Our Guest Speaker for the July 2019 Permaculture Noosa Club Night will be Stuart Andrews of Forage Farms.
Stuart is a farmer who has dedicated over 30 years of his life to understanding, practicing and teaching land rehabilitation techniques. Stuart was raised on the 1500 acre property “Tarwyn Park”, Bylong, the celebrated home of Natural Sequence Farming (NSF), pioneered by his father Peter Andrews.
Stuart has been involved in public education through field days at Tarwyn Park as well as QLD, NSW, VIC and the ACT. As director of Tarwyn Park Training he has educated many landholders in NSF since 2012.
Stuart’s property “Riverside” in Kybong marries NSF with other tried and tested models of regenerative agriculture. This trial is intended to establish a model of land rehabilitation that can be scaled up from very small blocks to large acreages, while also allowing the farmer to derive an income from the land. This trial builds upon Stuart’s extensive knowledge of environmentally beneficial farming practices, reflects his commitment to sharing knowledge with others and is guided by models of sustainable agriculture that have been highly successful elsewhere in the world.
His presentation is about “Natural Sequence Farming“ principles and how they can be used to regenerate and rehydrate degraded landscapes. The principles of NSF are being used on our property in Kybong to not only rehabilitate the landscape but generate an income at the same time.
Explanation of Natural Sequence Farming
Natural Sequence Farming (NSF) is a method of landscape regeneration devised by the Australian agricultural pioneer, Peter Andrews, in the 1970s. From the 1970s till the mid-2000s, Natural Sequence Farming was ignored and rejected by many farmers, the agriculture industry and local, state and federal governments, but these bodies have since come full-circle, and today NSF is recognised as a viable solution to environmental regeneration.
The method involves implementing major earthworks on a given area of land that has been devastated by deforestation and general agricultural activities, to emulate the role of natural watercourses in an effort to reverse salinity, slow erosion and increase soil and water quality to enable native vegetation to regenerate and restore the riparian zone.
The method does not require the use of artificial fertilisers or herbicides. Read More …