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Man Spends 30 Years Turning Degraded Land into Massive Forest - Fools & Dreamers (Full Documentary)
'From the Ground Up - Regenerative Agriculture'
- Published on Mar 29, 2023 veröffentlicht
- Inspired by Charles Massy's best-selling book "Call of the Reed Warbler", filmmaker Amy Browne set out across the dry farming country of South East NSW to meet Massy and the other trailblazing farmers bringing new life to their land.
Regenerative agriculture is one of the most promising wide-scale environmental solutions. This short documentary is a comprehensive journey through a variety of landscapes and regenerative farming techniques.
'From the Ground Up' is a story of genuine change and inspiration - tracing the steps of individuals who transformed their practices following the life-changing realisation - that farmers have a unique opportunity to heal the planet.
Additional resources on regenerative agriculture:
- Allan Savory on "How to fight desertification and reverse climate change": www.ted.com/talks/allan_savor...
- Charles Massy on "How regenerative farming can help save the planet and human health": • How regenerative ...
"Call of the Reed Warbler - A New Agriculture, A New Earth" by Charles Massy
"The Biggest Estate on Earth - How Aborigines Made Australia" by Bill Gammage
"Back from the Brink - How Australia's Landscape Can Be Saved" by Peter Andrews
Comments • 822
This documentary is just lovely! My dad and I are working to turn our sheep farm into one run regeneratively to reverse all the damage done by our ancestors, and even in a small time we've seen the effect of it all, its just amazing
Wonderful to hear that you are turning your place around! These practises need to spread and you are doing your part.
That’s amazing Rey! I would love to learn how you did it :) can I give you an email or something ?
Around 10:00 thank you so much for your supportive words regarding under 5 acre farms worked by women. Sometimes I feel really small, useless, or ridiculous, since rather than seeking a wage, I assist my family by growing as much food as possible on our tiny lot. The more I improve the fertility of our land, tho, the more I approach that 70% of our family food supply figure. Really helped me improve my self esteem, thanks.
Keep up the great work, congrats and all the very best!
@BIG GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM nothing wrong with shared farming of that's the arrangement everyone seeks. You mean like CSAs or... ?
@love cat thanks very much for sharing with me. I'm sorry to hear about that, I'm sure that brings a lot of challenges. I hope the help you need comes your way. I wish you prosperity with all your farming efforts! I hope in the end everything works out. Best of luck to you!
@• Happy Capybara Space Force 🌠 • 17 yrs ago Hi there! It's always a steep beginners curve, but we are doing it! Unfortunately my mother turned out to have vascular dementia and that has turned our slice of heaven into a mr toads wild ride, but i trust in God to help is find our way. Blessings
need so many more farmers like this in australia. the droughts wouldnt be so bad.
@walker tanner so stunning and brave!
@Wattsy I suspect he may have meant that farms under RA are less effected by drought, as they store more water in the soil. I agree that the statement sounds like cargo cult thinking at first glance.
It does my heart food to see this awakening happening around the world! The scale at which I practice regenerative agriculture is tiny compared to these big cattle operations, but the philosophy is the same. Act like a honey bee, not a locust. Improve the conditions for all life while we gather our food, rather than strip mining every bit of value and leaving a trail of death. Great video. Thank you!
Radical Gastronomy a lot of little bits turn into a huge lot
@Stephen Narramore rodaleinstitute.org has trialled org and industry side by side. Interesting reading.
Radical Gastronomy I love that quote ‘act like a honey bee, not a locust’
Just started doing this on my farm. I only have one cow but i sectioned of one acre into 5 parts for my cow to graze each section for one week, which will give all the others one full month of rest in between grazing. Still need to work out some kinks but my grass is looking much better.
@ABADDON 247 I don't know for sure how accurate this is, but it's been said that for small acreage sheep work best.
@credenza1 totally 😂 lol
The best system is 8 parts.
@Khamomil Look into Goats, there smart & milk & cheese as well
This is a great high-quality video that does a very good job explaining Regenerative Agriculture. Thanks to all involved!
There is nothing to explain. It’s all lies and falsehoods. Completely not backed by science, as it is not replicable or repeatable. End all support of the animal agriculture industry worldwide effective immediately. That’s the only way to then focus of the sequestration of carbon, and the cleaning up o the cesspools and reservoirs of filth and disease that emerge from the animal populations in the animal agriculture industry, as well.
These examples are very positive, and seem quite do-able. The mention of "leaky weirs" is also very important. This process of slowing the water without stopping it is exactly what beaver do, both in North America and Eurasia. It keeps the water table high, and allows vigorous growth from riparian vegetation.
