23 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 Grow Love Project 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 Grow Love Project 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.

    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/



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    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
    Pasture and livestock recovery following a flood

    Pasture and livestock recovery following a flood

    Many of our listeners in NSW have been heavily impacted by recent flooding at the end of March this year. In the Hawkesbury-Nepean river region of Western Sydney, it caught many by surprise peaking at a staggering 12.9 metres, with water engulfing properties and homes.

    So in this episode we’re bringing you a special recording at a field day on flood recovery hosted by Greater Sydney Local Land Services at their demonstration farm in April. Our producer Olivia Ralph was there to capture some insights from the event.



    Thanks to Alana, Amy and Tom for sharing their stories.

    Others featured in this episode:

    Adam Little, Senior agronomist and livestock specialist - Ace Ohlsson Elders

    Neil Griffiths, Agronomist and pasture specialist - Hunter Local Land Services

    Richard Stephens, Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator - Greater Sydney Local Land Services



    Stock that has been in floodwater should be monitored closely to ensure they are eating and watched for signs of disease.

    Download a copy of our guide to assist landholders to care for livestock in flood https://bit.ly/39dHVc2

    Please contact your local LLS veterinarian on 1300 795 299 for further advice, or if you notice any signs of disease or illness.



    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.

    • 31 min

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