Reduce costs and boost production

Get your ecological functions tuned-up and running again

Regenerative agriculture is the best way to grow - the challenge has been how to do it.

There are so many different schemes that come under the regenerative agriculture umbrella that it is confusing, for instance: Climate-Smart Agriculture, Conservation Agriculture, Agroecology, and Zero Budget Farming. When farmers look for practical help they generally find resources on using different practices like cover crops, bio-fertilisers, and agroforestry, rather than on the principles which underpin these practices.

By identifying the fundamental principles underpinning regenerative practices used around the world, Dr Wendy Seabrook shows that the message is actually quite simple - bring back Nature’s free ecological services to your farm. These are the ecological functions - nutrient cycles, water cycles, solar energy capture, and functional biodiversity provided by functioning agro-ecosystems.

Carbon and organic matter levels in the soil are useful measures to track progress, but we need to get our agroecosystems ‘tuned up and running’ for these metrics to improve!

Workshop

Participants at this two-day workshop will understand what they need to regenerate and the fundamental principles of how to do it.

They will gain the know how to:

  1. Develop practices that work well for their unique growing conditions and production systems
  2. Trial techniques, learn and share their experiences, and
  3. Develop production systems with the inbuilt resilience to respond constructively to newly emerging issues and threats.

 

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Who will benefit?

Experienced and new farmers who are open to new ways of growing.

The size of their enterprise doesn't matter. They will join orchardists, dairy farmers, market gardeners, grain producers, and grazers already getting amazing results from using this 'eco-logical' approach to regenerative agriculture.

What farmers say about our workshops

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David and Sandi Cohen, commercial organic green bean producers in Queensland, Australia.

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Dianne James is a business consultant supporting farming enterprises in NSW, Australia.

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Michelle Stephens runs a successful organic market garden in NSW, Australia.

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Ron Purves, farming 40 acres north of Brisbane, Australia

Featured on national radio in Australia -  ABC Country Hour 

Learning from Nature - featured on national New Zealand Radio - Nights

Why this eco-logical approach makes sense

While a small number of farmers around the world benefit from using traditional practices maintaining functioning agroecosystems, the majority of us are not so lucky. Substituting for these free ecological services by cultivating soil, applying chemical and biological fertilisers, and pest controls has become the norm - virtually everybody does it!

This interventionist approach defines current ‘conventional agriculture’, whether farmers use ‘chemical’ or ‘organic’ inputs.

Bringing Nature’s FREE ecological services back to our farms, we can use the technology Nature has developed over 3 billion years to create agro-ecosystems with everything we want for our farms:

  1. Highly productive with the solar energy and resources they have available
  2. Self maintaining
  3. Resilient - quickly rebuilding essential functions and processes after disturbances
  4. Environmentally sustainable

How do we do it?

Change is challenging, even if what we are doing now is not working as well as we would like.

However, by understanding what we need to regenerate and  the fundamental principles of how to do it, we gain the know-how to develop practices that work well for our unique growing conditions and production systems. Established regenerative practices become a source and inspiration for our ideas, rather than recipes to follow.

Using techniques which mimic the regenerative tools and processes natural ecosystems use you'll discover how to:

  1. Grow from your Strengths
  2. Get the nutrient recycling system operational in your soil
  3. Capture more solar energy
  4. Drought and water-proof your farm by improving your water cycle
  5. Create functional biodiversity to effectively use the solar energy and nutrients available

Story behind Learning from Nature

When I bought Hill Top Farm, I wanted to find an easier way to grow. I had been producing food organically for many years but was intrigued by the benefits innovative growers were getting using regenerative practices.

The challenge was how to do it?

It was important to find tools and techniques that worked well for my climate, soil, drainage and other growing conditions. That's why I started looking at why different regenerative practices worked (the 'eco-logic').

I realised that the fundamental ecological principles underpinning regenerative practices used around the world were actually quite simple, and that, by learning from Nature we reduce our input costs, boost production, and have the joy of bringing Nature back to our farms.

> Dr Wendy Seabrook's credentials

Practicalities ….

I partner with community groups, regional and international development organisations to deliver workshops.

Partners generally have extensive networks and media contacts for promotions, and organise registration, the venue and catering.

My role is working with you to develop and deliver content relevant to your participants. I can help by supplying text, images and videos for promotional tools like posters, fliers, Facebook postings, and so on.

I charge $1,750/day ($1,500 for organisations without Government funding), plus travel and accommodation.

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Achieve improved on-farm outcomes

We achieve better outcomes providing post-workshop support. I can provide this assistance through coaching - remote (via phone or Zoom) or on-site.

I recommend a follow-up site visit 6 – 12 months after the workshop to support farmers, evaluate program outcomes and gather promotional material.

The farm visit can double up as a public field day, providing your organisation with an opportunity to extend program engagement beyond the initial workshop participants.

Contact Wendy to discuss running this workshop for your community

wendy@learningfromnature.com.au

phone on +61 7 4069 505

Learningfromnature.com.au