@John Martinez I suspect that Probably the 2 biggest hurdles to Regenerative farming/Ranching is the government and colleges. At least that's what it seems like here in the USA. On a side note, I'm a simple man,I don't have any fancy degree and I don't believe in evolution or other such stuff. However I believe we can learn alot by watching Gods creation more closely. Not that we need to become animals, but that we can learn how better to manage what God gave us. People Produced food for a long time before we had chemicals and some people like Greg Judy among others have learned to do it again.
Seems like a great idea if you live in an area where people aren’t trying to sue you because fish can’t get through
I absolutely love this ❤️ it's my life goal to be able to get some land and live a self sustainable life myself... I don't need nearly this much land tho, just a normal yard for a permaculture garden.
@Wattsy Did you watch the video? They got through drought because of the re-gen practices.
That's what I also want
Check out Paul Wheaton's Clip-Share channel, the man is one prolific permie 😸
Make sure you get land in a high rainfall area because this won’t work without water
@Pseudonayme 77 I don't believe in luck; however, I appreciate the sentiment.
I love the final sentiment. That nature doesn't compete, nature cooperates.
It's true but only some of the time. When a lion eats an antelope it's not cooperation. Many plants compete for soil nitrogen as well.
@Michael Harder Guess that's true bit sounds a bit harsh this way ... it's still cooperation.
Sweet summer child
Cooperation is a competitive advantage
Incredible, thank you. I've been reading and researching so much about regenerative agriculture and love seeing the farmers talk first hand.
@Wilks Hey there. If you go through the comment section and replies, you are will find a lot of reading suggestions and quite a few links to other information that is full of thoughtful facts and ideas on how to move forward with regeneration our planet for the better.
Radical Gastronomy is a small Clip-Sharer who has some information.
I can write a list of all information pertaining to that which you seek.
I hope that helps.
Could you please recommend some good practical literature? I would like to start applying these kind of techniques in the next few years.
Fabulous film with an extremely accessible explanation of regenerative agriculture practices and farming in ways that sustain water, soil, vegetation and, importantly, communities. Congratulations Amy Browne.
There are a lot of videos on Clip-Share about the regeneration of sub fertile and even infertile land. This is the first one I’ve seen where it goes into detail about how it’s all being regenerated. And that is very refreshing to see.Keep producing more videos just like this, Fantastic!
I would like it for governments to spend money on regenerating soil fertility and making land available to let more people start small farms adopting a permaculture style.
Check out how David Bamberger regenerated 5,000 acres using grasses.
This gives me hope for our struggling farmers. Let’s get this out there for them to see.
This is the most positive thing I've watched about how to use and heal the land at the same time. So wonderful to see it becoming more commonly used. Really wonderful.
I've seen this story somewhere else before and I'm so happy it's being put out there again- just so important!! Especially right now in the world and Australia it seems
I’m so happy to see regenerative farmers in Australia. We can buy food that’s alive. This gives me hope. Thank you. 😍😍.
These are the people who are guiding the way for future regeneration. If we started shifting over to something more like this in more places, the impact would be phenomenal. People need to learn about this because I think this will have to be very prominent in the next few decades
I teach people to make and use biochar. My blog at theotherfishwrap.blogspot.com has six posts from about two years ago that detail the process. They are easy to find because they each have a one word title that begins with the letter "M".
Few years, we don't have decades
Thank you for sharing this video! I feel inspired to become a farmer myself and will start in an organic farmers school in Denmark next autumn if everything goes after plan. I have studied environmental issues and solutions for many years, first at university, and then travelling the last years to visit ecovillages. It was all interesting, but also confusing, because I didn't know what I wanted to do as a profession. Now I know that I wish to connect with the land, with nature, with plants and animals, and with other people, and attempt to make an holistic practice out of it all, find the balance, and learn also how I can pass that on to the generation coming after me
Wonderful to see regeneration of the land and sharing with the world 🌿💚
Just read a great book called 'Cows Save the Planet' by Judith D. Schwartz. I'd definitely recommend it, it covers and expands on a lot of similar ground to this film. UK farmers definitely need to pay attention to this stuff, since there's so much monoculture here and crops are getting worse.
Have you read "Wilding" by Isabella Tree? It's about saving a typical intensive farming estate from bankruptcy by allowing large parts of the estate to revert to nature and stocking native breeds which are left to cope by themselves. As in the video, naturally wet areas are allowed to flood annually, reducing flood damage elsewhere and replenishing the meadows.
