Eco-logical Farming Handbook

How to effectively use regenerative practices

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

There are so many different schemes coming under the regenerative agriculture umbrella - Climate-Smart Agriculture, Conservation Agriculture, Evergreen Agriculture, Agricology, Agroecology, Ecological farming, Natural farming, Zero Budget Farming - that it is confusing.

Search for practical resources, and you’ll find lists of  practices – crop rotation, no-till, composting, green manure and bio-fertilisers, cover crops, holistic planned grazing, pasture cropping, and agroforestry...

The Eco-logical Farming Handbook is different.

By identifying the ecological principles that underpin regenerative practices used around the world, the message is actually quite simple - get the ecological functions in your production systems operating again. Particularly, your nutrient cycles, water cycles, solar energy capture, and functional biodiversity.

What does this mean for you?

You confidently develop the best techniques for your growing conditions and production systems, as well as markets, finances, family and lifestyle. Established regenerative practices became the source and inspiration for your ideas, rather than recipes to follow.

Links to videos, showing the experiences of leading farmers, and a comprehensive tools inventory are provided in the Handbook to help you.

Bringing back these FREE ecological services to your farm you:

  1. Grow nutritious and chemical-free food
  2. Boost production in good times and get less set-backs when the weather plays up
  3. Give insect pests a smaller share of your produce.
  4. Gain opportunities increase your income streams growing additional products within your existing production systems

And what’s more, you'll supply vital ecosystem services – biodiversity, carbon sequestration, flood mitigation, and reduced fertiliser, pesticide and sediment runoff. Not because you have been lucky enough to receive a grant or incentive payment (although these are always useful) – because these services are supplied naturally as by-products from repairing the ecological infrastructure on our farms.

Does this sound too good to be true?

In the Handbook, there is plenty of evidence from research and farmer-led innovation demonstrating the benefits of this eco-logical approach to regenerative agriculture.

Are you ready to try this easier way to grow?

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Why this eco-logical approach to regenerative agriculture makes sense

Benefit from Nature's FREE ecological services

Working with dysfunctional ecosystems and substituting for Nature’s free ecological services -  cultivating soil, applying synthetic and bio-fertilisers, and pest controls - has become the norm. Virtually everybody does it!

Most agricultural soils, for example, don’t show the customary signs of soil degradation – salinity, erosion and compaction, but are  degraded because they no longer function properly.  They lack functioning nutrient recycling systems and soil structures promoting plant growth.

Organic matter, soil carbon, and water infiltration are useful metrics, but we need to get our agroecosystems ‘tuned up and running' for these to improve.

Getting our agroecosystems functioning again, we use teams of technologically advanced, highly motivated insects and birds to control our pests, and soil organisms – as our experts at building soil structure and recycling nutrients for plants to reuse!

A reliable pathway to follow

Using this  ‘eco-logical’ approach to regenerative agriculture, farmers take the path of least resistance, and use their know-how to trial techniques, learn, and share their experiences.

Nature contributes innovation and technology

Sectors in agribusiness promote technologies like genetically modified crops to reduce pest and disease problems and ‘auto-steering guidance systems’ in tractors to reduce soil compaction and fertiliser applications. But farmers restoring their ecological infrastructure make the real technological advances in farming.

They use the expertise Nature has developed over 3 billion years to create production systems that are easy to maintain and highly productive - using the energy and resources they have available. Which are resilient and bounce back from impacts of extreme weather events.

Everything we want for our farms.

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Leave your tractor in the shed. Give the job of making good soil structure to the experts – your soil organisms.

Save money on commercial pest controls with a team of technologically advanced, highly motivated insect and bird pest controllers.

Give soil organisms the job of managing your fertiliser regime.

Sustainably intensify your production by growing more with extra solar panels.

"This beautifully produced book presents really practical ‘hands-on’ information for farmers wishing to improve both the overall productivity and the sustainability of their land.

