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Old farming methods

What is it worth not to change?

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Can we afford not to change when we look beyond the individual farm and look at the entire agricultural industry and the way food is produced? What will it cost environmentally, and long-term economically, if we do not change?

Could compost tea be part of the solution?

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Compost tea, if used correctly, can help reduce the use of harmful pesticides through the introduction of beneficial microbes and at the same time bring nutrients that are essential for plant growth and soil functions.

Pasture-based dairy: what is possible?

Reading Time: 8 minutes

I am challenging farmers to think differently about how their farm systems are set up, especially in terms of their reliance on concentrates and fertiliser inputs. There is an alternative approach to the current convention.

Windmills grasslands

Is agriculture a renewable industry?

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Agriculture has not always been a destructive, extractive process. Regenerative agriculture is the solution, providing a renewable source of food.

Cows in field

A non-farmers guide to how livestock can help the environment

Reading Time: 4 minutes

I encourage you to think about farming from a restorative versus destructive, rather than a livestock versus plant-based perspective.

Variety of vegetables

Should we always trust agricultural research?

Reading Time: 5 minutes

There is a huge issue in agriculture that most of the research, especially prominent research, is driven by the agrochemical agenda.

Man planting plant

Soil restoration principles

Reading Time: 5 minutes

The goal is to restore agricultural soils to a healthy state – every farm is different, but the principles always apply.

Change in direction

We need a major shift to regenerative farming

Reading Time: 5 minutes

True sustainable, regenerative agriculture will reverse the negative impact of conventional agriculture and result in sustainable food production.

Farmer in field

A land managers’ responsibility

Reading Time: 3 minutes

The amazing thing is that all these ecosystem services support greater agricultural production. They can only be unlocked when the soil is viewed as a valuable natural resource that needs to be conserved.