[UPDATE] RegenWA launched its own website in 2019. Click here to visit the RegenWA website.

RegenWA comprises the West Australian Regenerative Farmers Network which identifies and supports the adoption of on-farm sustainability practices.

What is the Regenerative Farmers Network (RFN)?
A new initiative developed to work in collaboration with all state NRMs which will:
• promote participation from all agricultural commodity sectors;
• encourage learning between the agricultural sectors;
• and be inclusive for ALL farmers of differing skills and capacity.

Why do we need the Regenerative Farmers Network?
Existing grower groups and networks are encouraged to continue developing best management practices which the RFN will support independently to analyse, measure, and demonstrate outcomes of regenerative farming inputs and management options.

What will the Regenerative Farmers Network do for our farmers?
The information will assist food producers at all levels of knowledge and use of these inputs to develop their own regenerative farming systems towards sustainable food production, and distributed through the NRM networks.

What Now?
Perth NRM (project lead NRM) invite all growers and key stakeholders to join the Regenerative Farmers Network.

The Network will aim to:
• promote participation from all agricultural commodity sectors;
• encourage learning between the agricultural sectors; and
• be inclusive for farmers of differing skills and capacity.

Perth NRM will provide overarching facilitation and work in partnership with the other participating NRM’s to provide this state-wide network of farmers in-kind or financial support where appropriate to:
• identify locally relevant research priorities;
• establish trials and demonstration sites;
• develop case studies;
• run field days; and
• host a website and support social media.

Evaluating the effectiveness of practice changes and the products underpinning them is crucial and the regional NRM organisations may assist in:
• evaluating the pros/cons of a practice change;
• evaluating product effectiveness (trials);
• monitoring changes in soil (physical, chemical and biological activity) and plant condition;
• evaluating potential health attributes of produce farmed under different production systems;
• understanding consumer preferences (healthiness, taste, colour, ethically produced, safeness, provenance);
• providing evidence behind the clean green sustainability perception; and
• understanding appropriate transition timeframes and the Return on Investment for a practice change.

The network will investigate opportunities for point-of-difference market access for members in the Network who can demonstrate an agreed-to level of on-farm sustainability. This will include customer/consumer input to better understand and meet consumer expectations, as well as matching this to what is actually viable, on-farm.

While recognising that product suppliers, retailers and consultants have an essential role in achieving our shared sustainability objectives, it is important that this network and the facilitation behind it remain neutral regarding product endorsement and keeps a focus on identifying leading on-farm sustainability practices (not products that may support these practices). If sponsorship for this network is secured, it will be stated that this does not imply endorsement.

It is expected that there will be no fees associated with being a member of this network and we encourage members to remain in their existing networks and where possible form or participate in local area, regenerative farming networks that may also form along industry lines, e.g. a cropping or wine industry network.

Finally, while we continue to support farmers adopting industry and regionally appropriate Best Management Practices in conventional farming, we also need to support farmers who are willing to investigate, trial and adopt practices that can lead to long-term sustainability in our food production systems. Regenerative or biological farming offers this potential.