There have been huge new discoveries in soil science in recent years, and we now know that we have to look increasingly to Regenerative techniques to bring the majority of our soils back to life, and for our crops to carry the nutrition they once did. A boost in focus on the microbiology of soils has also led to the potential to reduce our use of fertilizers while still improving the soil.
Additionally, the way we grow the things we eat, and the medium we grow them in, has an enormous impact on the nutrient density of the produce. This impacts directly on our health and well-being.
Increases in our understanding have also affected inputs into traditional compost making, and new knowledge allows us to make compost that is even more valuable in our agricultural and gardening efforts.
There are many ways to increase the fertility of our soil and improve our health while reducing the amount spent at the produce store, and we would like to share them with you.
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About the presenter
Prior to retirement Dave was an itinerant Permaculture teacher, designer and consultant working here and overseas. Originally trained by Geoff Lawton and then Bill Mollison he did voluntary Permaculture work at projects in Uganda and South Africa and in New Guinea after the Aitape tsunami, working with survivors and local NGO’s, and in villages in the Angoram area on the Sepik River. Later he was employed by CARE Aust in Macedonia where he worked for the UN rehabilitating a 50 hectare refugee camp site after the Kosovo war. He then traveled to Israel where he taught at the Ein Gedi Field School for the Society for the Protection of Nature.
Since retirement he has become passionately interested in Regenerative Agriculture and the soil food web, and is practicing small scale Holistic grazing, pasture establishment and soil improvement through cover cropping, composting and the use of bacteria and fungi on a small acreage in Doonan.