Stop Treating Soil Like Dirt

The first UN Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity is taking place from the 19th to the 22nd of April, with the aim of producing a World Soil Charter to support actions to protect soil biodiversity. You can attend the symposium webinars for free at 11pm (Auckland time) each day of the conference, by registering HERE.

With destructive farming and deforestation practises, we are losing our rich networks of topsoil 50 to 100 times faster than we can rebuild it. A recent article in The Guardian highlights the crisis of soil degradation, and the impact it has on our climate. Continue reading Stop Treating Soil Like Dirt

The Role of the Soil Food Web: Webinar

We’ll be running regular webinars on all sorts of farming topics for the rest of the year as part of a programme provided to our members. ‘When life in the soil is in balance, the minerals in the soil will be balanced as well.’ Agriculture has for centuries cultivated and farmed the soil for food. Each decade has seen the introduction of new methods, different strategies and to an extent, successful technologies to feed the population. After WWII the industrial revolution witnessed spoils of the period being applied to the ground boosting grass growth to everyone’s delight. The rewards were … Continue reading The Role of the Soil Food Web: Webinar

Phyllis Tichinin: ODPG Conference Presentation

Phyllis Tichinin, soils consultant, eco-nutritionist and former organic dairy support farmer, takes a look at soil aggregation, an important aspect of soil function and health, and shows us how it works. Don’t miss the interesting demonstration she uses to prove her point in her presentation ‘Soil Aggregation Made Sexy: Biology vs Water Power’ Continue reading Phyllis Tichinin: ODPG Conference Presentation

Why Policymaker Interest in Regenerative Agriculture is Blooming

John McCrone’s article on the ODPG Conference (Day 1) in which he outlines presentations by Peter Barrett, Phyllis Tichinin, Hamish Bielski, Walter Jehne and Peter Fraser, and talks to attendees Dairy Farmer, Max Purnell, and Regenerative Consultant, John King. Continue reading Why Policymaker Interest in Regenerative Agriculture is Blooming

Book Your Place Before 2nd March

We started planning this two-day conference about eight months ago, and it began with a title – ‘The Regenerative Soil Solution’ – which sums up our growing need to regenerate soil functions in order to restore water, food, and health quality to New Zealanders, and sequester carbon in the face of a changing climate. Continue reading Book Your Place Before 2nd March

Be More Profitable by Learning from the Best

Join us on an Ian Mitchell Innes workshop in December. Renowned educator in Holistic Management, Mitchell-Innes is a man who learnt from his own costly mistakes and now travels the world teaching pastoral farmers how to use nature to make their farm more profitable, no matter what their environment. Continue reading Be More Profitable by Learning from the Best