What You Will Learn…
- Think differently & question what you have always done
- Discover new skills and protect our future
- Understand food quality and soil health
- To show support & belong to a supportive community
Who is this course is for:
For anyone who wants to start the change and improve their soil health. If you believe we, as human, are stewards of our land and we can heal our planet by working with nature, then this is for you.
When you apply your thoughts to evolve your vision, you have the right, the responsibility, to design for this future, whether your life path goes along with it or not. You need to be flexible and have diversity in your vision.
- 14 Mentors from all over the world
- Kids Activities at the end of each session
- Guided activities to get a better understanding of your soil profile
- Resource page full of links and tools to help you
Day 1 with André Leu
TOPIC: Building Soil Health and Soil Organic Matter – Quickly and Cost Effectively
ABOUT: André Leu is the Author of the ‘Myths of Safe Pesticides’ and ‘Poisoning our Children’. He is the co-author with Dr Vandana Shiva of ‘Biodiversity, Agroecology, Regenerative Agriculture – Sustainable Solutions for Hunger, Poverty and Climate Change’.
André is the International Director of Regeneration International. It is an organization that promotes food, farming and land use systems that regenerate and stabilize climate systems, the health of the planet and people, communities, culture and local economies, democracy and peace. Regeneration International works with numerous agricultural systems such as agroecology, organic, permaculture, ecological agriculture, holistic grazing, biological agriculture, organic agriculture and agroforestry.
He was the longest serving President of IFOAM – Organics International, the world change agent and umbrella body for the organic sector. He is currently an IFOAM Ambassador.
Day 2 with Gerhard Grasser
TOPIC: The P part of the new NPK in Soil/Plant Management
ABOUT: Recent awareness of Soil Health, Regenerative Agriculture and Soil Carbon are underpinned by decades long commitment to holistic organic growing methods encompassing:
* Soil Foodweb, * Scientific validation and application of traditional practices, * The new NPK, * Permaculture, *Demonstration Farm*
Day 3 with Colin Seis
TOPIC: Pasture Cropping
ABOUT: Colin Seis and his son Nicholas own and run the 2000-acre property “Winona” which is situated North of Gulgong on the central slopes of NSW.
The Seis family was one of the early pioneering families in the Gulgong district and has been farming and grazing there since the 1860s.
Winona runs around four thousand, 18.5 – micron merino sheep, which includes a 58 year old Merino Stud and “Pasture crops” around 500 acres annually to oats, wheat and cereal rye.
Winona also runs one of the largest kelpie working dog studs in the world and sells dogs and pups to many countries in North and South America, Europe and Scandinavia as well as all states of Australia.
Won 2014 Bob Hawke Landcare Award
Day 4 with Bruce Maynard
TOPIC: No Kill Cropping, Stress Free Stockmanship, Self Herding, Agroecology
ABOUT: Bruce is one of Australia’s leading Agricultural innovators. Over 30 years he has pioneered the fields of No Kill Cropping, Stress Free Stockmanship, Self Herding and Grassland Grain. Implementing on his own farm as well as supporting landholders across Australia he continues to extend constructive practices for local communities and landscapes that have global impacts.
Day 5 with Steve Groff
TOPIC: Using Cover Crops and No-till for Vegetable Production
ABOUT: Steve Groff and his family, farm 215 acres of cash grain crops, cover crops for seed, pumpkins, hard squash and heirloom tomatoes in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For the past 25 years, his Cedar Meadow Farm has conducted thousands of cover crop research trials- out of which he developed the Tillage Radish- known and used around the world.
Steve is the founder of Cover Crop Coaching which educates farmers and farm advisors about effective cover crop use. Recently he launched Hemp Innovators, a subscription-based educational network for those interested in growing hemp.
Day 6 with Sam Duncan
TOPIC: Managing and measuring soil carbon across your farm
ABOUT: Sam is a father, entrepreneur, and passionate environmentalist. He create technology to help people better manage their soil. Sam is a founder of FarmLab. FarmLab was started in 2016 with the aim of digitising the earth’s soil. Since then, we’ve created a platform to help agronomists, consultants and farmers better map, sample and analyse soil using the latest in soil science and digital soil mapping techniques, developed in conjunction with the University of Sydney as part of the Soiltech Project.
We also formed partnerships with researchers and government institutions to enable us to provide world class analysis when it comes to soil and plant types.
Day 7 with David Holmgren
TOPIC: What does resilience look like in an age of new possibilities and challenges?
ABOUT: David Holmgren is the co-originator of the permaculture concept following publication of Permaculture One, co-authored with Bill Mollison in 1978. David is globally recognised as a leading ecological thinker, teacher, respected writer and thought-provoking speaker promoting permaculture lifestyle as a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. Other key publications include Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002) and Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt To Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009) and most recently, RetroSuburbia: The Downshifter’s Guide to a Resilient Future (2018).
Day 8 with Sam Marwood
TOPIC: Farm Ownership Pathway Plan
ABOUT: Sam Marwood is a community driven problem solver from central Victoria who is redefining the farming and agriculture industry. With a background in environmental science and social entrepreneurship Sam spent his early years as a policy advisor to the Victorian Government before connecting to his roots- farming and all things the environment.
