Perth NRM’s Regenerative Farmers Network (RFN) welcomed Charles Massy, author of ‘Call of the Reed Warbler’, to WA hosting several events during his visit.

The inaugural RFN member event, held in Williams on the 28th of Feb, featured special guests Charles Massy, Walter Jehne (Healthy Soils Australia), Maarten Stapper (BioLogic AgFood), Dieter van den Broek (Commonland), Di and Ian Haggarty (Biointegrity Growers) and farm visit hosts Kelly and Steven Ford.

Mr Massy talked about regenerative agriculture as providing healthy landscapes, producing healthy food and therefore healthy people and a healthy planet. There are great opportunities in food production to adopt regenerative practices in order to provide a more secure food future. Steve and Kelly Ford, with Ben Cole from Wide Open Agriculture discussed their transition into regenerative agriculture and what it means for their community as much as their profit.

There was plenty of dialogue around the Regenerative Farmers Network at the event, ensuring it remains open and inclusive and encouraging of new ideas that support each other, as this is critical to the success of building stronger communities.

A field tour to the Ford’s western block, revealed rolling cover crops of sunflowers, brassicas, serradella, saffron, and multiple other species. In a season where there is traditionally only stubble for grazing, on offer is enough feed for approx. 1000 whethers for 1 month on 30+ hectares. The idea of rolling covers is to have green leaf in the ground year-round, as this encourages building biological function in the soil.

The event concluded with drinks provided at the Pavilion by WOA. Perth NRM would like to thank Williams woolshed for provided exceptional catering utilising local produce. Special thanks to all involved with making the day a great success.

 

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