The environment we need most need to change is the one between our ears. We need new mindscapes to concieve new landscapes. I am developing a sustainable grazing system, which I call Mosaic Farming, seeking to combine a quadruple bottom line, ecologically sustainable, economically viable, socially responsible and incorporating an ethical and spiritual dimension.
Sustainability & Farming
The Swamp Lily in the header is a wonderful example of working with nature.
With rotational grazing and resting, nature can produce some wonderful surprises, and this swamp lily appeared at the edge of a farm dam that had adequate rest at the right time, why wouldn't we try to manage with nature rather than imposing our will upon her.
This doesn't happen all the time but it does happen more often than it used to!

For an article in Natural Passions (Land and Water Australia), on Bill & Debbie, see the following pdf (copy and paste into the address bar) downloads.lwa2.com/downloads/publications_pdf/PK061231.pdf
Be aware it is a big file with lots of pictures and many interesting stories, our article is on pages 28 and 29.
Farming in uncertain times.
Farming in uncertain times.
With drought, climate change, spiralling input costs and variable commodity prices, farmers need to be prepared for transformational change in their farming systems. We need to have plans which allow us to make informed decisions in our management systems to cope with what will be a most challenging time ahead.
As farmers of the soil and stewards of the land, an effective environmental management system is a valuable tool in assessing where we are, where we would like to be, who will do the work, by when and at what cost.
Government funds directed toward environmental management will become increasingly focused on those farmers and land managers with an integrated, peer reviewed plan.
The Victorian Farmers Federation has been delivering an Environmental Management System, called EBMP (Environmental Best Management Practices), developed by Department of Primary Industries.
A Canadian model, called the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP), which has seen 70000 Canadian farmers complete this peer reviewed self-assessment program, has been modified for Australian farmers and our conditions.
Over 1500 Australian farmers have completed EBMP and its sister program DairySat,
and the VFF is pleased to offer this program free of cost to farmers who show an interest in EMS and a commitment to farming sustainably into the future.
The course, which will be run by Geoff McFarlane, consists of two, 3 hour sessions, where participants get a free workbook and/ or computer program and will be facilitated to work through the program to develop their own personal Environmental
Farm Plan.
The first EBMP program will be run in Benalla on the Wednesday 2nd July and Wednesday 9 July. Further courses will be available in your neck of the woods, with 10-12 participants considered an ideal size.
Those interested in availing themselves of this opportunity should ring Bill Hill,
Warenbayne, on 57632360 or email billhill@bigpond.com.au.
We get what we manage for! So if we don't like what we are getting we need to look at what we are doing. I am continuously learning and have in recent times become aware of a concept of biomimicry.
"The problem of how to live on earth without changing it, of how to answer growing human needs without sacrificing to them some portion of the natural environment, is unsolvable. If we live and work and eat and build, even if we plant and prune and tend and cherish, it is inevitable that we alter nature, and in that alteration it is also inevitable that some of the things we would wish to preserve will be irretrievably lost." — Verlyn Flieger. 2000.
Nature as Model
Biomimicry is a new science that studies nature's models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs and processes to solve human problems, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf.
Nature as Mentor
Biomimicry uses an ecological standard to judge the "rightness" of our innovations. After eons of evolution, nature has learned: What works. What is appropriate. What lasts.
Nature as Measure
Biomimicry is a new way of viewing and valuing nature. It introduces an era based not on what we can extract from the natural world, but on what we can learn from it.

 

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