Enabling nature to function for productive, resilient landscapes Read More...
Most of the developed world’s food is currently produced by farming systems that are designed to utilise; imported minerals, manufactured fertilisers and diesel-dependent cultivation techniques to grow crops and pastures. These farming systems have a finite lifespan because mining and transport of minerals and the production and application of manufactured fertilisers are highly dependent on finite mineral deposits and on fossil fuels which will become both less affordable and less available.
Many soils farmed by this system show serious degradation as a result of inappropriate fertiliser use and many plants grown in these soils show nutrient deficiencies and toxicities as a result of nutrient imbalances, as a result of inappropriate fertiliser use. Farming systems need to change to decouple themselves from finite imports not only to preserve profitability and productivity, but to restore the quality and nutrient balance of the food they produce.
It is clear from studies of nutrient dynamics of some cultivation systems, and in laboratory tests, that natural bio-systems have evolved extremely efficient nutrient cycling systems capable of supporting highly productive and resilient soil, plant and animal communities without being dependent on fertile, high nutrient soils or on imported and manufactured fertilisers. These highly efficient and productive bio-systems have been known by ecologists, microbiologists, and traditional agriculturalists for decades, but their importance, function and husbandry is always not appreciated in conventional agriculture, possibly because of the availability and well-funded promotion of discounted oil and subsidised fertilisers and other chemicals.
Our aim at The Mulloon Institute is to provide an environment for research and experiential education to accelerate the development and adoption of agro-ecosystems that are able to harness the key bio-systems processes that govern the fixation, solubility, availability and recycling of essential plant nutrients to sustain the food, fibre and fuel requirements of the future.
The current priorities for the improvement of bio-systems function on the farm are:
- Soil hydration and nutrient cycling in floodplain and sloping country
- Reconnection of the creek to its floodplain, rebuilding aquatic and riparian biodiversity and reversal of the past incision
- Restoration of nutrient cycling and biodiversity in the regrowth forest
Management Practices Read More...
Please click on the links below to learn more about the Management Practices that are being used by Mulloon Creek Natural Farms to build a productive, resilient landscape:
- Natural Sequence Farming
- Keyline Pattern Cultivation
- Grazing Management
- Tree Planting