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29 February 2012

Patterns in the Australian landscape

Written by Cam Wilson, Posted in Following Nature

Recurring patterns that Peter Andrews sees written into the Australian landscape

some cypress needles washed up on our gravel driveway

This photo I took the other day of some cypress needles washed up on our gravel driveway illustrates in miniature one of the recurring patterns that Peter Andrews sees written into the Australian landscape; pre human meddling.

Notice the positive feedback loop. The contour bund of vegetation has started where the vegetation exists in the gravel, which in turn leads to more vegetation which in turn leads to… and so on.

22 February 2012

Cumbungi compost from our creek

Written by Cam Wilson, Posted in Following Nature

Light, fluffy, and sweet smelling cumbungi compost...

Light, fluffy, and sweet smelling cumbungi compost

Light, fluffy, and sweet smelling cumbungi compost; the kind of compost that makes you wonder if you could just eat it instead of sending it through a few billion organisms on the way to your carrots.

Peter Andrews has told me a number of times that “reeds build the best soil”. Since we’ve got a creek full of the stuff following the implementation of the Natural Sequence Farming Demonstration, last year I decided to apologise to the frogs, birds and countless other critters that live amongst the cumbungi and harvest a bit for a compost pile.

22 February 2012

Stopping soil erosion

Written by Cam Wilson, Posted in Following Nature

on the farm

Stopping soil erosion on the farm

This gully is a real scar on the landscape in what is otherwise a beautiful part of the property. With the valley incised and the protective layer of vegetation and topsoil long gone, the sodic subsoil continues to literally melt away on the edges, just from the hillside runoff.

How to stop this?

We looked at the option of flooding the eroded section, but that would have taken a big dam wall. During a test dig, the scrape of the excavator bucket on mudstone not far below the surface showed us that most of the material we would need was well down the hill by now.

15 February 2012

Nicole Foss

Written by Jacko Coote, Posted in Following Nature

a powerful evening of thought provoking discussion at The Mulloon Institute

Nicole Foss

Conversation was overflowing at The Mulloon Institute on Sunday afternoon as people gathered to hear international finance and energy expert Nicole Foss.

Her presentation on how to survive the financial crisis when the credit bubble bursts was powerful and thought provoking and got many people fired up on how to prepare for the potential scenarios.

02 February 2012

Nature is looking after us too

Written by Sue Ogilvy, Posted in Following Nature

Its great to see researchers being funded to learn more about nature’s capacity to look after us.

Soil from our paddock

This article was recently posted and shared with me by soil scientist Christine Jones.

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