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Turning the Tennis Court into Trail Plots for Soil Nutrition

The National Soil Advocate Major General Michael Jeffery visited Freeman’s Organic Farm at Currumbin Valley, Qld, on Tuesday 30 July 2019. David Freeman grows an abundance of green nutrient-dense organic vegetables and tropical fruits. David says, “I’m very interested in the health of my soil, which translates into nutrient-dense food and better health.” Today, the former banana farm demonstrates significant improvements to soil health. With improved hydrology the farm is now rich in organic matter with a neutral pH, providing optimum conditions for a ....

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Response of the Advocate for Soil Health to the IPCC report on Climate Change and Land

The IPCC report released on 7 August 2019 addresses land-based ecosystems, land use and sustainable land management in relation to climate change mitigation, desertification, land degradation and food security. The permanent Office of the Advocate for Soil Health will work with all government departments to provide a coordinated response which recognises the national importance of soil health for productivity and nutrition both in Australia and in nearby nations. My brief is to restore and maintain the health of the Australian agricultural landscape to guarantee a food ....

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The secret life of fungi explained

One of Australia’s foremost experts on fungi and their ability to produce healthy plants and soils says progressive farmers are using fungi to enhance their productivity. At a recent Soils For Life workshop held in conjunction with “Tombarra”, near Braidwood, NSW, Alison Pouliot, explained the magic that fungi can do. The secret is the mycelium, which forms mutually beneficial connections with the roots of plants, increasing the surface area of the plants’ roots and maximising access to nutrients and water. In the latest in the Soils For Life video series, Alison explains that Australia is alive with fungi. “We have potentially some of the greatest number of fungus ....

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The secret to "calm" during dry times: David Marsh

Renowned regenerative farmer, David Marsh from “Allendale” Boroowa, NSW, says one of the most satisfying effects of his change from conventional farming has been his sense of calm, even during the current dry. In the latest interview in the Soils For Life video series, David Marsh says “the big unsung story is the calmness that comes over you when you feel like you’re doing good things for the planet and not getting anxious”. David has been practicing regenerative farming for 20 years, but says anxiety was a constant before he changed his practices. “We used to go backwards financially. We’d be anxious about our financial position, the ....

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Fantastic field day at "Illawong"

As an octogenarian, and after 20 years of single handedly regenerating two paddocks of clapped out land near Albury NSW, Bryan Ward has turned “Illawong” into a showpiece. At a field day attended by more than 70 people on May the 8th, Bryan took pride in hosting visitors through his rejuvenated and lush pastures, which produce premium pure grass fed beef for the top US market. With 160 hectares and no running water to work with, Bryan has direct seeded and developed shelter belts, to leave him with around 70 hectares of grazing country. Watch the video here. For more information ....