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Join the conversation that bridges the gap between farmers, researchers and policy makers to breathe life back into our soils.
@soilsforlife We believe that by enabling and empowering farmers to rebuild and restore soils, Australia can mitigate and adapt to climate change and other challenges while producing healthy, plentiful food and fibre in ways that are good for farmers, consumers and the planet.
Head over to www.soilsforlife.org.au to check out our farmer case studies.
Produced by www.growloveproject.com
The information contained in this publication is not intended as farm advice

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    • 4.9 • 21 Ratings

Join the conversation that bridges the gap between farmers, researchers and policy makers to breathe life back into our soils.
@soilsforlife We believe that by enabling and empowering farmers to rebuild and restore soils, Australia can mitigate and adapt to climate change and other challenges while producing healthy, plentiful food and fibre in ways that are good for farmers, consumers and the planet.
Head over to www.soilsforlife.org.au to check out our farmer case studies.
Produced by www.growloveproject.com
The information contained in this publication is not intended as farm advice

    Farmer led research – embracing complexity

    Farmer led research – embracing complexity

    Agricultural scientific research is really good at honing in on specific issues in the sector to investigate targeted solutions. But nature doesn’t always work that way. A fundamental principle of regenerative agriculture is to observe landscapes as a whole system and to build resilience by embracing ecological complexity.

    The importance of farmer and researcher collaboration is highlighted in this episode with the need for research models and questions to meet with the complexity of farming with a whole systems and holistic approach.

    In this episode we ask how the experience of regenerative farmers can contribute to research and build a strong evidence base for regenerating agricultural soils and landscapes. We will hear from two farmers that have transitioned to regenerative farming practices and two researchers working in the space.

    Hosted by Susannah Kable, Grow Love Project and James Diack, Soils for Life

    Thank you to all our guests:

    David Marsh: https://soilsforlife.org.au/david-marsh-the-regenerative-farmer

    Colin Seis: https://soilsforlife.org.au/winona-pasture-cropping-the-way-to-health/

    Kirsty Yates: https://soilsforlife.org.au/about-soils-for-life/our-people/

    Liz Clarke: Senior Executive Designer and Consultant https://www.thinkplace.com.au/



    The book David Marsh refers to is Andre Voisin the French farmer scientist who wrote Grass Productivity

    • 48 min
    Next Generation Farming Matters

    Next Generation Farming Matters

    Australian agriculture currently has a labour shortage of over 100,000 people. It’s not an easy gig for someone to start from scratch on a farm and many younger generation farmers are moving from farms to urban areas.

    We rely on farmers to sustain our way of life as they produce our food and fibre. It’s critical that young and new farmers are encouraged and supported to supply for our needs in a way that regenerates soils and landscapes.

    Some major barriers and challenges that young and new farmers are faced with include access to land and capital, climate change issues and access to learning, particularly learning about regenerative practices.

    In this episode, learn from a researcher, writer and farmer who has walked the walk, and started her own regenerative farming practice. Be inspired by an additional six young and new farmers who embraced a regenerative mindset to overcome these challenges.



    Thank you to all our guests:



    Tanya Massy  https://sustainabletable.org.au/advisors/



    Josh Gilbert https://www.joshuagilbert.co/



    Harriet Finlayson https://soilsforlife.org.au/womens-day-regenerative-agriculture-chicken-egg-farmer/



    Adam Lilleyman https://soilsforlife.org.au/chickens-for-a-change/



    Trish Smith https://www.youngfarmersconnect.com/



    Luke Winder https://www.tathraplacefreerange.com/



    Thank you to https://www.farmerincubator.org/regenerationreport for producing the much needed report: Regeneration which you can download from the website. And thank you for the audio featured in this episode from the launch of the report.



    Hosted by Susannah Kable, Grow Love Project and James Diack, Soils for Life

    • 46 min
    Working Together And Navigating Environmental Markets

    Working Together And Navigating Environmental Markets

    The 8 families farmer group formed more than a decade ago after a holistic management course. Since then, the group has evolved and experienced transitions in all the businesses and families.

    In this episode we explore environmental markets through the lens of two members of the 8 Families group. The 8 families explain how their motivation to build natural capital was not primarily to gain market outcomes, but rather a desire to fulfill their Holistic Context.

    This includes building the productivity and profitability of their farming systems, as well as an intrinsic desire to rebuild the function and health of their landscapes in their roles as soil and landscape stewards.

    In this episode we’ll hear from some of the group about how and why they came together, their consideration of environmental markets and the benefits of working through those together.