The yields are higher, there's no fertilizer costs, everything is organic ( meaning premium product) and there's hardly any veterinary input. Not only is the business now a success but the area has become an oasis for rare breed birds and insects.
All this in West Sussex.
I salute you all for what you’re doing, it’s about time to give something back to the land, so everything around it will prosper again..... Thank You ... Very, very much!!!!! 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
I get really excited when watching programmes such as this, knowing we have people really passionate people showing how we can make our land better,thank you.
Charles Massey's book was the most hopeful book I read this year. I really wanted to see the farms and the farmers he spoke about. This is great!
My dad was born on a farm in 1908 in Carroll county Maryland and what they are calling regenerative farming is how my dad described life on the farm growing up.
Thank you to those who are reasoning and making the changes back to what is natural. May blessings be returned to you 100 times over.
Truly brilliant! Well done keep spreading the word! Environment care and specifically soil care is the true essence of creating a sustainable future for us all. My garden isn’t the prettiest in the street by any means, however, our soil is now certainly the best. It has taken years of giving nature a gentle hand In regenerative practices and has well been worth the effort to have healthy root systems in soil teeming with life.
This is genius. Thanks for recording it. It will surely help future generations get on the right track.
So powerful and beautiful. Thank you for the film and to these amazing farmers.
I'm beyond thrilled to hear this change is coming .... a fundamental change is what will save nature and as a byproduct us .
Love this guys. Fantastic work! The stories need to be told.
Thanks for the advice. I have spend the last year using these principles in my Arizona garden to regenerate my backyard. They really work!
This should be mandatory viewing all around the globe!
For the life of me, I cannot believe it isn’t.
@walker tanner is that search engine legit? Ty
So many grassroots projects like this all around the world and no one talks about them
This is the kind of films we need more of! Thank you!
Congratulations! A veritable return to the Garden of Eden, not unlike the project on our channel. This could even be duplicated in the countries bordering on the Sahara. Excellent work!
Thank you to all who have stepped out of line and help start this process of change.
These farmers are providing the answers - great showcase - glad we could play a small part. Keep on growing the love.
Just beautiful. Really hoping this will completely replace industrial farming.
I believe it needs to and it shall. Workin on plans to implement it currently. It'll be a slow process but eventually all agriculture will be a Fractal of small farms all interconnected...wind powered de Sal plants pumping water for extra irrigation to maintain a healthy water table! One turbine can de Sal and pump a lot of water.
It is amazing to hear the information shared on this video. May it help and impact so many people to push to move to help better the life around us!
Wow it does make so much sense to pay attention to how these vast herds in nature function.
Wonderful video. I am hoping that more people do this and that governments encourage this.
Such a wonderful message, brought tears to my eyes. All my best wishes for Australia and the world from Sweden. (We always buy organic when not Swedish and otherwise preferably locally produced organic or transitioning, and fair trade laballed, naturally! It is more expensive, and sometimes there are scams, but we also have good journalists that expose scammers!) Amy Browne, thank you, and please keep documenting, it is so important!
Hats off to all the true custodians of the land all over the world.
Keep showing others what you are doing. Excellent work.
I am thankful that they have caption. Took me a while to realise that.
But these guys are doing what's needed. Keep up the great work. 👍🏽
Thanks to all my fellow farmers and stewards of the land out there 🤘
Loved the book - To heal the world we need an ecological mindset
Very inspiring. Thank you for doing this good work.
So glad I found you! Saving destruction by working with nature's wisdom! You are Earth's angels! My heart rejoices! Thankyou for your good actions. I hope they go viral! 🙏🏽🌎
To you farming in this fulls my heart with joy, and I am very excited to see this happening.
If I could go back in time when I was farming and adopted your methods and other natural methods. I probably would be still farming today because deep in my heart I know this is were we should be.
I wish you all the very best for your future.
Very well put together video. I would love if they would consult or lobby big farm/ranch operations with numbers that would actually represent that farm if they changed their ways. I think that is the only way to convince the big players to change, if they are made aware of the lack of feed costs, etc.
Everyone needs to do their part, but changing just one of the big boy's minds would make such a huge impact. I'm doing a lot of gardening and becoming more conscious of where my food comes from and the waste. Composting and such as well. It helps just a little bit if everyone can do what they can.
Wonderful. Keep up the good work! Three lessons that I learnt here: Every bit of intensity requires a bit of rest./ We humans can actually allow Nature to improve Herself if we enable Her./ Evolution needs cooperation.
