What if we could reduce CO2 in the atmosphere, restore health to the planet and secure our future food supply all at the same time? Well, we can!
By regenerating our soils and increasing the ability for soil to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, regenerative farming improves our health by increasing the nutritional value of our food and the health of our planet. The livelihoods of farmers will also be improved by providing better-yielding crops in the long term.
Here are some organisations in different regions that can help you get started today:
- Climate-smart agriculture tool kit - Farmers for Climate Action (FCA) have developed this free tool kit to help farmers identify opportunities to develop climate-smart agriculture strategies that match their needs, values and goals.
- Farmer Resources Guide - Kiss the Ground have curated a guide for farmers and land stewards transitioning to regenerative agriculture
- Fundamentals of Soil Health (visual chart) - represents 6 fundamental farming principles and practices that increase biodiversity, enrich soils, restore watersheds, and enhance ecosystem services.
- Regrarians Handbook - a succinct outline of 300+ proven integrated methodologies and techniques that work towards regenerating production landscapes.
- Regrarians Webinars - get started on this series of webinars brought to you by The Regarians!
- Explore the Rodale Institute’s free downloadable resources.
Regeneration International’s mission is to promote, facilitate and accelerate the global transition to regenerative food, farming and land management for the purpose of restoring climate stability, ending world hunger and rebuilding deteriorated social, ecological and economic systems. Their resources include a multilingual website and social media networks, an interactive online portal, consumer campaigns, events, and international conferences.
The Savory Network
The Savory Network is a global group of entrepreneurial innovators and leaders working to advance regenerative agriculture, reverse desertification, and combat climate change. With more than 30 hubs around the world, the Savory Network advocates, trains, implements, and facilitates Holistic Management and regenerative agriculture practices in their own global and agricultural contexts.
Holistic Management Educators of New Zealand and Australia
The certified Holistic Management Educators of Australia and New Zealand can guide, train and support you with your Holistic Management aspirations. They deliver training at locations in all Australian states and in New Zealand
Land to Market
The Australian Holistic Management Co-operative is part of a global network committed to supporting farming practices that measurably regenerate the land.
- Learn more about Land to Market and the Savoury Institute's EOV (Ecological Outcomes Verification).
- Learn about the Australian Holistic Management Course.
Resource Consulting Services empowers farmers and graziers to transform lives, businesses and landscapes through training, consulting and professional advice.
- Discover how you can grow your knowledge, develop your skills and work strategically to transform your farm management practices.
- Explore the list of upcoming trainings
- Explore the tailored advice RCS offers to help you take what you learn and support you to apply changes on-farm.
- Check out tools and resources for agricultural businesses
Inside Outside Management
Inside Outside Management offers training in the principles of Holistic Management. They offer diverse training in the principles of Holistic Management with courses, tailored workshops, consultation, mentoring, guest speaking and presentations.
Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS)
NTS are world leaders in regenerative agriculture. They have developed a groundbreaking system which slashes chemical reliance, rejuvenates soil, boosts plant vitality, and elevates human health. They work with farmers to create more profitable, productive farming enterprises.
Southern Blue Regenerative
Southern Blue Regenerative offer regenerative farming and holistic management courses.
- Explore their courses, workshops, and farming tours.
- Explore business or regenerative farming coaching.
- Get help creating a holistic plan for your land.
Open Food Network Australia
Open Food Network Australia is an open source platform that enables new, ethical supply chains by making it easy and efficient. Food producers can sell online, wholesalers can manage buying groups and supply through networks of food hubs and shops. Communities can bring together producers to create a virtual farmers’ market, building a resilient local food economy.
Sustainable Table's mission is to transform farming, food and fibre systems through regenerative ways of being, doing and knowing. They take a whole systems, long-term, holistic approach to impact. They do this by connecting regenerative projects and change makers with philanthropic funds and aligned impact investors, developing and nurturing regenerative industry networks, knowledge and capacity through targeted support, and collaborating with industry stakeholders to amplify and share stories for a thriving, regenerative, ecological future.
- Learn about all things regeneration, read the journal and explore the guides
- Explore the Australian Regenerative Food & Farming Map
- Find out about the fund and applying for funding
Soils for Life
Soils for Life supports farmers to regenerate soils and landscapes for healthy food and communities.
Carbon8 supports farmers to transition to regenerative agriculture by assisting them in rebuilding the carbon (organic matter) in their soil from 1% to 8%.
- Get started - being a Carbon8 farmer means that you are supported on your journey to regenerative farming including mentoring and gaining access to financial incentives.
