First project progress 6months in...

a couple of babies born in November 2018 before the rains

a couple of babies born in November 2018 before the rains

November 6, 2018 before all the sheep were brought on

November 6, 2018 before all the sheep were brought on

For those of you unfamiliar with soil regeneration watch this!

otherwise read on!

The animals we invested in to regenerate the soil back in October 2018 did not start getting onto the land until late November and a flash flood hit in early December. The land has now started to show great signs of recovery through good animal management. Buying sheep from farmers in the drought stricken north of Australia as pictured in our first blog in Dec was the start to help create balance…

Here’s what happened!

The farmer had not had the time to place many of the animals on the land yet before 270mm of water hit in 2 hours (thats more than parts of western Australia get in a year to produce an entire crop of wheat!).

The water ran off in great swathes not helped by the land being more hydrophobic (repelling water) from suffering 50 years of poor land management by the farm predecessors. In the months that followed, they laboured hard to repair roads and fences so the remaining stock could arrive from the drought stricken areas of the far north.

The carbon levels and microbe diversity, so important to us all, will still be awhile. Biodiversity and wildlife must return. This is what many holistic farmers work to encourage and Urth works to help support financially with careful investment partnerships.

December 2018 a flash flood hit and several lambs drowned due to this freak, once in 2000 years, climate event… but will there be more? This is where collective efforts to regenerate soil and deep root plants using the animals to fertilise and nourish the land is vital

December 2018 a flash flood hit and several lambs drowned due to this freak, once in 2000 years, climate event… but will there be more? This is where collective efforts to regenerate soil and deep root plants using the animals to fertilise and nourish the land is vital

a week after the floods tore through the land these sorghum shoots sprung through - a good sign the land would recover with care

a week after the floods tore through the land these sorghum shoots sprung through - a good sign the land would recover with care

February 2019 the Sorghum is thriving and the young lambs with it.

February 2019 the Sorghum is thriving and the young lambs with it.

Each year crops like this oat crop are sown to improve nutrients in the soil - this one shown is from the year in July 2018 before the flood in Dec.

Each year crops like this oat crop are sown to improve nutrients in the soil - this one shown is from the year in July 2018 before the flood in Dec.

in thriving health on previous farms the farmer developed the soil to this - you can see the diversity of different grasses that provide different minerals for healthy animals and therefore rich soil.

in thriving health on previous farms the farmer developed the soil to this - you can see the diversity of different grasses that provide different minerals for healthy animals and therefore rich soil.

and when the land is fully recovered they will see a crop of clover like they had back in August 2016 to fix nitrogen in the soil and so continue to regenerate with animals and plant diversity

and when the land is fully recovered they will see a crop of clover like they had back in August 2016 to fix nitrogen in the soil and so continue to regenerate with animals and plant diversity

To propagate microbes n the soil, small dense cow herds are carefully grazed and satellite monitoring is used to ensure their manure has generated life as densely as possible.  This group of cows wait longingly for the single electric wire to be moved to keep the herd systematically fertilising the soil and not over grazing so the carbon stays in the ground. Depending on the feed and the rain this is carefully monitored. Ensuring the cattle are gently handled is just as important as every other element to create the best effect.

To propagate microbes n the soil, small dense cow herds are carefully grazed and satellite monitoring is used to ensure their manure has generated life as densely as possible.

This group of cows wait longingly for the single electric wire to be moved to keep the herd systematically fertilising the soil and not over grazing so the carbon stays in the ground. Depending on the feed and the rain this is carefully monitored. Ensuring the cattle are gently handled is just as important as every other element to create the best effect.

using different breeds of cow such as these Angus to fertilise the soil with different gut biomes/ bacteria, the farmer ensures the land is not over or under grazed and the cows gut returns rich nutrients to the soil to encourage plant diversity.

using different breeds of cow such as these Angus to fertilise the soil with different gut biomes/ bacteria, the farmer ensures the land is not over or under grazed and the cows gut returns rich nutrients to the soil to encourage plant diversity.

looking at the comparison of land management in the foreground and the back to let the grasses regenerate this shows 163 days rest from the animals on the land The farmers will do the same this year on their new land as they respond to the weather, health of the animals and the needs of the land.

looking at the comparison of land management in the foreground and the back to let the grasses regenerate this shows 163 days rest from the animals on the land The farmers will do the same this year on their new land as they respond to the weather, health of the animals and the needs of the land.

and now strong healthy animals May 2019, the soil is on the way!

and now strong healthy animals May 2019, the soil is on the way!

Even a small sign that wildlife is returning as this little echidna pops his head up and the farmers take delight that the land is starting to rebalance. As always the best farms are the ones where both the husband and wife are an integral working team creating the necessary balance to the nurture of the land. - this farm is no exception proving them to be a great team.

Even a small sign that wildlife is returning as this little echidna pops his head up and the farmers take delight that the land is starting to rebalance. As always the best farms are the ones where both the husband and wife are an integral working team creating the necessary balance to the nurture of the land. - this farm is no exception proving them to be a great team.

Crytocurrenices trading platforms and security what to watch out for

Crytocurrenices trading platforms and security what to watch out for

Hey all! ok so now for some dirt...

most of my reticence in posting and blogging about crypto has been around the following information because there is indeed much to be excited about in this space but getting any real help or truly independent info has been... challenging. I started this particular edition of our blog in November 2017 and since then the market, as you will all know exploded! really too high.

Block Chain 102 ... how is it relevant? - an agricultural application and the climate

Block Chain 102 ... how is it relevant? - an agricultural application and the climate

The application for agriculture is identity validation for premium markets wanting to ensure the product they are paying a premium for that originates in a far off or remote location, and must move through potentially corrupt ports, is actually the thing that arrives.  That, at the many checkpoints, there has been no possible human error as data entry because it is all done over the internet via the code with the validation encrypted in the code through the global network.

blockchain 101 - what is blockchain?

blockchain 101 - what is blockchain?

We have recently been asked to write a simple blog to explain blockchain for the farming community by a lead industry body in Australian agriculture, so if you are an experienced user this may be a bit basic for you but if you are new please read on to see if it is relevant for you too and we thought you might like to see a bit of how blockchain applies to solutions.