Let animals compete, we humans will cooperate.
Did anyone else noticed the people involved in Permaculture and Natural way of doing faring are rather humble and Calm ?
You can feel a rhythm in their voices, and their way of talking is pretty polite. This must be something to do with inner peace and happiness.
Very well done in only 13 minutes! It covers animal management, vegetable production, hope to challenge droughts, shows obvious good results, empowers farmers by showing it is a rewarding job, and suggest non farming people what they can do: they can relate to their food providers more directly, and they can also start to produce some of their own.
Really good and totally enjoyable.
I learned a lot.
Hope the world changes in this direction soon.
Great to see this happening in Australia
Beautiful documentary! Thank you 💚🌱
A well-presented, thought-provoking, presentation. Well done.
I Loved this short film. It is one of my biggest dreams in Life to restore a cornfield into a food forest. The best thing I can do at this point is to learn.
A fantastic and much needed effort to fix our problems.
Thank you for this video. How are you quantifying the additional carbon you claim regenerative farming is adding to these farms' soils? Would you mind sharing that data and documentation of sampling and testing protocols?
Such an important message. Well done guys!!
They need to incorporate tree fodder on more of this acreage, to at least Savannah levels, for stress-relief, carbon building and additional food supply.
Amazing how just letting the land rest for a time and only taking what is needed from it rewards us with true abundance. That is how the Creator intended us to live.
These are the folks that we need to save civilization from itself.
These guys are fabulous. Things like this are some of the only things that give me hope - seeing 'average Joes' in Australia, Ethiopia, across the Sahel (the 'Green Wall'), and other places, who are DOING things, while foolish CEO's and politicians are not doing the right thing, with some exceptions.
Que se haga visual alrededor del mundo!!!👏👏👏👏🌿✨🦋🐝🍃🌻❤️felicitaciones!!!! Y many many thanks for do what all of you are doing for oye Planet!!!
This is almost mimicking nature, I love it
It is an attempt to exactly mimick nature.
Just great! Very well explained, thank you!
Another great video i hope all these regenerative practices are being taught throughout the world, in Australia long overdue. A shame Mr Maslin failed to acknowledge Peter Andrews who by this time had been trying to educate farmers and Government in Natural Sequence farming by this time for around 40 years, its all well documented. Look at Mulloon Creek!
Mulloon Creek a phantastic project that blew me away !
Peter Andrews did quite amazing work !
Wetlands , replenishing the groundwater is so important .
Along with healthy soils for our harvests , biodiversity , wildlife needs a place also .
( we need to give back land , not take it away from them )
I wouldn't want to see only huge paddocks in the style of big business farming .
Ponds , forests , hills , meadows , and more natural , wild areas , mean a place for birds , insects , and plenty other creatures , yes , even predators , to co- exist , like in Allan Savory's African wilderness homeland .
For this concept to fully work for all areas around the world. , we also need to look at a lot of other problems we humans created , like over- population , mega cities , endless consumption , corporate greed , corrupt governments / politicians , trash , pollution , and more .
( no specific order here / they are all equally bad )
A simpler life- style , less , little , or no technology even , would enrich our lives more than all these gadgets of distraction / comfort , the unhealthy disconnect with nature , all urban problems . ( violence , guns , homelessness , drugs , mental issues , loneliness , and more )
However , not everyone likes gardening or physical work .
This is not only a guaranteed solution for iindigenous people , like the herders in Africa , and elsewhere , but plighted areas in the so - called rich nations , to also help solve their massive social problems along with now the looming food scarcities around the world .
Our all survival is at stake :
Cow herder , farmer , or city dweller , rich or poor .
There's no distinction anymore , because all of humankind is now another species on the list of mass extinction if nothing more gets done fast to dial back to help save our environment .
I hope more people will be open- minded to make this change happen .
I’m happy to see farmers adopt these practices, especially seeing this practice is not new all the way from ancient Israel
How wonderful. It's news like this and changes in agriculture that will help me die in peace. I am worried sick for my grandchildren
I teach people how to make and use biochar. It is a technology older than written language and signals the beginning of the Anthropocene. It is only the last hundreds and fifty years or so that we have made terrible mistakes, the vast spread of human history, we did good for the environment, this is one way people are showing how to do it! Sequestering is easier than most people imagine and with modern retort technologies and machines that were unimaginable nine thousand years ago, we can make electricity and/or heat homes while making char, the first step along the process of creating biochar.
I am still young.
