Detoxing from the agrarian cocaine – it’s not easy

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Eighteen months ago I bit the bullet and committed to converting our wee farm, Raumai iti, to regenerative practices. At the time I wrote a blog about why I was converting which got lots of attention. That blog had the added bonus of actually holding me to account, and helping me with...
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Breaking it down

Excerpt from Chapter 8 “For the love of soil”, by Nicole Masters In a world devoid of its army of decomposers, we would rapidly be overcome by debris and despair. Microscopic bacteria, fungi, protists and insects of every size are the critical clean-up crew, digesting organic materials and keeping our world...
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Show me the science

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I attended a regenerative agriculture presentation recently and some of the comments from the floor afterwards included an insistent “show me the science” and “this is not sound science.”  It occurred to me at that moment that all farmers and growers are scientists to some degree. Science is the...
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Mycoremediation to the rescue!

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Perhaps you’ve just brought a new piece of land and want to set up a garden, or you’ve had a fire come through your place. Both of these situations’ can be hiding lurking dangers, in the form of heavy metals and toxins. Many home gardeners are unwittingly growing their...
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Transforming our view of stress

Stress, it impacts us all to various degrees and with Covid 19 many of us have experienced new challenges in our daily lives. For some it has created an opportunity to pause, reflect and recalibrate our values and actions. A time to be with those we are closest too...
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6 keys to successfully using biological stimulants

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Many land managers transitioning to regenerative agriculture become interested in applying bio-stimulants to bring life back into their system.  There are some simple options to explore in this realm that can suddenly have us excited about farming again.   It is SO much more fun than spending our days applying...
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The thrill of soaring

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The thrill of soaring begins with conquering the fear of falling. Whether it’s as a kid jumping from a willow tree into the river, starting your first job, or regenerating your farm – it takes an act of courage. It begins with defining what you want to achieve, and...
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