarwyn Park in Bylong Valley near Mudgee. Peter’s methods have been described by the UN as 1 of only 5 methods of sustainable agriculture in the world. Find out more about Peter’s vision to restore Australia’s landscape by 2030.


Mulloon Creek Catchment

Gary Nairn AO

This interview with the Chair of the Mulloon Institute, Gary Nairn AO, is part of our Mulloon Creek Catchment case study. The case study outlines the collaboration between 20 farmers rehydrating their creek and agricultural landscape.


Re-Hydrating the Landscape

Tony Coote from Mulloon Creek Natural Farms speaking about repairing his farm based on the work of Peter Andrews of Natural Sequence Farming and Geoff Lawton’s enormous Permaculture swale network that was built to re-hydrate his land and bring it back to fertility and stability. This is part of a larger documentary project that is currently in production.


Peter Andrews on Weeds

Peter Andrews, the creator of Natural Sequence Farming, speaking about grasses and weeds and how to best manage them. This talk was recorded at Mulloon Creek NaturalFarms near Canberra. Read the Blog and learn more about this video.


A New Beginning for the Australian Landscape

“If the Australian landscape was better understood, we could save the world from environmental disaster” ~ Peter Andrews OAM.

Natural Sequence Farming (NSF) is a system of regenerative farming based on the science of the old Australian landscape and principles developed by Peter Andrews OAM. Find out more.

NSF takes a holistic view of water, air, soil, plant and animal interactions in the landscape. It uses natural functions where possible, or careful mimicry of them and their natural sequences, to address soil and water degradation and biodiversity loss. Interventions to restore or enhance natural function are made either through implementation of structures or by changes to farm layout and animal management.

The implementation of Natural Sequence Farming at the Mulloon Creek at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms is using Peter’s techniques to recreate the chain of ponds that would have existed in its undisturbed state, and through this raising the streambed and the level of water in the floodplain.

Find out more or email Peter Andrews at peterandrewsoam@gmail.com


Peter Andrews OAM at “Peter’s Pond”

Mulloon Creek (interview)

20 Feb 2019 - TALS Institute - Peter Andrews OAM explains the Restorative Agriculture at “Peter’s Pond”, Mulloon Creek, 17 Jan 2011. Peter first developed Natural Sequence Farming at Tarwyn Park in Bylong Valley near Mudgee. Peter’s methods have been described by the UN as 1 of only 5 methods of sustainable agriculture in the world. Find out more about Peter’s vision to restore Australia’s landscape by 2030.

Filming by Paul Cockram, Artplan Videographics