Mulloon Creek Catchment - Soils for Life case study

This Soils For Life case study, undertaken in collaboration with The Mulloon Institute, examines a unique, long term and broad project to rehydrate Mulloon Creek and the adjoining agricultural landscapes. It involves 20 landholders working collaboratively towards achieving the vision of Tony Coote AM who to restore and rehydrate the entire Mulloon Creek Catchment. View the Mulloon Creek Catchment case study.

“Every landholder involved really wants to do the right thing by their catchment.” - Peter Hazell, MCLRP Project Coordinator

"Environmental repair is good from an agricultural point of view."
- Gary Nairn AO, The Mulloon Institute.

“It’s going to make a hell of a difference I think.”
- John West land owner and manager at ‘West View’.

“If this really works for us it won’t be unique anymore, it’ll be commonplace.”
- Gerry Carroll ‘Mulloon Farm’ land owner.


TMI Erosion Workshop Summary - Fitzroy Basin Association (May 2019)

Ten landholders from across the Fitzroy Basin gathered last week to learn how to restore their properties natural function and rehydrate their land and enterprise under the guidance of The Mulloon Institute’s Project Coordinator - Peter Hazell. Video by Fitzroy Basin Association.


‘Biodiversity in Crisis’ - BBC World Service (May 2019)

Peter Andrews and The Mulloon Institute’s Gary Nairn have been interviewed for the BBC World Service’s Science in Action program, in an episode looking into Australian farmers who are using ‘weeds’ to help conserve their land. It delves into drought areas where plants are being encouraged to help retain moisture in the land. LISTEN to the program online, from 20 minutes 09 seconds. [Source: BBC Worldservice, 2019, Presenter: Roland Pease, Producer: Julian Siddle]


“Australian farmers have been going through one of their worst droughts ever. The government has set up a $5 billion Drought Relief Fund, many of us have donated to support struggling farmers and their families, but apart from throwing money at the problem (our money), is there another way?” Phil Ackman Current Affairs speaks with Gary Nairn, Chairman of The Mulloon Institute.


Australian Story - ‘Hope Springs’

Over many years, Australian Story has followed the efforts of farmer Peter Andrews to drought-proof the land. His unorthodox approach, which involves planting weeds and installing 'leaky weirs', was once considered heretical but a growing band of supporters has taken up his cause. At Mulloon, outside Canberra, Tony Coote and a group of like-minded landholders set out to prove that the Andrews method works. Now, during one of the worst droughts in living memory their results are cause for hope and have attracted the eye of Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Producers: Winsome Denyer, Kirstin Murray and Kent Gordon.

VIEW the promotional trailer | VIEW the full episode.


Step diffusion system at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms

Drone footage of the step diffusion system installed at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms– to the trained eye, the steps and zones are reasonably apparent. The results are astounding considering we’ve had very little rain since the system was installed during the Natural Sequence Farming course in March 2018. Thanks to Australian National University Honours student Ming-Dao Chia for the footage. 


Senator Jim Molan speaks with Chris Smith about The Mulloon Institute’s revolutionary ‘Mulloon Community Landscape Rehydration Project’ that is working on regenerating landscapes on a series of working farms.


The Big Dry: Canberra region research boosting drought mitigation

Tim Shaw speaks to The Mulloon Institute's Chairman Gary Nairn AO, who says severe drought and cold temperatures are hurting farmers in the Canberra region, but work is being done to help landscapes better survive dry periods.


Harris Farm Markets video, featuring Mulloon Creek Natural Farms

One of the ways you can help contribute to The Mulloon Institute's work is by purchasing organic, pasture-raised eggs from Mulloon Creek Natural Farms, our living laboratory in regenerative agriculture based in Bungendore, NSW. Profits earned from egg sales at MCNF are reinvested to assist us with funding ongoing research into our landscape restoration work. You can buy the eggs in many locations across NSW and ACT.

This video features MCNF Farm Manager Michael Fitzgerald and was made to promote Harris Farm Markets' move away from caged chicken eggs in their stores. [Note: the $2.99 eggs they refer to are their generic brand of eggs, not MCNF's.]


The Mulloon Institute - Canberra Region

As a conventional farmer with 6000 acres of farmland, Tony Coote knew first-hand how dehydrated Australia’s land had become. Inspired by the work of Peter Andrews – an acclaimed farmer able to convert drought-ridden land into green and fertile pasture – Tony and his wife decided to convert to regenerative farming methods. Their success has inspired countless other farmers, leading to the establishment of The Mulloon Institute in 2011. Video thanks to the Canberra Region Joint Organisation.


ABC Radio Canberra: 09/05/2018

It was a few years ago that the United Nations singled out five very important projects from right across the globe that can affect positive change for the agriculture and food industries. One of the five is at Mulloon Creek near Braidwood where they’ve implemented a radical environmental approach to farming. Jolene Laverty speaks with Chairman of The Mulloon Institute, Gary Nairn AO.


Soils for Life:  Tony Coote - The Farmer

A new way of farming which began 11 years ago and boosted productivity by 60 per cent has been adopted by an entire catchment measuring 23,000 hectares near Canberra. Video from Soils for Life, an Outcomes Australia Project.


ABC Rural Radio: 15/09/16

The Mulloon Institute's Chairman, Gary Nairn AO, recently provided a presentation at the UN Sustainable Development Goals’ Summit in Sydney.  Following that very successful event Gary was interviewed by ABC Radio Rural, the hour long podcast went to air on the 15th September 2016.


The Mulloon Institute: A Documentary

The Mulloon Institute - Film by Johannah McOwan http://www.johannahmcowan.com/ 


The Australian Soil Story

Founder of the Mulloon Institute, Tony Coote narrates 'A Soil Story'. Video by Kiss the Ground


Re-Hydrating the Landscape

Founder of The Mulloon Institute, Tony Coote, speaks about repairing and rehydrating his farm to bring it back to fertility and stability.