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BRAIDWOOD’S MARTIN ROYDS BOOSTS PROFITS BY TURNING TRADITIONAL FARMING ON ITS HEAD

See PDF-version here:  Jillamatong News Release   A new case study published by Soils For Life tells the story of Martin Royds, his farm “Jillamatong” near Braidwood, and a regenerative agriculture regime which has resulted in a benchmarked 230% net profit per DSE. The extensively researched study, at The Jillamatong Story examines the ecological, social and economic health of Martin’s farm since 1994, when he began instituting numerous regenerative practices. The case study is featured on the new Soils For Life website (www.soilsforlife.org.au) which features farmers who are leaders ....

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Drought policy and soils policy the answer to drought proofing farms

Australia’s National Soils Advocate, Major General Michael Jeffery, has urged the Federal Government to adopt his policy “Restore the Soil: Prosper the Nation” in concert with a national drought policy to help drought proof farms in the future. Responding to last night’s ABC “Q & A” drought discussion, General Jeffery supported the call by the President of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, for the implementation of a national drought policy. “As members of NFF, we support any moves which would assist farmers to protect their landscape, support households and better adjust to drought. But it needs to be linked to a national policy to restore and maintain the health of our ....

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The Fortunate Chef: A Feast on his Doorstep

On the outskirts of Canberra, Pialligo Estate’s Executive chef, Darren Perryman, represents a revolution in the restaurant sector. Increasingly, Australia restaurants are growing their own produce in backyards and even rooftops, to ensure ultimate freshness and taste. But Darren has at his disposal an enormous orchard and garden based on regenerative practices. “I put an order in the evening with our market gardener and the next day he comes to work, and at 6 o’clock in the morning he’s picking it. At 9.00 in the morning I’m preparing it. So it’s as fresh as fresh can be”, Darren says in ....

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Soils For Life Showcase at Brownlow Hill

The Chair and Founder of Soils For Life, Major General Michael Jeffery, joined the program’s biggest supporter, Dr Chau Chak Wing, at the historic Brownlow Hill farm near Camden on June the 25th for a practical demonstration of the power of regenerative agriculture. Edgar Downes, Major General Michael Jeffery & Dr. Chau Chak Wing Brownlow Hill was the first dairy farm to service the new settlement of Sydney, and dates back to 1820. Current ownership and occupation stems back almost 160 years and Brownlow Hill has become one of Soils For Life’s case studies because of the owners’ commitment to restoring their soils. General Jeffery said ....

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Carbon sequestration: the answer is under our feet

Australia’s National Soils Advocate and Chair of Soils For Life, Major General Michael Jeffery, has urged extreme caution in reaction to calls to dramatically reduce our cattle, sheep and pig herds in an effort to cut global carbon emissions. “The suggestion from Oxford University that millions of animals would have to be culled from Australian farms in order to meet agriculture’s share of the 26% to 28% cut to carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 ignores the tremendous potential of healthy soils to absorb carbon”, General Jeffery said. “The science and our research at Soils For Life shows that well managed, productive and resilient paddocks, with sufficient time for resting, can increase the ....

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Charles Massy: We've desecrated our landscape

Respected agricultural author, Charles Massy, has described Australia’s rural landscape as desecrated, and has adopted regenerative practices on his farm in NSW’s Monaro region to recover from decades of what he calls “industrial agriculture”. In the latest interview in the Soils For Life video series, the author of “Call of the Reed Warbler” details his transition from a traditional farmer to a regenerative agriculture advocate. He says the term “desecration” to describe the impact of traditional farming is mild. “We don’t realise it. We’ve totally, in an incredibly short period, destroyed the natural function and the vegetation and that’s aside from indigenous dispossession of this entire landscape”, ....