Friendly Farms is an Australian organisation that exists to connect curious farmers with established regenerative farmers, they publish the stories of regenerative farmers, and collaborate with other practitioners and groups in building a body of knowledge around regenerative farming.
- Join the network and attend a training - join the network and stay up to date with opportunities to collaborate, exciting events, field days, workshops and webinars with the pioneers and practitioners of Regenerative Agriculture.
Tarwyn Park Training
Tarwyn Park Training is the leading provider of Natural Sequence Farming education, training and advisory services.
- Take a course or join a field day - gain the knowledge and skills to install Natural Sequence Farming on the land you manage. Natural Sequence Farming is the understanding of how the natural landscape functions and how we can rehydrate and regenerate landscapes using that understanding.
The Mulloon Institute
The Mulloon Institute are global leaders in sustainable, productive & profitable agriculture.
- Join a field day, course or workshop
- Engage consultants to assess and/or restore the land you manage - Mulloon Consulting exists to create resilient, productive and profitable farms where agriculture and the environment are working in unison.
RegenAG is a community based family enterprise committed to helping regenerate Australia’s farms, soils, communities and on-farm livelihoods. It provides farmers, professional organisations and communities with education, training and consultancy opportunities to learn from the world’s most innovative and effective regenerative agriculture practitioners in a wide range of fields.
WA Department of Primary Industries
The West Australian Department of Primary Industries published a review of the economics of regenerative agriculture in 2021. The report acknowledges that the loss of income associated with the transition from conventional agriculture to regenerative agriculture is a significant barrier to adoption but that farmers who have made the transition report comparable profit and much higher personal wellbeing.
- Read the full report here - Review of the economics of Regenerative Agriculture in WA, WA Department of Primary Industries, 2021 Regenerative Agriculture & Its Potential to Improve Farmscape Function, University of Sydney, 2022
NSW Department of Primary Industries
The NSW Department of Primary Industries has put together an introductory document detailing some of the key components of regenerative agriculture. The document also explains what role regenerative agriculture can play in the future of food production in NSW and how it aligns with the aspirations of farmers, advisers, and researchers.
Outback Academy Australia
Outback Academy Australia is a not for profit majority Aboriginal-led organisation that works with Aboriginal farmers to build agricultural and horticultural regenerative farming businesses. The core program they have to support Indigenous farmers is called Follow the Flowers
Indigenous cultures have long understood the importance of working with nature to nurture the land and ensure sustained health and productivity across all systems. By embracing the knowledge and expertise of Indigenous cultures and traditional farming practices, we can learn valuable lessons about land stewardship, biodiversity, and the importance of a holistic approach to farming.
Dr Charles Massy
Dr Charles Massy is a Merino grazing farmer in NSW who holds a PhD from ANU in Human Ecology. Those studies led to him publishing a book titled Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture - A New Earth on the emergence of regenerative agriculture in Australia and why this is a cause for hope.
- Watch How regenerative farming can help heal the planet and human health - Dr Charles Massy’s TED talk
- Read Call of the Reed Warbler
Nicole Masters has written an excellent resource for understanding the soil crisis that is occurring around the world and how we can make a difference. She breaks down complex and technical know-how of soil into more digestible terms through case studies from regenerative farmers, growers, and ranchers in Australasia and North America so land managers can begin to revitalise their soils.
Integrity Soils has set up a series of online courses designed to guide you through the early steps of understanding soil health and what the specific needs of your soil might be depending on what you’re growing or grazing. If you’ve been unsure about current on-farm practices and are looking to make sense of the endless recommendations, these courses will give you the foundations to support you in making informed decisions about the health of your soil.
Noongar Land Enterprise Group
The Noongar Land Enterprise Group develops commercially viable Noongar land-based businesses. These agricultural businesses have an economic imperative behind them but also a cultural one. While NLE is on a pathway to economic development, it is the environmental, cultural and social aspirations which provide the motivation and inspiration for their business aspirations.
- Read about the NLE's purpose and vision to support and develop opportunities for Noongar people on Noongar land
Peter Andrews OAM
Peter Andrews OAM is a farmer from Bylong in the Upper Hunter Valley. Peter has gained fundamental insights to the natural functioning of the Australian landscape and has applied these insights in restoring his and other properties to fertility levels that he says existed upon European arrival in Australia. Over 30 years ago, Peter bought a run-down 2000 acre grazing property called Tarwyn Park, near Bylong in the Upper Hunter Valley. He then quietly set about testing the theories that he had been developing virtually ever since he was a child growing up on a station near Broken Hill. By 1976, Peter Andrews claimed that the model he had set up on Tarwyn Park was an example of a sustainable agricultural system.
