Have you heard people talking about regenerative agriculture, and wondered exactly what it is, and whether it could work on your farm?
A series of eight short videos on the key principles of regenerative agriculture have just been released by three local Landcare networks (Bass Coast, South Gippsland and Western Port Catchment) and Mornington Peninsula Shire.
Hosted by soil scientist Declan McDonald, the videos explain what regenerative agriculture is and how the principles can be applied on all farm types and landscapes within the Western Port Catchment, including beef, dairy, sheep, chickens, horticulture and vineyards.
Topics covered include: introducing regenerative agriculture, minimising soil disturbance, maximising crop diversity, keeping soil covered, maintaining living roots systems year round, integrating livestock and trees and how farmers can transition to regenerative agriculture.
The videos can be accessed at tinyurl.com/regenagriculture or on the partner websites.
“If you’re curious but don’t know where to start, the videos are a great introduction to the key principles of regenerative agriculture, and how they might apply to your farm” says Declan.
Check out the videos to see some local on-farm examples of how you can regenerate your soils for improved plant and animal health and productivity.
Declan says, “Farmers who have tried regenerative agricultural practices say that working with nature has led to a more robust, resilient farming system, and they have higher levels of wellbeing and satisfaction”.