New partnerships and amazing groups doing wonderful things

Cultivate Farms partnership

Cultivate Farms partnership

So we have partnered with the wonderful Sam Marwood of Cultivate farms whose mission is to partner young families wanting to get into farming with investors like you that want to see they can! And the wonderful organic co op of organic farmers looking to expand their holdings and take on partners. You can look at some of the projects we will be posting on the projects page.

Organic Co op

Organic Co op

OK so I thought id do a random blog about some of the things that inspire me to work in this space and make me feel not only that I belong but that I am doing something good about things I think many people would rather were not the way they are..

There have been huge fires in the news lately regards California and we had a whole spate of them too here in Victoria, Australia called Black Saturday in 2009. I knew farmers who had their sheep die burnt to death because sheep dont think to run to water like cows but just run into fences or whatever to try to escape the fire even if to their peril and the farmers simply could not get to all of them in time - the fires were vicious and fast.

My own property is surrounded by forest on three sides and there is literally no way I or my art studio would survive a major bushfire up there so my fire plan has always been keep the srub cleared around the house, the gutters cleaned and if possible full of water and then get out. I was up there carving by myself the day before the fires broke out and decided to abandon the studio based on how the locals were talking.

But I was just lucky with the fires and the following years there were more even closer to my house literally a few minutes up and down the road but i was a long way away at the time. And now there is flooding in many parts of the country and yes even in my house we have had three floods in the last 10 years and I have lived in this house for 45 years with nothing like these downpours.

Lets be clear, there are parts of Australia where there has always been flood but what people dont understand about these events is that climate change is increasing the severity and the land is becoming hydra-phobic… yes scared of water! it literally cannot soak in due to degrading soil structure and compaction it is becoming like concrete!

Some of that is also due to land management which is why our first project was supporting a farmer with a 5 generational history in sheep genetics and farming and a particularly solid history of rejuvenating soil. He had just inherited some very degraded land and was putting some of the sheep on it brought down form the drought affected north to help out when it was hit with a massive 270 mm (10.6 inches) of water in the unmanageable space of 2 hours. Most of the animals survived but it just pointed out how important it is to repair the land and rebalance the climate as soon as possible. Yes it is a risk financially, but a far greater risk is to do nothing.

To give further weight to these climate events we are all creating, lets take a look at the farmers and their animals that are dealing with the aftermath of the recent Queensland floods that just hit a week ago…

flood victims…

flood victims…

But lets finish on a a more inspiring note of a couple of people doing things to help!

and just for some really keen people who are seeking inspiration here is a young woman doing the zero waste thing

and an educator Ive been following for some years of how to do it katie patrick

First Urth Eco project live

Healthy Dorper sheep on our farmer’s healthy soil in previous years.

Healthy Dorper sheep on our farmer’s healthy soil in previous years.

Urth has its first eco project up and running!

As the earth dries up in Northern NSW our first eco-farmers, a Victorian farming family that has been in sheep genetics since the 1860’s, have taken the Urth investment funds together with their own and gone up to friends in Northern Australia that are clients of their sheep genetics stricken by the drought, to buy what sheep they can off them as they are so close to being unable to support their stock in these times. They have transported the sheep down to lands recently taken over, that still hold feed and they intend to use the animals to regenerate the land.

Although below the quality they would normally keep stock they know they have enough to feed the animals that will enable them to start the regeneration process over the next 2-3 years.

See here the reduced quality in the body of the drought sheep. (see above for comparison of what the farmers sheep normally look like)

See here the reduced quality in the body of the drought sheep. (see above for comparison of what the farmers sheep normally look like)

Using these animals as well as cows to propagate the soil and return the microbes and plants to full health we will track the progress to show you what can be done. This process is so that the farmer can sequester the atmospheric carbon we are all emitting both in the city and in industry and begin the restoration life cycle that affects moisture absorption and retention.

one of the drought ewes and her lamb on our farmer’s land freshly arrived.

one of the drought ewes and her lamb on our farmer’s land freshly arrived.

Holistic, viable, sustainable farming using knowledge and where possible, large herds of grazing animals, Urth regards as a genuine climate solution. Where possible Urth seeks to support the farmer to incorporate regeneration of habitats for wildlife from our investment strategies with your help.

Seen here are lands our farmer has run before using cows to propagate the soil microbes ad create top soil. Electric fencing is used to quietly and systematically move the herd over the soil to ensure manure is evenly distributed. Weekly satellite images confirm if the action has been successful.

Seen here are lands our farmer has run before using cows to propagate the soil microbes ad create top soil. Electric fencing is used to quietly and systematically move the herd over the soil to ensure manure is evenly distributed. Weekly satellite images confirm if the action has been successful.

Our farmer has a track record of soil regeneration and it is only the unusual set of circumstances that had him de-stock due to a farm injury that has made it possible for Urth to have the opportunity to be a part of this regeneration process.

We will be taking regular samples of the soil and track the progress using state of the art, blockchain verified, technologies pending the progress which will be weather dependant. Due to the run down state of the soil it may take longer. All farm progress is rain dependant but regenerative, good soil practices are far higher in drought resistant.

No matter what the farmer does we all must work to mitigate our destruction of the atmosphere to help restore the climate order, or the farmer will not be able to produce food for us so that our own starvation does not join the ranks of being a third world story.

Pictures of sheep and lambs the farmer has improved in the past on their lands and intends to return the drought stricken animals pictured above to this health and restore over grazed and hardened land in the process to moist soil that will resist drought

Pictures of sheep and lambs the farmer has improved in the past on their lands and intends to return the drought stricken animals pictured above to this health and restore over grazed and hardened land in the process to moist soil that will resist drought

introduction to the Founder, Samantha Jewel and her passion

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introducing me

This is just a heads up that I am going to do a series of podcasts on crypto and agriculture. The first is just an intro on me as the Founder and my odd journey from agriculture to blockchain part 1!

Although I am not covering this bit in the video, basically I am trying to keep these stories short as my story is long…

I have a unique background as a still practising marble and glass artist, I am a 5 generational Australian, single mother of two great sons, daughter of the founders of the first restaurant chain in Australia since 1965 that caused me work since I was 11 and learn to love to serve people and grow to care about human health through food; the latter triggered largely due to the birth of my sons through ‘98- 2000 and the mad cow disease drawing my attention to food producers, which in turn led to agriculture, health and the climate. I have over 20 years of education in the space and have written three children’s books to help champion awareness of the solutions right beneath our feet, a company that advocates and brokers for regenerative agricultural products and now a growing education in blockchain due to an immersed startup experience in Europe during 2017/2018 and then going on to learn the code of Etherium thought the Melbourne Blockchain Centre inaugural coder’s course in Feb/ March 2018.

Im still passionate about so many things and dont ever plan to stop being so! And yes I am a true Polymath ( I only recently learned I had a term for my whacky ways)

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