In 2016 Sam recognised an emerging farming problem. Retiring farmers were simply selling off vast amounts of property and with it a deep understanding of farming. All the while young aspiring farmers found it near impossible to acquire the capital and acute knowledge to begin a new generation of farmers.
Answer: Cultivate Farms. A match maker for retiring farmers and want-to- be farmers alike. Since its launch, Cultivate Farms have nurtured many new farming partnerships across Australia, with the first of its kind in Albury, now operating as Hicks Country Beef.
Day 9 with Marieke Rodenstein
TOPIC: Optimising Your Health & Immune System
ABOUT: Marieke is a Holistic Dietitian, Nutritionist and Functional Medicine Practitioner with extensive knowledge and over 15 years of experience in her field.
She has worked as a dietitian in the Netherlands, India and Sydney and has run her private practice in Melbourne for the past 8 years.
As an advocate of traditional and organic food, Marieke is passionate about educating and helping others to achieve and maintain better health and ultimately to help us leave a legacy of better health for our future generations.
Day 10 with Jono Frew
TOPIC: Transition From Conventional to Regenerative Ag
ABOUT: Regeneration agriculture coach and educator. Jonno and his team are here to enable farmers to think independently and to get back to the true JOY of growing food and taking full responsibility for choices made.
To help growers build organic matter in their soil, build diversity, utilize natural cycles, infiltrate and hold onto more water, be more resilient to disease, drought, floods, predatory pests. disturbance events.
We aim do so by motivating, inspiring, facilitating, educating and asking the BIG and IMPORTANT questions. Leaving you inspired and free from the current constraints to inquire into the areas of operation that CAN be improved by ways some people have never thought possible, Naturally.
Day 11 with Joshua Holliday
TOPIC: Regenerating Yourself
ABOUT: Joshua respects the connection between humans and the environment.
After travelling the globe and visiting the 7 continents, Josh has developed an electric passion for creating positive social impact through the lens of connection and regeneration.
Having founded two seperate businesses, The Developing Clean and Holliday Creative, he’s gained valuable lessons that have helped to hold stronger relationships and communicate his environmental advocacy clearly.”
Day 12 with Graeme Hand
TOPIC: How to Measure Land and Soil Heath and How to Adjust Your Management
ABOUT: Graeme Hand has worked as an industrial chemist, international marketer, meat industry consultant as well as farm consultant to many family and corporate farmers. He has trained farmers and herders and spoken at Universities and conferences in Mongolia, India, Brazil, USA and Canada. He is based in the Huon Valley in southern Tasmania, and has a special interest in working with family farms helping to create profitable, sustainable farm businesses which are enjoyable to work in.
Graeme farms beef cattle in Tasmania and NSW and is the CEO of Stipa Native Grasses Association a not for profit charity that promotes the use of native grasslands in agriculture. He also runs his own consultancy business and has delivered workshops across Australia & internationally to cropping and grazing farmers on farm financial health checks, planned grazing and forage & cover cropping.
Day 13 with Carolyn Suggate
TOPIC: Disaster Recovery and Community Resilience
ABOUT: Challenges, overcoming and pioneering new innovations and projects in all aspects makes life interesting to say the least! Carolyn is focussed on key business projects including a collaborative community based investment vehicle into the organic & biodynamic farming & food industry, and key partnerships with other like minded businesses. Including finding the next generation of passionate and open minded farmers to make this happen….. it is a great time to be an innovator in the Organic Sector!
My husband and I also run our own organic livestock, food & artisan grain farm in North East Victoria, and hope that our farm can inspire many others to share the road less travelled!
Life is to be lived and fulfilled, as it it were your last….. Between 3 teenagers, tree climbing husband, busy farm, and ambitious travel plans, live is way too short sometimes!
Day 14 with Paul Blackburn
TOPIC: Managing Yourself Through Change
ABOUT: An ex school teacher, Paul has spent 36 years training people how to get the best out of themselves – particularly those who have experienced trying, difficult or even traumatic experiences. Paul has worked extensively in the corporate field – guiding organisations such as Qantas, NSW Police, Goodman Fielders, Aust Govt Depts, WIN TV and hundreds of others through fundamental change to their operations. Described by The Sydney Morning Herald as a beer n BBQ’s bloke – Paul has a knack for revealing simple solutions to complex issues.
TOPIC: Kids Activity Ideas.
ABOUT: Founder of In8lyGood Nutrition & Wellness. Sue is a qualified Integrated Functional Nutrition Consultant, a certified Food Over Medicine Coach and a member of the International Institute for Complimentary Therapists. Currently studying a postgraduate course on the
Her first love and passion is her family, she is a wife and mother to three young girls. She believes that raising a family comes with an innate responsibility and commitment, it is an important and critical element to the growth and development of our children’s well-being and health. Our ultimate role is to teach them to thrive, be happy, strong, independent and healthy. Teaching our children the traditions around foods, care for our land and animals, self care practices and connecting with community.
With knowledge gained on a personal level and an academic level she shares her inspiration of living mindfully on a real food whole food diet. Her second love is teaching families and individuals methods to implement real foods and whole foods into their life together with practical and mindful strategies and tips within the home to live more sustainably and connected with our true self and nature.
Sue believes that by healing the heart of the food chain through regenerative farming practices we can bring back the health of our land and the health of ourselves.