These case studies showcase farmers’ inspiring stories of transition from conventional farming practice to regenerating their soils and landscapes and to share learnings and insights of innovative, adaptive approaches to agricultural land management. Each case study is a story supported by evidence about how the land has changed the land manager and how the land manager has changed the land. The case studies focus on ecological, social and economic factors and change, particularly looking at the importance of peer-to-peer support.
With a young family they chose to move from South Africa and settle in the New England district of northern NSW. Having done their research they settled on Balala Station which just happened to be up for sale for only the second time since establishment.
Our profile of Winona at that time told an incredible story of recovery. It detailed how the landscape, recovering from the effects of a devastating bushfire, plus suffering from salinity, declining soil quality, dying trees, and insect attack has been rehabilitated under Colin Seis’ innovative management, in particular his development of pasture cropping.
The typical Australian grain-fed beef production system contributes almost twice the human-edible protein its cattle consume, while grass-fed systems contribute almost 1600 times.
"We don't use a tractor, we don't spray chemicals, fertiliser, we don't feed hay — it's all gone," Ms Coughlan said. They rely on nature to do the heavy lifting.
‘The perception that livestock is bad for the environment is now being relegated to the dustbin with a new holistic management approach which is teaching farmers and environmentalists to emulate nature's use of cattle to rehabilitate land, and improve their bottom line’
Back in the early 1990s Tim Wilson was twice a finalist in the Young Farmer of the Year and he strived to maximise production on the irrigated Waitaki Valley property he'd taken over from his parents but as his neighbours there sold their farms for conversion to dairying, he decided to look for opportunities elsewhere.
A grazier argues that this popular sentiment misses the point, and distracts us from the opportunity to adopt a diet that will restore ecosystems while nourishing people
The Buckminster Fuller Institute announced the winner of its 2010 Challenge: Allan Savory, who has spent the last 50 years refining and evangelizing for a method of reversing desertification that he calls “holistic management.”
Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore Our Environment 3rd edition by Allan Savory and Jody Butterfield
Holistic Management explained June 2019
Call of the Reed Warbler: Revised Edition: Revised Edition Paperback by Charles Massy
Charles Massy tells the stories of innovative farmers doing things, regenerating their land and seeing positive results.
Dirt to Soil: One Family's Journey into Regenerative Agriculture Paperback by Gabe Brown
A telling of Gabe Brown’s farming amazing journey, including many innovative solutions to restoring soil health.
For the Love of Soil: Strategies to Regenerate Our Food Production Systems by Nicole Masters
Insights into the regeneration of ecosystem health and growing farm/ranch profits
Defending Beef: The Ecological and Nutritional Case for Meat, 2nd Edition Paperback by Nicolette Hahn Niman
Environmental lawyer turned cattle farmer Nicolette Hahn Niman delivers an argument for responsible grassfed, meat production and consumption.
Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat: Why Well-Raised Meat Is Good for You and Good for the Planet by Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf
An investigation into the nutritional claims against meat, why cattle raised well are actually good for the environment, and the ethical considerations surrounding killing animals for food.
A look at the vital role of soil in our ecology and economy
An exploration of our food choices, and how those choices impact our health, environment and future survival.
This book explores the widely held misconception that sheep, cattle and other grazing animals are responsible for an enormous net production of new global warming gases. The reality is that livestock are part of a closed atmospheric carbon cycle where the carbon they emit is equal to the carbon they take in.
Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us about Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom by Fred Provenza
The complexity of nutrition
The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of The Lake District by James Rebanks
James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, an account of rural life and deep connection with the land.
Grass Productivity by Andre Voisin
Understanding grazing – where cattle and pasture meet.
Who Moved My Cheese Paperback by Spencer Johnson
A look at our resistance and / or acceptance of change
Man's Search for Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust by Viktor E Frankl
Psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl came to believe that man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose after enduring time incarcerated in Auschwitz during World War Two.
Ripples from the Zambezi: Passion, Entrepreneurship, and the Rebirth of Local Economies by Ernesto Sirolli
The revitalisation of urban and rural economies
First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
A look at managing priorities
Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin
Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact reflecting his experience of living close to the land.
The Water Wizard: The Extraordinary Properties of Natural Water: 1 by Viktor Schauberger
Observations and study of water
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