Monthly Archives: February 2015

Landcare, the institution

The Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare Group blog is a collaborative effort. We’re happy to publish your contributions as part of this Landcare Network discussion. See the collaborate-contribute page for a range of topic suggestions or get in touch to discuss your idea.

The following is a new post from a regular contributor to our discussion, known and loved by all for his participation which is provided under the carefully-crafted nom de plume of Robbo. A founding FCNNL member and general sustainability enthusiast with an interest in community education, soils, and grassroots energy generation (among many other things), scourge of the unthinking and expert diviner of the hidden-agenda, Robbo contributes widely throughout our local community. We are delighted to present his thoughtful contribution on Landcare and its local potential.

Landcare, the Institution.

“So what can I do? The answer I’ve arrived at myself is to think national, sure, but act local. I’m not going to depend on a grand master plan devised by someone else and put in place by someone else.” —Landcare Founder, Rick Farley, 1952-2006 (1)

Localism is gathering steam as a ‘guiding ethos’ for achieving sustainability in general. Food-Miles continues to highlight waste, efficiency, quality, equity and fairness under one heading. Localism is fundamental to caring for both the environment and all that inhabit the landscape.

Local initiatives are more likely to create the environment you would actually want to live in.

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Peter Andrews at Flood Creek

Mr Peter Andrews (OAM), founder of Natural Sequence Farming, recently visited Flood Creek. He was extremely impressed by the diversity of the vegetation growing there. Maintaining a diversity of plant species, especially including so-called ‘weeds’, has been a major part of Peter’s message over the years. Plant diversity inevitably builds a landscape, increasing fertility and restoring hydrology. It was great to compare notes with Peter at Flood Creek and find him as impressed by the diversity of our little patch as we are.

As anyone familiar with resilience thinking would know, diverse systems tend to be more resilient systems, with capacity to absorb shocks and yet maintain ecosystemic function. In fact, the number-one principle of resilience, as presented in this handy summary, is to ‘maintain diversity and redundancy’. It is a pity that the ecologically-illiterate among us often believe maintaining diversity in some areas requires demolishing it in others, and that ‘biodiversity’ can only perform worthwhile ecological functions if it’s native biodiversity. Continue reading