Want to improve your soil?

Without endless applications of mulch, compost and fertilisers?

Give soil organisms the job of managing your fertiliser regime.

Organic and biological techniques are great for growing chemical-free food, but we're spending heaps on fertilisers, minerals, composts, bio-char and bio-fertilisers.

Wouldn’t it be great to not need these inputs? To give soil organisms the job of managing our fertiliser regime, grow strong, pest and disease resistant plants, and drought-proof our soil?

What's the solution?

Bringing back the FREE ecological services our soils can naturally provide.

Our soils may not be badly degraded, but they not supplying the ecological services healthy soil ecosystems provide - recycling plant nutrients, building and maintaining soil structure. Most of the soil organisms that provide these services, and thrive in soil that functions ecologically, are no longer active in our soils.

At this one-day workshop  - ‘Give Soil Organisms the job of managing your fertiliser regime’ you'll:

  • Discover low cost and low risk techniques to rehabilitate your soil from fertiliser addiction and leave the job of making good soil structure to the experts –your soil organisms
  • Develop practical techniques suitable for your unique growing conditions and production systems to trial on your farm

Using this ecological approach makes sense. After all, it’s what Nature has been doing for billions of years, and innovative farmers and gardeners are already reaping the benefits!

Are you ready to try this easier way to grow?

Who will benefit?

Farmers and gardeners who are open to new ways of growing.

The climate, type or size of the enterprise doesn't matter – back yard growers, community and market gardeners, hobby farmers and large scale commercial growers all benefit.

We can run this workshop specifically for market gardeners, helping them with the challenge of growing sufficient biomass in these single layered production systems.

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With standard soil management practices we are stuck on a treadmill of continuous inputs and escalating costs.
To improve ecological functioning in our soils, we need to put in some initial effort, but there after life gets easier...

"We average approximately 30% higher than the conventional farmers do in the county. We have much more saleable products. Our products are more nutrient dense. We have a higher quality of life…. and storing a lot more carbon. Our profits are higher”

Gabe Brown, USA

“There is no soil on this planet that lacks the nutrients to grow plants. What we’re lacking is the microorganisms to change the nutrients which are there into a form that your plants can use”

Dr Elaine Ingham

Featured on national radio in Australia -  ABC Country Hour 

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

why this ecological approach makes sense ….

Why have we got ourselves into a situation where we need to apply heaps of fertilisers, compost, minerals, mulch, and other inputs to grow food?

We’re not benefiting from healthy functional soils.

Our soils may not be badly eroded or compacted, but we’re substituting for the free ecological services our soil ecosystems can provide - recycling nutrients, building and maintaining soil structure - with fertilisers and soil cultivation.

It’s become the norm to apply inputs even using organic practices. Whether commercial or 'home-made', we either directly feed our plants, or feed our soil organisms so they can feed our plants.

What’s the solution?

Using Ecological Practices to grow crops AND a healthy diet for soil organisms. Our soil organisms can then get on with the job of feeding our plants and creating good soil structure. They're the experts!

Think for a moment from the soil ecosystem’s point of view.

Soil organisms totally  rely on root exudates and organic waste materials (organic matter) for food.  It’s therefore in their best interest to create soil conditions that promote root growth, and ensure as much of the nutrients in organic matter are recycled and reused by plants.

With stronger, vibrant plants - soil organisms get a better deal!

Around the world – pioneering growers, from backyard gardeners to broad acre farmers, are using this ecological approach reducing costs and the environmental impacts of fertilisers and  cultivating soil.

At this workshop your clients will:

  1. Discover how to get their soils functioning again without  applying huge amounts of costly and labour intensive inputs
  2. Use new knowledge to skillfully choose tools and techniques suitable for their climate, growing conditions and production systems.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS ECOLOGICAL APPROACH

story behind this workshop

Hi, I am Dr Wendy Seabrook, the CEO of Learning from Nature.

When I bought Hill Top Farm, I wanted to find an easier way to grow. I had been growing organically for many years but was intrigued by the benefits innovative growers were getting by improving ecological functions in their production systems.

These growers were reducing their costs, by bringing Nature’s free ecological services back to their farms. As an Ecologist, it seemed the logical way to grow.

My challenge was how to do it?

I knew I needed to find tools and techniques that would work well for my growing conditions and production systems.
What started out as an exploratory journey for myself, became a bigger project to make it easier for other growers to join the innovative farmers already obtaining amazing benefits from using this ecological approach.

I am excited by the innovative ideas and rate of change, as people realise the benefits that come from restoring Nature’s free ecological services.

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practicalities ….

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

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

My role is developing and delivering content relevant to the 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 if required.

Achieve improved outcomes

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

I recommend a follow-up site visit 6 – 12 months after the workshop to see some of the projects, 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 in your community

wendyseabrook@learningfromnature.com.au

phone on +61 7 4069 505

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