Charles Massey! Loving his book, great work guys.
What an awesome story, totally agree, we are going the same way but not there yet. Thankyou
Valuable regenerative agriculture lessons for humankind; on this challenging earthly journey through life, etc. Commendable.
I wish this philosophy on regenerating soils would be soon applied all over the planet. Wise agricultors. Thank you for caring for al of us including the animals.
It must be good to know when you have done so much good - And benefited from it at the same time.
That's the wonder of ecology. Life on earth is fine tuned to prosper cooperatively. An ecosystem IS cooperation between organisms. We ignore this at our own peril.
Fantastic video. That platypus looked extremely happy splashing around. Loved it.
Just don't try to touch the male!---they sting!
This is brilliant and gives me genuine hope for the future!
Great piece! Thank you for the work and inspiration!
Working paddock systems is something we’ve been doing in Ireland for years particularly in the dairy sector. Never knew it was a holistic way of farming
Kama Burwell where are those reports? And is that vs them doing proper rotational grazing, being there at optimal leaf stage and leaving proper residuals, or just grazing the shit out of everything, destocking and labeling it as regenerative?
@Alex Buchner the dairy farmers doing regenerative farming are reporting much improved animal health and improved profits too. So its a great win win for everyone except the fertiliser companies ;)
Kama Burwell depending how you define ‘taller pastures’, only grazing a plant to half high is potentially not the most effective use of the plant in terms of being benifical for the cow, being profitable and growing healthy pastures.
Daughter tillers need sunlight and if you’re leaving behind too much residual, you’re shading those tillers from growing at their maximum potential.
@FARMER PHIL As well as the rotational element, regenenerative grazing also involves growing the pasture taller, ensuring the animals only eat the top half of the pasture at any one time, using a much more diverse pasture, plus no superphosphate or urea (because they inhibit soil ecology).... I'm in NZ and all the dairy farmers practice rotational grazing, but it is not regenerative at all. But we're working to change that!
Awesome, thanks for sharing this story and knowledge, keep up the good work.
I didn't know that Allan Savory's ideas were actually viable. Good and interesting to know.
Thank you. This is what I want. I’m taking Allan Savory’s course. I want to be livestock farming for a very long time.
Magnifique ! Merci pour cet démonstration du "Tout est Possible" !
i like how they point out that they´re not just improving their soil, but also save a ton of money - that will convince other farmers, who might not care about diversity but sure as heck care about their pocket book!
Beautiful way of deconstructing this superficial dichotomy cimenting our conceptions. Creating cooperation, enabling humans to draw a holistic picture instead of putting focus on every singularity and gravitating around it as if nothing else exists. Farmer doesn't necessarily means industrial animal killer, vegetarianism doesn't necessarily means outrageous militantism, smartening up, broading our narrow vision of every single aspect of life might just be the key on how to guarantee our future generations perennial existence, cohabitation, biodiversity, respect of where we come from and where we are all unavoidably headed to.
I was mesmerized by the positive message - by the prospects. The effects can be felt from here and I'm in England. Mark
God bless and protect all true farmers and ranchers everywhere on Earth.❤🌞
What a wise film - warms my heart...
Farmers are our lifeblood. We can all unite, all people, all professions, to take care of our planet, economy, family friends and society. We must do it together.
Great work. Love it.
Over here in Cape Town, South Africa I started my suburban veggie patch garden in August 2021, being a pensioner with very little money, I dug up the Kikuya grass and made cement slab barriers, covered the soil with cardboard and cut holes in the cardboard to put in my seeds. I have had a great harvest since then and earth worms are on the increase with very little compost. The veggie scraps I turn into the compost I use, as well as grass clippings. I also planted some trees, that are still small. Strong winds are a problem at the moment, but I will figure something out.
I am impressed by the early 80s impression that the drought had on the farmer
Well said. The middle of America needs to follow your lead and we need to ditch fast food companies
Awesome to know there is a way forward, thanks! 👍
Isn't it funny that the term 'grassroots' is giving hope in both the realms of natural and cultural regeneration?
Awesome. Thank you for
making this video. So inspirational
fantastic! the splited picture really showed a difference. I mean lots of the regenerative acriculture fields still looked kinda plain. is this normal for australia? not lots of trees or bushes and little rivers?
@Mrs. Schmenkman oh yeah your right. beautiful!
the neighbour must be iritated haha
Ignaz Dracul actually..that was a fenceline...not split picture. Even more amazing huh?
i want to be a regenerative farmer too ... This is Amazing ... G-d bless these farmers