10 March 2017
Joel is an ambassador for regenerative farming, having developed the concept on his own property. He has been featured in the best-selling Omnivore’s Dilemma and a host of documentaries including Food Inc, Fresh, Farmaggedon, American Meat and the film by an Australian family called Polyfaces. Joel is also the author of eight best-selling books, including internationally-acclaimed Folks, This Ain’t Normal.
Joel describes himself as a “Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic” and he delighted attendees with his humour and thought-provoking methods and ideas.
Tom Abbottsmith Youl, the owner of Tom’s Paddock, has himself been inspired by Joel and his farming methods and has adopted some of them on this property.
Over 90 attendees heard how Joel has transformed Polyface farm with methods such as pastured livestock and poultry that are mob-stocked and moved frequently. Joel likes to call it “herbivorous solar conversion lignified carbon sequestration fertilization with the cattle on the farm” – in other words using the animals without the need for fertilisers, ploughing or planting seeds.
The mobile laying hens follow behind scratching through the dung, eat out the fly larvae, scatter the nutrients into the soil, and return thousands of dollar’s worth of eggs as a by-product. Joel is an advocate for direct-to-consumer farm sales, stimulating soil biota and importantly providing opportunities for young people to become farmers without the need for finance.
Sarah said, “it was such an honour to host Joel for a field day to get his message out to the community; I believe that regenerative agriculture is the way of the future not only for our natural landscapes and soils, but for the health of our communities through producing high quality, nutrient dense food and inspiring and supporting a whole new generation of farmers”.
Sarah’s work on sustainable agriculture is supported by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.