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Peter Andrews' management of vegetation & soil hydrology

  Peter Andrews took over management of Tarwyn Park when it was severely degraded and salinised. He spent many years researching and applying innovative ways to restore landscape function, based on building soil condition and managing water movement through the landscape. Today the property is a leading example of regenerative landscape management. Peter and his son Stuart, who now manages Tarwyn Park, hosted a field day on 14 April to explain the methods used and show the results achieved. ....

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Holistic Management & the Regeneration of Northern Australia

  This is a copy of the interview performed by Soils for Life and Future Directions International (FDI) as originally published on the FDI website. Download PDF Summary This interview is in response to the concept paper: Regenerate Australia: Our Greatest Challenge and Opportunity. It seeks to ascertain from a current NT grazier whether the long-term Regenerate Australia plan is viable and what steps need to be taken first in order to see it realised. Moira Lanzarin is a 4th generation farmer with tertiary studies in Business Law and a diploma of Company ....

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The link between soil health & human health

  Fundamentally, the food that we eat is derived from plants and the animals that eat them – so how does what plants grow in affect us?   Soils for Life’s resident soil microbiologist, Walter Jehne, has been supporting Urban Agriculture Australia and their display at this year’s Floriade in Canberra, on a mission to encourage people to grow their own food, save money, reconnect with nature and look after their health. Last week the Soils for Life team sat in on Walter’s presentation ‘Why healthy people need healthy food from ....

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Building soil health - and a healthy community

!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Building soil health - and a healthy community Friday, June 07, 2013 WEBINAR PARTS 2 & 3 Colin Seis, Shane Joyce, Tim Wright and Bill and Rhonda Daly. (Click image to jump to presentation summary.) This week saw the last of our Soil Health webinars, brought to you in partnership with the National Landcare Facilitator, come to a successful conclusion. Over 670 people registered for one or more of the webinars, able to interact and ask questions of our presenters during the course of the webinar. These webinars and the questions and answers generated now provide an ongoing resource for anyone interested in learning more about ....

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Spreading the word on soil health

WEBINAR PART 1 HEALTHY SOILS - WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT, WHAT IS THE SCIENCE TELLING US, AND A VIEW FROM THE GROUND Yesterday, in partnership with the National Landcare Facilitator, we hosted Part 1 of our three part webinar series on Regenerating Australia’s Soils. Our presenters were The Hon. Michael Jeffery, Mike Grundy and David Marsh. We were delighted to have over 550 primary producers, NRM Group/CMA reps, consultants, Landcare members and Government reps registered to take part. The webinar was hosted by National Landcare Facilitator, Brett DeHayr and Soils for Life Program Coordinator, Simon Gould. You can view the whole ....

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Support to change

support organisations, such as Landcare, Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) or other Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisations. Our case study participants also emphasised that presentations, field or open days are excellent opportunities to visit other enterprises and learn, also creating a forum for information transfer and peer review. These activities encourage cumulative learning, and knowledge sharing can be empowering. Such activities also create a community - even if it is separated geographically - which is essential to support widespread adoption of change. ....

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Making the change to regenerative landscape management

Lana and Gunningrahcases studies for examples of Holistic Management in action and how underlying causes were identified for treatment, rather than just addressing visible symptoms. Care about the land as a resource Invest in the landscape and you can get more out of it. Manage production to suit the capacity of your land. Adjust stocking or change or integrate enterprises to enable regenerative practices and sustainable production. Our Dukes Plain case study provides a ....

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Supporting natural cycles with Holistic Management

field day wrap up will be coming soon, but in the meantime this post will look at how Holistic Management has been applied by the Wrights and some of the benefits they have achieved. Adopting Holistic Management On his 3350 hectare property, Lana, and accompanying 780 hectare Kasamanca, Tim Wright has been applying Holistic Management practices for almost 20 years. After experiencing falling profit margins and increasing susceptibility to drought in the early 1990s, he was motivated to change ....