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...Read More: Detoxing from the agrarian cocaine – it’s not easy
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...Read More: Breaking it down
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...Read More: Show me the science
Air in the soil – what are you nuts? Aren’t we meant to pack the dirt tightly around the roots of the trees and plants we plant? So – what is the go? A healthy living soil consists of minerals, organic matter, micro-organisms, air and water. Our modern, chemical...Read More: Is your soil alive? Or barely breathing?
Multi-species cover cropping is gaining popularity as more farmers embrace a regenerative path. The feelings that accompany standing amongst a field bursting with a diversity of plant and insect life, can powerfully elicit an immediate reaction straight to source multi-species seeds. It is common to see the decisions about...Read More: Cover Crop Decision Making Process
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...Read More: Mycoremediation to the rescue!
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...Read More: Transforming our view of stress
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...Read More: 6 keys to successfully using biological stimulants
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...Read More: The thrill of soaring
The rain has finally come! And the grass (and most likely weeds aplenty) start to grow. The air is suddenly full of hope that the struggles of the past months, or perhaps years of either no, or minimal rainfall are going to become nothing more than a bad memory....Read More: Decisions…decisions…