24 episodes

From soil health to mental health we are discussing the need for A BIG SHIFT in our faming systems. Each episode brings together insights from #farmers, scientists and industry to share and grow knowledge about holistic and regenerative farming practices.

Produced by the @growloveproject with support from NSW Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

We acknowledge the First People of this land throughout Australia and recognise their connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.

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From soil health to mental health we are discussing the need for A BIG SHIFT in our faming systems. Each episode brings together insights from #farmers, scientists and industry to share and grow knowledge about holistic and regenerative farming practices.

Produced by the @growloveproject with support from NSW Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

We acknowledge the First People of this land throughout Australia and recognise their connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.

    EP 13 These farm planning tools could save you time and money

    EP 13 These farm planning tools could save you time and money

    You know that phrase if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. Now, depending on which Wikipedia entry you read, either Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin or Aristotle or a bunch of other people said it. But the point is, planning is a good thing to do. It helps you identify and reach your goals, realise your vision for your property, and what lifestyle you want to leave. We've actually produced a few episodes on the topic. One on farm planning principles and planning for emergencies, which looks at flood and bushfire preparedness. But in this episode we're taking a look at a farm planning package of tools that Greater Sydney Local Land Services has produced for landowners and managers. It includes a workbook, self-assessment quiz and  mapping tool to make this process easier. We'll hear from some new farmers who've trialed the tools to help them get their ideas out of their head and onto some paper or in the computer, and also help them think about stuff that wasn't even on their radar.  But first we’re going to get some farm planning fundamentals from coach Kim Deans. Let's get planning.

    The workbook and self assessment resources are available to download on the LLS website 

    https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/regions/greater-sydney/key-projects/small-farms-network/property-planning-resources

    Thank you to all our guests:

    Richard Stephens and Madeleine Florin from Greater Sydney Local Land Services 

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

    Kirrily Smith, Farmer

    David Adderton, Farmer

    • 40 min
    Working with nature and environmental accounting on farm

    Working with nature and environmental accounting on farm

    Agricultural production relies on natural ecosystems, but, the more we modify our landscapes, the less resilient they become, resulting in reduced production.

    Balancing the needs of both is crucial to meet the demands of increasing yields without further compromising the environment. So how do we do this? Well, the good news is that farming methods that work with nature can achieve great production outcomes and incentives for landscape restoration are available.

    So in this episode we’ll talk to some passionate producers, ecologists and number crunchers about our environment’s true value and how land managers can be rewarded for working with nature.

    With thanks to: 

    Anika Molesworth

    https://www.anikamolesworth.com/

    Nicole Masters

    https://www.integritysoils.co.nz/

    David Carr

    http://stringybarkecological.com.au/

    Adrian Ward

    https://www.accountingfornature.org/

    Rowan Foley 

    https://www.abcfoundation.org.au/



    Produced by the Grow Love Project in collaboration with NSW Local Land Services

    • 29 min
    Soil carbon and carbon farming opportunities

    Soil carbon and carbon farming opportunities

    Most of us know that increasing carbon in the soil has many benefits and with interest in carbon farming growing, our latest episode of The Big Shift Podcast explores how to increase carbon in the soil and the opportunities available for farmers.

    First up in this episode we explore the science of soil carbon with Dr Susan Orgill followed by a chat with Dr Lorraine Gordon about her journey into carbon farming and how it could be the crop of the future.

    Susan Orgill, Leader Soils R&D South at NSW Department of Primary

    https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/research-development/staff/staff-profiles/susan-orgill

    Cameron Smith, Farm Manager

    Kate Carmichael, Soilkee

    https://soilkee.com.au/

    Lorraine Gordon

    https://www.scu.edu.au/regenerativeag/about/team/

    • 28 min
    Working with weeds as indicators

    Working with weeds as indicators

    For most people, weeds are a dirty word. They’re often talked about as an undesirable plant in the wrong place. And whilst it's true that some species left unmanaged can cause ecological problems, what if weeds are actually trying to tell us something. Something about that place where they’ve shown up that we don’t know about yet. So in this episode we hear from weed whisperers and what they’re saying is don’t blame the messenger because the messenger might actually be part of the solution.

    Thank you to all those who shared their knowledge with all of us:

    Nicole Masters https://www.integritysoils.co.nz/

    Hamish MacKay  https://biodynamics2024.com.au/workshops/

    James Barnet RCS https://www.rcsaustralia.com.au/

    Clare Edwards https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/regions/central-tablelands

    The Greater Sydney Regional Weed Management Plan

    https://tinyurl.com/yffmjv8d

    Plant Net

    https://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/



    Please listen, rate and share this episode. Thank you.

    This podcast has been produced by the Grow Love Project with support from Greater Sydney Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

    We acknowledge the First People of this land and recognise their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.

    • 31 min
    Managing animal pests on farm

    Managing animal pests on farm

    We have dramatically changed the landscape by digging dams, introducing feral animals and clearing native habitat. These actions have created the perfect environment for certain species to thrive including mice, foxes and rabbits, which come with a range of challenges for farmers. So in this episode we’re going to hear about some of the ways we can control these pests and move closer to nature.

    Please listen, rate and share the episode. 

    With thanks to the following people for sharing their knowledge in this episode:

    Brian Wehlburg https://www.insideoutsidemgt.com.au

    David Brook  https://wildbnb.com.au

    Lee Parker  https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/regions/south-east/key-projects/every-bit-counts/resources/pest-animals

    Emma Sawyers https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity

    Peter West https://www.feralscan.org.au

    Credits

    This podcast has been produced by the Grow Love Project with support from Greater Sydney Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

    We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.

    • 32 min
    Emerging Australian agricultural industries

    Emerging Australian agricultural industries

    Small scale farmers are faced with a lot of pressures, from climate change on farm to competition in the marketplace. In this episode we’re hearing from farmers and producers about Australian made emerging opportunities, from climate tolerant native bush foods to economically sustainable bespoke dairy products. Not only can they help farm business but also the broader community and our planet.

    Guests featured in this episode include:

    Cressida Cains, Dairy Cocoon https://www.pecoradairy.com.au/

    Chris Andrew, Black Duck Foods https://blackduckfoods.org/

    Josh Gilbert, Indigenous agriculturalist http://www.gilbertjoshuam.com/

    Tim Wimbourne, Braidwood Food Company https://www.braidwoodfood.com/



    Credits

    This podcast has been produced by the Grow Love Project with support from Greater Sydney Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

    We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.

    • 33 min

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