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The Fortunate Chef: A Feast on his Doorstep

On the outskirts of Canberra, Pialligo Estate’s Executive chef, Darren Perryman, represents a revolution in the restaurant sector. Increasingly, Australia restaurants are growing their own produce in backyards and even rooftops, to ensure ultimate freshness and taste. But Darren has at his disposal an enormous orchard and garden based on regenerative practices. “I put an order in the evening with our market gardener and the next day he comes to work, and at 6 o’clock in the morning he’s picking it. At 9.00 in the morning I’m preparing it. So it’s as fresh as fresh can be”, Darren says in ....

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Soils For Life Showcase at Brownlow Hill

The Chair and Founder of Soils For Life, Major General Michael Jeffery, joined the program’s biggest supporter, Dr Chau Chak Wing, at the historic Brownlow Hill farm near Camden on June the 25th for a practical demonstration of the power of regenerative agriculture. Edgar Downes, Major General Michael Jeffery & Dr. Chau Chak Wing Brownlow Hill was the first dairy farm to service the new settlement of Sydney, and dates back to 1820. Current ownership and occupation stems back almost 160 years and Brownlow Hill has become one of Soils For Life’s case studies because of the owners’ commitment to restoring their soils. General Jeffery said ....

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Carbon sequestration: the answer is under our feet

Australia’s National Soils Advocate and Chair of Soils For Life, Major General Michael Jeffery, has urged extreme caution in reaction to calls to dramatically reduce our cattle, sheep and pig herds in an effort to cut global carbon emissions. “The suggestion from Oxford University that millions of animals would have to be culled from Australian farms in order to meet agriculture’s share of the 26% to 28% cut to carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 ignores the tremendous potential of healthy soils to absorb carbon”, General Jeffery said. “The science and our research at Soils For Life shows that well managed, productive and resilient paddocks, with sufficient time for resting, can increase the ....

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Charles Massy: We've desecrated our landscape

Respected agricultural author, Charles Massy, has described Australia’s rural landscape as desecrated, and has adopted regenerative practices on his farm in NSW’s Monaro region to recover from decades of what he calls “industrial agriculture”. In the latest interview in the Soils For Life video series, the author of “Call of the Reed Warbler” details his transition from a traditional farmer to a regenerative agriculture advocate. He says the term “desecration” to describe the impact of traditional farming is mild. “We don’t realise it. We’ve totally, in an incredibly short period, destroyed the natural function and the vegetation and that’s aside from indigenous dispossession of this entire landscape”, ....

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Soil carbon monitoring - just a matter of time

The Co-founder and General Manager of Australia’s largest Agtech accelerator says it’s only a matter of time before farmers will be able to install probes to detect their soil carbon levels. Sam Trethewey, General Manager of Australia’s SproutX, says agriculture is the fastest growing pillar of Australia’s economy, currently worth around $60 billion, but our agricultural technology is not keeping up with the rest of the world. In the latest Soils For Life video series, Sam says other countries have a vibrant innovation ecosystem within their agricultural sectors. “No one was using ‘best practice’ principles to innovate in Australian agriculture, so we’ve bought this proven methodology to the industry, which ....