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Two great landscape rehydration field days

Hi folks,

There’ll be two excellent Natural Sequence Farming and landscape rehydration field days held consecutively on Nov 7th and 8th near Bungendore, NSW. I expect every innovative Landcarer in the country will be there, or will die trying to get there, for one or both of these days.

The first (Nov 7th) is a tour to see restorative bed structures on Turallo Creek at the “the Gib”.

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Turallo Ck field day 7th November

The structures installed at the Gib were put in by the landholder using ordinary farm equipment and have had a great effect on what was once a dry and eroded gully. This is another example of an empowered land manager doing excellent practical work that positively benefits landscape health and farm productivity. As it turns out, existing regulatory frameworks have made this beneficial process more difficult than it should be.

These frameworks will be discussed in more detail at the second field day (Nov 8th) which will be a tour of Mulloon Creek Natural Farms. Attendees will inspect and discuss the Natural Sequence Farming rehydration works completed here nine years ago. See the beneficial effects of these structures and hear about how the Mulloon Institute, in partnership with other organisations, is now supporting the Mulloon Creek community to work together on a multi-property catchment-wide rehydration effort.

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Mulloon Creek field day 8th November

Both field days will be well-attended and are bound to promote some great discussion and learning opportunities. Spread the word and be there!

 

The Big Picture

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 generous contribution from Alex Televantos, a young man starting on a journey to save the world. Here, Alex recounts how he set off from his home in Canberra intending distant travel, but became unexpectedly tangled-up with Peter Andrews, finding more than enough inspiration just a short trip from his own front door.



The Big Picture

Hi. My name is Alex Televantos and I am 21 years old. I spent the year of 2014 working and saving, spending very little money and trying to become as aware of current global environmental issues as possible. At the end of the year, I quit my job and since then I have been living on the road, out of a tent, and I have been actively searching for a way to stop humanity’s downward spiral to extinction.

My first step was to leave the city. Born in Canberra, I grew up without a fundamental connection to nature (which I believe is the root of our environmental problems, incidentally), and thus I was deprived of the opportunity (that the vast majority of my ancestors have had) of observing and understanding the interactions of the natural world. If I wanted to get anywhere in terms of preserving and fostering life on Earth, I felt that I first needed to understand it. Continue reading

Two new Natural Sequence training workshops in 2015

Following up on our recent post by Peter Hazell regarding the Mulloon Community Catchment Rehydration project, we’ve received notice of a new series of training workshops being conducted by Tarwyn Park Training later this year. Many of us involved in the Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare Group have learnt a great deal from the work of Peter Andrews and his ‘Natural Sequence Farming’ approach to landscape management. Considering the interest generated by the previous post we’re publishing this notice from Tarwyn Park Training for readers of the blog to consider.

Enlightened landcarers everywhere take note:

Tarwyn Park Training will be running two 5-day courses in 2015. The purpose of this new format is to provide participants with the opportunity to access key knowledge & skills associated with Natural Sequence Farming. Continue reading

Natural Sequence Farming landscape rehydration project at Mulloon Creek

Peter Hazell is a longtime local landcarer and was the first Landcare Coordinator in the Upper-Shoalhaven district (sometime last century). Owing to his affable and level-headed nature, he has always been a popular contributor to the Landcare community. In-between family life and managing 1000 acres on the Mongarlowe River, plus developing his own homestead not far from Braidwood, Pete currently works as a project coordinator for the Mulloon Community Landscape Rehydration project. This catchment-wide project involves multiple landholders near Bungendore, NSW. It aims to implement and scientifically assess aspects of Natural Sequence Farming and has been enthusiastically embraced by the local community.

One thing Natural Sequence Farming is consistently associated with is ‘Landscape Rehydration’ using techniques which slow runoff and spread flood waters across valley-fill floodplains. I asked Pete to provide us with an overview of what might be expected from the Mulloon project and to explain how any outcomes will be scientifically monitored. Here, he discusses what this catchment-community project hopes to achieve and why.



Landscape assessment at Mulloon

by Peter Hazell

Just before Christmas Peter Andrews, some landholders, and I undertook initial onground assessment and planning work in the Mulloon watershed. Over three days we visited five properties.  We plan to do at least another 17 days over the next 6 months. Our three days out were also used to test methods for documenting discussions at each location. Continue reading

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