September Edition
Message from the CEO, Liz Clarke

September has seen a steep rise in the profile of regenerative agriculture as the stories of some pioneering farmers have been told in the mainstream media. Australian Story featuring Charles Massy and his regenerative journey aired this week and documentary “Kiss the Ground” has been released on Netflix. In addition, portraits of two Soils For Life case study farmers were entered into the Archibald prize this year.

Spotlight on Illawong

Bryan Ward’s property, Illawong, comprises 160 hectares and carries up to 140 beef cattle at any one time. Bryan’s achievements over 24 years of managing Illawong provide valuable lessons for producers seeking to maintain production while also regenerating and improving the condition of the land.


Image: Revegetation mosaic on Illawong

Why revegetation is important in agricultural landscapes

Revegetation is a process that requires time, patience and a forward-thinking mindset. Current generations may need to act now to rectify the land clearing of the past, even though the benefits may not be observed for many years. 

Learn more about how farmers at Fairhalt and Illawong improved their landscape through revegetation and how it could improve your farm's performance.


Conservation and Revegetation Programs for Landholders

Revegetation and conservation activities can have many benefits for landholders. Surprisingly, the benefits aren’t purely ecological. Revegetating a landscape can play an important role in a landholder’s own wellbeing and even lead to improved production outcomes. There are many program available to you, so it’s important to choose the right program to suit you and your landscape. We have compiled a list of government, NGO and charity programs both nationally and at a state level to help you find the program you need. 



Agroecology and what it can do for you! 

Inspired by a deep commitment towards landscapes and communities, Kirsty Yeates is a passionate agroecologist working towards widespread adoption of regenerative agriculture at Soils For Life. Read her interview to learn more about agroecological farm system design and how it could benefit you. 


Welcome to the new National Soils Advocate

 Soils For Life is happy to welcome the Honourable Penelope Wensley AC to the role of National Soils Advocate! She will continue the work started by our founder and patron Major General Michael Jeffery and we look forward to working with her.


Ten ways to improve the natural assests on your farm

Sustainable Farms at ANU have launched a new booklet, Ten ways to improve the natural assets on a farm. The booklet highlights ten discrete projects that you can undertake to improve the health of natural assets – such as dams, shelterbelts or riparian areas. The booklet is free and a great resource if you are wanting to make small changes on your farm.

Charles Massy on Australian Story

And did you catch Charles Massy's Australian Story? The episode 'Breaking New Ground' has just been released and shows his role as a pioneer in regenerative agriculture. Charles has dedicated himself to regen ag through hundreds of conversations with farmers, years of research for his PhD and his bestselling book Call of the Reed Warbler. He has also been featured in an article on ABC News


Charlie Maslin in the Archibalds

A portrait of regen farmer and Soils For Life board member Charlie Maslin made the cut as a finalist in the nation's biggest art competition! Titled 'Soils for Life', the oil on canvas was painted by talented artist Lucy Culliton. It is fantastic to see a regen farmer being recognised as a distinguished Australian in such an esteemed competition! 


Tony Coote Memorial Lecture

The Mulloon Institute’s Inaugural Tony Coote AM Memorial Lecture was presented by Allan Savory last week. Allan is founder of the Savory Institute and its holistic management initiative. Allan’s lecture is now available for you to watch online. 


Kiss the Ground

A new documentary called Kiss The Ground is now available on Netflix. Narrated by Woody Harrelson, the documentary explores the importance of soils and the role of regenerative agriculture in protecting them for the future. It's great to see a film like this available on such a big platform. The website for the film includes a number of resources for landholders.

Congratulations to our survey winner

Congratulations to Kathryn Torpey who was drawn as the winner of our book prize after completing our survey! Kathryn is a landholder from North Eastern Victoria implementing regenerative practices on her property. A big thank you to everyone who participated, we really value your input and you'll see more about the survey results in the coming weeks. 

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