Dr Seabrook draws on the experiences of farmers around the world and her own at Hill Top Farm in tropical Australia, where she is transforming degraded land into fertile pastures and multi-layered production systems. The effects are dramatic.

She emphasises the need for individual farmers to think about what they want to accomplish, and then use eco-logical principles to achieve it.

The Handbook shows us how to work with nature to improve soil fertility, minimise pests and diseases, reduce the impacts of drought and so to maximise production - all this, without reliance on expensive agrichemicals. 

This farmer-friendly, wildlife-friendly, and climate-friendly approach is applicable around the globe from resource-poor smallholders to large-scale enterprises."

Prof Roger Leakey, Vice President of International Tree Foundation, former Professor of Agroecology and Sustainable Development at JCU Cairns, and former Director of Research at The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

"Extraordinary."

Jessica Peace, Organic vegetable producer, UK.

"The great thing about the Handbook - we are on a journey and understand where we want to go."

Martin Lines, UK Chair, Nature Friendly Farming Network.

Frequently asked questions

Will this approach work in my climate?

Farmers from the cold north of Scotland to the hot, sultry tropics and arid landscapes of Africa use this eco-logical approach to regenerative agriculture and agroecology. The ecological principles are the same. Tools, techniques and species differ as growers adapt these practices to their climate.

Does the size of my property matter?

Size doesn't matter. Smallholders, market and community gardeners and farms with large-scale crop operations are improving their soils and reducing crop losses by repairing their ecological infrastructure.

Will it work with what I grow?

There are orchardists, dairy farmers, market gardeners, grain producers, grazers, and even hydroponic growers already getting amazing results. The ecological principles are the same. Farmers choose suitable practices for their production systems.

Will my yields drop?

Farmers often experience higher and more reliable yields. With less impacts from pests and diseases and fewer crop losses during tough times. They also create opportunities to sustainably intensify their production by stacking new enterprises within their existing production systems.

Superb value

You get much more than a repackaged list of regenerative agricultural practices.

You benefit from over 12 years of research using 'Grounded Theory' methodology to clarify and validate the ecological principles supporting farmers to regenerate their farms and the translation of these first principles into an easily digestible farmer-friendly format.

What does this mean for you?

The hard work is done!  You'll understand the 'eco-logic' and use it to competently repair and then maintain the ecological operations in your production systems, choosing the best tools for the job.

An inventory of tools and design templates provided as source and inspiration for your ideas.

Your production systems will be firing on all cylinders!

Extra Bonuses

1. Links to videos showing what farmers achieve

2. Inventory of tools and design templates

3. 20% off our 'GrowMap' publication

Why I am passionate about getting this resource on regenerative agriculture to farmers

Having worked with farmers for over 30 years promoting sustainable and organic agriculture - and being a farmer myself – it's fantastic to find a way to make farming  viable that also improves our environment!

When I moved to Hill Top Farm, fourteen years ago, I wanted to an easier way to grow. I was fed up with earning so little for all the hard work I put in!

As an ecologist, looking at how farmers mimic the ways natural ecosystems handle plant nutrition, droughts, pest and disease management, and so on, made sense.

But, I discovered that copying the practices other farmers used wasn’t necessarily the best thing to do. Understanding why what they did worked helped me find suitable techniques for my conditions in the dry - wet tropics. I developed eco-logical approach used in this Handbook as a result.

It has been an exciting journey - learning from my farm, the experiences of other growers, scientists and the innovators in regenerative agriculture.

Trialing new techniques is not always smooth sailing! But I am seeing and experiencing the benefits. No longer spending most my time mowing, mulching, weeding and spreading compost!

It's amazing what we can achieve by learning from Nature!             >

>>Wendy's credentials

 

  • Reduce fertiliser costs – feeding your plants with a functioning nutrient recycling system

  • Boost production - growing more photosynthetic panels

  • Drought and water-proof your farm – with a functioning water cycle

  • Reduce labour and pest control costs - creating functional biodiversity and other beneficial connections

  • Create opportunities to sustainably intensify your production

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