    Thank you to all our guests:



    Michael Gooden and Rebecca Gorman - 8 families Soils for Life Case Study:  https://soilsforlife.org.au/8-families-land-stewarship/



    Kim Deans -  https://www.reinventingagriculture.com.au



    Rowan Foley - https://www.abcfoundation.org.au



    Ian Loane - https://www.carbonlink.com.au/



    Andrew Ward - https://regenfarmersmutual.com/



    Dieuwer Reynders - https://www.bct.nsw.gov.au/



    Hosted by Susannah Kable, Grow Love Project and James Diack, Soils for Life

    • 43 min
    The Missing Middle: Farming Trees for Conservation and Profit

    The Missing Middle: Farming Trees for Conservation and Profit

    Farmer, forester or conservationist. It might seem like you need to choose one but more and more landholders are challenging this. With the right management, trees on farms can provide better farm productivity and forest products and increase biodiversity. But in many ways forests are still treated as either conservation reserves or plantations, making it difficult for farmers to take this path.

    In less than 100 years as a nation we have gone from removing trees to wanting to plant them back. Tree planting programs are not achieving the scale of restoration required to repair Australia's landscapes. We need to rethink how we support landholders to invest in trees.

    In this episode we hear from two farm foresters who have approached farming trees very differently, as well as a scientist and a forest policy professor. They discuss why more farmers have not adopted forestry, how trees can be managed for multiple outcomes and what mindset and policy shifts are required to move to a whole-of-landscape approach. 

    Thank you to our guests: 

    Farm forester and grazier - James Henderson https://soilsforlife.org.au/colodan/

    Forest scientist and grazier - Rowan Reid https://www.agroforestry.net.au/

    Professor Peter Kanowski - https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/kanowski-pj

    Associate Professor Cris Brack - https://www.linkedin.com/in/cris-brack-233a117a/

    Your hosts Eli Court @soilsforlife and Susannah Kable @growloveproject produced by Edgars Greste

    • 56 min
    Compost ain't compost

    Compost ain't compost

    There are millions of hectares of degraded soils in Australia's agricultural landscapes. But there are a billion reasons why compost offers a solution to this problem, teeming with micro-organisms and organic matter that can help regenerate soils. But not all composts are the same and there is still a lot that we're learning about this precious, carbon rich resource. How can governments, farmers and industry work together to return organic matter to the soil and close the loop from paddock to paddock?

    Thanks to all our guests for their time and insights.

    Soils for life case study with Milgadara, Rhonda and Bill Daly - soilsforlife.org.au/case-study-catch-up-milgadara

    Rhonda and Bill Daly, Milgadara and YLAD Living Soils - yladlivingsoils.com.au

    Eric Love - Centre for Organic Research and Education - core.asn.au

    Amanda Kane, organics manager, NSW EPA - epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/waste/waste-facilities/organics-processing-facilities

    Virginia Brunton, environmental scientist - MRA consulting - mraconsulting.com.au

    Gerry Gillespie, compost industry consultant - gerrygillespie.net/about.html

    Phil Lavers, Moonacres Farm - moonacres.com.au/farm

    This Podcast has been produced by Grow Love Project in collaboration with Soils for Life.

    This project is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program

    • 55 min
    The Great Soil Carbon Catalyst?

    The Great Soil Carbon Catalyst?

    How could the emerging market for soil carbon support farmers to regenerate soils?

    Soil carbon offers so many benefits both above and below the soil surface, from improving farm productivity to revenue raising in carbon trading. But while the case for building soil carbon is clear, the carbon market is still evolving. So what’s the potential, what are the risks and what can be done to unlock the potential of soil carbon as an enabler of better farm management and soil stewardship? In this episode we talk to farmers, scientists and policy makers to explore the soil carbon opportunity.

    Thanks to all our guests for their time and insights.

    Stuart Austin, Wilmot Cattle Co. - soilsforlife.org.au/wilmot

    Craig Carter, Tallawang - soilsforlife.org.au/tallawang-greener-pastures-through-restoring-landscape-hydrology

    Dr. Susan Orgill - Soil Scientist, NSW Department of Primary Industries

    Skye Glenday, Co-CEO, Climate Friendly - climatefriendly.com

    Dr Michael Crawford, CEO, Soil CRC - soilcrc.com.au

    Konrad Muller, Assistant Manager, Land, Forest and Blue Carbon Methods, Clean Energy Regulator - cleanenergyregulator.gov.au

    Anthony Bennie, Assistant Secretary, Natural Capital and Markets - Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

    agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/natural-resources/landcare/sustaining-future-australian-farming/carbon-biodiversity-pilot

    Have your say about the new soil carbon methodology - submissions close by Monday 27th September

    https://consult.industry.gov.au/soil-carbon-method-proposed-new-method

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    soilsforlife.org.au/the-newsletter

    This Podcast has been produced by Grow Love Project in collaboration with Soils for Life.

    This project is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

lrcgully ,

Excellent!

Love a positive story about hands on climate action and increasing the health of Australian soil and therefore life, land and agriculture generally

Not_nilc ,

Very inspiring.

It’s timely that an upbeat and inspirational podcast be released. These topics are important. Great work!

Hcou2 ,

Refreshing and needed

This is the podcast we need for this moment in time - can’t wait to hear more!

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