As a child I never dreamt I would fall so deeply in love with soil. I grew up as an Air Force ‘brat,’ with early dreams of becoming New Zealand’s first woman fighter pilot. As a teenager I joined the youth Air Training Corp and quickly realized, that “no...Read More: Women in regenerative agriculture
As people become more aware of the need to modify their environment, so that it may become more hospitable or even more productive, the talk often moves to planting of trees. Trees for shelter, trees for shade and cooling, and trees for sequestering carbon. Easy? (except for the work...Read More: Tree planting into alien environments
Fire is a fast-moving disaster, unlike the slow burn of drought it can catch us off guard and can destroy what you have taken years, if not a lifetime, to create in just minutes. With fires burning in so many parts of our planet this year the challenge of...Read More: After the fire: recovering, redesigning and rebuilding
Monitoring soil health provides us with a valuable opportunity to know how are we doing, if we are making progress toward our respective goals, is “it” working and are things improving? Here are 8 simple soil health measurements to get you started without the need to purchase expensive equipment,...Read More: 8 ways to monitor your soil health
When it comes to regenerative agriculture there is a lot of press and reverence for those that seemingly began this practice. The rock stars. The gurus. The ones that pull a crowd. We could argue who, and when, and how long ago, but these people, and others, get the...Read More: Regenerative Rock Stars
So what is the point of engaging an Integrity Soils Regenerative Agriculture Coach? And perhaps – what could it cost me not to? Most agricultural producers are feeling the pain of rising input costs, climate extremes, low commodity prices, and a declining social status as consumers more critically evaluate...Read More: TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More
What if there was a simple practice that when implemented regularly would provide opportunities for informed decisions, reduced risks, increased profit, improved confidence and act as an early warning system for unintended consequences arising in your land management system? Monitoring your soil health on a regular basis will provide...Read More: 8 reasons to monitor your soil health
Recent New Zealand media footage of cows grazing beets udder deep in mud is drawing more attention towards degenerative farm practices. Dairy and beef industries are under increasing fire from multiple angles from greenhouse gas emissions to water quality concerns and humane animal treatments. This adds up to more...Read More: Critical eyes on winter fodder beet
At 22 I moved to London, with no experience of urban or community living other than a few months in Nelson, a small town at the top of the South Island and a short stint in a Hare Krishna community. Not exactly good preparation for big city life. The...Read More: Stress! Creating an environment for animal performance.
I was talking with one my farm forester friends, Doug. He had harvested an area of pines and was noticing weeds growing there that he had never seen on his farm before. Inkweed, woolly mullein and chamomiles. How did that happen? Weeds get a lot of bad press, surely,...Read More: Do your weeds love fungi?