Returning functionality to the land
Another successful course in Natural Sequence Farming has been held in the Mulloon Catchment, with Tarwyn Park Training and The Mulloon Institute and a full house of students from across the country.
According to TPT instructor Duane Norris, the training focuses on, “Getting new eyes to see how this country’s landscape used to function and how we can help return that functionality to the land”.
Held at Sue and Ulli Tuisk’s property at Palerang on Mulloon Creek, participants spent four hands-on days learning how to use water and plants to manage fertility in the landscape: by slowing the flow, letting all plants grow, watching where animals go, and filtering the flow.
Students spent each morning identifying patterns and processes in the landscape, before an afternoon of practical exercises building skills for working in the accumulation and productivity zones, managing water and developing biological steps with plants, repairing eroded gullies, and surveying and building contours.
As The Mulloon Institute Founder Tony Coote AM commented at the start of the course, “You can be the best farmer in the world, but you can’t farm on dehydrated land”.
We have confidence that the students from these Natural Sequence Farming courses will go on to be change makers in Australia and inspire others with their success.
We look forward to welcoming the next batch of students in March 2018, held once again with Tarwyn Park Training.