Allan Savory works to promote holistic management in the grasslands of the world.
Watch How to fight desertification and reverse climate change - Allan Savory's TED Talk
Dr Christine Jones
Dr Christine Jones is an active participant and supporter of an Australian movement into a Soil Carbon Accreditation Scheme. She possesses ample knowledge in regards to the treatment and maintenance of Australia’s lush and vast environmental resources, and she recently used this knowledge to put together a two day seminar with a variety of speakers on the subject of soil health.
- Meeting the Challenge for Change, Online Course by Dr Christine Jones
Matthew Evans is Australia's favourite tree-changer. A former chef and food critic, Matthew is now a Tasmanian smallholder, food writer and food activist. In ‘Soil’, Matthew shows us that what we do in our backyards, on our farms, and what we put on our dinner tables really matters, and can be a source of hope.
Dr Anika Molesworth is an agroecologist, farmer, researcher, and author who grew up on a sheep farm out near Broken Hill. As she began to learn more about the extreme weather that was killing her land and her livelihood, Anika became fired up and determined to speak out. Talking to farmers and food producers all around the world, she began to realise that there was a way forward that could be both practical and sustainable. She wrote Our Sunburnt Country to show that there is a way to protect our land, our food and our future, and it is within our grasp.
Gabrielle Chan has been a journalist for more than 30 years covering Australian politics. When she moved from the Canberra press gallery to marry a sheep and wheat farmer in 1996 she began to cover the needs and concerns of rural communities.
In her book, Why you should give a f*ck about farming, Gabrielle Chan lays out how Australia, its leaders, farmers and eaters can usher in new ways for us to work and live on our unique and precious land. We must forge a new social contract if we are to grow healthy food on a thriving landscape, while mitigating climate and biodiversity loss.
Patrice Newell is a sustainable land manager and writer/researcher dedicated to developing and communicating improved agricultural systems and innovations in an era of rapid climate change. The land she manages, Elmswood Farm, is 10,000 acres of prime agricultural land in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales in Australia and is also the inspiration for Who’s Minding the Farm? The devastation of drought and the crises created by industrial-scale chemically-dependent primary production are discussed and alternatives proposed – along with bold ideas for new sources of energy.
Climate Works Centre
Working within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, The Climate Works Centre is helping to accelerate the transition to net zero emissions for Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Aranya Agricultural Alternatives
Aranya Agricultural Alternatives organises and strengthens rural farming communities in India to achieve food and nutrition security through permaculture farming practices.
Soils, Food, and Healthy Communities (SFHC)
Soils, Food, and Healthy Communities is a participatory, farmer-led organisation that uses local Indigenous knowledge and agroecological methods to improve food security, nutrition, and soils in Malawi. Their Malawi Farmer-to-Farmer Agroecology project uses farmer-to-farmer teaching about agroecological farming methods to sustainably manage soils, improve agricultural and dietary diversity, and improve incomes of 6,000 farming households in central and northern Malawi.
The Nature Friendly Farming Network
The Nature Friendly Farming Network is led by farmers across the UK with a passion for sustainable farming and nature
Land Workers Alliance
The Landworkers’ Alliance is a union of farmers, growers, foresters and land-based workers with a mission to create a better food and land-use system for everyone. You can support members to improve their enterprises and overcome obstacles they face, as well as to assist farmers, growers and land-based workers to shift their production to agroecological systems and their enterprises to direct sales or short supply chain models.
- The Seed Sovereignty Network supports training in on-farm seed growing and events to build relationships between farmers working with farm-saved agroecological seed.
- Farmhack is a forum for farmers and growers developing appropriate tools for small scale agroecological farming to share their ideas and skills.
The Rodale Institute is known for pioneering and continually advocating for the use of regenerative agricultural practices. Founded in 1947 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, by J.I. Rodale, the Institute has transformed 333 acres of formerly degraded farmland into highly fertile and productive land growing a variety of organic crops. The farm forms the basis for Rodale’s research, education, and outreach, and it is home to the longest-running comparative study of organic and chemical agriculture, started in 1981.
- Explore the Farmers Trainer Program.
- Learn about the Veteran Farmer Training.
- Take an online course.
- Attend an event
Kiss the Ground
Kiss the Ground’s mission is to awaken people to the possibilities of regeneration and inspire participation in this movement through media, communications, education, workshops, immersive programming, and advocacy.
- Explore regenerative certifications and verifications
- Take a course
- Access free resources
- Learn about the farmland program
Transitioning your farm or land to regenerative practices is part of a larger collective response. Learn more about creating a regenerative and secure food future
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